BMW R1200R Gets Water-Boxer and Upside-Down Forks for 2015

BMW R1200R Gets Water-Boxer and Upside-Down Forks for 2015

In addition to the new R1200RS, BMW Motorrad is using the 2014 INTERMOT show to debut the updated 2015 BMW R1200R in three “style” variants. It’s powered by the same DOHC, air- and liquid-cooled flat-twin engine as the new RS (as well as last years’ R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure and R1200RT) producing 125 hp (92 kW) at 7,750 rpm and 92 lb‑ft (125 Nm) of torque at 6,500 rpm. Compared to the engine on its predecessor, not only is torque increased substantially throughout the rev range but delivery is now more uniform too.


Note the mini windscreen added to this style variant.

The new style variants are more similar than the previous Roadster’s standard and “classic” editions, but the colors available give them each a decidedly different feel. Together, the roadsters have a more pared-down and aggressive look from the low-set front and the light, almost delicate-looking tail jutting up at the rear. The 2015 R1200R will be available in three variants: a basic Cordoba blue non-metallic, “Style 1” in Light white non-metallic with frame in Racing red, and “Style 2” in Thunder grey metallic with frame in Agate grey metallic matt.

While the styling is different, the biggest change from the previous roadster is the standard upside-down fork instead of BMW’s Telelever front suspension. Just like the new R1200RS, BMW says, “Excellent steering precision, directional accuracy, handling and braking rigidity were all top priorities” but the front forks also allow “design language…derived from the S1000RR superbike.” A new tubular steel bridge frame with the engine as a self-supporting element connects the front suspension to the EVO paralever single-sided shaft drive. The new roadsters will also be available optionally with the latest technology including Gear Shift Assistant Pro and Keyless Ride.


R1200R-2015-Style2-055The new R1200R comes standard with the two riding modes “Rain” and “Road.” Besides ABS, Automatic Stability Control (ASC) is also standard. And when optioned with the Riding mode Pro feature, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with banking detection and two extra riding modes, “Dynamic” and “User,” are added. Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) is available wiith its two damping settings “Road” and “Dynamic.” Dynamic ESA enables damping to automatically adapt to the prevailing riding conditions and the maneuvers being carried out.

The instrument panel is the same as the new R1200RS with a single large analog speedometer and TFT display for showing the rest of the information.

More info to come in the Winter 2014, BMW Motorcycle Magazine. You can see all the photos in our extensive 2015 BMW R1200R photo gallery.

Highlights of the new BMW R1200R:

  • Air- and liquid-cooled flat-twin boxer engine with 125 hp (92 kW) at 7,750 rpm and 92 lb‑ft (125 Nm) at 6,500 rpm.
  • Torsionally rigid tubular steel bridge frame with engine as self-supporting element.
  • Classic wheel suspension concept using upside-down telescopic fork at the front and EVO Paralever at the rear.
  • New intake air duct and central radiator for ultra-compact front silhouette.
  • Upright seating position with front bias for a dynamic riding sensation combined with excellent seating comfort for longer tours.
  • Restyled exhaust system in pentagonal design.
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC).
  • “Rain” and “Road” riding modes.
  • Riding mode Pro offering two additional riding modes, “Dynamic” and “User,” for optimum adaptation to prevailing riding conditions as a factory option.
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) as part of the Riding mode Pro option.
  • Latest-generation Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) as an option for optimum riding dynamics in any situation.
  • Powerful braking system with radial four-piston callipers and ABS.
  • Lightweight 10-spoke cast wheels.
  • Gear Shift Assistant Pro for fast, clutchless shifting as a factory option.
  • Instrument cluster offering a wide array of functions and information.
  • Keyless Ride for ease of use as a factory option.
  • Innovative color scheme with three individual characters: Basic color, “Style 1” and “Style 2.”
  • Extensive range of optional extras and special accessories available.


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