New BMW R1200 R roadster unveiled

BMW continues to put their liquid-cooled flat twin to use; now, they’ve dropped the upgraded boxer motor into a naked bike chassis with the BMW R1200 R.

BMW’s liquid-cooled boxer was first seen in the upgraded R1200 GS adventure bike last fall, but it appears to be destined to power much of their lineup in the future. It makes 125 hp at 7,750 rpm and 92 ft-lb of torque at 6,500 rpm. The exhaust, intake duct and radiator received a re-design to match the naked bike platform. It has  a tubular steel frame that uses the motor as a stressed member, a USD fork up front and Paralever rear suspension. ABS is standard, matched with twin discs and radial four-piston calipers up front.

The bike comes with two electronic riding modes as standard (Rain and Road), and buyers can opt to add Dynamic and User modes, to match changing road conditions. Dynamic Traction Control comes as part of that ex-works package, and Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment is also available. Automatic Stability Control is standard.

For riders wanting to speed up their clutchless shifting, Gear Shift Assistant Pro is available as an option, as well as an electronic key fob.

There has been no indication as to Canadian arrival or pricing for the R1200 R yet.


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  1. Finally a good looking boxer! So what they are saying is that ugly paralever front end really was not as good as a conventional fork?

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