2019 BMW R1250 R is the new flat twin standard

BMW’s known for adventure bikes and touring bikes, so it’s easy to forget the company also makes standards as well. Maybe the new 2019 BMW R1250 R will help remind some buyers that not all Beemers are long-legged mile-eaters—they make great city-oriented machines as well.

As the name suggests, the R1250 R utilizes BMW’s new Shiftcam engine, a liquid-cooled 1254 cc flat twin with variable valve timing on the intake side. The variable valve timing supposedly greatly enhances power delivery, makes for a smooth ride, cuts tailpipe emissions and saves gas. And, it produces 136 hp at 7,750 rpm and 105 lb-ft of torque at 6,250 rpm. The gearbox has six cogs, as you’d expect.

And, as with the other R1250 models, the R has a two-part steel frame, with bolt-on rear subframe and engine serving as stressed chassis member.

The R model stands apart from the other R1250s due to its lack of specialized equipment—no off-road suspension, no touring-friendly bodywork, etc. It’s an old-school naked bike, with only a minimal flyscreen. Telescopic forks handle suspension duty up front; a BMW Paralever design does the job in back. An electronic suspension adjustment system is optional.

The front brakes have dual 320 mm discs and radial four-piston calipers.  There’s a single 276 mm disc in back, with two-piston floating caliper. ABS is standard, leaning ABS (ABS Pro) is optional.

Seat height is 820 mm, but with accessory seats, you can achieve a range between 760 and 840 mm. Fuel tank capacity is 18 L. Wet weight is 239 kg. Front and rear wheels are 17-inchers, made of die-cast aluminum.

Two riding modes are standard, along with Automatic Stability Control and a hill start assist feature.

Several options bundles are available for the R1250 R, including a Comfort package (chromed exhaust, heated grips, RDC tire pressure control), a Touring package (Dynamic ESA, Keyless Ride, wiring for a GPS unit, cruise control, centre stand, sidecase mounts) and a Dynamic package (daytime riding light, LED indicators, up/down quickshifter, sport windshield, and Pro riding modes). Other available options include leaning ABS, as mentioned above, sporty bodywork panels, an alarm, and accessory seats.

The R1250 R will be the lowest-priced Beemer with Shiftcam technology when it debuts at $17,400 next season.

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