The BMW R1200R (top) and R1200R Classic (bottom) make use of the upgraded DOHC Boxer engine for 2011.
BMW has revealed updates for this R1200R naked roadster. The Bavarian marque will bring two versions of the Boxer-powered roadster to the 2011 lineup, with the standard R1200R and an R1200R Classic.
The big news for the two R models is they get the updated version of the Boxer, which was developed on the HP2 Sport and debuted on the brand’s best-selling GS line during the 2010 model year. BMW first announced upgrades to its Boxer at last year’s EICMA Milan Bike Show, where the R1200R will debut. The 1170cc horizontally-opposed Flat Twin now makes use of a dual overhead cam in each cylinder head. Intake and exhaust valves are larger, with the valves in a radial arrangement. The new head bumps performance, with redline raised from 8000 to 8500 rpm. Power claims rise as well, with an extra five horsepower (110 total) and three more lb-ft of torque (88 total).
Visually the R1200R looks virtually identical to the previous model year. Proprietary BMW components, like the Telelever and Paralever suspension return, the front-end Telelever particularly prominent on the naked R1200R models. Other BMW features like the electronic suspension adjustment (ESA) comes optional, with the braking components supplemented by optional BMW Motorrad integral ABS and automatic stability control (ASC).
The distinguishing features of the Classic version are wire-spoked wheels, and chrome-plated exhaust and mirrors. The Boxer motor also stands out visually on the Classic, with a silver treatment compared to the more subdued, darker hues of the standard version. The same goes for the brushed stainless steel silencer to cap the standard R1200R exhaust.