2015 BMW R1200R First Look

September 30, 2014
Byron Wilson
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During the Intermot Shot in Cologne, Germany, BMW revealed one more addition to its R Series with the new 2015 R1200R roadster.

At the heart of the R1200R is the 1170cc liquid/air-cooled Boxer Twin that powers some of BMW’s most popular mounts, such as the R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure. “Rain” and “Road” riding modes come standard, as does Automatic Stability Control. An optional Pro mode can be had as well which provides “Dynamic” and “User” riding modes along with Dynamic Traction Control. The airbox is updated and intake ports reshaped, the radiator has been slimmed and is centrally positioned for a thin profile.

The Boxer Twin is a self-supporting element in the new steel tube bridge frame. Front suspension is derived from BMW’s S1000RR, with an upside-down 45mm fork. Rear suspension makes use of BMW’s EVO Paralever design and both units are adjusted via the latest-generation Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment. ABS comes standard and can be disengaged. Braking duties go to dual 320mm discs/four-piston radial-mount calipers at the front and a 276mm, dual-piston floating caliper at the back.

If this is starting to feel like déjà vu, then you’ve probably just read the R1200RS First Look. The announcement of the R1200R came on the same day as BMW’s new sport-touring mount, and but for a few differences they are the same machine. The absence of bodywork, a windscreen, different color options and different headlights are a nearly complete list of the particulars that set the R1200R apart. A savvy move as both the sport-touring and streetfigher/naked bike segments have grown in popularity over recent years. Seating position is slightly more forward-biased on the R1200R, to give it a sportier feel at the handlebars. Dimensions are also slightly changed, the R1200R coming with a slightly tighter wheelbase, lower seat height and lighter weight.

The first aesthetic option for the 2015 R1200R is simply dubbed “Basic.” This option is done in a non-metallic Cordura blue and has a plastic fuel tank cover in the center with a contrasting Granite grey metallic matte finish. The frame is black and brake calipers are black-anodized. “Style 1” is a light white non-metallic colorway with large “R” model graphic. The white is offset by a red frame and gold-anodized brake calipers. “Style 1” also has a fuel tank cover in stainless steel. “Style 2” is painted a Thunder grey metallic with an Agate grey metallic matte frame and gold-anodized brake calipers. There is a range of accessories from anti-theft alarm systems, HP milled brake and clutch levers, panniers, top cases and more.

2015 BMW R1200R Specs
Engine: 1170cc air/liquid-cooled Boxer Twin
Bore x Stroke: 101mm x 73mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Clutch: Anti-slip wet clutch
Gearbox: 6-speed constant mesh
Final drive: Cardan shaft
Frame: Tubular steel bridge frame, self-supporting engine
Front Suspension: 45mm upside-down telescopic fork
Rear Suspension: BMW EVO Paralever
Front Brakes: 320mm dual disc, dual four-piston radial calipers
Rear Brake: 276mm single disc, two-piston floating caliper
ABS: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS
Front Wheels: Cast Aluminum 3.50 x 17 inch
Rear Wheels: Cast Sluminum 5.50 x 17 inch
Front Tires: 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tires: 180/55 ZR17
Wheelbase: 59.6 inches
Seat Height: 31.1 inches
Weight: 509 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons