BMW has announced a completely new model of their BMW R 1200 R roadster series giving it a fresh and attractive new look. It almost looks like a more mature version of the Yamaha MT-09. The R is powered by the same unit in R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure as well as the R 1200 RT and the new R 1200 RS. It produces 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm and develops its peak torque of 125 Nm (92 lb‑ft) at 6,500 rpm.
Safety is a huge feature on all BMW motorcycles, and the R 1200 R has both a “Rain” and “Road” riding mode, standard ABS, stability control when accelerating and an optional dynamic traction control to assist in cornering. In addition to all of that, the BMW R 1200 R also has what is called Dynamic ESA, or Electronic Suspension Adjustment. It offers to damping settings of “Road” and “Dynamic”, with the suspension automatically adapted to road conditions.
A new tubular steel bridge frame incorporating the flat-twin engine as a self-supporting element was purpose-developed for the new R 1200 R, with BMW designers trying to emulate the dynamic characteristics of the S 1000 RR superbike where possible. Three colors will be available on release, being Cordoba blue, white and racing red and agate grey.
No release date or pricing has yet been announced.