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It was positively noticed: the stainless steel panel along the length of the tank looks valuable and elegant, the tank cap elegant.

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A positive feature: cranked tire valves allow easy air pressure control / correction.

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Noticeable negatively: The small arm of the side stand is hidden between the footrest and gear lever.

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Noticeable negatively: The rev counter highlights the skipped 1000 digit. More of a gimmick, especially since the current value is not easy to read.

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Competition: Ducati Monster 1200.

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Competition: Honda CB 1000 R.

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Competition: Triumph Speed ​​Triple.

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BMW R 1200 R, 2015 model.

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BMW R 1200 R, 2014 model.

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Up until now there was a front and rear subframe. The wishbone of the telescopic arm was attached to the engine. Central spring strut at the front, fork only for management tasks.

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Duet or quarrel? The detached, air-cooled older sister can be included as a reference.

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Goodbye sadness, bonjour new chic: Fesch, in the stylish two-tone paintwork, BMW’s new R 1200 R looks downright sexy.

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Chic: The style package with white paint and red frame spices up the R visually. Golden fork stanchions and white struts are only available on the ESA chassis.

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Easily readable analog speedometer, many indicator lights, high information density on the LCD board.

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Distinctive, bright headlights (low beam above, high beam below), side LED daytime running lights (extra).

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Shifting up and down is made easier by the shift assistant (arrow).

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Clearly separated switches for on-board computer, ESA, daytime running lights and cruise control, the hand wheel controls the navigation system.

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Do you need that? Pure start button without lock thanks to "Keyless Ride", …

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… so radio transponder in the fat key (above: previous).

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With the water boxer, the cardan single-sided swing arm with torque support sits on the left. Like so many other things, the main stand costs extra.

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In the accessories range: navigation system for 675 euros.

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Touring sport full dresser with suitcases, top case and tank bag, engine protection bar and Akrapovic exhaust for over 17,000 euros.

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Roadster goes crisp: thanks to easy handling and precise lane keeping, the new R is child’s play, sensual and sporty.

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BMW R 1200 R in the top test

The currently strongest BMW boxer

Smart, the stylish two-tone paintwork makes the new BMW R 1200 R look downright sexy. What can the roadster do in terms of driving compared to its air-cooled predecessor??

It’s a morning like a Van Gogh painting. Sheep clouds graze on an insane blue sky, spinning lazily in the firmament. Like a roller coaster, the road winds around initially cream-colored, then rust-red ledges. There are pine trees on it as large green umbrellas. Warm light caresses your motorcycle. And how! For two years now, a different era has dawned at BMW under the new head of design, Edgar Heinrich. For the completely redesigned Roadster BMW R. 1200 R his team pulled out all the stops, right down to the Ducati-like red lacquered tubular space frame of this white lacquer variant "Style 1". More beautiful, more dynamic than the old R 1200 R even when it was stationary. More than 50,000 units have been built since 2007.

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BMW R 1200 R in the top test
The currently strongest BMW boxer

BMW R 1200 R needs 4.6 liters per 100 kilometers

The water boxer hangs silky on the gas, reacts sensitively via ride-by-wire to the slightest opening of the short-stroke throttle. Wow, that pushes out of the corners and hairpin bends even in the lower rev range. Excitingly lively and spirited tear up to 125 PS and 124 Newton meters. At every speed, the water boxer clearly outperforms its predecessor, which is not exactly weak-chested. It is also easier to turn and does not lock until around 1000 revolutions later. But it doesn’t matter on the country road. What is important, however, is that thanks to the modified airbox and new silencers, the new BMW R 1200 R is the most powerful BMW boxer well into medium speeds, ahead of the GS and RT.

This ample torque curve makes for a strong sprint and character. Amazing: Both generations of boxers have identical stroke and bore values, i.e. the same displacements of 1170 cubic centimeters. Such a power regimen deserves special respect without any disadvantages. As before, two lambda sensors ensure cylinder-selective control. The new crankshaft rotates at 3800 rpm for 100 km / h, whereas the old engine only rotates 3600 rpm. Nevertheless, the water boxer in the BMW R 1200 R needs less petrol. If you respect all speed limits on the country road, 4.6 instead of 4.9 liters is enough for 100 kilometers. Better thermal conditions allow a leaner mixture. And less curved suction paths improve the flow.

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More centrifugal mass serves as an anti-stall program

Two driving modes, "Road" and "Rain", are standard on the new BMW R 1200 R. In rain mode, the throttle response is gentler, ABS and the basic traction control ASC (both standard) regulate earlier, more defensive. Two additional driving modes cost extra: "Dynamic" is more aggressive than "Road" mode. In the dispensable “user” mode, you can individually program e-gas acceptance and slip control. The higher-quality DTC traction control with lean angle detection is also optional. It gets a lot to do on the test track, and in the "Road" mode it always straddles to regulate. This can be recognized by the yellow warning light in the cockpit, which often flashes. It does this less often in "Dynamic" mode, because it allows more slip, i.e. a rear wheel that occasionally wedges minimally.

The hydraulic oil bath clutch can be pulled easily, but is not ideally adjustable. It works a little digitally: on / off. Nevertheless, if you start off half-heartedly, only the old, air-cooled engine stops suddenly. Compared to the first water-cooled GS, all new boxer models now have a good kilogram more flywheel mass. As an anti-stall program. And pounds to proliferate for better running culture. Only in the second half of the speed does it vibrate and tingle noticeably in the rubber grips, plastic covers over the tank and rubber footrests.

Speed ​​adjustment through automatic double-declutching

The automatic gearshift Pro is optionally available for the new BMW R 1200 R. This means you can shift up and down without using the clutch. But unlike the previously tested RT and GS, it is really good fun here and works perfectly. Step through the aisles quickly and easily. When downshifting, the electronics automatically double-declutch to adjust the engine speed. The coordination seems perfect, you can shift gear without jerking even in a high lean angle, great! In aisles four to six you rarely use the clutch. When actuated conventionally, the switching shocks are more noticeable.

Left hook, right hook, then the straight line. It’s sensational how easily the new BMW R 1200 R circles corners. Light-footed and playful. Course corrections are child’s play, even on a steep incline, without any effort. Closer, further? No problem, at will. This sporty light-footedness inspires, creates trust and conveys security. Fine. The completely new chassis stands out from the older one. The new BMW R 1200 R circles even more precisely, drives exactly to the millimeter, finds the right line telepathically. Direction of view is the same as the direction of travel. At some point your thoughts go for a walk in the middle of the curve frenzy. Not because driving is so boring, but because everything is so easy.

242 kilos including main stand and case carrier

The new BMW R 1200 R makes you inconspicuously fast. Especially since the feedback is better than with Telelever. You feel the road. A good choice to hold onto a 180 rear tire. The Metzeler Z8 Interact Roadtec rubbers (front M, rear C) roll nicely round and homogeneously to the edge of the tire. They stick great, very predictable. At some point the moderately high mounted footrests drag. The main stand comes shortly afterwards. So better curb it. Including the main stand and luggage rack, this adds up to 242 kilos, eight more than before.

Nevertheless, the new BMW R 1200 R feels much lighter to drive. The basic chassis data have shifted towards good stability and straight-line stability compared to the old ones on paper: caster and wheelbase (at least 1515 millimeters) slightly longer, steering head a little flatter. In direct comparison, the old R appears bulkier, stiffer and less handy, although it is lighter. The previous R 1200 R also has a more sluggish effect when maneuvering – due to the stiff steering damper. He remembers himself when driving off cold in the morning.

BMW R 1200 R with semi-active Dynamic ESA chassis

One of the many extras of the new BMW R 1200 R is its semi-active Dynamic ESA chassis. It automatically adjusts the damping depending on the road surface and driving conditions (acceleration / deceleration). With a softer basic set-up in the “Road” mode and tighter, sporty damping in the “Dynamic” level. Within milliseconds, the front and rear damper valves are constantly opened or closed while driving. Maybe too fast sometimes. Because short bumps and hard edges, the single-sided swing arm reaches surprisingly unfiltered to the buttocks at speeds above 60 to 70 km / h. The hindquarters harden on such disturbing impulses served dry.

On the other hand, it almost levels bumps, lies really full. In pillion operation, the strut of the new BMW R 1200 R fishes out more hardship than that of the old ones. And the new upside-down fork is nice and comfortable. Sporty and yet suitable for touring. The 2015 roadster is easy to turn even on the brakes and hardly stands up. And that in spite of brute braking performance – not only in emergency situations. When the radially struck Brembo monoblocks bite on the 320 discs, it presses the liquor against the top of your skull with force. The upside-down fork dips far, goes fully on the block, and the semi-active suspension does not change anything. Only the previous Telelever offers a brake buckling compensation, which remains on the front brake and can thus better absorb bumps.

When braking hard, the 2015 model’s rear wheel becomes light, usually staying just above the ground. Only cross winds or bumps can sometimes wedge it out minimally. The old R can be slowed down even more stable and stoic. However, with significantly longer braking distances: the conventional four-piston fixed calipers bite less, and the older ABS controls more coarsely. Especially since the old BMW R 1200 R requires quite a lot of manual force for strong deceleration. Not good for the dosage.

Bench still not height adjustable

As usual, good here and there: the ergonomics. The magic triangle seat – handlebar – footrest is known from its predecessor. The handlebars are at hand as if by themselves, the old one was a tad wider. The posture is emphatically upright, very pleasant. Positive: In the 2015 model, the tank is a little narrower and spreads the legs less. However, the new bench is still not height-adjustable. But with a seat height of 770 millimeters, it’s pretty low. BMW offers four different bench seats, a full eight centimeters between the lowest and the highest. The latter should offer a more active driving position closer to the handlebars. And thanks to the narrow cut, it is not only suitable for tall drivers. Because the water boxer is ventilated from above, he leaves more space for the feet and lower legs. Good at driving and maneuvering. The old BMW R 1200 R, however, is more comfortable and better for the front passenger: the rear seat is larger, more thickly padded and the knee angle is even more relaxed.

Nevertheless, victory in the exchange of blows between the two boxers clearly goes to the new BMW R 1200 R. It offers more in many disciplines: feedback and maneuverability, stability and agility, power and braking, equipment and design. The better is the good enemy. The new BMW R 1200 R delivers just as much enjoyment and all-round qualities as the old, but significantly more dynamism and sport.

Technical data BMW R 1200 R (2015)

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Accessories program

With the extensive range of accessories for the BMW R 1200 R, many individual options are bundled in cheaper packages:

  • Style 1 (410 euros): Color white with red frame, golden brake calipers, engine spoiler, stainless steel tank panel, Pure windshield
  • Special equipment comfort package (400 euros): chrome-plated exhaust system (single price: 100 euros), heated grips (205 euros), tire pressure control RDC (215 euros)
  • Special equipment touring package (1430 euros): Dynamic ESA (705 euros), navigation system preparation (190 euros), cruise control (325 euros), main stand (130 euros), luggage rack (140 euros), case holder left / right (95 euros), On-board computer Pro only in the touring package
  • Special equipment dynamic package (745 euros): Sport windshield (180 euros), LED indicators (100 euros), daytime running lights (290 euros), Pro driving modes (305 euros)
  • Navigation system: 675 euros
  • Keyless Ride: 255 euros
  • Touring case (each hold a full-face helmet): 615 euros
  • Topcase: 380 euros
  • Shift Assistant Pro: 400 euros
  • Tank bag: 190 euros

Set up for the BMW R 1200 R.

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Technology Roadster generation

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MOTORCYCLE measurements


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Performance
Top speed *: 230 km / h
acceleration
0-100 km / h: 3.4 sec
0–140 km / h: 5.5 sec
0-200 km / h: 13.3 sec

Draft
60–100 km / h: 3.5 seconds
100–140 km / h: 3.8 seconds
140–180 km / h: 4.9 seconds

Speedometer deviation
effective (display 50/100): 48/98 km / h

Tachometer deviation
Display red area: 9000 / min
effective: 8900 / min

consumption
Country road: 4.6 l / 100 km
at 130 km / h: 6.0 l / 100 km
theoretical range of road: 391 km
Fuel type: Super

Dimensions + weights
L / W / H: 2200/850/1310 mm
Seat height: 770 mm
Handlebar height: 1060 mm
Turning circle: 5900 mm
Weight with a full tank: 242 kg
Payload: 208 kg
Wheel load distribution v./h .: 50.8 / 49.2%


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Lots of tasty: From almost 2500 to over 8000 tours, the new BMW R 1200 R always has over 100 Newton meters, from 5000 to 7000 even over 120. At any speed, the more economical water boxer is significantly more powerful than its air-cooled predecessor: by up to 20 Newton meters. In addition, the old boxer gives his performance much more wavy. All of this, although both boxers are identical in bore and stroke, including the displacement of 1170 cm³. Progress without disadvantages.


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Brakes ².

Braking distance from 100 km / h Remaining speed 8.9 km / h
Reference Ducati Monster 1200 S           37.8
BMW R 1200 R (2015 model) 37.5            

New reference for naked bikes! The new BMW R 1200 R replaces the Ducati Monster 1200 S with pure braking power. The new, disengageable Conti-ABS controls finely. How pads and brakes, rubber and asphalt interlock here is quite an experience. 10.3 meters per second squared, more than one g (gravitational acceleration)! With the partial integral ABS of the R 1200 R, reaching for the hand lever also delays the rear brake disc.

* Manufacturer information; ¹ Power on the crankshaft. Measurements on Dynojet roller test stand 250, corrected according to 95/1 / EG, maximum possible deviation ± 5%; ² values ​​from the brake test averaged from the three best driving tests; Reference: motorcycle from the respective category with the previous best values

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Conclusion

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Offers and price comparison for used BMW R1200R in Germany


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BMW’s R1200R is very popular on the used market.

The search for the BMW R 1200 R boxer roadster should be quite easy. The selection on the used market is large and many copies are already equipped with accessories that could be helpful on a big tour. Here is an overview of used BMW R 1200 R: used BMW R1200R in Germany.

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