2020 BMW R 1250 R

BMW’s top-of-the-line boxer-powered roadster.

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2020 BMW R 1250 RBMW

BMW gave its top-tier roadster a makeover for 2020, creating its most powerful twin-cylinder naked bike yet, the R 1250 R. The ShiftCam-equipped boxer mill produces a claimed 136 hp and 105 pound-feet of torque, so it's no wonder the same package also powers the broader fleet of BMW motorcycles, namely the R 1250 RS, R 1250 RT, R 1250 GS/A, and R 1250 GS. The R 1250 R's shaft final drive is unique within the large-bore streetfighter segment, while available Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension ensures motorcyclists of different sizes and two-wheel experience are able to enjoy a balanced, composed, and predictable ride.

Included among the suite of standard electronic aids are Rain and Road ride modes, Hill Start Control, Dynamic Brake Control, Automatic Stability Control, and antilock braking all centered around a 6.5-inch TFT display. Beyond its performance chops, the R 1250 R benefits from a high level of fit and finish, giving the bike a commanding presence. The 2020 R 1250 R is available in four colors: Black Storm Metallic, Pollux Metallic Matte, Light White/Racing Blue Metallic/Racing Red, or Option 719 Sparkling Bronze Metallic.

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2020 BMW R 1250 RBMW

2020 BMW R 1250 R Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

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2020 BMW R 1250 RBMW

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $14,995
Engine Air-/liquid-cooled, DOHC, two-cylinder
Displacement 1,245cc
Bore x Stroke 102.5mm x 76.0mm
Horsepower 136.0 hp @ 7,750 rpm
Torque 105 lb.-ft. @ 6,250 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Shaft
Seat Height 32.3 in.
Rake 27.7°
Trail 4.9 in.
Front Suspension 45mm, fully adjustable; 5.5-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 5.5-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 180/55-17
Wheelbase 59.6 in.
Fuel Capacity 4.8 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 527 lb.

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