2020 BMW R 1250 RS

A lively sport-tourer powered by the best boxer yet.

R 1250 RS left side
2020 BMW R 1250 RSBMW

The BMW R 1250 RS is the Bavarian brand's sportiest twin-cylinder motorcycle. It's powered by a 1,254cc air-/liquid-cooled boxer engine employing ShiftCam variable valve timing for a flat torque spread and smooth power delivery; BMW claims 136 hp at 7,750 rpm and 105 pound-feet of torque at 6,250 rpm. The same package is also used in the R 1250 GS/A and R 1250 GS adventure bikes, R 1250 RT sport-tourer, and a roadster variant, the R 1250 R. As for styling, the RS carries a sporty half-faired look, but the ergonomics are purposely intended to be closer to neutral for comfort over long riding days.

Combined with a smooth shaft final drive and responsive chassis utilizing an adjustable 45mm fork and BMW Paralever rear suspension, the RS delivers a stable, comfortable, and nimble ride. Its adjustable windscreen is intended to supply riders of different sizes with greater on-road comfort while two selectable ride modes, antilock brakes, stability control, hill-start control, LED lighting, and Bluetooth connectivity to a revised TFT display give riders a suite of settings to manage a variety of road conditions.

R 1250 RS left front
2020 BMW R 1250 RSBMW

2020 BMW R 1250 RS Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

R 1250 RS
2020 BMW R 1250 RSBMW

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $15,695
Engine Air-/liquid-cooled, DOHC, two-cylinder
Displacement 1,254cc
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 4.4 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 60.2 in.
Fuel Capacity 4.8 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 536 lb.

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