2015 BMW R 1200 R and R 1200 RS First Look

Roadster and sport-touring models updated with latest boxer engine and new chassis

2015 BMW R 1200 RS

2015 BMW R 1200 RS

In addition to the updated S 1000 RR announced at Intermot for 2015, BMW has also announced two new boxer models: The R 1200 R naked roadster model is heavily updated with the company's latest flat-twin engine and a new chassis using a standard inverted front fork rather than BMW's trademark Telelever front end, and after a long hiatus the half-faired sport-touring R model returns as the R 1200 RS and features all the same updates.

Both the R 1200 R and RS utilize the air/liquid cooled 1170cc DOHC boxer engine with all the latest updates seen on the GS and RT models, although an updated airbox and new exhaust help the R and RS to make slightly more power with a peak of 125 horsepower at 7,750 rpm and 92 foot-pounds of torque at 6,500 rpm.

2015 BMW R 1200 R

2015 BMW R 1200 R - Style 1 - Light White Non-Metallic

The two new models also share the same electronics package, which features two standard riding modes, Rain and Road. ABS and ASC (Automatic Stability Control) are standard equipment, and an optional Pro riding mode replaces ASC with DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) and adds two additional riding modes, Dynamic and User. Dynamic riding mode offers even more direct throttle response and less traction control intervention compared to Rain and Road modes, while User mode allows throttle response and DTC settings to be further configured. Gear Shift Assistant Pro is another option, and allows clutchless upshifts and downshifts. A new dash has an analog speedometer with a TFT display that can be configured in three different styles to show various information.

The chassis on both bikes remains a tubular steel design but now with a 45mm inverted front fork. According to BMW, the change was based on the "Excellent steering precision, directional accuracy, handling and braking rigidity" offered by a traditional telescopic fork as compared to the Telelever front end. The latest Electronic Suspension Adjustment is available as an option, and features Road and Dynamic modes; by measuring banking angle, speed and rear wheel travel, the latter mode automatically adjusts settings to suit conditions and various riding situations. The front brakes have also been updated, to radial-mount four-piston Brembo units acting on 320mm discs.

More information from BMW's press material for the 2015 R 1200 R and R 1200 RS follows:

2015 BMW R 1200 RS

2015 BMW R 1200 RS

The new BMW R 1200 RS – a new dimension in sports touring.
BMW Motorrad and the legendary RS production bikes – a model badge that continues to symbolise travel and sport in equal measure. In 1976, the R 100 RS became the first mass-produced motorcycle in the world to come with a full, frame-mounted fairing that had been developed in the wind tunnel. As the consummate all-rounder for both travelling and sporting deployment, it established the sports tourer segment, as it has been known ever since. With the arrival of the new R 1200 RS, BMW Motorrad is continuing this long tradition by unveiling a sports tourer powered by a flat-twin engine that succeeds in transposing the all-round qualities of the original BMW RS concept into the modern day to stunning effect. Whether darting along country roads, revelling in its dynamic performance with a passenger on board or going on a long touring holiday – the new R 1200 RS takes sports touring to a whole new and truly thrilling level.

2015 BMW R 1200 R

2015 BMW R 1200 R

The new BMW R 1200 R – the boxer roadster for the keen rider.
BMW Motorrad and the roadster with the flat-twin boxer engine – it's a partnership that has kept enthusiasts enthralled ever since the arrival of the R 32 some 91 years ago, during which time the roadster has come to symbolise the ultimate in unadulterated motorcycling pleasure. And especially so when the propulsive power stems from the classic boxer engine with its inimitable character and glorious sound. From cruising along serenely, to powering down country roads, to touring with a passenger and luggage, the boxer-engined roadster models from BMW Motorrad have always made for the ideal partner. The new R 1200 R upholds this tradition of comfort, dynamism and touring capability, at the same time as putting a new slant on the alluring blend.

Meatier and mightier boxer engine for dynamic riding pleasure.
The flat-twin boxer engine on the new R 1200 R is the same DOHC drive unit that already powers the 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. Compared to the engine on its predecessor, not only has torque been increased substantially throughout the rev range, but delivery is now more uniform too. The exhaust gases are routed through a 2-in-1 exhaust system with a dynamic-looking, steeply angled rear silencer. A modified airbox and newly shaped air intake snorkels, as well as a centrally positioned radiator, all lend themselves to the slender front silhouette to which all roadsters aspire.

ABS, ASC and two riding modes as standard. Riding mode Pro with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) as an optional extra.
For optimum adaptation to the rider's individual needs, the new R 1200 R already comes equipped as standard with the two riding modes "Rain" and "Road". Besides ABS, the standard specification also includes Automatic Stability Control (ASC) for increased handling safety when accelerating. And when specified with the optional Riding mode Pro feature, the new R 1200 R also adds Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with banking detection as well as two extra riding modes – "Dynamic" and "User" – to its technical repertoire.

Tubular steel bridge frame with the engine as a self-supporting element. Wheel suspension using upside-down telescopic fork and EVO Paralever.
A new tubular steel bridge frame incorporating the flat-twin engine as a selfsupporting element was purpose-developed for the new R 1200 R. With an upside-down telescopic fork at the front and EVO Paralever at the rear, the wheel suspension remains true to classical roadster principles that have been updated in typical BMW Motorrad fashion. Excellent steering precision, directional accuracy, handling and braking rigidity were all top priorities when configuring the chassis – and all while never losing sight of the overriding objective for the new R 1200 R of creating an exceptionally dynamic roadster for the keen rider, whose design language is derived from the S 1000 RR superbike.

Latest-generation Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) for ideal riding dynamics in any situation.
Opting for the latest generation of the electronically controlled suspension Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) takes the dynamic riding experience to even greater heights. With its two damping settings "Road" and "Dynamic", Dynamic ESA enables the rider to enjoy unprecedented levels of handling safety, performance and comfort, as the damping is automatically adapted to the prevailing riding conditions to suit the riding situation and the manoeuvres being carried out.

Multifunctional instrument cluster with analogue speedometer, onboard computer and a wealth of information.
Even the instrumentation of the new R 1200 R takes a quantum leap into a new roadster era. The speed is displayed in traditional fashion by an analogue speedometer, but there is also a TFT display for showing a wide array of information.

2015 BMW R 1200 R

2015 BMW R 1200 R - Style 2 - Thunder Grey Metallic

R 1200 R: Dynamic proportions for a pared-down roadster look. Three colour and finish variants, each with their own character.
The BMW Motorrad boxer roadsters have always enjoyed a reputation for being the perfect companions for everyday use. The new BMW R 1200 R fuses these all-round credentials with both significantly sharper performance and a contemporary, pared-down roadster look. The dynamic proportions, with the low-set front and the light, almost delicate-looking tail jutting up at the rear, give the bike a slight wedge shape and leave no doubt as to its sporting prowess, along with its many other talents. Three colour and finish variants each underline the powerful character of the new R 1200 R, but in their own individual way. This results in a choice of three decidedly different styling variants: the basic colour in Cordoba blue non-metallic, the "Style 1" variant in Light white non-metallic with frame in Racing red, and the "Style 2" variant in Thunder grey metallic with frame in Agate grey metallic matt.

R 1200 RS: Sporty design with dynamic proportions. Two colour and finish variants, each with their own character.
The BMW Motorrad RS models have always enjoyed a reputation for being the perfect all-rounders. The new BMW R 1200 RS fuses these credentials with both sharp performance and a sporty, dynamic design. The aerodynamically styled semi-fairing with twin headlights forms the "face" of the new BMW R 1200 RS and makes the fusion of tourer and sports machine plain to see. The dynamic proportions, with the low-set front and the delicately styled tail jutting up at the rear, give the bike a slight wedge shape and leave no doubt as to its sporting prowess, along with its many other talents. Two colour and finish variants each underline the powerful character of the new R 1200 RS, but in their own individual way. This results in a choice of two different styling variants: the classically sporty basic colours Lupin blue metallic / Light grey metallic and the sporty and exclusive "Style 2" variant in Granite grey metallic matt.

2015 BMW R 1200 R

2015 BMW R 1200 R

Highlights of the new BMW R 1200 R:

  • Classic flat-twin boxer engine with 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm and 125 Nm (92 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm.
  • Dynamic-looking, compelling roadster design.
  • Torsionally rigid tubular steel bridge frame with engine as self-supporting element.
  • Classic wheel suspension concept using upside-down telescopic fork at the front and EVO Paralever at the rear.
  • New intake air duct and central radiator for ultra-compact front silhouette.
  • Upright seating position with front bias for a dynamic riding sensation combined with excellent seating comfort for longer tours.
  • Restyled exhaust system in pentagonal design.
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC).
  • "Rain" and "Road" riding modes.
  • Riding mode Pro offering two additional riding modes, "Dynamic" and "User", for optimum adaptation to prevailing riding conditions as an exworks option.
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) as part of the Riding mode Pro option.
  • Latest-generation Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) as an option for optimum riding dynamics in any situation.
  • Powerful braking system with radial four-piston callipers and ABS.
  • Lightweight 10-spoke cast wheels.
  • Gear Shift Assistant Pro for fast, clutchless shifting as an ex-works option.
  • Sophisticated instrument cluster offering a wide array of functions and wealth of information.
  • Keyless Ride for supreme ease of use as an ex-works option.
  • Innovative colour scheme with three individual characters: Basic colour, "Style 1" and "Style 2".
  • Extensive range of optional extras and special accessories available exworks.
2015 BMW R 1200 RS

2015 BMW R 1200 RS

Highlights of the new BMW R 1200 RS:

  • Classic flat-twin boxer engine with 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm and 125 Nm (92 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm.
  • Sporty and dynamic sports tourer design.
  • Aerodynamically styled semi-fairing with adjustable windshield.
  • Torsionally rigid tubular steel bridge frame with engine as self-supporting element.
  • Classic wheel suspension concept using upside-down telescopic fork at the front and EVO Paralever at the rear.
  • New intake air duct and central radiator for ultra-compact front silhouette.
  • Upright, sporty yet relaxed seating position for a dynamic riding sensation combined with excellent seating comfort for longer tours.
  • Exhaust system in pentagonal design.
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC).
  • "Rain" and "Road" riding modes.
  • Riding mode Pro offering two additional riding modes, "Dynamic" and "User", for optimum adaptation to prevailing riding conditions as an exworks option.
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) as part of the Riding mode Pro option.
  • Latest-generation Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) as an option for optimum riding dynamics in any situation.
  • Powerful braking system with radial four-piston callipers and ABS.
  • Lightweight 10-spoke cast wheels.
  • Gear Shift Assistant Pro for fast, clutchless shifting as an ex-works option.
  • Sophisticated instrument cluster offering a wide array of functions and wealth of information.
  • Keyless Ride for supreme ease of use as an ex-works option.
  • Innovative colour scheme with two individual characters, classically sporty in the basic colours and sporty and exclusive in the "Style 2" variant.
  • Extensive range of optional extras and special accessories available exworks.