2023 BMW R 1250 R First Look

BMW’s boxer roadster gets a few nice changes, but none to pricing.

The 2023 BMW R 1250 R in Style Sport Racing Blue Metallic.BMW

It seems BMW won’t be messing too much with a good thing this year, as their R 1250 R will get only small but significant quality-of-life changes for 2023. The most BMW of BMW motorcycles will still be powered by a boxer twin, the same ShiftCam-equipped engine with the same claimed 136 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque it’s had since its inception, running on the same ParaLever suspension.

The 2023 R 1250 R now benefits from BMW Motorrad ABS Pro as standard equipment.BMW

The changes are almost completely electronic. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), and BMW Motorrad ABS Pro are now standard, and a third riding mode, Eco, has been added to the bike’s existing Road and Rain modes. Having ABS Pro, a lean-sensitive anti-lock system, as standard is arguably the best part of the new improvements. Perhaps the most dubious is Eco mode, in which as BMW says, “the rider is encouraged to ride as fuel-efficiently as possible with a soft throttle curve and moderate engine torque limitation” while aided by green feedback from the color TFT display, which in a bit of mixed messaging BMW calls the Sport Core screen. The only visible upgrade is a switch to LED turn signals, another nice touch.

The R 1250 R in standard Ice Grey.BMW

Other new bits are optional, and include an adaptive turning headlight that switches on additional LEDs according to lean angle, an attractive passenger seat cover, and spoked wheels.

Close-up on the R 1250 R’s new optional solo seat kit.BMW

Happily there is no change to the R 1250 R’s MSRP, which remains at $14,995. The 2023 model will be available standard in Ice Grey, with Triple Black and Style Sport Racing Blue Metallic as color options.

The 2023 R 1250 R in Triple Black.BMW

2023 BMW R 1250 R Specs

MSRP: $14,995
Engine: Liquid-cooled 2-cylinder, 4-stroke boxer engine with two overhead, spur-gear driven camshafts, counterbalance shaft
Displacement: 1254cc
Bore x Stroke: 102.5 x 76.0 mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/shaft
Claimed Horsepower: 136 hp @ 7,750 rpm
Claimed Torque: 105 lb.-ft. @ 6,250 rpm
Fuel System: Electronic fuel injection
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc slipper; hydraulic operation
Engine Management/Ignition: Ride-by-wire
Frame: Two-section frame with bolt-on rear section and load-bearing engine
Front Suspension: 45mm inverted fork, fully adjustable; 5.5 in. travel
Rear Suspension: BMW Paralever, fully adjustable, 5.5 in. travel
Front Brake: Twin 320 mm floating disks, 4-piston radial calipers
Rear Brake: Single 276 mm disk, 2-piston floating caliper
Wheels, Front/Rear: Cast aluminum; 3.5 x 17in. / 5.5 x 17in.
Tires, Front/Rear: 120/70 ZR17 / 180/55 ZR17
Rake/Trail: 27.7°/4.9 in.
Wheelbase: 59.6 in.
Ground Clearance: n/a
Seat Height: 32.3 standard, 29.9 – 33.1 possible
Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gal.
Claim Wet Weight: 527 lb.
Contact: bmwmotorcycles.com