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2005 BMW R850R Classic

BMW R850R Classic

BMW R850 R Classic - going past the flow

The most difficult motorcycle to manufacture is a machine that is a pleasure to ride in any practical situation - a motorcycle created for the real world of motorcycling. Of course, it is easier to design niche machines - machines that are what you see. BMW Motorrad's philosophy has always been to produce dedicated roadsters that hardly ever reveal all their qualities in the first five minutes of riding. Once you have "lived" with a BMW you begin to understand the philosophy.

The new BMW R850 R Classic is the embodiment of this thinking. Powered by the smallest capacity boxer engine in BMW's range, the 848cc flat-twin is extremely easy to ride and control. It is the perfect machine for "born-again" motorcyclists, or experienced riders requiring a fuss-free, all-purpose, commuting and leisure machine in one easy to ride package.

The R850 R Classic has been launched in response to customer requests from certain segments of the market for a more classicly styled BMW. In part it is similar to the 2002 model year R850 R, from where it derives its oil cooler, oil cooler pipes, tank and seat. The engine and gearbox come from the standard R850 R that was for sale in the UK during 2003 and the front and rear spring struts come from the R1150 R Rockster. The high-rise handlebar is the same as on the special version produced for the police and other authorities.

The essential specification

  • 848cc air and oil-cooled flat-twin, 4-stroke engine with single camshaft and four valves per cylinder. Output rated at 53kW (70bhp) at 7000 rpm with maximum torque of 78Nm at 5600 rpm.
  • Fuel-injection controlled by Bosch Motronic MA 2.4 engine management with overrun fuel cut off and closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter
  • Power transmitted by single-disc dry clutch, six-speed gearbox and BMW drive shaft
  • Triple section frame with load-bearing engine and die-cast aluminium swing arm
  • Telelever front suspension with adjustable rebound damping
  • BMW Paralever at rear with central strut - continuous variable spring preload adjustment by means of hand wheel; and adjustable rebound damping
  • Front EVO braking system with 320mm dual discs and 4-piston fixed caliper
  • Rear braking by 276mm single disc with 2-piston floating caliper 1486mm wheelbase; 780mm unladen seat height.
  • When riding an R850 R, the rider will notice a number of unique advantages compared with conventional "naked" machines. For example, a generous lock, low centre of gravity (thanks to the flat-twin engine), soft-tune motor and instantly responsive throttle (afforded by the Motronic 2.4, industry-leading engine management) makes the R850 R an extremely easy machine to ride in urban situations. Excellent manoeuvrability and agility belie the machine's capacity rating.

    On the open road the R850 R Classic is a fatigue-free and comfortable bike to ride. Aerodynamic qualities, combined with BMW's unique Telelever front suspension, ensure that the R850 R is one of the most stable naked machines available. At cruising speeds, rider input is minimal.

    As you would expect from BMW, a full range of special equipment, dedicated luggage and accessories, as well as ABS and heated grips is available. The 6,710 (on-the-road) R850 R Classic is available exclusively in Night Black with a black seat.

    Standard factory equipment

  • Large speedometer and rev counter
  • Integrated ignition and steering lock
  • One-key system for ignition, steering, tank, dual seat and helmet locks
  • Centre stand
  • Clutch lever adjustable to three positions, brake lever to four
  • Side stand with ignition circuit breaker
  • Exhaust system made completely of stainless steel
  • Dual seat, rider's section adjustable to three positions
  • Electric power socket
  • Hazard warning lights
  • Cast wheels
  • Six-speed gearbox
  • Telelever front suspension and Paralever rear suspension
  • Clock
  • High handlebar
  • White indicator lenses
  • Pannier case holder
  • Luggage rack
  • Factory fit options

  • Heated grips - 175
  • Windshield - 110
  • Integral ABS - 750
  • Low seat option - No cost

    * Prices current as of 1 January 2004.

    Accessories available

  • Left and right panniers, including mounting kits, locks and emblems - 378.50/li>
  • Inner bags for panniers (each) - 45/li>
  • Tank bag - 130/li>
  • Top case soft - 97/li>
  • Alarm control unit including mounting kit - 185/li>
  • Additional power socket, mounting kit - 25/li>
  • Speedster windshield - 115/li>

    Prices current as of 1 January 2004.


  • Engine - 848 cc
  • Bore/stroke - 87.5 x 70.5 mm
  • Max output - 52/70 kW/bhp @ 7,000 rpm
  • Max torque - 77 Nm @ 5,600 rpm
  • Design - Flat-twin
  • No of cylinders - 2
  • Compression ratio/fuel grade - 10.3/premium
  • Valves per cylinder - 4
  • Fuel supply - Motronic MA 2.4
  • Alternator - 700 W
  • Battery - 12/19 V/Ah
  • Gearbox - Constant mesh six-speed gearbox
  • Drive - Shaft drive
  • Rear-wheel drive - BMW Paralever
  • Clutch - Single-plate dry clutch, hydraulically operated
  • Type of frame - Three-section composite frame consisting of front and rear section, load bearing engine
  • Wheel castor - 127 mm
  • Wheelbase - 1487 mm
  • Steering assembly angle - 61.9
  • Brakes - Front, EVO-brake system with dual disc, floating brake discs, diameter 320mm, 4-piston fixed caliper, Rear - Single disc brake, diameter 276mm, double-piston floating caliper
  • Wheels - Die-cast aluminium wheels
  • front - 3.50 x 17
  • rear - 5,00 x 17
  • Tyres - front, 120/70 - ZR 17, rear - 170/60 - ZR 17
  • Length - 2170 mm
  • Width with mirrors - 940 mm
  • Seat height - 800 mm
  • Weight, unladen, with full fuel tank - 238 kg
  • Max permissible weight - 450 kg
  • Fuel tank - 20.4 ltr
  • Top speed - 187 k/ph
  • Price - 6,710 OTR
  • ABS - 750