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2008 BMW K 1200 R Sport

2008 BMW K 1200 R Sport

Concepts and features.
Presenting the new K 1200 R Sport at INTERMOT 2006, BMW Motorrad is proudly introduced the fourth model in the company’s most powerful model series. And as the model designation already indicates, the K 1200 R Sport is based on the BMW K 1200 R.

Perhaps the most essential feature of the new K 1200 R Sport is the
semi-fairing mounted firmly to the frame and bearing the same headlight as on the R 1200 S. Integrated harmoniously into the overall design of the motorcycle, the semi-fairing retains a clear and free view of the impressive engine and running gear technology. The fairing not only emphasises the sporting character of this big bike, but also enhances its wide range of riding opportunities and general use versus the K 1200 R.

Offering significantly improved wind protection, the new BMW K 1200 R Sport is even more suitable for covering long distances at high speeds. It is the ideal motorcycle not only for riding on the race track, but also for all-out enjoyment on country roads and motorways, offering the rider the option to adopt a more upright seating position than on the more sporting and dynamic K 1200 S.

As the sister model of the K 1200 R, the new K 1200 R Sport features
the same drivetrain and suspension technology. With maximum output of 120 kW (163 hp), kerb weight of just 241 kg, and its innovative Duolever and Paralever suspension, the new model offers the highest standard of riding dynamics and performance at all times and under all conditions.

The BMW K 1200 R Sport addresses the ambitious sports rider with a penchant for progressive, ‘naked-bike’ technology and a wide range of motorcycling options on a truly versatile machine. Offering an ample choice of accessories carried over in most cases from the K 1200 R, the K 1200 R Sport ensures a truly outstanding riding experience particularly on long distances.

Technical highlights.

The technical highlights of the K 1200 R Sport at a glance:

  • Semi-fairing mounted firmly on the frame and a new headlight emphasising the sporting character of the K 1200 R Sport and improving its riding comfort, particularly at high speeds.
  • High-performance four-cylinder inline power unit tilted 55° to the front, with maximum output 120 kW (163 hp), maximum torque 127 Nm (94 lb-ft).
  • Fulfilment of the strictest environmental standards thanks to Digital Motor Electronics and three-way catalytic converter.
  • High-performance aluminium suspension with Duolever wheel mount at the front and EVO-Paralever wheel mount at the rear.
  • Unladen weight of only 241 kg or 531 lb in road trim, with perfect balance ensured by a low centre of gravity, and supreme handling qualities.
  • Relaxed seating position for an active riding experience.
  • Electronic immobiliser featured as standard.
  • On-board network with CAN-bus technology.
  • Electronically adjustable ESA suspension available as an option.
  • Latest-generation Integral ABS (semi-integral version) available
    as an option.
  • Tyre pressure control (TPC) as an option.
  • Wide range of optional extras and sports accessories.

New: BMW Motorrad High Performance Parts for sporting customisation.

Technical Features and Design.

As the latest model in the K-Series, the new BMW K 1200 R Sport boasts the same top-of-the-range technology as its sister models. Specific details of the drivetrain, suspension and running gear, brakes and on-board network are described in detail in the press kit on the K 1200 S and, respectively, K 1200 R.

Semi-fairing with integrated headlight mounted firmly on the frame
Developed in the wind tunnel, the front fairing is perfectly matched to the motorcycle, combining good looks with equally good protection from wind and weather. Defined air guidance around the side spoilers guides the wind smoothly around the rider, reducing wind pressure on his head and upper body.

Despite its compact and slender dimensions, the fairing on the K 1200 R Sport offers significant safety and protection even at high speeds, enhanced greatly over the standard offered on the Roadster. And apart from extra comfort, the engineers at BMW Motorrad have also succeeded in enhancing the motorcycle’s dynamic potential, with the rider benefiting from excellent wind protection above all at high speeds.

The strikingly designed headlight in clear glass look and with free-form technology integrated in the fairing is the same as on the R 1200 S, the asymmetric design of the headlight alone showing clearly that this is a genuine BMW. The reflectors are tailored geometrically to the rider’s illumination requirements, interacting together with the H7 bulbs arranged next to one another to provide excellent light intensity and illumination on the road ahead.

Beneath the headlight, the fairing proudly boasts two typical BMW kidney grilles interacting with the wheel mounts and radiator trim panels that have been developed in the wind tunnel to ensure an efficient flow of cooling air to the radiator.

The fairing components at the side are fastened to the motorcycle by integrated plastic mounts, avoiding the need to use visible bolts
or screws and again emphasising the elegant, sophisticated look of
the new BMW K 1200 R Sport.

High-performance four-cylinder inline power unit
The new K 1200 R Sport is driven by the same engine that ensures
supreme riding pleasure on the BMW K 1200 R. Like on the Roadster, the high-performance power unit develops maximum output of 120 kW (163 hp) at 10,250 rpm, with peak torque of 127 Nm (94 lb-ft) at 8,250 rpm.

These figures alone clearly underline the supreme acceleration and drive power of the K 1200 R Sport.

Dry sump lubrication and the position of the compact power unit with its cylinder bank tilted 55° to the front ensure a very low centre of gravity
offering, first, the desired load on the front wheel and, second, sporting, dynamic handling qualities at all times.

Six-speed gearbox
The six-speed gearbox on the K-Series is a light and compact integrated transmission unit fully contained within the engine housing. The gearbox itself as well as the gear increments are the same as on the other K-models.
Duolever front wheel suspension.

Like its sister models, the new K 1200 R Sport boasts Duolever front suspension combining superior precision and directional accuracy with optimum suspension comfort. The entire structure is very strong and torsionally resistant, naturally being conceived and designed for light and smooth handling. And thanks to its smooth response, the front wheel suspension offers a precise feeling for the road surface, taking in and smoothly absorbing even the smallest bumps.

Yet another feature of the kinematic Duolever is its anti-dive brake action remaining virtually consistent throughout the motorcycle’s entire spring travel.
All told, therefore, the new K 1200 R Sport offers an ideal combination of everyday riding qualities and sportiness also through its suspension
and running gear, once again emphasising the dynamic character of the
new machine from BMW Motorrad.

Paralever rear wheel suspension
Developed by BMW Motorrad for the K-Series, the Paralever is a highly
stable lightweight construction efficiently combining the transmission of forces and rear wheel guidance, and connecting the spring strut via a progressive kinematic pivot point. It also offers significant benefits in damper response and progressive action.

Further advantages of the Paralever are the reduction of unsprung masses and load change reactions, the increase in ground clearance, and the particularly attractive look of the rear suspension.

Optional ESA and RDC
The new K 1200 R Sport is available as an option with BMW Motorrad’s Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) allowing the rider to adjust
the spring/damper set-up conveniently to his particular requirements simply
by pressing a button. And as a further option available straight from the
factory, the new K 1200 R Sport also comes with TPC Tyre Pressure Control.

EVO brake system and Integral ABS as an option 
The new K 1200 R Sport is fitted as standard with BMW Motorrad’s
proven EVO brake system also featured on other models in the K- and
R-Series. With brake disc diameter of 320 millimetres at the front and 265 millimetres at the rear, this brake system is simply ideal for excellent stopping power, also when riding fast and dynamically. And the flexible steel brake lines featured as standard on the EVO brake system not only look good, but also ensure a consistent pressure point at all times.

The new generation of BMW Motorrad Integral ABS with semi-integral function introduced in summer 2006 is available as an optional extra.
This system controls the front and rear wheel brakes from the handbrake
lever, while the footbrake lever acts exclusively on the brake at the rear as a configuration particularly well-suited for the sports-minded motorcycle rider.

CAN-bus technology and electronic immobiliser
A standard feature of the current BMW Motorrad K-Series is that the
electrical and electronic components communicate with one another
via a modern databus network exchanging digital information through one single wire. Introduction of this single-wire system has dramatically streamlined the on-board electrics, significantly reducing the need for cables and connectors as well as the weight of the entire wiring system.

A further point is that only this technology is able to provide reliable, comprehensive and rapid troubleshooting and diagnostic functions.

Yet a further benefit of CAN-bus technology is that it enables the service technician to read out data and/or re-define parameters. And an electronic immobiliser with direct exchange of data between the ignition key and the motorcycle’s electronic system is also standard on the new K 1200 R Sport. 

Design and colour concept
As a special variant of the K 1200 R, the new K 1200 R Sport comes with the same overall design characteristics as its ‘sister’ model. The optical focus of the new machine is however on the dynamically enhanced frontal area, although the free, unrestricted view of the motorcycle’s technical components and key aesthetic elements again retain the full impression of innovative engine and suspension technology as striking BMW qualities. A further point is the semi-fairing offering a new, even more sporting look and making the K 1200 R Sport a truly unique model within the BMW Motorrad K-Series.

The new K 1200 R Sport is available in two colour variants interpreting
the character of this semi-fairing Roadster in a different way each time.
White-Aluminium metallic matt is a special metallic paintwork combining a truly ‘technical’ look with supreme clarity. The matt surfaces hardly generate any reflections, thus emphasising the specific lines and contours of the motorcycle through the interaction of light and shade alone. The engine and chassis components finished in black, in turn, create a clear and distinctive contrast giving the overall machine a particularly masculine and straightforward look.

Cosmic Blue, the second, truly powerful colour option, places greater emphasis on the motorcycle’s sporting flair. This colour highlights the dynamic lines of the machine and accentuates the semi-fairing in an even more impressive manner, the engine and suspension components finished in Silver rounding off the overall impression of the new K 1200 R Sport finished in Cosmic Blue.

Range of Equipment

Optional extras and special equipment
BMW Motorrad offers a wide range of special equipment on the K 1200 R Sport mainly carried over from the K 1200 R. And while the optional extras are fitted straight at the factory, special equipment may also be retrofitted by the BMW motorcycle dealer.

Optional extras

  • Heated grips
  • BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (semi-integral)
  • Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA)
  • TPC Tyre Pressure Control
  • Anti-theft warning system
  • Low seat (790 mm/31.1´´  )*
  • Sports wheels with 190-format rear tyre
  • Luggage rack*
  • White direction indicators (LED indicators available from 2/07)*.

Items marked with an * are available also as special equipment from BMW motorcycle dealers.
Special equipment

  • Tinted windshield.
  • Supports for sports cases.
  • Sports cases variable in capacity.
  • Luggage rack*.
  • White direction indicators (LED indicators available from 2/07)*.
  • Sports softbag, small.
  • Tankbag.
  •   Main stand.
  • BMW Motorrad Navigator.
  • Support for BMW Motorrad Navigator.
  • Low seat (790 mm/31.1´´  )*.
  • New: sports silencer.

New:  BMW Motorrad High Performance Parts

Introducing the K 1200 R Sport, BMW Motorrad is launching a new
initiative in the accessories market tailored specifically to the brand’s most sporting models: BMW Motorrad High Performance Parts give the
customer the opportunity to customise his machine in particularly sporting style. And at the same time all of these new products offer the highest standard of good looks, function and quality.

The range of BMW Motorrad High Performance Parts is being consistently enlarged and will be carried over to other models in future. For details please see the separate press kit.

High Performance Parts for the K 1200 R Sport

    • HP footrests.
    • HP carbon seat cover.
    • HP carbon wheel cover, front.
    • HP carbon engine spoiler.
    • HP carbon clutch cover.




     K 1200 R Sport






















    Max output












    Max torque


















    No of cylinders






    Compression ratio/fuel grade


    13 : 1/premium plus (98 RON)




    Valve/gas charge management


    DOHC (double overhead camshaft)




    Valve per cylinder






    Valve dia, intake/outlet






    Throttle butterfly diameter 






    Fuel supply






    Electrical System














    12/14 maintenance-free






    Low beam 1x H 7/55 W






    High beam 1x H 7/55 W
















    Power Transmission/Gearbox








    Multiple-plate oil bath clutch, dia 151 mm              






    Dog-shift six-speed gearbox




    Primary transmission ratio






    Gear ratios       I




































    Rear  wheel drive






    Final drive














    Composite aluminium frame with internal moulding/extrusion pressed profiles and




    Suspension, front


    BMW Duolever




    Suspension, rear


    BMW Paralever




    Spring travel, front/rear


















    Steering unit angle








    Double-disc brake, dia 320 mm






                    Single-disc brake, dia 265 mm






    BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (semi-integral) available as an option






    Light-alloy cast wheels






    3.50 x 17 MTH 2






    5.50 x 17 MTH 2
    (optional: 6.00 x 17 MTH 2)






    120/70 ZR 17






    180/55 ZR 17
    (190/50 ZR 17)










    Weights and Dimensions






    Length, overall






    Width, overall, with mirrors






    Handlebar width, without mirrors






    Seat height


    820 (790)




    Weight, unladen, with full tank






    Max permissible






    Tank capacity












    Performance and Fuel Consumption






    Fuel consumption






    90 km/h

    ltr/100 km





    120 km/h

    ltr/100 km











    0–100 km/h






    Standing-start km





    Top speed, approx


    200 plus








    K 1200 R Sport

    White Aluminium metallic matt



    Cosmic Blue