2011 BMW R 1200 R and Classic
BMW R 1200 R and BMW R 1200 R Classic
– the new dynamic roadsters from BMW Motorrad.
With the new BMW R 1200 R and R 1200
R Classic, BMW Motorrad is continuing its long tradition
of roadster building and presents the revised successor
models to the successful R 1200 R. Both combine a
modern sporty and accentuated classical motorcycle
design, once again with considerably greater quality
and driving dynamics for even more riding fun.
Generating perceptibly higher torques,
the new boxer engine provides an extra boost to temperament.
Whereas the boxer in the predecessor model had already
provided superior propulsion under all conditions,
the new BMW R 1200 R models can deliver more on top.
Derived from the BMW HP2 Sport, their new boxer with
1170 cc and DOHC valve gear corresponds to the engines
already installed in the BMW R 1200 GS and BMW R 1200
Thanks to ultra modern technology in
conjunction with two different design concepts, the
new BMW roadsters are setting discrete emphasises
in the segment to a degree greater than before. Whereas
the basic version of the BMW R 1200 R emphasises the
sporty all round character with new cast light alloy
wheels, the R 1200 R Classic presents wire spoke wheels
for a deliberate touch of refined nostalgia.
This demarcation between the two new
roadster models is also continued in the colour of
the paintwork and other equipment details. For instance,
the R 1200 R Classic pays homage to the classic roadsters
with metallic sapphire black paintwork in conjunction
with a centre stripe in plain alpine white extending
over the tank and front wheel cover.
The basic version of the R 1200 R is
available in mat metallic smoky grey, metallic light
grey, or metallic red apple: three colour schemes
representing a dynamic, elegant, and modern interpretation
of the roadster.
These three colour variants when combined with wheels
and drivetrain in Nürburg silver highlight the
sporty, dynamic side of the roadster.
The R 1200 R Classic, on the other hand,
deliberately goes for a refined contrast and emphasises
components like the Telelever, drivetrain, cylinder
head covers, frame, and fork with silver. Their classical,
refined quality also finds expression in the completely
chromium-plated exhaust system and the mirrors with
a chromium look, whereas the basic version provides
a sporty touch in the form of a rear silencer in brushed
stainless steel and black rearview mirrors.
Despite the differences in visual appeal
presented by the R 1200 R and R 1200 R Classic, they
are nevertheless united in their technology.
For instance, maximised rigidity and
strength is provided by the tried and tested, two
part main/rear frame, which has a weight-saving structure
of steel tubing is designed with the engine as a load-bearing
element for maximum stiffness and rigidity. The front
suspension of the new BMW R 1200 R trusts in the BMW
Telelever in conjunction with a new fork structure.
Its high quality, technical grace and the enlarged
diameter of the standpipe (from 35 to 41 mm) contribute
decisively to shaping the face of the new R 1200 R.
The rear suspension takes the form of the tried and
tested single arm with BMW Paralever.
Both the R 1200 R and the R 1200 R
Classic can be fitted optionally with electronic suspension
adjustment ESA. This serves to vary the spring base
and the suspension’s pressure and rebound stages
at the rear wheel, and the suspension’s rebound
stage at the front wheel – a system that has
established itself as the solution for optimised road
handling and comfort.
The maximum safety standard is ensured
by the established and proven brake system, which
can be fitted in the factory with the optional BMW
Motorrad integral ABS (in the partially integral version)
and automatic stability control ASC.
In its role as a traditional system
provider, BMW Motorrad has also developed for the
new R 1200 R and R 1200 R Classic extensive ranges
of optional equipment and tailored optional accessories
for further individualisation.
The following presents an overview of
the essential features of the new BMW R 1200 R and
BMW R 1200 R Classic:
- Clear differentiation between the R 1200 R and
R 1200 R Classic in the form of characteristic colour
concepts and equipment features.
- New dynamic drive, now with double overhead camshafts
in each cylinder.
- Maximum torque raised to 119 Nm at 6000 rpm,
and rated power raised to 81 kW (110 hp) at 7750
- Maximum engine speed now raised from 8000 to
8500 rpm for an even wider utilisable speed range.
- Perceptible improvements to torque values for
even greater roadster pleasure on country roads.
- Spontaneous response with optimised controllability
and clearly improved load-alteration effects.
- Cylinder-head covers now with two instead of
the previous four mounting bolts and a new, dynamic
- Shorter, sportier rear silencer in brushed (R
1200 R) or chromium-plated (R 1200 R Classic) stainless
- Electronically controlled exhaust flap for a
superior powerful sound.
- Cast light alloy wheels (R 1200 R).
- Wire spoke wheels with light alloy flat collar
rims (R 1200 R Classic).
- ESA (electronic suspension adjustment) (optional
- BMW Motorrad integral ABS in the partially integral
version (optional factory fit).
- Automatic stability control ASC (optional factory
- Redesigned cockpit with two round analogue instruments.
- New hydraulic reservoirs with a smoked glass
- Extensive range of optional equipment and tailored
accessories at the familiarly high BMW standards.