2012 BMW R 1200 R and R 1200 R Classic
BMW R 1200 R and BMW R 1200
R Classic – the new dynamic roadsters from BMW
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
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.
The new R 1200 R and R 1200 R Classic –
sporty modern or emphasised classical.
Greater value, appeal, and dynamics are the hallmarks
of the two new BMW Motorrad roadsters, although with
different characters. Whereas the colour concept and
equipment of the basic R 1200 R version underscore
its claims as a modern, sporty, and dynamic naked
bike, the design of the R 1200 R Classic targets exclusively
the fans of refined roadsters with the classical touch.
Although the two present differing visual impressions,
they are on common ground where their technology is
New boxer engine delivering perceptibly higher torques
for even more dynamic roadster pleasure.
Whereas the R 1200 R is already considered the epitome
of classical, dynamic motorcycle pleasure, in particular
on country roads, the latest BMW roadster edition
provides even greater riding dynamics, especially
on this terrain.
Already familiar from the BMW Motorrad models R
1200 GS and R 1200 RT, the new DOHC boxer engine provides
a maximum torque of 119 Nm, higher than the 115 Nm
of the predecessor model (at an unchanged 6000 rpm),
for even greater propulsion. At the same time, there
is a significant rise in torque and a distinct homogeneity
of the torque curve in the lower and central speed
ranges that are especially important on twisty country
roads. In addition, the maximum engine speed now raised
by about 500 rpm to a present 8500 rpm presents an
even wider range of utilisable speeds. The top power
output is now 81 kW (110 hp) at 7750 rpm (previously
80 kW/109 hp at 7500 rpm).
The valves are timed via chain driven double-overhead
camshafts (DOHCs) in each cylinder. The valves are
actuated with rocker arms that are very light and
so suitable for high speeds. The radial arrangement
of the four valves allow a highly compact design for
the combustion chamber.
Technology and design.
The horizontal arrangement of the camshafts in the
direction of travelling required two special technical
features for the new boxer: each camshaft controls
one intake and one exhaust valve. Owing to the radial
valve arrangement, the cams were cut to a conical
shape. The valve head diameters were enlarged to 39
mm on the intake side and 33 mm on the discharge side
compared with the 36 mm and 31 mm respectively of
the predecessor model. Valve clearance compensation
is based on lightweight hemispherical shims.
The predecessor bore-to-stroke ratio of 101 to 73
mm was retained, for an unchanged displacement of
1170 cc. Also retained were the crankshaft, the connecting
rod, and their bearings, whereas the two cast aluminium
pistons were redesigned for the new combustion chamber
The revised air intake system features throttle
bodies with 50 mm bores instead of the 47 mm bores
of the predecessor model. In addition, the new engine
also features redesigned intake air snorkels and an
air filter element with higher throughput. Stable
thermal conditions even under extreme conditions are
provided by a newly developed oil cooler. The oil-cooler
mask was redesigned for better flow properties and
a visual impression of greater dynamics.
The wish for a particularly sonorous boxer engine
sound that also conforms to the legal requirements
finds fulfilment in the new BMW R 1200 R models, which
now present an exhaust flap actuated with an electric
servomotor as well as opening and closing mechanisms.
A visual highlight is presented by the new, compact
rear silencer typical of roadsters, now shortened
by 60 mm.
Power is transmitted as before by the tried and
tested six-speed gearbox that had already been redesigned
for the 2008 model with enlarged bearing diameters
and modified shaft pitch. Featuring unchanged technology,
but a new, high quality surface coating, the maintenance
free cardan shaft drive was adopted for the rear wheel.
Superior suspension technology for sporty,
dynamic pleasure on country roads.
Like their predecessor, the new BMW R 1200 R models
are based on the tried and tested, two part frame
structure that integrates the engine as a supporting
element. At the same time, the steering head angle
and caster are tuned to the handling and stability
that a roadster needs for dynamic riding. The rear,
weight-optimised section of the tubular space frame
contributes to its lightweight appearance.
The wheel suspensions make use of the telelever
and paralever designs familiar from other boxer engine
models. These afford a key contribution to the roadster’s
stable riding response and agile handling. The new
R 1200 R models are fitted with completely redesigned
fork structures with a greater standpipe diameter
(now 41 mm instead of the earlier 35 mm) for even
greater stability of the front section. The turned
and subsequently anodised surface of the skidpipes
presents a visual impression of particularly high
quality roadster technology.
On twisty roads, the R 1200 R proves its great agility
and, at the same time, meets all the demands a sporty
touring rider has for comfort on his vehicle. And
those frequently on the road with differing loads
will also learn to appreciate the optional 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.
Whereas the basic version of the new BMW R 1200 R
has cast light alloy wheels of a sporty style, the
R 1200 R Classic has embarked on other, much more
classical roads. In the traditional roadster manner,
it features high quality wire spoke wheels in conjunction
with light alloy flat collar rims, cast aluminium
hubs, and tubed tyres.
BMW Motorrad integral ABS (partially integral)
The maximum safety standard is ensured by the tried
and tested brake system. The front brake discs have
a diameter of 320 mm and the rear brake discs 265
mm. The maximum decelerations that the rider can manage
with little operating effort are made possible with
the optional BMW Motorrad integral ABS in the partially
integral version that provides the rider with the
maximum level of additional safety, in particular
during emergency and hazard braking.
New cockpit in consistent roadster design.
The new BMW roadsters feature a completely revised
cockpit presenting a high quality look typical of
roadsters. The rider can now view at a glance the
speedometer and revolution speeds on a clear arrangement
of adjacent round instruments in the classical form,
which light up in orange during night rides. In addition,
a display presents further details like the current
gear and the time. On request, the functions of the
instrument panel can be expanded with an onboard computer
that provides further information, e.g. range, average
consumption, and outside temperature.
The predecessor tubular steel handlebar has now
been replaced with a tapered aluminium version. In
conjunction with a redesigned fork bridge and hydraulic
reservoirs with a smoked glass look, the new R 1200
R models present in these sections too a visual impression
of considerably higher quality and greater roadster
affinity. Whereas the basic version of the R 1200
R features all black plastic rear-view mirrors underscoring
the dynamic design, the R 1200 R Classic presents
chromium-plated versions that emphasise their kinship
to the classic, historical models.
Optimised equipment for even more roadster
Both R 1200 R models now feature a centre stand
as standard. Greater comfort, in particular for the
pillion too, is provided for by the new comfortable
seat. As part of its optional equipment and optional
accessories BMW Motorrad offers seats with a more
sporty design and other heights. (see Section 3 “Equipment
As standard the new BMW roadsters feature indicators
with white glass covers. As optional equipment or
optional accessory, LED indicators are also available
for an even sportier look.
The wish for a particularly sonorous boxer sound
that also conforms to the legal requirements is fulfilled
in the new BMW R 1200 R models, which now present
an exhaust flap actuated with an electric servomotor
as well as opening and closing mechanisms.
The new, compact rear silencer typical of roadsters,
now shortened by 60 mm, is a visual highlight. The
sporty, modern claims of the basic version finds expression
in the surface quality of brushed stainless steel,
whereas the classical, refined R 1200 R Classic goes
for high gloss chromium. Common to both models are
the exhaust manifolds in chromium-plated stainless
Additional details of the extensive revision undergone
by the boxer roadsters can be found in the cover over
the classical round headlamp and the new rear with
optimised rear grab handles.
Optional equipment and optional accessories –
the perfect individualisation by BMW Motorrad.
The R 1200 R and the R 1200 R Classic fulfil claims
as agile, dynamic roadsters with a high level of everyday
and touring practicality through a fascinating mix
of dynamics, comfort and a design typical of roadsters,
making an almost perfect solution that is standard
in the series. In addition, BMW Motorrad provides
the usual extensive range of optional equipment and
optional accessories for the further individualisation
of these two new BMW roadster models.
Optional equipment is factory fitted; it is integrated
in the production process. Optional accessories are
installed by the BMW Motorrad dealer, so the motorcycle
can be fitted with options afterwards as well.
* Also as optional accessory retrofits.
- BMW Motorrad integral ABS (partially integral).
- Electronic suspension adjustment ESA.
- Automatic stability control ASC.*
- Tyre pressure control RDC (basic R 1200 R version).
- On-board computer.
- Heated grips.*
- LED indicators, white.*
- Sport windshield.*
- Anti-theft alarm system DWA.*
- Seat, low (height 770 mm).*
- Sport seat (height 800 mm).*
- Comfort seat, high (height 830 mm).*
- Low slung (height 750 mm).
- Rear silencer, chromium plated (basic R 1200
- Pannier carriers, large incl. luggage carrier.
- Pannier carriers, small.
** Also available as optional factory-fitted equipment.
Storage space range.
- System panniers.**
- Inner pocket for system panniers.
- Panniers carriers, large incl. luggage carrier.**
- Pannier carriers, small.**
- Topcase, small, watertight, 28 l.
- Inner pocket for topcase, small.
- Backrest pad for topcase, small.
- Tank rucksack, watertight.
- Tank bag, universal.
- Softbag 2, small.
- Softbag 2, large.
- Luggage roll 2.
Ergonomics and comfort.
- Seat, extra low (height 760 mm).
- Seat, low (height 770 mm).**
- Sport seat (height 800 mm).**
- Seat, high (height 830 mm).
- Comfort seat, high (height 830 mm).**
- Sport windshield, clear.**
- Sport windshield, tinted.
- Windshield, high.
- Anti-theft alarm system DWA.**
- Automatic stability control ASC.**
- Heated grips.**
- LED indicators.**
- LED rear light.
- Akrapovic sports silencer.
- BMW Motorrad Navigator IV.
- Holder for BMW Motorrad Navigator IV.
- Engine protection bars.
- Cylinder head cover guard, aluminium.
- Cylinder head cover guard, plastic.
- Cylinder head covers, chromium plated.
- On-board toolkit service set.
- Paddock stand.
- Adapter for paddock stand.
- Extra socket, rear.
- Cylinder head covers, chromium plated.
- Custom mirrors, chromium plated.
- Protective cap for Telelever.
- Spoke wheels.
Colour concepts that emphasise the character.
The basic versions of the R 1200 R and the R 1200
R Classic immediately present a stark contrast between
their equipment features like the cast light alloy
versus wire spoke wheels or the rear silencer in brushed
versus chromium-plated stainless steel. The different
characters are reinforced by their separate colour
concepts that on the one hand underscore the sporty,
dynamic all round claims of the new R 1200 R and,
on the other, hone their classical, refined roadster
This deliberate demarcation between the two new
roadster models finds expression on the R 1200 R Classic
in its particularly elaborate paintwork. The traditional
roadster heritage is borne completely on a metallic
sapphire black in conjunction with a central dynamic
stripe of plain alpine white extending over the tank
and front wheel cover.
On the other hand, the basic version of the R 1200
R is available in one of three colour schemes: mat
metallic smoky grey, metallic light grey, or metallic
red apple presenting a dynamic, elegant and at the
same time modern roadster interpretation. In an interplay
of Nürburg silver on the wheels and drivetrain,
the basic version of the R 1200 R presents its sporty,
dynamic side to the best effect. Other sporty touches
include the rear silencer in brushed stainless steel
and the all black rearview mirrors.
Contrastingly, the R 1200 R Classic presents silver
coloured components like Telelever, drivetrain, cylinder
head covers, frame, and fork in stark contrast to
the body parts. This model underscores the classical,
refined look that is boosted even further by the completely
chromium-plated exhaust system and the mirrors in
a chromium look.