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2011 BMW R1200R
2011 BMW R1200R

2011 BMW R1200R
2011 BMW R1200R

2011 BMW R1200R
2011 BMW R1200R

2011 BMW R1200R
2011 BMW R1200R

2011 BMW R1200R
2011 BMW R1200R

2011 BMW R1200R
2011 BMW R1200R

2011 BMW R1200R
2011 BMW R1200R

– 2011 BMW R1200R

2011 BMW R1200R

The R 1200 R. All business, all the time.
If you’re looking for a bike with zero pretensions that’s all attitude, the R 1200 R is your ride. From blazing performance in the twisties to long distance touring to blasts around the city this is a supremely capable motorcycle that offers exhilarating performance. Featuring a generous 109hp, the new R 1200 R has the horsepower torque and acceleration to create thrills with every mile. Add the latest version of BMW Integral ABS and Automatic Stability Control, and the R 1200 R is as sure-footed as it is exciting. Handling is remarkably precise thanks to the Telelever front suspension and the motorcycle’s low center of gravity. Now every turn becomes a pulse-quickening experience no matter where the pavement takes you.

This roadster is the universal talent on tarmac. A true cornering fiend on the one hand and a supremely comfortable travel companion on the other. Moreover it can be customised with a wide range of accessories to suit your every need. You can style it into a sporty, classic or touring oriented naked bike – the BMW R 1200 R will always be your reliable companion. The classy looks catch many an eye and the high-quality workmanship can be seen and felt everywhere. Typically BMW but yet different featuring proven qualities that will fascinate you over and over again – qualities that you will not want to do without once you have got to know them.

The 1200 cc flat twin contributes its share to the dynamic and supremely controlled experience generating an output of 109 bhp and 115 Nm of torque. The perfect suspension has no trouble at all with the weight of 223 kg (fully fuelled). You could load up the same again and still enjoy the almost playful and truly convincing handling of this bike. Combined with exemplary safety equipment, a timeless yet modern, high-quality and sporty design, the BMW R 1200 R is truly a multi-talented bike and an evergreen.

The BMW R 1200 R – modern power, exclusive looks and a truly classic naked bike.


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 RT.

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 rpm.

– 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 styling.

– Shorter, sportier rear silencer in brushed (R 1200 R) or chromium-plated
(R 1200 R Classic) stainless steel.

– 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 factory fit).

– BMW Motorrad integral ABS in the partially integral version (optional factory fit).

– Automatic stability control ASC (optional factory fit).

– Redesigned cockpit with two round analogue instruments.

– New hydraulic reservoirs with a smoked glass look.

– Extensive range of optional equipment and tailored accessories at the familiarly high BMW standards.



2011 BMW R1200R – Specifications
USA MSRP: Base MSRP: $12,795 – Touring Package: $13,795
Canada MSRP: See Dealer for Current Pricing


Type Air/oil-cooled flat twin (‘Boxer’) 4-stroke, one camshaft and four valves per cylinder, central balancer shaft

Bore x stroke 101 mm x 73 mm

Capacity 1170 cc

Rated output 109hp (80 kW) at 7,500 rpm

Max. torque 85 lb/ft (115 Nm) at 6,000 rpm

Compression ratio 12.0 : 1

Mixture control / engine management Electronic intake pipe injection/BMS-K digital engine management with overrun fuel cut-off, twin-spark ignition

Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3


Performance / fuel consumption

Maximum speed Over 125 mph (200 km/h)

Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h 4.1 l

Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h 5.5 l

Fuel type Unleaded premium

Electrical system

Alternator three-phase alternator 600 W

Battery 12 V / 14 Ah, maintenance-free

Power transmission

Clutch Single dry plate clutch, hydraulically operated

Gearbox Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth

Drive Shaft drive

Chassis / brakes

Frame Two-section frame consisting of front and rear sections with load-bearing engine-gearbox unit

Front wheel location / suspension BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 35 mm, central spring strut

Rear wheel location / suspension Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; central spring strut, spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel; rebound damping adjustable

Suspension travel front / rear 4.7 inches (120 mm) / 5.5 inches (140 mm)

Wheelbase 58.9 inches (1495 mm)

Castor 4.7 inches (119 mm)

Steering head angle 62.9°

Wheels Cast aluminium

Rim, front 3.50 x 17”

Rim, rear 5.50 x 17”

Tyres, front 120/70 ZR 17

Tyres, rear 180/55 ZR 17

Brake, front Twin disc, floating brake discs, 320 mm diameter, four-piston fixed calipers

Brake, rear Single disc brake, diameter 265 mm, double-piston floating caliper

ABS Optional extra: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral)



Dimensions / weights

Length 84.4 inches (2145 mm)

Width (incl. mirrors) 34.3 inches (872 mm)

Height (excl. mirrors) 50.6 inches (1285 mm)

Seat height, unladen weight 31.5 inches (800 mm) (low seat: 30.3 inches [770 mm], high seat: 32.7 inches [830 mm])

Inner leg curve, unladen weight 70.9 inches (1800 mm) (low seat: 69.3 inches [1760 mm], high seat: 73.2 inches [1860 mm])

Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1) 492 lbs (223 kg)

Dry weight 2) 437 lbs (198 kg)

Permitted total weight 992 lbs (450 kg)

Payload (with standard equipment) 500 lbs (227 kg)

Usable tank volume 4.6 U.S. gallons (18.0 l)

Reserve approx. 1 gallon (3.0 l)



Night Black Non-Metallic
Midnight black with stripe
Granite Gray Metallic
Biarritz Blue Metallic
Alpine White

1) According to guideline 93/93/EWG with all fluids, fuelled with at least 90% of usable tank volume
2) Unladen weight without fluids

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