Editor's picks: BMW R1200R

Published: 21 September 2011

The BMW R1200R is the lesser known boxer engine-powered machine in the German company's present range of bikes.

With 702 R1200GS models sold up to the end of July this year and only 134 R1200R in comparison, everybody's favourite it seems is the adventure-biased R1200GS, or is it?

MCN's Trevor Franklin rode the newest version and was impressed with the boxer-engined roadster. To read the full test you can pick up a copy of the current issue of MCN.

With the BMW R1200R famed reliability meets the tuning fingers of a joker. There’s a fair wallop of bottom end grunt and top end kick – more than any naked bike has a right to have.

Even though the old flat-twin is very old design-wise, modern internals, electronics and injected fuelling ensure the Boxer motor lives on for a while longer to keep BMW purists happy.

With the exception of a three-way height adjustable seat as standard, the R1200R is bum-basic for a BMW, and that’s why the price is kept low (for a BMW).

But as it is a BMW the list of optional riding equipment is long (and pricey): Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA), ABS, tyre pressure monitoring, soon-to-come traction control etc.

Our pick of the R1200Rs on offer at mcnbikesforsale.com is this 2006-registered, black model with 7,850 miles on the clock. Extras include flyscreen, top box, heated grips, centre stand and a stainless steel exhaust. View the advert here.

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