First ride: 2015 BMW R1200R

Published: 04 December 2014

BMW’s new R1200R is getting it’s world first test ride today in Spain in the hands of MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. Here’s what he has to say:

 “The new roadster will cost £10,250 when hits dealers in February and is powered by BMW’s latest-generation, 125bhp liquid-cooled 1170cc boxer engine, which first appeared in last year’s revamped R1200GS and this year’s RT tourer and GS Adventure.

“There’s a new chassis and styling, but the biggest news is the move away from the old machine’s Telelever front end. New, non-adjustable, 45mm upside-down forks promise to give the R1200R a less quirky feel at the front end. But there’s still BMW’s tried and tested Paralever system at the rear, incorporating shaft drive.

“There are two other R1200R versions: the £11,060 ‘Sport’, which will come with traction control, riding modes, a quickshifter/autoblipper and the £11,910 ‘Exclusive’, featuring electronically-adjustable suspension, cruise control and a centre stand among other goodies. As you’d expect, there will wide range of official touring and go-faster accessories available when it goes on sale.”

Read Michael’s full test in the December 10 issue of MCN.