It’s friendly, easy to manage and supremely comfortable, although being a roadster, wind protection isn’t great at high speeds.
Conventional 45mm non-adjustable upside forks replace the Televeler system from the previous model, giving the R1200R more feel going into corners, especially in the wet and at the limit in the dry.
The rear end’s ‘EVO Paralever’ offers decent feel and stability, but still rises slightly on and off the power, but on the plus side, you’ll never need to clean or adjust your chain again. Wet and dry grip from the Metzeler Z8 Roadtec tyres are superb and the ABS-assisted radial front calipers never lack bite or power.
Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) gives the R1200R semi-active suspension, like the DDC-equipped HP4, but has electronically-adjustable preload as well. It adds an extra layer and plushness to an already sweet-handling chassis.
The R’s old 109bhp old air/oil-cooled engine makes way for the same 1170cc, 125bhp air/liquid-cooled DOHC flat-twin unit that powers the ‘13 R1200GS, ’14 R1200GS Adventure and R1200RT, but with a revised airbox and exhaust design.
The ride-by-wire-controlled engine has a beautifully-smooth power delivery, a snatch-free throttle, lots of usable torque and a decent kick at the top end. Although more refined than ever, the boxer motor still has bags of character.
It’s built like a Tonka toy, has a deep paint finish and all the controls work smoothly and easily. The previous model has nothing but rave reviews on our website’s owners’ reviews section.
Ten grand is a lot to pay for a basic roadster, but load it up with the optional electronics extras and suddenly the R1200R becomes excellent value for money and it will hold its value more when it’s time to sell.
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BMW are a bit mean with their toys as standard, but the R does come with two riding modes, a basic traction control system and ABS.
But there are some incredible electronics available as options, such as: two extra riding modes, full Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), semi-active suspension, a quickshifter/auto-blipper, cruise control, heated grips, keyless ignition and on-board computer.
Then, there’s an almost endless selection of performance, design and touring goodies to choose from BMW’s vast parts and accessory catalogue.