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.