Naked BMW due mid-05

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The world's most powerful naked bike, BMW's new 160bhp-plus K1200R, will go on sale in the middle of next year.

The R - based on the newly-launched K1200S - was shown for the first time at a brief preview at the Munich Show last month.

It has the same transverse four-cylinder in-line engine from the K1200S. The drive unit and the chassis are the same as the K1200 S, with only minor modifications. At the front, the BMW Duolever suspension rake angle is slightly steeper and the castor is slightly shorter.

The K1200S has been made available for test rides at UK dealers but is currently delayed while BMW addresses a fault with the camshaft. See link, right.

The fix is certain to be applied to the R before it goes into production, too.

For the R's engine, the routing of the air intake is changed. Maximum performance will be slightly lower than that of the K1200 S but still above 160 bhp. The torque curve is almost identical to that of the K1200 S but the rear axle ratio is a little shorter, offering even sharper acceleration.

New features include ‘muscular’ styling of the fuel tank and rear end, and front dual-headlamps.

The seat is similar to that on the S but slightly narrower at the front to encourages a forward riding position. It is also intended to improve comfort for shorter riders.

The steering bridge is also shaped so that the rider sits in a slightly more upright position. New designs for the speedometer and rev counter feature white dials with black figures.


Rated output: Over 160 bhp

Maximum torque: approx. 92ftlb

Dry weight: (without operating materials, without ABS) less than 220 kg

Fuel tank:19 Litres

BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part integral) as special equipment.

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By MCN Staff