Buyers Guide BMW 2018 BMW R 1200 RS Buyer's Guide | Specs & Price

2018 BMW R 1200 RS Buyer’s Guide | Specs & Price

2018 BMW R 1200 RS

The evocative term “gentleman’s” is undoubtedly overused. However, when you look at the 2018 BMW R 1200 RS, it’s hard to resist calling it a gentleman’s sport bike.

The RS has sensible ergonomics and an impressively torquey motor, plus extremely predictable handling thanks to a long wheelbase and relaxed rake.

The R 1200 RS is the no drama route to going fast, comfortably and safely. Other important features include standard ABS and impossibly thrifty fuel economy—a claimed 57 mpg—as long as you don’t flog it.

2018 BMW R 1200 RS horsepowerBut, why would you buy the 2018 BMW R 1200 RS if you didn’t intend to get in some serious throttle twisting to exploit the boxer?

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2018 BMW R 1200 RS Specs:


  • Type: Horizontally opposed twin
  • Displacement: 1170cc
  • Bore x stroke: 101 x 73mm
  • Maximum power: 125 horsepower @ 7750 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 92 ft/lbs @ 6500 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 12.5:1
  • Valve train: DOHC, 4vpc
  • Cooling: Liquid and air
  • Transmission: Constant mesh 6-speed w/ helical gear teeth
  • Final drive: Shaft


  • Frame: Continuous tubular steel bridge-type
  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 45mm inverted fork; 5.5 inches
  • Rear suspension; travel: BMW EVO Paralever and WAD strut w/ spring-preload and rebound-damping adjustable shock; 5.5 inches

    Front wheel: 3.50 x 17; cast aluminum

  • Rear wheel: 4.50 x 17; cast aluminum
  • Front tire: 120/70 ZR 17
  • Rear tire: 180/55 ZR 17
  • Front brakes: Dual floating 320mm discs w/ four-piston fixed calipers
  • Rear brake: 276mm disc, with dual-piston floating caliper
  • ABS: Standard (defeatable)


  • Wheelbase: 60.2 inches
  • Rake: 27.7°
  • Trail: 4.5 inches
  • Seat height: 32.3 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 4.7 gallons
  • Estimated fuel consumption: 57 mpg
  • Curb weight: 520 pounds

2018 BMW R 1200 RS Colors:

  • Frozen Bronze Metallic/Black Storm Metallic
  • Blackstorm metallic

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Don Williams
Don Williams
With 45 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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