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

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

2018 BMW R 1200 R

If you were designing a pictogram to represent a motorcycle, you could do much worse than the 2018 BMW R 1200 R as a model.

Generic in a very good way, the BMW R 1200 R is the most unadorned of the R 1200 line from BMW, and that give you the freedom to do almost anything you want with it.

While you won’t want to take it off-road, it will be happy doing everything from cruising down to the local posh coffee shop to riding across the continent with a couple of soft saddlebags.

2018 BMW R 1200 R Buyer's GuideThe R 1200 R has natural ergonomics, and superbly torquey motor, and fully predictable and confidence-inspiring handling. The 2018 BMW R 1200 R is the embodiment of what a motorcycle is.

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2018 BMW R 1200 R 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: 59.7 inches
  • Rake: 27.7°
  • Trail: 4.9 inches
  • Seat height: 31.1 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 4.7 gallons
  • Estimated fuel consumption: 60 mpg
  • Curb weight: 508 pounds

2018 BMW R 1200 R Color:

  • Iced Chocolate Metallic

2018 BMW R 1200 R Price:


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Don Williams
Don Williams
With 50 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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