The big changes to the roadster R and touring RS models from BMW is the addition of the ShiftCam 1250 motor on the 2020 BMW R 1250 R and R 1250 RS motorcycles. The larger displacement powerplants aren’t the only changes, however, and we also have the latest on the dazzling array of options and packages for these 2020 BMW motorcycles.
The BMW ShiftCam 1250 motor comes to the BMW R 1250 R and RS for 2020. Debuting last year on the R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT, the larger and more powerful boxer makes its way through BMW’s sport and roadster lines. Claimed output is the same for the R and RS: 136 horsepower at 7750 rpm and 105 ft/lbs of torque at 6250 rpm. These numbers line up with the GS and RT. We have the details on the BMW ShiftCam powerplant here.
The 2020 R 1250 R also gets a new smart headlight. The new Headlight Pro system has a LED DRL that runs when the sun is out. When it gets dark (sundown or a tunnel), the main headlight automatically goes on. You can also manually trigger the main headlight.
There’s also a new headlight system on the 2020 BMW R 1250 RS, along with a new fairing. While the RS doesn’t get the Headlight pro, it does have twin LED headlights integrated into the sportier fairing. Additionally, there’s a new spoiler below the engine.
There’s a new 6.5-inch TFT display on the R 1250 R and R 1250 RS that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Plenty of information about the motorcycle is available through the system. In addition to controlling your music and telephone, it also displays navigation aids, though not GPS.
The 2020 BMW R 1250 R comes in different flavors. In addition to the standard R, BMW has the sport-oriented Style HP option ($600—sport display, tank cover, spoiler, tri-color paint), the Style Exclusive package ($500—tank cover, Pollux Metallic Matte paint) that BMW describes as “pure elegance,” the Sport Package ($350), and the Option 719 Sparkling Bronze Metallic paint ($950). You can also add in the functional ZSL Select Package for $2950. It adds a wide variety of features, the most significant being electronic suspension, up/down quickshifter, ABS Pro, linked brakes, dynamic traction control, additional ride modes, hill-start control, cruise control, and a centerstand.
There are also many ways to configure the 2020 BMW R 1250 RS. Groupings include the Style Sport package ($500—gold calipers, tank cover, spoiler, Austin Yellow Metallic paint), Exclusive Style Package ($400—gold calipers, tank cover, Imperial Blue Metallic paint), and Option 719 Sparkling Bronze Metallic paint ($1100). The RS gets its own ZSL Select Package, which runs $3150. It has a similar set of features as the R.
Both motorcycles have various optional customization packages. For the ultimate in customization, the BMW Motorrad Spezial program offers additional colors and trick parts. For instance, there are billet parts packages than sell for $2700. The option combinations for the R an RS are virtually endless, and we have just touched on the major packages, so you’ll be spending plenty of time consulting with your local dealer. Don’t be surprised when the total for your $15k motorcycle ends up well north of $20k when you get all the goodies you want.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!