2015 BMW R1200R Promises to Be a Very Comfortable Naked Bike at EICMA

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The R1200R is definitely one of the most iconic European roadsters even though they are less popular than we’d expect. If you’re in for a sporty bike which still feels comfortable after long hauls and can effortlessly do both city and highway commuting, the 2015 BMW R1200R is definitely worth your attention.
Immediately after our first contact with the bike during its debut at the EICMA show, we realized just what a great naked bike BMW has put together for 2015. It's not that comfortable to ride, but you expect that. The R1200R more than makes up for that with its wide handlebars that will help you carve corners with ease. The company knows its customers very well and designed the saddle to accommodate even larger riders.

The really great thing about the R1200R is that is has just the right amount of sport DNA in a package which is as rewarding as it is versatile. While the R1200R is not exactly THE choice for two-up fun, it can still accommodate a passenger. Anyway, this machine is more about solo rides than commuting or should we rather say that it adds a lot of brawn to commuting?

A new R generation

We knew that BMW’s last air/oil-cooled bike was the R nineT, so we were expecting the Bavarian manufacturer to roll out a new generation of R machines. The old “airhead” was replaced by the new power unit which was first seen in the new R1200GS adventure bike. The use of the new liquid-cooled engine was extended to the entire boxer family, so if you’re a diehard fan of the old mill, the R nineT is the only one left for you.

The 2015 R1200R brings the same performance specs of the R1200GS, as far as the engine is concerned. This boxer will produce 125 horsepower at 7,750 rpm, and 124 Nm (92 lb-ft) of torque at 6,500 rpm. With a 6-speed manual transmission and hassle-free shaft drive, riding the 2015 BMW R1200R will be a rewarding experience, with no chain maintenance and with a gear for pretty much any scenario.

Whether slicing through the urban jungle or blasting along the highway at 120 mph (200 km/h), the R1200R provides the same reassuring vibe. And the electronic amenities it was equipped with only make everything even better.

The standard version introduces ABS and Automatic Stability Control (ASC), plus two riding modes, Rain and Road. If you feel like you could use an extra edge for this sporty boxer, an optional ex-works Pro mode is available, too. It will bring neat features to the game, such as Dynamic Traction Control with two extra engine mappings. The first one is called Dynamic, and it is complemented by a User setting which allows riders to save their own preferences for an engine response perfectly tailored to their style.

If you’re still looking for more, you can always choose to upgrade your R1200R with the Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) and its Dynamic and Road modes.

The 2015 BMW R1200R is not exactly a breakthrough in the industry, but it represents a most welcome addition to the naked roadster segment. And with the new engine, things certainly look very promising.
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