The new BMW R 1200 RS – a new dimension in sports touring.
BMW Motorrad and the legendary RS production bikes – a model badge that
continues to symbolise travel and sport in equal measure. In 1976, the
R 100 RS became the first mass-produced motorcycle in the world to come
with a full, frame-mounted fairing that had been developed in the wind tunnel.
As the consummate all-rounder for both travelling and sporting deployment, it
established the sports tourer segment, as it has been known ever since. With
the arrival of the new R 1200 RS, BMW Motorrad is continuing this long
tradition by unveiling a sports tourer powered by a flat-twin engine that
succeeds in transposing the all-round qualities of the original BMW RS
concept into the modern day to stunning effect. Whether darting along
country roads, revelling in its dynamic performance with a passenger on board
or going on a long touring holiday – the new R 1200 RS takes sports touring
to a whole new and truly thrilling level.
Meaty, mightier boxer engine for dynamic sports touring.
The flat-twin boxer engine on the new R 1200 RS is the same DOHC drive
unit that already powers the R 1200 GS, R 1200 GS Adventure as well as the
R 1200 RT and the new R 1200 R. It produces 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm
and develops its peak torque of 125 Nm (92 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm. Compared to
the engines on the GS, GS Adventure and RT, torque has actually been
increased slightly at low revs. The exhaust gases are routed through a 2-in-1
exhaust system with a rear silencer that is steeply angled for dynamic effect. A
modified airbox, newly shaped air intake snorkels and a centrally positioned
radiator all lend themselves to a slender, sporty and dynamic-looking front
ABS, ASC and two riding modes as standard. Riding mode Pro with
Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) as an optional extra.
For optimum adaptation to the rider’s individual needs, the new R 1200 RS
already comes equipped as standard with the two riding modes “Rain” and
“Road”. Besides ABS, the standard specification also includes Automatic
Stability Control (ASC) for increased handling safety when accelerating. And,
with the optional Riding mode Pro feature, the new R 1200 RS also adds
Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with banking detection as well as two extra
riding modes – “Dynamic” and “User” – to its technical repertoire.