2018 BMW R1200RS Review – BMW unveiled its newest sporting tour model, the BMW R1200RS in 2015, and this model is a direct carryover to the ’17 model year with some upgraded items last year and this year. Beemer combines Automatic Upper Stability Control, optional Electronic Suspension Adjustment, Dynamic Traction Control and variable power delivery modes with a somewhat sporty platform, both in form and performance. Twin box engine with a capacity of 1170 cc is producing power that will embarrass many pure sport motors and move the RS into the realm of high-speed long-distance rider.
The BMW RS series has always been about the convenience of touring since the original brought the fiberglass fairer fixed to the market in 1976 with RS R100, and this latest incarnation bears a family line with a tour-tastic feature that should eliminate its longer charm. . Join me when I see the latest generation of this respectable line.
2018 BMW R1200RS Review
2018 BMW R1200RS – Engine
The driving force behind the BMW R1200RS comes from a typical “boxer” flat-twin engine of the brand. Dual over-head cams move the heads of four valves, and the engine discharges waste heat through a combination of air conditioning and liquid. Massively oversquare, 101 mm bolts and 73 mm strokes added a total strike of 1,170 cc, and the strength figures were about what was expected; 125 horsepower at 7,750 rpm and torque of 92 pound-feet at 6,500 rpm.
The wire drive system uses electronic fuel injection and allows the use of a number of features. In the stock model, ABS wheel speed sensors feed data to Automatic Stability Control that functions like traction control because it modulates engine output as necessary to maintain the integrity of the contact patch. The stock bike is also equipped with two Riding modes that give power to various corners. You can upgrade this functionality with Ride Modes Pro which adds two more engine control profiles, to include user programmable programs, and slim sensing, Dynamic Traction Control. Included in the Ride Modes Pro for 2017 is ABS which is optimized for angles in the 5AC ABS form.
This system outperforms the decent 57 mpg at a speed of 55 mph, which is certain to be sure, but the 12.5-to-1 compression ratio gives you premium-gas pain. Power flows through a six-speed transmixer that uses constant mesh gears and flops to silently curt the ratio.
2018 BMW R1200RS Review
2018 BMW R1200RS – Features
Beemer uses a bridge type framework made of tubular steel parts as the foundation with a pressurized compression machine that uses grinding to replace the frame part of the frame. This lightens the frame and lowers the engine mass to keep the center of gravity close to the ground. The one-sided swingarm pulls dual duty as the housing for the drive shaft, which is a setting that keeps the back of the gear clean and nice, if not simple.
Built for precision handling and braking stiffness, the framework shows superbike roots. The steering head angle is set at 62.3 degrees according to the factory, but the Americans will call it 27.7 degrees for reasons with 4.5 inch traces. No matter what you call it, the steering is prepared for straight and straight journeys that are relatively stable, even at high speed, without sacrificing too much around the corner.
Now for the top shelf suspension. A pair of 45mm forks glide at the front end, and runs in a usd configuration that has high torque resistance and lateral stiffness for a solid front end. The swingarm works with a WAD strut equipped with a handwheel preload adjuster and adjustable rebound damping, and the components at both ends give up 5.5 inches of the suspension travel on the axle.
To be honest, the unmanageable front end is somewhat surprising; somehow, I expect Beemer to at least throw in some adjustable parameters, even on the stock model. At least the factory offers the option of upgrading to Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) which comes with two separate attenuation presets that can read the condition and adjust the suspension electrically. A kind of set-it-and-forget-it system that completely blocks the need for tools or handwheels.
2018 BMW R1200RS with Dual 320 mm front disc brakes work with four-pot calipers, as opposed to pistons to slow down the front wheels, and single 276 mm discs and twin-pot calipers binding the back. ABS Integral BMW itself provides over-brake protection, and can be turned off if you want a standard brake feel – or maybe just want to do some burnout.
- Sport Touring is given a new face.
Driving dynamics coupled with touring eligibility – at the highest level: that’s R1200RS. With its potent engine and stable suspension, this sport touring bike offers more than just a large number of equestrian pleasures. Thanks to a relaxed and sporty sitting position and perfect wind and weather protection, the bike offers an entirely new driving feel while traveling quickly and riding along rural roads with sporty style.
- Performance meets the design.
The modern concept of a dynamic fusion between sport and motor touring is shown visually as well, in a semi fairing manner featuring symmetrical headlights coming from two generations of RR. The elegant handlebar unit with an attached aluminum section perfectly combines function and ergonomics.
- Travel buddy is elegant and fast.
The BMW R1200RS new touring motorcycle gains the highest power of the 92 kW (125 bhp) output sent by a 2-cylinder air-cooled 4-stroke boxer engine with two driven gear drives and a shaft axle. To ensure stability in every country road, the suspension is actively regulated and electronically regulated and ASC (Automatic Stability Control) is displayed as standard. To provide an optimal driving experience, two ride modes, “Rain” and “Road” are also included as standard equipment.
- Equipment and accessories add the perfect finishing touch.
A wide selection of optional equipment switches from case holders and luggage racks to cruise control and “Keyless Ride” is easy to use. New and practical capital case cases that successfully complement motor sport touring: overall ergonomic and integrated harmonization as a whole, offer the level of travel comfort you normally would not expect from a sports bidder. Optional equipment that drives Pro mode contains ABS Pro and Dynamic Brake Light (homologation in progress).