2011 BMW R Review


Suited to the needs of a variety of types of motorcycle buyers, the 2011 BMW R is available in a choice of six models. The BMW R 1200 R and R Classic are geared for everyday street driving, while the R 1200 GS, also available in the Adventure and Triple Black editions, are ideal for using on- or offroad. Finally, the BMW R 1200 GT is designed as a sporty touring vehicle that is great for longer trips and muscular cruising purposes. All models of the 2011 BMW R offers sporty styling and top performance in their respective segments. An assortment of excellent accessories is available for all models to help spruce up the bike, including the latest technology to bring all the modern conveniences consumers are looking for. Offering all the latest technologies, a sporty and classic bike design, plus all the comforts and conveniences to be found on the market, the BMW R is an enticing package no matter which model is chosen.

The BMW R 1200 R emphasizes its athletic appearance, while the R Classic offers a bit more nostalgia, such as in its inclusion of wire spoke wheels. The Classic features Metallic Sapphire Black paint with a white stripe running down the center of the fuel tank that is inspired by the traditional roadsters of the past, while the R is painted in a choice of Metallic Light Gray, Smoky Gray, or Metallic Red Apple, and represents more of the elegance and dynamism of a modern interpretation of the roadster. Powered with the same 1170-cc engine that drives the RT and GS, the R and R Classic offer a ride as sporty as their appearance, and are a lot of fun to drive with responsive handling and excellent braking power. The R 1200 GS offers different body color choices, including Magma Red, Ostra Gray Metallic Matt, and Alpine White.

Combining the latest innovations and an extensive list of accessories to customize the bike, as well as several models to suit the needs of a wide consumer base, the 2011 BMW R is a competitive motorcycle with classic appeal that doesn’t miss out when it comes to modern tweaks on its overall performance. Few motorcycles available on the market offer the versatility and unique customization that the BMW R offers.

New For 2011

  • The regular GS gets BMW's On Board Computer and saddlebag mounts as standard features
  • The GS Adventure is now equipped with the Enduro Gearbox
  • The new Triple Black styling is available for the R 1200 GS
  • The R 1200 RT now includes Integral ABS, a centerstand, and different turn signals
  • The RT also includes an optional Premium Package, which adds an audio system with Bluetooth interface, electronic suspension adjustments, and a heated seat
  • Two new models are introduced: the BMW R 1200 R and R 1200 R Classic, which include sporty dynamics and a classic design

2011 BMW R Specs

  • Model: 2011 BMW R
  • Engine Type: 1170-cc, two-cylinder, flat twin, four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.98 inches X 2.88 inches
  • Compression ratio: 12.0:1
  • Valve Train: Dual overhead camshaft
  • Induction: Air cooled and oil
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Six-speed, manual
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 52/51 mpg city/highway
  • Brakes (Front): Dual hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Single sided swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 58.9 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 31.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 492 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55 ZR17


  • Automatic stability control (ASC)
  • Electronic suspension adjustment (ESA)
  • BMW Navigator IV system
  • Integral anti-lock brakes
  • A high seat in a variety of styles
  • Sport windshield in tinted or clear
  • Anti-theft alarm system with remote operation
  • Cylinder head cover guard in a variety of styles

Key Competitors For The 2011 BMW R

  • Suzuki DR-Z 400S
  • Yamaha WR 250X
  • Husaberg FE 570
  • Triumph Tiger 800
  • Kawasaki KLR 650