2012 BMW R Review


The 2012 BMW R1200R Classic is a roadster motorcycle that encompasses the features and qualities of a high end motorcycle. The bike’s body style and design is very streamlined and sleek with elegant curves and sharp lines. It offers a classy look that is very eye catching because of its high end workmanship. The R1200R artfully combines the compact design of a roadster with the practicality of a touring bike. BMW is has created a bike that uses features and options that are proven on the race track to increase speed, torque, handling and comfort.

The 1200cc flat twin generates an impressive 110 horsepower and 88lb-ft of torque, giving the ride all the power needed while traversing erratic mountain roads or simply cruise the town’s streets. This is further ensured with an air and oil cooling system that maintains low engine temperatures during all riding conditions. The six-speed, manual transmission shifts gears at low and high revolutions per minute (rpm) to ensure all power is delivered to the wheel. The suspension uses a fully adjustable front telescopic fork and rear single swing arm to offer supreme cornering and comfort that makes its 491 pounds of weight nearly unnoticeable. The bike is equipped with dual hydraulic caliper with 12.6 inch discs in the front and a single hydraulic caliper with a 10.4 inch disc in the rear to bring the bike to a stop at all speeds and distances.

There are other small and typically disregarded features that make this bike even easier to ride. There is an adjustable handbrake and clutch lever letting you adjust the bike to fit you rather than you having to contort your body to fit the bike. A one key system meaning you can open the dual seat locks, fuel cap, steering, and start the ignition with one key rather than having a key for each. A front fork spoiler for less restricting air flow making high-speed riding or long distance riding more comfortable and reduces stress your body may be subjected to. The fuel tank is made from high quality steel to ensure small, sharp projectiles don’t puncture the fuel supply and put you at risk.

Overall, the 2012 BMW is a great example of a bike that may be classified as a roadster with its sleek design and powerful engine yet offers features to make long distance riding for comfortable.

New For 2012

  • A powerful 1200cc flat twin, dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) engine to deliver 110 horsepower and 88 lb-ft of torque.
  • A six-speed manual transmission to let you decide how hard you want to push your bike or save fuel in a lower gear.
  • Armored metal clutch system and braking mechanism hoses.
  • Hydraulic back springtime preload adjuster for added cushion and support for friendly and unfriendly road conditions.
  • High-grade steel fuel tank for extra protection from sharp projectiles.
  • One key system allowing you to access the fuel cap, combined chair locks, and ignition with one key.
  • LCD gauges that inform you of the time, odometer and other assistance indicators.
  • Front spoiler for optimized air flow which will increase gas mileage and air circulation to the radiator

2012 BMW R Specs

  • Model: R1200R Classic
  • Engine Type: Flat-twin ""Boxer"", four-stroke, two-cylinder engine
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.98 inches and 2.88 inches
  • Compression ratio: 12.0:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Electronic intake pipe injection/BMS-K+ digital engine management with overrun fuel cut-off, twin spark ignition
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Shaft Drive
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 57 miles per gallon (mpg)
  • Brakes (Front): EVO dual hydraulic 12.6 inch discs
  • Brakes (Rear): EVO hydraulic 10.4 inch disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telelever telescopic fork with adjustable rebound damping and a central suspension strut
  • Suspension (Rear): Paralever single sided swing arm with adjustable rebound damping, a pre-loaded spring and one adjustable shock
  • Wheelbase: 58.9 inches
  • Rake: 27.1 degrees
  • Trail: 4.7 inches
  • Seat Height: 31.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 500 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55 ZR17


  • A sport seat, high seat, low comfort dual seat, high comfort seat, low comfort seat or extra low seat that can be fitted on the bike for specific riding preference.
  • A universal tank bag or traditional tank bag with a variable insert for organizing you possessions. The added storage is very convenient and handy when running errands around town.
  • Top box case that mounts behind the rider for extra storage, especially when combined with side saddlebags. To make the bike as functional as possible, the combination of either a tank bag or top box with the side saddle bags provide maximum storage capacity on a bike that is already versatile and capable of riding anywhere and any distance.
  • An aluminum or plastic head cover guard for added security and engine protection but also adds a bit of style.
  • Custom chrome mirrors to replace the stock black plastic mirrors.
  • Chrome cylinder head cover that adds a lot of style to the bike; a worthwhile expenditure to flash up the bike a bit.
  • A high, clear sport or tinted sport windshield for more comfort and protection while riding long distances or in unfriendly weather

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