Powerful all-rounder set to impress Thai Big Bike fans at 2015 Bangkok Motorbike Festival
BANGKOK, 28 January 2015 —— BMW Motorrad Thailand unveiled the all-new BMW R 1200 R roadster at the 2015 Bangkok Motorbike Festival at Central World. Compact, tight, and lively, the BMW Motorrad R 1200 R is the ultimate expression of BMW’s roadster heritage embodied by the flat-twin boxer engine, a stripped-down classic equally at home on city streets or the open road.
Head of BMW Motorrad Thailand, Markus Glaeser observed that, “The BMW Motorrad R 1200 R offers uncommon riding versatility in a single muscular package. Its flat-twin boxer powerhouse delivers dynamic torque at both ends of the range, while the gold anodised upside-down telescopic front fork makes for agile response and stability at any speed. With its roots in the pure roadster tradition, but an eye to the future in its Dynamic ESA, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), and Ride Modes Pro, it’s no surprise that this is the motorcycle that inspired our groundbreaking BMW Concept Roadster.”
BMW Motorrad and the roadster with the flat-twin boxer engine: a partnership that has enthralled enthusiasts ever since the arrival of the R 32 some 91 years ago, and which has come to symbolise the ultimate in unadulterated motorcycling pleasure. Especially so when the propulsive power stems from the classic boxer engine with its inimitable character and glorious sound. From high-speed cruising, to powering down country curves, to touring with a passenger and luggage, the new R 1200 R upholds this tradition of comfort, dynamism and touring capability, while putting a new spin on the alluring blend.
“With the BMW R 1200 R, the roadster revolution is just beginning,” Glaeser concluded.
Highlights of the BMW R 1200 R:
Meatier and mightier boxer engine for dynamic riding pleasure.
The flat-twin boxer engine on the new R 1200 R produces 125 horsepower (92 kW)at 7,750 rpm and develops its peak torque of 125 Nm at 6,500 rpm. Compared to the engine on its predecessor, not only has torque been increased substantially throughout the rev range, but delivery is now more uniform as well. The exhaust gases are routed through a 2-in-1 exhaust system with a dynamic-looking, steeply angled rear silencer. A modified airbox and newly shaped air intake snorkels, as well as a centrally positioned radiator, all lend themselves to the slender front silhouette to which all roadsters aspire.
Latest-generation Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) for ideal riding dynamics in any situation.
The latest generation of the electronically controlled suspension Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) takes the dynamic riding experience to even greater heights. With its two damping settings “Road” and “Dynamic”, Dynamic ESA enables the rider to enjoy unprecedented levels of handling safety, performance and comfort, as the damping automatically adapts to variable riding conditions and rider manoeuvres.
Ride Modes Pro, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), and ABS as standard for Thailand
In addition to ABS as a BMW Motorrad safety standard, Ride Modes Pro expands the scope of standard riding modes (“Road” and “Rain”) to include “Dynamic” and the new “User” mode.
Ride Modes Pro also adds a sensor box to the electronics, turning standard Automatic Stability Control (ASC) into a Dynamic Traction Control system (DTC). The Ride Modes Pro vehicle settings can, for the very first time, be personalised and memorised (e.g. throttle response “Dynamic” and DTC “Rain”). The DTC makes use of additional data from the sensor box in order to control the bike’s traction. Conditions such as acceleration, deceleration or banking angle are recorded and the damping is adapted in just milliseconds, resulting in a higher level of riding safety and stability.
Tubular steel bridge frame with the engine as a self-supporting element. Wheel suspension using upside-down telescopic fork and EVO Paralever.
A new tubular steel bridge frame, incorporating the flat-twin engine as a self-supporting element, was developed exclusively for the new R 1200 R. With a gold anodised upside-down telescopic fork at the front and EVO Paralever at the rear, the wheel suspension remains true to classical roadster principles that have been updated in typical BMW Motorrad fashion. Excellent steering precision, directional accuracy, handling and braking rigidity were all top priorities when configuring the chassis, while never losing sight of the overriding objective for the new R 1200 R – creating an exceptionally dynamic roadster.
Multifunctional instrument cluster with analogue speedometer, onboard computer and a wealth of information.
The instrumentation on the new R 1200 R takes a quantum leap into a new roadster era. The speed is displayed in traditional fashion by an analogue speedometer, but there is also a TFT display for showing a wide array of information.
BMW Gear Shift Assistant Pro.
A world first for production motorcycle manufacture. Originally developed for racing, BMW Gear Shift Assistant Pro enables upshifts and downshifts to be made without declutching or closing the throttle at virtually all load and rpm ranges, making for acceleration virtually without torque interrupt.
Keyless Ride System.
Keyless Ride allows both the steering lock and fuel tank cap to be released and locked again without the need for a key. As before, the engine is fired up by pressing the start button. With Keyless Ride, the rider needn’t take the key out of their pocket at any time.
Dynamic proportions for a pared-down roadster look.
The new BMW R 1200 R fuses the all-around everyday utility of BMW Motorrad’s boxer roadsters with both significantly sharper performance and a contemporary, pared-down roadster look. The dynamic proportions, with the low-set front and the light, almost delicate-looking tail jutting up at the rear, give the bike a slight wedge shape and leave no doubt as to its sporting prowess. The new BMW R 1200 R comes with Lightwhite Uni colour with a large R model graphic, red frame and gold anodised brake calipers
The BMW R 1200 R is priced at THBaht 1,120,000,- (VAT incl.). It will be on display for the first time in Thailand at the 2015 Bangkok Motorbike Festival, Central World, from 29 January to 1 February 2015.
The BMW R 1200 R will be available from the beginning of February in Bangkok at BKK Motorcycle, Barcelona Motor on Vibhavadi, German Auto Bangna, MF Motorrad on Rama II, and upcountry at Nat Bavarian Motor in Udon Thani, Barcelona Motor in Chiangmai and Cherdchai Autohaus in Nakorn Ratchasima. In addition, new BMW Motorrad dealerships will soon commence operations at German Auto Chaengwattana in Bangkok and German Auto in Pattaya.
[Source : BMW Motorrad Thailand]