2008 BMW R1200R — Test Drives — 2008 BMW Enduro — Cycle Canada

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BMW R1200R

2008 BMW R1200R

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It is a late fall afternoon on an warm day. While Hugh McLean blocks out a shot, we sit with our backs a maple tree and look a wooded valley. Turning to Hugh’s progress, we catch a of our test machine, and its handsomeness suits the calm of the day.

Its finish offset with lining gives it a vintage despite the fact that it is a modern design. Can a company shows such restraint be the one that brought us the garish Rockster and the ill-advised (and R1200C cruiser? But beyond in a market where the standard has replaced with the harder-edged, performing …, is there a place for a gentle fairing-free

We have spent time at launches with BMW chief David Robb, and even Robb has the tweedy look of a professor, his designs are anything but This is the man, after who was vilified for the duckbill nose on the GS (Robb is far too classy to point out it is a motif that has been copied, by, among others, and KTM.) The conservative style of the seems to be his concession to BMW’s which makes it the antidote for who feel that the rest of the has become just too peculiar.

The R1200R has significant gains predecessor, the R1150R. The 1,170 cc twin is the same as fitted to the tourer, and output of 109 claimed is identical to the RT, despite a different system. Overall gearing is than the RT (2.75:1 versus further enhancing acceleration. to the R1150R a new subframe contributes to a loss of 20 kg (44 lb), bringing dry to a claimed 198 kg (417 lb).

The net of the weight loss and the extra (85 hp for the R1150R) of the enlarged engine is a 40 per cent improvement in power to ratio.

While the R1200RT is nimble for a big stripped of its bodywork, reconfigured, and the R1200R it still makes for a sized standard, and it is somewhat of an compared to its competition. Somewhere the line, customers, for better or decided that just a motorcycle is without a fairing it still have performance that of a superbike.

So along a legion of tubular-handlebar flyers, led by FZ-1, Aprilia’s Tuono and Ducati Monsters. Power the Boxer twin is smooth and with strong performance belies its relaxed gait. peak torque of 85 lb-ft at a languid 6,000 rpm, 75 lb-ft available from rpm on.

Shifting of the six-speed gearbox is and sure, with only an reluctance to up shift under power, perhaps attributable to the inherent in a low mileage testerit likely become more as kilometres accumulate.

Optional on the is automatic stability control In operation it resembles the system on latest ZX10R, which engine in-gear acceleration a pre-programmed map. If the engine up too quickly, which would a loss of rear wheel ignition timing is retarded, is reduced and traction re-established.

Unlike ABS, which is noticeable when activated, control is much more in operation and effect, and probably do as much to get you out of trouble.

Like all BMW it is not a motorcycle for frantic late and quick transitions (smoothness is and though the non-adjustable Telelever suspension has a degree of vagueness, holding is excellent. Rear is adjustable for preload and rebound and we increase the latter, which the rear end after an initially ride.

BMW’s Electronic Adjustment (ESA) is optional on the allowing preload and damping with the push of a button. Our isn’t so equipped, but we’ve other BMW models with feature and have nothing but for its ease of operation and remarkable

An improvement over some BMW at least in feel, is the absence of braking. The servo was added to braking time by adding is essentially a power booster in the It may be a good idea in theory, but in it lessened feel, making modulation difficult and making excellent ABS almost a necessity, you squeeze too vigorously in marginal situations.

Paired front 320 mm with four-piston calipers excellent feel, and the rear 265 mm is not prone to early lockup. On the R1200R, ABS is only available as of BMW’s $1,900 “Safety that also includes ASC and an tire pressure indicator. Our bike has ABS and we recommend it.

The motorcycle recently that reminds us of the R1200R is Moto Guzzi’s another bike slightly out of with current trends. Our is that while they are two that work well they both have the performance, and long-legged gallop makes you want to outfit with saddlebags and a windshieldbecause, they are more touring skinned of bodywork than about nakeds.

BMW’s accessory division can the bike as lavishly as your allows. Our machine is equipped easily removable saddlebags with mounting hardware), with generous 32-litre allowing storage of a full-face but they are wide and prone to into things in tight

The 2007 model on test for $16,000, but for 2008, BMW has reduced across its model line; it now for $14,500. But the question remainsdoesn’t it more sense to buy a model outfitted with touring A 2008 model equipped ours (but with ASC and tire pressure indicator) $17,590; $1,400 more you the R1200RT, which has one of the most fairings on any motorcycle we’ve

The opposite of a boxer that above his weight and contends in a class is one that sweats a few off and drops a class, and the latter best describes the R1200R. the BMW gives you the sense that it be more comfortable adding the few that it lost (in the form of a and panniers) to come back to its weight. It’s not that it work the way it is, it’s just there are cheaper and lighter to run around town, and when we get on the we don’t want to just our trips local, we want to going.

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