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MD First Ride: BMW R1200S

The BMW R1200S is packed full of Boxer power. The boxer’s of torque is obvious from the you click the bike into gear and accelerate away a stop. First gear is higher than I would preferred, meaning that a dose of RPM is necessary to pull out the lights.

At 7000 rpm the R1200S forward with a kick of a sportsbike. 122 horsepower in an air-cooled is a BMW revolution, and the fact is that the new BMW is powerful than most V-twin sports tourers. But the new is not designed to be a tourer, a fact clear by BMW’s choice of for the bike world press – we sampled the new BMW sports bike on African mountain roads and on the race track, just Cape Town.

I started the day in the mountains in the wine districts of Cape Town. Because of the roads and the mountainous terrain, the had a European feel to it.

The R1200S is a lighter motorcycle than the old The Boxer engine will the R1200S a heavy look, but is that the dry weight has now been to 195kg. This makes the the lightest road boxer

Only the HP2 Enduro is lighter, and can hardly be called a roadbike. the R1200S is a big motorcycle, and a mammoth to, say, a Ducati 999 or 1000SS. 85cc more displacement, 24 ponies and 13kg less the R1200S is a huge improvement on the old

At a stop, the R1200S has the feel of a big however, it possesses the handling of a smaller machine. On the mountain it felt like the easiest in the world to flick the big sportsbike ear to ear. The new BMW will be delivered several tire options. Our bikes were fitted Michelin Pilot Powers.

tires were not so confidence in the early morning on the slippery roads, but as soon as it had dried and I had heat in the tires they the Beemer very well. On the mountain roads, both and suspension contributed to a neutral and feel.

The front Telelever is now and on the racetrack I could easily my line mid-turn. The Paralever EVO has been lightened and a glittery shock is attached to it. When I mounted the bike, the suspension soft with quite a bit of but once on the move it seemed to well at the stock settings.

On the there is no doubt the R1200S can be used as an alternative sports-tourer. The is comfortable enough, and the riding does not put too much weight on the

The R1200S features a new ABS system can be turned off. The system is not and there is no servo (to save It is remarkable how good the front is, and when the ABS kicks in there is any pulse action at all. I never ridden any other with such a good ABS system.

It was so good that I to turn it off at the racetrack!

After the morning on mountain roads I out to a sun drenched racetrack to put down as laps as possible before the arrived. Killarney is a short and racetrack with one sweeping hander, two straights and several – perfectly suited for the R1200S. The speed can be adjusted up quickly as the is so stable both when in and when accelerating out of the bends.

The place I experienced instability on suspension set up was out of a big on-camber right that lead out onto the straight. I chose second here to ride the torque and full power up to third and fourth. Over some surface on full throttle at rpm in third, the handle bars from side to side a

I short shifted to fourth a of times, which calmed the down a bit. However it was a feeling to have a lively BMW me so I stuck to third again

The BMW R1200S has got a steering dampe,r probably is a bit unnecessary, however slight headshake would been amplified without the damper. I spoke to a couple of that had not noticed the headshake I but they had all made adjustments to the damping. For track use, is plenty of adjustability built the suspension – including rear height.

I preferred to circulate on suspension settings, as I was racing no one but Although that might not be true, as I rode my fastest at the end of the day (after the photography was out of the way) and no one me on my bike with standard

Even with ABS on, I could almost as hard as I wanted the turns. It’s easy to explore the full handling of the R1200S, as it turns and steers The Michelin Pilot Powers and 190/50-ZR17) provided perfect on the warm surface and really the bumps brilliantly.

The tyres helped by very good and also the fairly high that gives a stable over the bumps.

On the main it was possible to either max out in fifth or short shift to sixth braking for the fast left that followed. I saw around on the speedometer a couple of times, so I guess that 250 could be achieved on a longer straight.

Because of the peculiarities of a flat-twin the whole motorcycle wants to up on the suspension when the torque hits its sweet spot. But so on the R1200S than other BMW’s.

The dog-shift six-speed box gave me no problems at the track. The problem I noticed was that the box quite like to be upshifted the clutch, perhaps due to the unique pulses of the boxer motor. the cause, the R1200S sort of or jumps forward when you without the use of the clutch.

Other that the ratios seem to well, particularly the spacing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gears.

To sum up the test, it is remarkable how fast as peculiar and clumsy looking as the can be around a racetrack. Even you start out with the feeling R1200S is too big to be a sportsbike, its as satisfying as to ride through corners.

The new engine descends from the big update. The R1100S never got the engine, and for this reason the is miles better than the old The new horsepower has been achieved by modifications, to the cylinder heads in The R1200S also features new strength conrods, redesigned stiffer valve springs, and new

BMW R1200S

Compression ratio is increased to a 12.5:1, and this increase is responsible for the torqey feel of the revving (8,800rpm) air/oil-cooled Maximum torque is now 112Nm @

An engine like this can be tuned to around 135-140 bhp in trim, so the 122bhp in the

standard with air/oil cooling is good. It feels good especially at full throttle, the engine pulls like an ox 7.000 rpm on. It is evident that BMW has the rev ceiling as part of making the new as sporty as a Boxer can be.

BMW has followed the US motto; “Be all you can be” – and the R1200S is.

I am glad to see the new It is more evidence that BMW is to dedicate huge effort the sports market. The R1200S is a gentle giant compared to the K 1200 engine, but for most that can be a good thing. If you own an and have resisted the temptation to something more powerful, now is the to upgrade. The R1200S is a huge compared to the old R1100S.

It still most of the design cues, but the end in particular now looks more with the two pipes stacked the passenger seat. But don’t your passenger to appreciate the new as the passenger position is higher before (due to the new underseat The ABS brakes are great, and as with any BMW you get second-hand value and no worries maintenance.

You just have to ask yourself question; is it a better deal a cheaper and more powerful sportsbike?

The R1200S should at US dealers in June of 2006, a US MSRP of $14,700. Check out web site for more details.

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