The 2023 BMW R 1250 R boxer-powered roadster will hit Australian showrooms in the first quarter of 2023, priced from $21,620 plus on-road costs.
BMW categorises its R 1250 R as a sports tourer, with the platform-sharing R 1250 RT taking up touring duties, and the R 1250 RS playing as a less-aggressive and more practical alternative to the brand’s S 1000 RR in its sportsbike line-up.
For 2023, the R 1250 R takes on minor updates including new LED indicators, daytime running lights and headlight, and will be offered with fresh optional parts like a solo seat setup and wire-spoked wheels.
As before, the BMW R 1250 R is motivated by a 100kW/143Nm 1254cc boxer engine with the brand’s ‘ShiftCam’ variable valve timing system.
A strong electronic rider aid package is fitted as standard with three rider modes to toggle things like lean-angle sensitive traction control and cornering ABS, which can be tailored via the bike’s high-def TFT dash.
The 2023 BMW R 1250 R will be offered in three variants, with the Sport gaining a racier exhaust and cruise control as well as optional single seat and ‘sport’ handlebars, while the Triple Black variant also gets cruise control and an optional engine spoiler.
The bike rides on 17-inch cast wheels and is suspended via an upside-down front fork and preload/rebound adjustable rear shock, providing 140mm of travel at each end.
Braking is managed by four-piston front calipers squeezing 320mm discs at the front, while a two-piston caliper and a 276mm disc is utilised at the rear. With a full 18-litre tank, the R 1250 R weighs in at 239 kilograms.
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