BMW announce new R 1250 R sports tourer

BMW Motorrad have unveiled their new R 1250 R sports tourer. Expected to hit Australian dealerships in early 2023, it will be available in three variants, with pricing starting from $21,620 plus on-road costs.

The R 1250 R will represent the entry point into the model range, sitting below the Triple Black package ($25,490 plus on-roads). The Sport will top out the trio, priced at $26,490 plus on-roads.

BMW’s R 1250 R features its legendary two-cylinder boxer engine, which generates 100kW of get up and go. Thanks to ShiftCam technology for varying valve timing and valve lift on the intake side, it delivers muscular power across the entire speed range.

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That technology, which makes it extremely smooth and quiet, as well as providing outstanding fuel economy, is paired with dynamic traction control, and a new Eco riding mode for optimum efficiency.

A soft throttle curve and moderate engine torque limitation feature in the new mode, while the full colour TFT display provides efficiency information in the upper status line. If maximum performance is required, the ride mode cab be switch quickly.

2023 BMW R 1250 R Triple Black
2023 BMW R 1250 R Triple Black

The engine drag torque control feature, which represents a new component of the optional Riding Modes Pro package, can also be used to safely avoid unstable riding conditions that can occur during coasting or downshifting, due to excessive brake slip at the rear wheel.

The R 1250 R range additionally features BMW’s Integral ABS Pro as standard, offering additional safety when braking, even in bends. Dynamic brake control also supports the rider during emergency braking manoeuvres by avoiding unintentional throttle activation.

Through intervention in engine control, drive torque is reduced to make full use of the braking power at the rear wheel. This keeps the motorcycle stable and shortens the braking distance.

Safety tech aside, the R 1250 R features a full LED headlamp, with adaptive turning lights available as part of the optional Dynamic package. The adaptive light provides better illumination on bends, ensuring even safer riding at night.

Other new standard features include redesigned LED turn indicators and the iconic daytime running light.

2023 BMW R 1250 R
2023 BMW R 1250 R

The new R 1250 R comes equipped with a high definition TFT colour display featuring integrated arrow navigation and extensive connectivity. Outstanding sharpness, clear menus and a highly integrated operating concept are among its many highlights.

A USB-A socket, capable of charging a smartphone, 12v on-board power outlet and intelligent emergency call are standard, while seat heating for both the rider and pillion is also available as part of the again optional, Touring package. There are five heating levels.

The heated grips settings – in combination with the seat heating – are operated via a menu. The pillion seat heating has two heating levels and is operated by a toggle switch at the bottom left of the rear frame.

In the basic variant, the new BMW R 1250 R highlights its advanced roadster style in Ice Grey non-metallic, in conjunction with a black frame. With the Triple Black and Sport variants, the customer can choose from two particularly expressive colour concepts.

The Triple Black is adorned in Black Storm metallic body colour, Agate Grey frame, Gold front/rear brake callipers, stainless steel radiator grille and engine spoiler, Pure tank trim, with a solo rear (alternatively, the Pillion package can be added).

2023 BMW R 1250 R Sport
2023 BMW R 1250 R Sport

The Sport includes body colour Racing Blue metallic, a White frame, Gold front/rear brake callipers, Black sports handlebars, a Black and Blue front spoiler, and solo rear (Pillion package also available).

The new solo rear option underlines the sporty style of the new R 1250 R, giving it a particularly dynamic look and feel. Here, the pillion seat is replaced with a painted plastic cover and the pillion footrests and pillion handles are removed.

For further information on this bike please contact your local BMW Motorrad dealer.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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