2011 BMW R1200R Touring Edition
There seems to be some measure of confusion over in Bavaria when it comes to naming their models. Yes, who can forget the 650 Funduro, but a long time has passed so they should have gotten over that misstep. However, the 2011 BMW R1200R Touring Edition is a truly confusing moniker since the 2011 BMW R1200RT is the real touring bike of the range, equipped with all of the huge touring fairing goodies that make it a noble competitor to the Kawasaki Concours 14 and the rest of that field. The R1200R Touring Edition isn't really a touring bike at all unless you consider slapping on some saddlebags and a windscreen smaller than a copy of Cycle Guide magazine in front of the instrument panel a touring fairing.
Not in any way to detract from the R1200R Touring Edition's phenomenal engineering prowess, superlative performance, or incredible handling, but there is very little touring paraphernalia to be found on this barely naked bike. Oh yeah, the saddle has been sculpted to resemble the surface of a big vat of ice cream that someone scooped a huge chunk out, so that should serve as a touring seat apparently.
The R1200R Touring Edition certainly comes with a bonafide tourer's price tag, however, since at 16 grand, this is one naked that costs enough to come with a mink coat.
The hefty price buys you a magnificent dual section frame consisting of front and rear sections with load-bearing engine-gearbox unit, a BMW Motorrad Telelever in the front with a stanchion diameter 35 mm and central spring strut for 4.7 inches of wheel travel, and a cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever in the rear with a central spring strut, adjustable rebound damping, and spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable at the handwheel providing 5.5 inches of travel.
The motor is Beemer all the way as the R1200R Touring Edition is propelled by an air/oil-cooled flat twin four stroke, SOHC, four valves per cylinder 1170 cc Boxer with a central balancer shaft. The bore and stroke is 101 mm x 73 mm, the compression ratio is 12.0:1, and the factory rated output is 109 hp at 7,500 rpm and 85 lb/ft at 6,000 rpm.
The 2011 BMW R1200R Touring Edition is not a tourer in any real sense of the word, but it's an astounding motorcycle nonetheless. It's not the first choice to do Boston to L.A. but it will keep you more than happy in any other shorter range motorcycling adventure.
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2011 BMW R1200R Touring Edition At A Glance
Base MSRP: $19,000
Engine Displacement: 1170 cc
Engine Type: Air cooled / oil-cooled Boxer twin-cylinder
Bore & Stroke: 101.0 mm x 73.0 mm
Compression Ratio: 12.0:1
Valve Train Type: HC, 2-cylinder
Transmission Type: Clutch
Final Drive Type: Chain
Front Tire: 120/70 x 17 tubeless
Rear Tire: 180/55 x 17 tubeless
Wheelbase: 58.4 inches
Saddle Height: 32.2 inches
Curb Dry Weight: 505 lbs
Fuel Capacity (US): 7.1 gallons
* Specs/pix apply to 2010 model, updates as released