BIKE and car manufacturer BMW is smack bang in the middle of a booming few weeks, with the launch of not one, but two, awesome rides, following the arrival of the BMW R 1200 RS and the impending release of the S 1000 XR.
Both bikes are all new from the ground up, with the R 1200 RS building on a long-standing tradition that dates all the way back to 1976 – with an integrated full frame-mounted fairing. Back then, it was the first mass production bike to spend time in a wind tunnel.
It’s come a long way since, and this consummate all-rounder has established itself as one of the best of the best sports tourers on the market, carrying on the fine tradition of boxer power in motorcycles with two stunning new variants Lupin Blue Metallic and the special edition (dubbed the Exclusive) to be available in Granite Grey Metallic Matt.
Arriving in Australia with a host of standard features, the R 1200 RS comes fitted with integral ABS, dynamic traction control with riding mode pro, dynamic electronic suspension adjustment, cruise control, LED daytime riding light, chrome exhaust, tyre pressure control, on board computer, white LED indicators and heated grips.
The R 1200 RS Exclusive sets itself apart with a design style appealing to touring riders with sporty ambitions. Contrasting with the rich body colour the engine spoiler, gold anodized brake callipers and the glass-beaded stainless steel tank centre cover make this variant a sporty eye catcher.
Factory options include gear shift assist pro, key-less ride, and seat variants (sport and low) as well as a touring package which consists of on-board computer pro (preparation for BMW’s navigation device), centre stand, luggage grid and pannier holders.
It’s partner in crime, the S 1000 XR builds on the tantalising and unique mix of innovative technology, handling, performance and safety currently available on the race-bred S 1000 RR, the naked S 1000 R and the iconic R 1200 GS.
The XR serves up its own individual mix of dynamic touring qualities, sporty performance and high levels of comfort as well as outstanding everyday usability in the world’s first true Adventure Sport motorcycle. The S 1000 XR is available in two colour options, Racing Red and Light White.
Australian standard features include integral ABS, two riding modes and automatic stability control, on-board computer, heated grips, hand protectors and centre stand.
In addition, the S 1000 XR will be sold with two specification packages (Dynamic and Touring). The Dynamic Package with ABS Pro, dynamic traction control with riding mode pro, gear shift assist pro, cruise control and white LED indicators. The Touring Package with dynamic electronic suspension adjustment, preparation for BMW navigation device, luggage grid and pannier holders.
Further to this, LED daytime riding light, low seat and suspension lowering kit are available as individual options.
The new BMW R 1200 RS is priced from $22,950 plus on-road costs, while the BMW R 1200 RS Exclusive will hit the road at $23,250 plus on-road costs. Pricing for the BMW S 1000 XR starts from $22,190 plus on-road costs. The R 1200 RS is in dealers now, with the S 1000 XR available from July.