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INTERMOT 2014: 2015 BMW R 1200 R and R 1200 RS

Sep 30, 2014

At today's INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany, BMW launched new versions of its R 1200 R and R 1200 RS models, using the R 1200 GS powerplant, which makes 125 horsepower and 92 foot-pounds of torque.

The two bikes are very similar, with the main difference being their fairing options. Following past practice, the R model is a fairing-less roadster while BMW calls the faired RS a sports-tourer.

Both bikes have ABS and traction control in stock form, and both will get Dynamic Traction Control, with bank angle sensors as an option. Both bikes will also get Electronic Suspension Adjustment as an option, as well, allowing riders to choose between "road" and "dynamic" settings.

Both bikes utilize a tubular steel bridge frame, with the engine acting as a stressed member. Both get TFT digital displays and allow for keyless ignition as an option.

BMW says the R model weighs 509 pounds while the RS weighs 520. The R gets a single headlight while the RS will get a dual headlight setup. The R has a seat height of 31 inches while the RS has a seat height of just over 32 inches.