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2013 BMW R1200R

My first new motorcycle in 27 years! I went to Lone Star BMW in June 2013 to pick up a $30 electrical relay for the K75, and ended up asking Ed, one of the bike sales staff, for a quote for the 90 Jahre special edition of the BMW R1200R (gold anodized brake calipers and fork tubes, black sapphire metallic paint, and dark gray engine treatment). It turned out that one was on its way to the shop, which was more than I could resist after several years of temptation.

I have compiled some data on fuel mileage and range through 13,000 miles at the bottom of the page. I'm also now on my second set of tires, replacing the original Bridgestones with Michelins.

Attributes
  • 1170 cc four-stroke, two-cylinder, air- and oil-cooled engine (see specifications below)
  • Purchased new on June 21, 2013 from Lone Star BMW/Triumph Motorcycles, Austin, Texas
  • Safety features include ABS, Automatic Stability Control, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • BMW-installed items included the onboard computer, the "high" comfort seat, and saddle bag rails
  • VIN: WB1049007DZX97497
2013 BMW R1200R 90 Yahre
2013 BMW R1200R, 90 Jahre edition, at home near Driftwood, Texas. This was taken on June 21, 2013, the day it arrived. Yet to be installed are the rear rack and the tall windscreen.

Engine and Performance (mostly from U.S. Rider's Manual)

Type Horizontally opposed, two cylinders, double overhead cam, four valves per cylinder
Cooling Air and oil
Fuel delivery Electronic fuel injection
Displacement 1170 cc
Cylinders 2
Bore & Stroke 101 x 73 mm
Compression ratio 12.0:1
Maximum RPM 8500
RPM at idle 1150
Power 110 hp (81 kW) at 7750 rpm
Torque 88 ft-lb (119 N-m) at 6000 rpm
Top Speed >124 mi/hr (200 km/hr)
Fuel Consumption 4.1 liters per 100 km at 90 km/hr; 5.5 liters per 100 km at 120 km/hr

Transmission, Tires, and Brakes

Clutch Single plate, dry
Primary gear ratio 1.737
Gearbox 1st: 2.375; 2nd: 1.696; 3rd: 1.296; 4th: 1.065; 5th: 0.939; 6th: 0.848
Drive Mechanism Shaft
Final Drive 2.75:1
Front Suspension BMW Telelever, central spring strut with coil pressure spring, 120 mm (4.7 in) travel
Rear Suspension BMW Paralever, single arm, single-tube, gas-filled shock absorber, 140 mm (5.5 in) travel
Front Wheel Cast aluminum, MT H2, 3.50 in. x 17 in.
Front Tire Size and Inflation 120 / 70 ZR 17, 2.5 bar, 36.3 psi cold inflation pressure
Front Tire (original) Bridgestone Battlax BT021F Sport Touring; 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)
Rear Wheel Cast aluminum, MT H2, 5.50 in. x 17 in.
Rear Tire Size and Inflation 180 / 55 ZR 17, 2.9 bar, 42.1 psi cold inflation pressure
Rear Tire (original) Bridgestone Battlax BT021R Sport Touring; 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W)
Front Brakes 2 disks, hydraulically operated, 320 mm (12.6 in.) diameter
Rear Brakes Single disk, 265 mm (10.4 in.) diameter

Dimensions and Capacities

Length 2145 mm (84.4 in)
Width (with mirrors) 906 mm (35.7 in.)
Height (with mirrors) 1317 mm (51.9 in.)
Seat Height 830 mm (32.7 in.), with high comfort seat
Wheelbase (Unladen) 1495 mm (58.9 in.), from BMW website
Ground Clearance (Unladen) ?
Weight (Dry) 198 kg (437 lb), from BMW website
Weight (Curb) 227 kg (500 lb)
Gross Weight Limit 450 kg (992 lb)
Fuel Tank Capacity 18 L (4.8 gal), including 3 L (0.8 gal) reserve
Engine oil capacity 4.0 L (1.1 gal), SAE 15W-50, API SJ/JASO MA2
Gearbox oil capacity ?
Final drive capacity 180 cubic cm (6 U.S. fluid ounces) [Internet rumor; not verified]

Parts

Spark plugs (4; two per cylinder) NGK MAR8B-JDS
Headlight, low beam and high beam (separate bulbs) H11 / 12 V / 55 W
Bulb, parking light W5W / 12 V / 5 W
Taillight/brake light P21 / 5 W / 12 V / 5 W / 21 W
Turn indicator light, front flashing RY10W / 12 V / 10 W
Turn indicator light, rear flashing RY10W / 12 V / 10 W

Photo Gallery

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R1200R delivered at shop Robert and Ed posing with the R1200R at Lone Star BMW/Triumph on delivery day, June 21, 2013. These guys sold the bike to me.
R1200R at home Left side view of the bike in the driveway after its first trip home, as configured from the factory.
R1200R left side Right side view of the bike.
Left rear, R1200R

Left rear view of the bike just before dealer plates were switched for license plate.

BMW R1200R at Colorado Bend State Park With the "tall" windscreen and small Softbag 2 installed, after a few miles on a caliche road at Colorado Bend State Park, August 2013.

Fuel Mileage and Tank Range

As of October 2015, I have more than 13,000 miles on this motorcycle. I have kept notes on every gas station visit so far, and have a pretty good idea of fuel mileage and tank range. Most of my riding has been between home and work on a 28-mile, one-way highway commute. So far, I have consumed 271.2 U.S. gallons of premium unleaded gasoline while riding 12,856 miles, which works out to 47.4 miles per US gallon (4.96 liters per 100 km). The fuel cost averages about 7.4 cents per mile. The average mileage indicated on the computer is a little optimistic, generally indicating somewhere between 49 and 52 miles per gallon for each full tank.

The most fuel I have been able to add to the tank is 5.26 gallons, a fair bit more than the specified capacity of 4.8 gallons. I do let the fuel go higher up the plastic filler tube than is recommended in the manual, but only when I know I'll be consuming some of the fuel before parking the motorcycle. I haven't yet run the motorcycle out of fuel. When I put the 5.26 gallons in the tank, I had ridden 257 miles and the computer indicated I had 18 miles left before empty. I generally travel more than 200 miles before refilling the tank.

If I estimate the remaining fuel by dividing the indicated "miles to empty" by the average fuel mileage and add that volume to the amount I put into the tank, I can estimate the total usable volume of the tank (assuming the bike actually runs out of fuel when the "miles to empty" goes to 0). Using that approach, the estimated usable capacity averages 5.61 US gallons (20.6 liters).

Tires

My 2013 R1200R came with Bridgestone Battlax BT021 sport-touring tires. Given that I'm not an overly aggressive rider, I didn't need to replace them until I reached 10,427 miles. Even then, both tires had miles remaining before the wear indicators would have been level with the tread. A center ridge had formed on the front tire, and there was some flattening along the centerline of the rear tire (thanks to a lot of commuting on a high-speed highway). A screw in the center of the front tire hastened the tire switch. I replaced the original Bridgestones with a set of Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires, which allegedly will give longer life and better traction on wet streets. We'll see! Surprisingly (to me, anyway), the tire costs per mile ridden (a little over 5 cents per mile) aren't much less than the fuel cost per mile (7 cents per mile)!


Created 20130630; Updated 20151031