2015 BMW R1200RW
by Jeff Dean

Introduced for model year 2015, the BMW R1200RW (left in photo above) — I add the "W" suffix to note this version of the R1200R has a Water-cooled engine — has the same 125 HP engine as in the 2014/2016 R1200RW (right in photo above), but weighs 100 pounds less. In short, it is fast. An option I already had and installed, because it exchanges with the 2015 R1200RW, is a BMW Navigator V GPS. Options not yet available but ordered for the R1200RW include an eagerly awaited sport saddle, engine protection bars, a windshield, and a badly needed front fender extender.

Photo above: 2015 R2100R and 2015 R1200RW. Both are top-of-the-line BMW motorcycles.

The new 1,170cc, vertically aspirated, opposed-twin boxer engine powers the R1200RW. This unit first appeared in the R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure, and is now also found in the R1200RW and R1200RS. It produces a claimed 125 hp at 7,750 rpm and 92 pound-feet of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. If youve been sleeping during this boxer revolution, its time to take notice that this version has its throttle bodies on top of the heads, with the exhaust ports on the bottom, leaving behind the heritage design of the intake on the backside and the exhaust pumping out the front. — Cycle World, Dec. 2014
The saddlebags, top case, small windshield, and engine protection bars are optional accessories. Color matching the bags and case is up to the owner. The way-too-short front fender is a fault in the design of the R1200RW.

Below are the Darla lights, with yellow covers, from Clearwater Lights. They are extremely bright and can be programed for different kinds of lighting intensity and/or strobing.


Left, above Is an R1200RW optional engine protection bar, with BMW's LED lights mounted on them. Right, above, is the R1200RW optional sport saddle, which is much higher than the stock saddle.

Below: 2015 R1200RW outside the North Thornydale Road tunnel, Tucson.

The "dash" of the R1200RW, with the BMW Navigator V GPS, is below, left. Note the large black button in the center for the keyless ignition. The keyless fob, projecting from the lower left of the GPS, includes a folding physical key that locks the GPS in place and also locks the saddlebags. Right, below, is the R1200RW optional high windshield.


Below: Wunderlich's bar risers for the R1200RW.


Below: BMW offers special small, waterproof, top case for the 2015 R1200RW.


In 2015 introduced a close cousin of the R1200RW, the R1200RSW. Essentially, it is the same motorcycle as the R1200RW but has the addition of a sport-style fairing and larger available windsheld. The photo below shows Deryle and Wanda Mehrten, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, with their blue and white R1200RSW. The bright yellow jackets and white helmets enhance their visibility to motorists.

R1200RW Specifications


Air/liquid-cooled four stroke flat twin engine, double overhead camshaft, one balance shaft
Bore x stroke 101 mm x 73 mm
Capacity 1,170 cc
Rated output 125 hp (92 kW) at 7,750 rpm
Max. torque 92 lb-ft (125 Nm) at 6,500 rpm
Compression ratio 12.5 : 1
Mixture control / engine management Electronic intake pipe injection
Emission control — Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3

Performance / Fuel consumption

Maximum speed over 125 mph (200 km/h)
Fuel consumption 50 MPG reported
Fuel type Premium Unleaded

Electrical System

Alternator three-phase alternator 508 W (nominal power)
Battery 12 V / 12 Ah, maintenance-free

Power Transmission

Clutch oil lubricated clutch, hydraulically operated
Gearbox Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth
Drive Shaft drive

Chassis / Brakes

Frame Two-section frame consisting of front- and bolted on rear frame, load-bearing engine
Front wheel location / suspension Telescopic Upside-Down fork; stanchion diameter 45 mm
Rear wheel location / suspension Cast aluminum single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever;
    WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable)
    at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable
Suspension travel front / rear 5.5 in / 5.5 in (140 mm / 140 mm) Wheelbase 59.7 in (1,515 mm)
Castor 4.9 in (125.6 mm)
Steering head angle 62.3
Wheels Cast aluminum wheels
Rim, front 3.50 x 17"
Rim, rear 5.50 x 17"
Tires, front 120/70 ZR 17
Tires, rear 180/55 ZR 17
Brake, front Dual disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 320 mm, 4-piston fixed calipers
Brake, rear Single disc brake, diameter 276 mm, double-piston floating caliper
ABS BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral, can be switched off)

Dimensions / Weights

Length 85.3 in (2,165 mm)
Width (incl. mirrors) 34.7 in (880 mm)
Height (excl. mirrors) 51.2 in (1,300 mm)
Seat height, unladen weight 31.1 inches Standard; variable seat heights available
    between 29.9 inches and 32.3 inches (available as accessories and/or factory options
Inner leg curve, unladen weight 70.1 inches Standard; variable inner leg curve (inseam)
    between 67.8 and 72.3 inches (seats available as accessories and/or factory options
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 508 lbs (231 kg)
Permitted total weight 990 lbs (450 kg)
Payload (with standard equipment) 483 lbs (219 kg)
Usable tank volume 4.7 gal (18 liters)
Reserve approx. 1 gal

BMW Motorrad USA's R1200R Web Page

Cycle World's Dec. 2014 Review of the R1200R

Motorcyclist's Dec. 2014 Review of the R1200R:
"The most elemental way to enjoy BMWs wasserboxer"

BMW Motorcycle Magzine's Sept. 2014 Review of the R1200R