BMW R1200RS Launch: First riding impressions

Bike Social's Marc Potter with a flock of R1200RS's

BMW's new R1200RS is a new sports tourer that reignites the famous RS name first launched in 1976.

The new bike features an all-new frame with an 1170cc Boxer twin engine and a claimed 125bhp with 92ft-lb of torque. It weighs in at 235kg wet, some 3kg lighter than the claimed wet weight of the R1200GS, but the GS has a 20-litre tank, and the RS has an 18-litre tank.

It's designed to be a comfortable cross-country tourer, but with a big emphasis on sport too. The styling, for instance, has been designed to copy some key elements from the BMW S1000RR, most obvious in the front lights.

Three versions of the bike are available - the £10,835 R1200RS, the £11,080 RS Sport, and the R1200RS Sport SE at £12,915. The more you pay, the higher the spec you get with thingh like traction control and gear shift assist on the Sport, upt to electronic suspension and cruise control on the SE, for example.

Bike Social's Marc Potter is in Spain for the bike's launch and after the first 50 miles here are his first impressions live from a layby somewhere near Alcarras. He said: "The new RS hovers in that tricky ground between a full blown tourer like the RT, the naked R and the GS. It's a rapid sports tourer that's comfortable and well put together. It feels a bit heavy at the front at first, but that soon disappears at speed.

The electronic suspension is set up on the softer side of sporty but it can hustle, and it's an impressive all-rounder. We're following two-times TT winner Steve Plater as our guide rider, so you can imagine the pace is fast!"

Come back to Bike Social for the full story later.

BMW's R1200RS in Spain, our man Marc Potter is at the launch. First impressions are that it's a fast, comfortable cross-country bike.

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