R1200R From £10,350
Is your riding more urban than anything else? Thereõs a funky boxer thatõs up your street.
BMW’S R-model boxers have traditionally slipped under the radar due to their ‘old man’ image – but the water-cooled bike sheds its ancestors’ fuddy-duddy persona and offers riders a modern looking naked, powered by the latest generation of boxer and festooned with rider aids.
The 1200R model is the best of the bunch when it comes to city riding as its flat bars mean it’s easy to muscle through traffic. But the lack of fairing makes straight-line riding tiring (you can get a small screen to alleviate the effort slightly), so it is a bike far better suited to those who commute in town or generally only ride for short blasts. If this sounds like you, the R is more manageable than the RT or GS, yet retains all their electronic assists, practicality and comfort.