2023 BMW R 1250 R – First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Full LED lighting and lean-sensitive electronics now standard equipment

BMW announced minor updates to its R 1250 R, giving the Boxer-engined roadster a full LED headlight, and making some previously optional electronics standard, all while keeping the price unchanged at $14,995.

Visually, the 2023 BMW R 1250 R looks similar to the previous model. The most noticeable change is the new LED headlight, which can be upgraded to an optional adaptive turning light. The turn signals are now also LEDs, and come with an updated version of BMW’s Comfort Turn self-cancelling function.

The 1,254cc Boxer with liquid-cooled heads and ShiftCam variable intake timing and lift remains unchanged, claiming 136 hp at 7,750 rpm and 105 lb-ft. at 6,250 rpm. For 2023, the R 1250 R gains a third ride mode, with the new ECO mode joining the returning Road and Rain modes. In ECO mode, the ShiftCam system adopts a soft throttle curve and moderate engine torque limitation to maximize fuel economy and range.

A new optional seat spoiler adds a touch of sporty style.

The 2023 R 1250 R also gains the lean sensitive Dynamic Traction Control and Integral ABS Pro as standard equipment (they were previously offered as an option). Also standard is Dynamic Braking Control which works to reduce drive torque during braking to improve stability and reduce the braking distance.

The TFT full-color digital display gains a new “Sport” screen which provides lean angle information in real time, as well as data on the lean-sensitive control interventions.

The 2023 R 1250 R comes standard in an Ice Grey paint, but BMW does offer a premium Style Sport variant in Racing Blue Metallic with a white frame, gold-colored brake calipers, a blue chin spoiler, as well as a Triple Black version in Black Storm Metallic with an Agate Grey frame, gold-colored calipers, stainless steel radiator grille, and stainless steel chin spoiler.

For 2023, BMW offers the R 1250 R with a Premium Package which adds keyless ride, chrome-plated exhaust manifold, heated grips, tire pressure monitor and cruise control. BMW also offers a number of accessories from its Option 719 program including new wire-spoke wheels.

Expect the 2023 R 1250 R to arrive in U.S. dealerships in Spring 2023.

2023 BMW R 1250 R Specifications

Engine TypeLiquid-cooled 2-cylinder, 4-stroke boxer engine with two overhead, spur-gear driven camshafts, counterbalance shaft
Capacity1,254 cc
Bore x Stroke102.5 x 76.0 mm
Power136 hp at 7,750 rpm (claimed)
Torque105 lb-ft. at 6,250 rpm (claimed)
Max. Engine Speed8,750 rpm
Compression Ratio12.5:1
Fuel TypePremium
ValvetrainBMW ShiftCam variable intake camshaft control system, four valves per cylinder
Intake / Exhaust Valve Diameter40 / 34 mm
Throttle Body Diameter52 mm
Engine ControlBMS-O, electronic fuel injection with ride-by-wire throttle
Emission ControlClosed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, EU-5
AlternatorThree-phase 508 watts
Battery12 volts / 12 Amp-hours Volta / Ah
HeadlampFull LED with daytime running light
Starter900 watts
ClutchHydraulically operated, anti-hopping wet clutch
GearboxConstant-mesh, 6-speed with helical-cut gears
Primary Ratio1.65:1
Gear RatiosI – 2.438:1
II – 1.714:1
III – 1.296:1
IV – 1.059:1
V – 0.943:1
VI – 0.848:1
Secondary Ratio2.818:1
Final DriveShaft-drive
Frame Construction TypeTwo-section frame, main frame with bolt-on rear section and load-bearing engine
Front Suspension45 mm upside-down telescopic fork
Rear SuspensionCast aluminum swingarm with BMW Paralever, WAD travel-dependent spring/shock, continuously adjustable spring preload by means of hand knob, adjustable rebound stages by hand knob,
Optional Dynamic ESA Next Generation; 5.5 inches of travel.
Rake / Trail27.7° / 4.9 Inches
Front BrakeTwin 320 mm floating disks, 4-piston radial calipers
Rear BrakeSingle 276 mm disk, 2-piston floating caliper
ABSBMW Motorrad Integral ABS Pro
Traction ControlBMW Motorrad DTC
Front Wheel3.5 x 17″ cast aluminum
Rear Wheel5.5 x 17″ cast aluminum
Front Tire120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire180/55 ZR17
Length85.2 inches
Width34.6 inches (with mirrors)
Wheelbase59.6 inches
Seat Height32.3 standard, 29.9 – 33.1 possible inches
Curb Weight527 pounds (claimed)
Fuel Tank Capacity4.8 gallons

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Jim Bob Jim Bob on Nov 03, 2022

    Still sounds and looks like an old lady’s bike with those cylinders sticking out like that. An old ladies bike with 136hp, that is.

  • Aweds1 Aweds1 on Nov 03, 2022

    I had a 2007 R1200R and the only real knock I had against it was that the engine sounded like an extended fart. The rumble of a V-twin; the howl of a V4; the shriek of an I4; the wail of a triple. They all have some character in their sound alone. The boxer engine always sounded the worst... Is the ShiftCam 1250 any better in that regard?