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The new BMW R 1250 R Roadster.

+++ Update to BMW’s sporty boxer roadster. +++ 136 hp @ 7,750 rpm and 105 ft-lb of torque @ 6,250 rpm. +++ MSRP of $17,725 CAD. +++ Expected Canadian market arrival – Spring 2023. +++

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R 1250 R

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Richmond Hill, ON.  Today, BMW Motorrad Canada introduces the updated 2023 BMW R 1250 R roadster. The naked boxer roadster has been a BMW success story since the very first BMW motorcycle was produced in 1923 – the 494 cc, 8.5 hp boxer-twin powered R 32.

The 2023 BMW R 1250 R continues the 100-year-old tradition of combining agility, performance and comfort in a package that is as suitable for twisty mountain roads, daily commuting, and even two-up tour.

The 1,254 cc 2-cylinder air/liquid-cooled boxer engine delivers 136 hp and 105 ft-lbs of torque and meets EU5 emissions regulations. Thanks to BMW ShiftCam technology, which varies intake valve timing and lift, the R 1250 R delivers outstanding power and torque across the entire rpm range with the added benefits of quiet and smooth operation and excellent fuel economy.

The highlights of the 2023 BMW R 1250 R:

  • MSRP from 2022 - $17,725.
  • Air/liquid-cooled boxer engine with BMW ShiftCam technology for varying intake valve timing and valve stroke.
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) – Now standard.
  • BMW Motorrad ABS Pro (part integral) – Now standard.
  • Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) – Now standard.
  • New LED turn indicators.
  • New full LED headlamp with adaptive turning light – optional.
  • New solo seat rear cover.
  • New Option 719 spoke wheels – optional.
  • Three riding modes with New “ECO” mode for economical riding – standard.
  • New standard Ice Grey paint and optional Triple Black and Style Sport Racing Blue Metallic.
  • TFT display with “Sport” Core Screen and connectivity - standard.
  • On-board power socket and USB socket - standard.
  • Seat heating for rider and passenger to make touring even more comfortable – optional.


Standard Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and new "ECO" riding mode

The BMW R 1250 R’s standard Dynamic Traction Control delivers a high level of riding safety by providing optimum traction while the new standard “ECO” mode helps make riding as fuel-efficient as possible.

The ECO riding mode, joining RAIN and ROAD, allows the rider to make the most of BMW Motorrad ShiftCam engine technology to achieve the maximum range. In ECO mode, the rider is encouraged to ride as fuel-efficiently as possible with a soft throttle curve and moderate engine torque limitation. In ECO mode, the TFT colour display additionally provides an efficiency display. If you want maximum performance - for example for overtaking or riding uphill - the ride mode button can be used to switch to a different mode quickly and easily.

Standard BMW Integral ABS Pro and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)

The latest version of the R 1250 R features standard BMW Integral ABS Pro. This braking system offers even more safety when braking while leaning in turns. As the riding mode concept continues to expand, more new functions will be added. For example, the ABS control will be adapted further to the different riding modes. DBC increases safety when braking, even in difficult situations, by avoiding unintentional throttle activation. By means of intervention in the engine control, drive torque is reduced during braking so as to make full use of the braking power at the rear wheel. This keeps the motorcycle stable and shortens the braking distance.

Standard full LED headlight with optional adaptive turning light

The standard full LED headlamp already illuminates the road with an unrivalled bright, clear light. Enhanced safety when riding at night is ensured by the optional adaptive turning light. The rider benefits from better illumination into turns thereby ensuring even safer riding at night. The adaptive turning light works by switching on additional LED elements in the main headlight that are fitted with their own reflectors, depending on the lean angle. It is activated from an inclined position of 7° to 25° and a speed of more than 6 mph. New standard features also include redesigned LED Comfort turn.

TFT colour display with "Sport" Core Screen

As before, the new R 1250 R is equipped with a TFT colour display featuring integrated arrow navigation and extensive connectivity, excellent readability, clear menu navigation and a highly integrated operating system. The rider can choose between customized screen displays for various purposes. This also includes the "Sport” Core Screen, which provides real-time information about the current and maximum lean angle as well as control interventions - such as ABS Pro or DTC.

BMW R 1250 R Corescreen Sport (10/2022)

USB socket and seat heating for rider and passenger

The new BMW R 1250 R already offers two different standard sockets. The previous 12-volt on-board power socket plus an additional USB-A socket with a 5-volt power supply. This widely used type of USB socket with newly developed charging electronics allows you to charge a smartphone while riding by connecting a cable adapter. Up to 2,400 mA charging current is available, enabling fast charging depending on the type of smartphone used.

An optional seat heating system for both rider and passenger significantly increases comfort when temperatures are low. Heated seats are available in combination with heated grips. A new, convenient operating concept has been developed for the rider's seat with five heating levels. The heated grips settings - in combination with the seat heating featuring five instead of two heating levels - are operated via a menu. The passenger seat heating has two heating levels and is operated by a toggle switch at the bottom right of the seat.

Colours and new solo seat rear cover

In standard trim, the new BMW R 1250 R is finished in Ice Grey non-metallic in conjunction with a black frame. With the optional Triple Black and Style Sport variants, the owner can choose from two expressive colour combinations.

The new optional solo seat rear cover underlines the sporty style of the new R 1250 R. The passenger seat is replaced with a painted plastic cover and the passenger footrests and passenger handles are removed. If you want to keep the R 1250 R fully suitable for passenger use, the Passenger Kit is available as an alternative option within the model variants. It contains all the components that are eliminated by the solo rear.

BMW R 1250 R Single seat (10/2022)

Style Sport variant:

Body colour in Racing Blue Metallic, white frame, gold front/rear brake calipers, black sports handlebars, blue front spoiler, solo seat rear cover or passenger seat.

Triple Black variant:

Black Storm Metallic body colour, Agate Grey frame, gold front/rear brake calipers, stainless steel radiator grille, stainless steel engine spoiler, Pure tank trim, solo seat rear cover or passenger seat.

Standard Equipment

  • 1,254 cc air/liquid-cooled 2-cylinder boxer engine
  • BMW ShiftCam
  • Anti-hopping clutch
  • Shaft drive
  • Steering stabilizer
  • BMW Motorrad Paralever front suspension with upside-down 45mm fork
  • Rear spring/shock with pre-load and rebound adjustment and travel-dependent damping (WAD)
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
  • BMW Motorrad Integral ABS Pro (part integral)
  • Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
  • Hill Start Control
  • LED headlight, taillight and Comfort turn signals
  • TFT screen with “Sport” Core screen, connectivity, and on-board computer
  • Rotary multi-controller
  • Rider and passenger seats
  • Adjustable brake and clutch levers
  • 12-volt accessory socket
  • USB-A socket
  • Electronic immobilizer
  • Cast aluminum wheels



BMW R 1250 R


Liquid-cooled 2-cylinder, 4-stroke boxer engine with two overhead, spur-gear driven camshafts, counterbalance shaft




Bore x stroke


102.5 x 76.0



136 @ 7,750 rpm



105 @ 6,250 rpm

Max. engine speed



Compression ratio


Fuel type



BMW ShiftCam variable intake camshaft control system

Valves per cylinder


Intake / Exhaust valve diameter


40 / 34

Throttle body diameter



Engine control

BMS-O, electronic fuel injection with ride-by-wire throttle

Emission control

Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, EU-5



Three-phase 508 watts


Volta / Ah

12 volts / 12 Amp-hours


Full LED with daytime running light





Hydraulically operated, anti-hopping wet clutch


Constant-mesh, 6-speed with helical-cut gears

Primary ratio



Transmission gear ratios I


















Secondary ratio



Rear wheel drive type


Frame construction type

Two-section frame, main frame with bolt-on rear section and load-bearing engine

Front suspension

45 mm upside-down telescopic fork

Rear suspension

Cast 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

Suspension travel front / rear


140 / 140

Wheel castor



Steering head angle



Brakes, front

Twin 320 mm floating disks, 4-piston radial calipers

Brakes, rear

Single 276 mm disk, 2-piston floating caliper


BMW Motorrad Integral ABS Pro

Traction control


Cast aluminum

Wheels, front / rear


3.5 x 17 / 5.5 x 17

Tires, front / rear

120/70 ZR17 / 180/55 ZR17

Length x width


2,165 x 880 (with mirrors)




Seat height


820 standard, 760 – 840 possible

Curb weight



Dry weight



Permitted total weight



Fuel tank capacity



Acceleration, 0-100 km/h



Top speed







BMW Group in Canada


BMW Group Canada, based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW AG and is responsible for the distribution of BMW luxury performance automobiles, Sports Activity Vehicles, Motorcycles, and MINI.  BMW Group Financial Services Canada is a division of BMW Group Canada and offers retail financing and leasing programs and protection products on new and pre-owned BMW and MINI automobiles, as well as retail financing for new and pre-owned BMW Motorcycles. A total network of 50 BMW automobile retail centres, 21 BMW motorcycle retailers, and 31 MINI retailers represents the BMW Group across the country.


For more information, please contact:


Marc Belcourt

Director, Corporate Communications

BMW Group Canada

905-428-5078 /                                


Jean-Francois Taylor

Product and Technology Manager, Corporate Communications

BMW Group Canada

905-428-5366 /

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