German site MotorradOnline.de has published a spy photo of what appears to be a new liquid-cooled BMW R1200R prototype undergoing testing. The production model should arrive for the 2015 model year, with the official unveiling likely to take place at the Intermot show in Cologne in October.
The spy photo shows the top of the test bike, with the engines, wheels and exhaust hidden behind a railing. We can however see a single radiator, as opposed to the two smaller ones used in the R1200GS. The radiator thus leaves no room for the single spring strut of a Telelever suspension system, so the test bike is instead equipped with upside-down forks, likely the same components used in the S1000RR and R nineT.
It’s difficult to tell from the angle, but the headlight appears to be new, with a slightly oblong shape instead of the previous R1200R’s circular lamp. The fuel tank is covered in camouflage but appears to have a similar shape as the old unit, but the panels near the radiator are new.
The frame is hidden from view but from what we can see, the rear subframe appears to be new. The prototype is also equipped with mounts for panniers and a top box which will assuredly be available as optional accessories.
Click on the link to MotorradOnline.de to see the spy photo. Below is the current 2014 BMW R1200R Dark White for comparison.