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BMW R1200C 1997


BMW R259 Engine Cutaway

Horizontally opposed air and oil-cooled twin, high cam, 4 valves per cylinder 
Type 259
Lubrication Dual gear-driven trochoidal pumps, 5 - 6 bar oil pressure 
3.5 liters without oil filter 
3.75 liters with oil filter
Bore & Stroke 101 x 73 mm Ignition Motronic MA 2.4
Capacity 1170 cc Charging system
Compression Ratio 10.0:1 Starter
Maximum Power 45 kW (61 hp) at 5000 rpm Transmission Gear driven primary drive 
Palloid bevel gears 2.54:1 ratio
Maximum Torque 98 nm at 3000 rpm 
71 ft-lbs at 3000 rpm
Gearbox 1st 2.045 
2nd 1.600 
3rd 1.267 
4th 1.038 
5th 0.880
Cam Timing Opening angle 256 ° 
Inlet opens 17° after TDC 
Exhaust opens 15° after TDC 
Inlet closes 15° after BDC 
Exhaust closes 17° before TDC 
Valve timing at 3 mm valve lift (no valve clearance)
Clutch Single 165 mm dry plate, lightweight design with increased-leverage diaphragm spring 
Fuel EFI
Frame Steering angle, in normal-load position 60.50 
Castor, in normal-load position 86 mm
Wheels 2.50 x 18 front 
4.00 x 15 rear 
Spoked alloy rims
Dimensions  Weight: 256 kg (519 lbs) dry 
Length: 2340 mm 
Seatheight: 740 mm 


Tyres 100/90-18 56 H, tubeless 
170/80-15 83 H, tubeless
Front Suspension Telelever system with centrally located spring strut and hydraulic telescopic 35mm forks, 144 mm spring travel. Brakes Front: 
Dual Brembo 4-piston calipers with angular-wear compensation and 305mm stainless steel floating brake discs. 
Rear: 285 mm disc
Rear suspension Central spring strut with coil spring and two-tube shock absorber. Spring preload is mechanically adjustable.  100mm suspension travel. Fuel Capacity 17 litres inc 4 l reserve
Colours Canyon red metalic #731 
Ivory #732 
Deep Black #730
Top Speed 168 kph (104 mph) Fuel Economy 5.9 litres per 100km at 120kph
Acceleration 0-60 mph 5.8 seconds
Options and Accessories:
  • Seat and grips in Canyon Brown or Black and Ivory

Information above based on BMW Australia and US market specifications, other markets may vary slightly.