BMW R 850 R: review, history, specs

Class: heritage / roadster
Production: March 1994 – November 2002 (1st generation); November 1999 – July 2007 (2nd generation)
Related: BMW R1100R / BMW R1150R

BMW R 850 R (Europe, USA), 1st generation, 1994-1996
BMW R 850 R (Europe, USA), 1st generation, 1997-2002
BMW R 850 R (Europe), 2nd generation, 1999-2007

History


MarketsProductionName & Codes
EuropeMarch 1994 – December 1996Name: BMW R850R (1st generation, spoked & cast wheel, naked dashboard)
Model code: 259R
Parts Catalog Code: 0401
USAAugust 1995 – December 1996Name: BMW R850R (1st generation, spoked & cast wheel, naked dashboard)
Model code: 259R
Parts Catalog Code: 0406
EuropeJanuary 1997 – November 2002Name: BMW R850R (1st generation, spoked & cast wheel, classic dashboard)
Model code: 259R
Parts Catalog Code: 0401
USAJanuary – April 1997Name: BMW R850R (1st generation, spoked & cast wheel, classic dashboard)
Model code: 259R
Parts Catalog Code: 0406
EuropeNovember 1999 – July 2007Name: BMW R850R (2nd generation, cast wheel)
Model code: R28
Parts Catalog Code: 0428

Specifications


BMW R850R: specs.

DIMENSIONS
Overall length2197 mm / 86,5 in – R850R (1st generation)
2170 mm / 85,4 in – R850R (2nd generation)
Overall width761 mm / 30,0 in – R850R (1st generation)
825 mm / 32,5 in – R850R (2nd generation)
Overall height1170 mm / 46,1 in – R850R (1st generation)
1165 mm / 45,9 in – R850R (2nd generation)
Seat height760/780/800 mm (adjustable seat) – R850R (1st generation)
800 mm / 31,5 in – R850R (2nd generation)
770 mm / 30,3 in – R850R (low seat, 2nd generation)
Wheelbase1487 mm / 58,5 in
Ground clearance138 mm / 5,4 in
Dry weight
Curb (wet) weight235 kg / 518 lbs – R850R (1st generation)
238 kg / 525 lbs – R850R (2nd generation)
FRAME
Frame (type)Tubular space frame (steel)
Front suspension, travelBMW Telelever, 120 mm / 4,72 in
Rear suspension, travelBMW Paralever (adjustable spring pre-load & rebound damping), 135 mm / 5,3 in
Front tire size120/70 ZR17 – R850R (1st generation, cast wheel; 2nd generation)
110/80 ZR18 – R850R (1st generation, spoked wheel)
Rear tire size160/60 ZR18 – R850R (1st generation, cast wheel)
150/70 ZR17 – R850R (1st generation , spoked wheel)
170/60 ZR17 – R850R (2nd generation)
Front brakeDouble disc, 305 mm, 4-piston calipers (ABS-II) – R850R (1st generation)
Double disc, 320 mm, 4-piston calipers EVO (integral ABS-I) – R850R (2nd generation)
Rear brakeSingle disc, 276 mm, 2-piston caliper (ABS-II) – R850R (1st generation)
Single disc, 276 mm, 2-piston caliper (integral ABS-I) – R850R (2nd generation)
Fuel capacity21,0 l / 5,5 US gal (reserve – 6,0 l) – R850R (1st generation)
20,4 l / 5,39 US gal (reserve – 5,0 l) – R850R (2nd generation)
Fuel economy5,38 l / 100 km (43,7 mpg)
ENGINE
Engine (type)Air&Oil-cooled 4-stroke
Cylinder arrangementFlat twin (boxer)
Bore & Stroke87,5 x 70,5 mm
Displacement848 cm³ (51,7 cu in)
Compression ratio10.3:1
Valve trainChain driven SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Max. power70,0 hp (52,0 kW) / 7000 rpm
Max. torque77,0 Nm (7,8 kg-m) / 5500 rpm
0 to 100 km/h (0-60 mph)4,15 sec
Top speed180 km/h (112 mph)
Fuel system (type)Fuel Injection, Motronic MA 2.2 – R850R (1st generation)
Fuel Injection, Motronic MA 2.4 – R850R (2nd generation)
DRIVE TRAIN
ClutchSingle dry plate, cable operated – R850R (1st generation)
Single dry plate, hydraulic operated – R850R (2nd generation)
Transmission5-speed – R850R (1st generation)
6-speed – R850R (2nd generation)
Final driveShaft
Gear ratio

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ELECTRICAL
Ignition systemMotronic (mapped characteristic control)
AlternatorBelt driven three-phase generator, 14V / 700W
Battery capacity12V-19Ah

Images


BMW R850R: images, gallery.

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BMW R850R
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Videos


BMW R850R: video.

Manuals


BMW R850R: documentation.

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