This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the BMW R 1200 RS made between model years 2015 and 2018 with the liquid-cooled 1170cc boxer engine.
The BMW R 1200 RS is a sport tourer powered by a boxer engine. It’s based on the classic R-RS form that debuted back in 1976 with the R 100 RS, but with a few updates since then.
The R 1200 RS is powered by the same liquid-cooled engine found in the liquid cooled R 1200 GS of the same generation. It’s an 1170cc horizontally-opposed boxer twin with strategic liquid cooling, minimising the use of the radiator.
The engine is tuned to make peak power of 92 kW (125 hp) at 7750 rpm, and peak torque of 125 Nm (92 lb-ft) at 6500 rpm.
From 2019, the BMW R 1200 RS was replaced by the BMW R 1250 RS — conceptually the same bike, but with the upgraded 1254cc “ShiftCam” VVT motor.
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Maintenance schedule for the BMW R 1200 RS
Below is the BMW R 1200 RS maintenance schedule, adapted from the manual.
It’s simplified and consolidated into one easy-to-read table. The one in the manual has all these footnotes and even a couple of errors (which we clarified between manuals and with BMW directly).
Notes on the maintenance schedule:
- Continue the maintenance schedule in the pattern indicated, doing service items every 10, 20, or 30000 km (6, 12, or 18000 miles).
- The break-in service is omitted (Dealers usually do this during the warranty period)
- Follow the earlier of each distance or time-based service interval. E.g. regardless of distance, do the annual service and change the oil.
|Conduct BMW standard annual service (see below)||Year|
|Change engine oil change and filter||X||X||X||X||Year or 10K km (6K mi)|
|Change oil in rear bevel gears||X||X||2 years or 20K km (12K mi)|
|Check/adjust valve clearance||X||X|
|Replace spark plugs||X||X|
|Replace air cleaner insert||X||X|
|Change oil in telescopic forks||X|
|Change brake fluid, front and rear||Year, then 2 years|
BMW R 1200 RS standard annual service
The above standard annual service needs to be done every year or 10000 km (6000 mi), whichever comes earlier.
|[D] Perform vehicle test with BMW Motorrad diagnosis system|
|Visually inspect hydraulic clutch system|
|Visually inspect brake lines, brake hoses and connections|
|Check front brake pads and discs for wear|
|Check rear brake pads and disc for wear|
|Check front brake fluid level|
|Check rear brake fluid level|
|Check steering head bearing|
|Check coolant level|
|Check ease of movement of side and center stand (if fitted)|
|Check tire pressures and tread depth|
|Check lights and signaling equipment|
|Function test, engine start suppression|
|Final inspection and roadworthiness check|
|Check battery charge state|
|[D] Set service due date and countdown distance|
|[D] Confirm BMW Service in on-board documentation|
BMW R 1200 RS tire sizes and pressures
The BMW R 1200 RS is a sport bike, and ships with sport tires.
|Wheel||Tyre size||Tyre pressure|
|Front||120/70 ZR 17||2.5 bar / 36 psi|
|Rear||180/55 ZR 17||2.9 bar / 42 psi|
About the BMW R 1200 RS
The BMW R 1200 RS was the return of the sport boxster after a very long hiatus.
The R 1200 RS represents the rebirth of the R 100 RS from 1976 in a way that the R 1200 RT never really could.
The R 1200 RS is powered by an air/liquid-cooled DOHC boxer with 1170cc of displacement. Its liquid cooling is strategic, targeting just the hottest parts of the engine, and keeping the system size and weight impact to a minimum.
Apart from the engine, the R 1200 RS is a bit of a departure from the rest of the R line. It has a svelte, compact design, with minimal fairings, but enough to give it good aerodynamics for high-speed runs.
The front suspension is an inverted fork, like on many sportbikes, whereas the R 1200 RT has a Telelever setup. The rear setup remains a Paralever, though.
While it’s not dripping with power like the S 1000 RR of the same generation, the R 1200 RS is unquestionably a sport bike. Its handlebars aren’t down low, but they do encourage a canted-forward position. And the brakes (320mm rotors with Brembo radial-mount calipers) also say “sportbike” loud and clear.
The disguishing feature of the R 1200 RS over its superbike companion is that it’s more designed for everyday riding and touring. The Boxer engine isn’t designed to be revved to infinity; by 8000 rpm the party is over and it’s time to shift. So despite being a liquid-cooled engine, don’t expect to have to ride this high in the RPM range to have fun.
On the other hand, the RS does produce bags of torque most of the way through the rev range. By 2000 rpm it’s already producing nearly 100 Nm (73 ft-lb) of torque, which means that you need a lot of discipline — or rider aids — to keep the front wheel down through aggressive launches.
Riding the R 1200 RS is an interesting experience. It really is a bike that can deliver many feelings, especially when you use the suspension adjustment. On the highways, with cruise control engaged, you can feel relaxed and like you can ride forever, but in the mountains it just takes a couple of adjustments to get to an aggressive throttle map and sportier suspension setting and suddenly you’re on a fire-breather.
The BMW R 1200 RS proved popular enough that BMW refreshed it with the rest of the line-up in 2018, replacing it with the even more advanced BMW R 1250 RS.
BMW R 1200 RS Manual
The above maintenance schedule came from the manual for the BMW R 1200 RS, also consulting parts diagrams for replacement items.
You can download the manual for the R 1200 RS from BMW Motorrad here.