Fun: This is not a word I was expecting to use in relationship to a BMW. Especially one based on the worthy if slightly underwhelming F800S. The R has been paired down to be a more basic bike and this combined with more flamboyant colours gives the bike that fun feel normally lacking in a BMW. On the example I rode I found myself reminded of my red, white and blue 1984 Yamaha RD350YPVS. High praise indeed let me tell you.
Once on the bike the RD link carried on with a riding position of classic 80’s proportions: sporting but relatively upright.
On the move the twin cylinder spins readily to the red-line and shoves the bike along at a decent rate of knots. Delivery is very much focussed on the top end of the rev range. I do not know if the mapping is altered when compared to the S, but it feels fun to thrash! The R can also be thrown about with aplomb and must admit that I found myself really liking it. A stunt rider uses a F800 and it seems some of his spirit has been infused into this fun bike. A Beemer I really like: Gulp!