The BMW RT is around for 30 years now and this 2 cylinder model still continues to reward its riders with first class performances. During its long life span the model has received constant upgrades and today is packed with the latest technologies.
The motorcycle offers excellent wind and weather protection, optimum ergonomics and features a top-class chassis fitted with unique optional extras such as ASC and ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment). The bike sports a new audio system available as an optional extra, with the innovative operating concept Multi-Controller carrying out virtually all commands from a single unit.
At the heart of the BMW R 1200 RT lies a modern air/oil-cooled flat twin (’Boxer’) 4-stroke engine, which puts out a maximum torque of 88 ft-lb at 6000 rpm and 110 hp.
As far as 2-cylinder fans are concerned, first-class touring has a memorable abbreviation – and it’s been around for 30 years: RT. For long-haul travelers there can hardly be any other term which has always stood for perfectly conceived motorcycling concept from start to finish: excellent wind and weather protection, optimum ergonomics, highly convenient operation combined with a top-class chassis fitted with the unique optional extras ASC and ESA II*.
In the touring segment, these features probably define the ultimate benchmark of innovation. Even though the R 1200 RT cuts a superb figure everywhere with its dynamic new design, everything about it sends out the message: built to cover thousands of miles, preferably in one go.
Then there is this fascinating mixture of distinctive engine and big bike dynamics. The characteristic “boxer” supremacy has been further enhanced in the current version: the engine’s crowning glory is now the radial DOHC** valve operating system from the HP2 Sport, though here designed for greater torque and without any loss of running smoothness: maximum torque 88 ft-lb at 6000 rpm, rated output still at 110 hp. This means a tangible increase in thrust from the lower engine speed range through to above the medium range. The new valve control in the exhaust system ensures a discreet but more dynamic sound.
And in terms of comfort, the bike boasts a new audio system available as an optional extra, with the innovative operating concept Multi-Controller carrying out virtually all commands from a single unit.
So there’s only one thing you have to do yourself – drop by for a test ride.
*ESA II = Electronic Suspension Adjustment. Electronic spring mount and spring rate adjustment ** DOHC = Double Overhead Camshaft, two overhead camshafts per cylinder
90 years of character. 90 years of endurance. BMW Motorrad is marking the anniversary of the comfortable boxer model and its irrepressible pioneering spirit – 90 years of motorcycle construction motivated by sheer passion.
The special model of the R 1200 RT brings 90 years of success to life. Finished in matt black/gold with an exclusive brass plate on the clamp, this distinctive touring bike is presented in homage to the tradition and origins of BMW Motorrad. The anniversary model instantly demonstrates what perfect shape it is in – right on time for its 90th birthday.
90 years – unstoppable: the distinctive touring bike.
|Engine Type||Air/oil-cooled flat twin (’Boxer’) 4-stroke engine, two camshafts and four radially aligned valves per cylinder, central balancer shaft|
|Bore x stroke||101 mm x 73 mm|
|Rated output||110 hp (81 kW) at 7,750 rpm|
|Max. torque||89 ft-lb (120 Nm) at 6,000 rpm|
|Compression ratio||12.0 : 1|
|Mixture control / engine management||Electronic intake pipe injection / BMS-K+ digital engine management with overrun fuel cut-off, twin spark ignition|
|Emission control||Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3|
|Maximum speed||Over 125 mph (200 km/h)|
|Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h||57 mpg, at a constant 55 mph|
|Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h||N/A|
|Fuel type||Unleaded super and premium.|
|Alternator||three-phase alternator 720 W|
|Battery||12 V / 19 Ah, maintenance-free|
|Clutch||Single dry plate clutch, hydraulically operated|
|Gearbox||Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth|
|Frame||Two-section frame consisting of front and rear sections, load-bearing engine-gearbox unit|
|Front wheel location / suspension||BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 35 mm, central spring strut|
|Rear wheel location / suspension||Cast aluminum single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring preload hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable|
|Suspension travel front / rear||4.7/5.3 inches (120 mm/135 mm)|
|Wheelbase||58.4 inches (1,485 mm)|
|Castor||4.5 inches (116 mm)|
|Steering head angle||63.8°|
|Wheels||Cast aluminum wheels|
|Rim, front||3.50 x 17″|
|Rim, rear||5.50 x 17″|
|Tyres, front||120/70 ZR 17|
|Tyres, rear||180/55 ZR 17|
|Brake, front||Dual disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 320 mm, four-piston fixed calipers|
|Brake, rear||Single disc brake, diameter 265 mm, double-piston floating caliper|
|ABS||BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral)|
|Length||87.8 inches (2,230 mm)|
|Width (incl. mirrors)||35.6 inches (905 mm) inc. panniers: 38.5 inches (980 mm)|
|Height (excl. mirrors)||56.3 inches (1,430 mm)|
|Seat height, unladen weight||32.2/33.1 inches (820/840 mm) low seat: 30.7/31.5 inches (780/800 mm), extra-low seat (one piece): 30.1 inches (765 mm), lowered suspension: 29.5 inches (750 mm), comfort seat: 30.9 inches (785 mm)|
|Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1)||580 lbs (259 kg)|
|Dry weight 2)||514 lbs (233)|
|Permitted total weight||1,091 lbs (495 kg)|
|Payload (with standard equipment)||520 lbs (236 kg)|
|Usable tank volume||6.6 gallons (25.0 liters)|
|Reserve||Approx. 1 gallon (4.0 liters)|
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