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BMW R 1200ST and R 1200RT 2005

Submitted by on March 29, 2012 – 12:46 pmNo Comment

The BMW R 1200 RT replaces the R 1150 RT as BMW’s mid-line touring platform. Though the new RT makes a credible sport tourer, we shouldn’t call it one because BMW’s official “Sport Tourer” designation is occupied by the new R 1200 ST.

However, the RT is also an accomplished long distance luxury tourer, though the K 1200 LT is BMW’s official luxo tourer. So, where exactly does this place the R 1200 RT? The best answer I can come up with is… “everywhere”. After all, what can you call a bike whose dynamic performance falls within 5% of the ST and whose long-haul comfort and luggage capacity is comparable to the LT?

I guess we should simply call the new R 1200 RT BMW’s “best choice” tourer. We just received an R 1200RT for further testing, and the first thing we did was strap it to our Dynojet. Folks, BMW wasn’t lying; our new R 1200 RT just cranked out an honest 102.95Hp @ 7,300rpm and 80.95LbFt @ 6,250rpm at the tire. These are some mighty impressive numbers for an air/oil cooled boxer-twin.

The $17,490 R 1200 RT features a veritable plethora of standard features, including BMW’s excellent heated grips, adjustable seat height, electrically adjustable windscreen, partially linked ABS, cruise control, well-integrated color-matched hard luggage, integrated tank-bag rails, 12V power outlet, center stand and 15 other things that I’m just too lazy to list.

In addition to those standard features, you can also get an optional Radio/CD changer, heated seat, trip computer, extra-low seat, alarm, and various combinations of seat and trim colors. Like the ST, the RT’s standard toolkit has been reduced from BMW’s usually comprehensive kit, to something closer to what you’d expect to find on a Japanese motorcycle.

However, the traditional BMW uber-toolkit is available as an extra-cost option. One highly interesting option available on the new RT and ST models, is BMW’s new $750 ESA (Electric Suspension Adjustment) Unfortunately, our test units were not equipped with ESA, so I can’t comment on its effectiveness, though on-the-fly adjustment of preload and rebound damping seems like a cool feature indeed. The R 1200 RT is powered by the same basic 1,170cc air/oil cooled boxer-twin found in the new R 1200 GS, but shares the ST’s revised tuning, for improved high-rpm power.

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