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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

All-new successor to able but bland BMW R1150RT was one of the surprise highlights of BMW’s 2005 motorcycle range. It was not only faster and lighter, the ergonomics and handling package is excellent too. Not just a great tourer, a great motorcycle, period.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

New 1200 version of the BMW R1150RT, as debuted on the BMW R1200GS the year before, delivered 110bhp, 15% up on the old 1150 engine. And you notice it, too. The BMW R1200RT is vigorous and lively, yet with the same reliability and flexibility as ever – still no missile, though. If you want that, get a BMW K1200GT.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Along with more power – came much reduced weight with the BMW R1200RT. A full 20kg has been slashed which transforms handling. Steering is sharp, it’s a much more flickable motorcycle than before and yet stability is as good as ever. The BMW R1200RT is great to hustle. It’s also great to cruise thanks to BMW’s plush Telelever/Paralever suspension set-up.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

It’s a BMW motorcycle tourer, so there’s the best of everything on the BMW R1200RT… if you pay the extra. In stock trim, however, the BMW R1200RT is still very comfortable thanks to comprehensive instrumentation, effective screen and mirrors and, best of all, the sumptious and usefully height adjustable seat. Every motorcycle should have one. Compare and buy parts for the R1200RT in the MCN Shop.

BMW R1200RT (2005-2009)

Detail Value
New price £11,045
Dealer used prices
£5,980 (2005) - £9,180 (2009)
Private used prices
£5,110 (2005) - £8,260 (2009)
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Engine size 1170 cc
Power 110 bhp
Top speed 135 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

BMW R1200RT are good, although sometimes not quite as good as the reputation suggests… There have been no BMW R1200RT scare stories yet and metal and paint finishes are as good as any motorcycle, but you still need to fight off salt corrosion in winter.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The thick end of £10K is a lot of money for a 110bhp twin cylinder touring motorcycle, especially when heated grips, stereo etc cost extra. But the BMW R1200RT is a stonking motorcycle that’ll go on forever and maintain its value. If you buy a BMW R1200RT, you won’t regret it. Find a BMW R1200RT for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

2005: BMW R1200RT launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.2 secs
Max power 110 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Weight 229 kg
Seat height 780 mm
Fuel capacity 27 litres
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 190 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 1170 cc
Engine specification 8v boxer twin, 6 gears
Frame Steel tubular type
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes 2 x 310mm discs
Rear brake Single 265mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/60 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(14 reviews)

  • R1200RT

    fambone

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had bike for over a year. Done some serious long milage around South Africa in December - super comfy, great power and wind protection for long trips. Also competent commuter but prefer its open road capabilities.

    09 April 2008

  • R1200RT

    simon1hep

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Done 15k miles on my 2nd hand Dec '05 1200RT from Vines (Guildford) without ANY reliability problems. Originally wanted a K1200S, but the pillion comfort was not much better than my Firestorm, so got the R1200RT old mans tourer! Can't say anything bad about it, but can't say much good about it? Terrific all rounder, but primarily designed as a one or two up long distance tourer. I use it daily throughout the year for work and the panniers and grip heaters are brilliant. Some quality issues, but items replaced under warranty, watch out for corrosion on footpeg support plate, engine front plate and fork stanchion legs. Bridgestone 020's better then the Conti Road Attack's, will try the B021's at next change. Have kept my sports bike for more spirited rides, but will always go on the BM when distance/luggage/rain are involved. Wind protection very good with the height adjustable screen, cruising at 80+ you can read a newspaper behind the screen! Given the choice purchase choice again, I would still go for the K1200S, but it is not as good as the RT for everyday and touring use. Handling surprisingly good once you get used to the bouncy suspension (in comparison to a sports bike) and very stable at all speeds. Main niggle at the moment is how to turn off the indicator auto-cancel 'feature', which is a pain in the a**e. Dealer says that they will have a look at cancelling it through the diagnostics at next service. If you want a comfy, quick (but not fast), ultra tourer, then give one a test ride. Bear in mind, if you haven't ridden a beemer, then it can take at least 500 miles to acclimatise to them (that's just the indicator switches), so don't expect miracles during a test ride.

    02 September 2007

  • Had my R1200ST 1st year service and was loaned an RT for the day...

    Dave Herbert

    Newton Abbot ,

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    First impression on the ride home -  it seems to suffer more from sidewinds. Sat behind a large screen, tillers for handlebars and mirrors underneath. Played with the electric screen to find a spot where the wind noise and turbulance disappeared and rode home 30 miles. Collected my wife, her first opinion was that the seat was comfy but she felt unsafe, missed the grab handles from the ST and the RT's felt too low and under her legs which was uncomfortable. It didn't get much better I'm afraid as I found the brake/clutch span adjusters would not get as close to the bars as the ST and felt I was trying to steer a barge and Sally described it as sittng on a sofa. We had intended to have a full day out but just took it back to the dealership. Never been so glad to get my own bike back and even more grateful to see that after a year I am still happier with the ST! It felt far more responsive, under my control and has killed of any thoughts of ever buying a true tourer again. Strengths: Build quality and load carrying ability for continental trips, brakes, engine and proven reliability. Weaknesses: Too large and not much fun once you get to you destination and remove the panniers unlike other sport tourer type machines.

    13 April 2006

  • I have riden a Harley Dyna Glide for the last 5 years but needed a touring bike.

    phillw

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have never liked the BMW RT range. Being short of leg they have always seemed far to big and cumbersome for me to ride safetly. Problem I had was I wanted to tour two up and the wife could not get comfortable on the Harley. Enter the 1200 RT. The dealer suggested lower suspension plus the low seat option, had a ride on one and was totaly won over. So easy to ride especially at low speed and brilliant at motorway speeds. Spoke to Ohlins (Harris Performance) and they supplied the front/rear shocks 1.5 ins shorter than stock in one week, realy impresive service. Bought the bike and away I go. Strengths: Brakes are fabulous, I can not belive how well it handles for such a big bike. After the Harley this is a revelation. Weaknesses: Havent found any yet.

    06 January 2006

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michaelm

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bmw r1200rt

I have had a used  2005 rt for nearly four years and have done 59,000 miles, and apart from six bulbs and a battery, last month, it is still on the original clutch, has been round Europe has never broken down. I have fitted a front engine guard to stop stone chips, and fork guards, regular cleaning,the use of ACF50, and getting the engine warmed properly, not thrashing it when cold. Would I have another, yes. 

01 February 2010 10:24

fitzi

fitzisays

bmw rt 1200

these bikes are a great tool,the dealership in southport told me that after riding in line fours all my biking days,that it would take about 2 thousand miles to get used to its differances,after about 1200 miles i had fallen for its strangeness and odditys,it is so comfy,no wind blast as the barn doors stop that,i normally ride above average speeds not too fast,i went out with a friend who i havnt ridden with since i bought my rt in march,he is a quick rider as he rides a zx12,we went off through clitheroe,a59,roads get better as you get farther along near skipton way,chaseing him down the twisties,after a 20 min dash i had hit the rev limiter 3 times,i also noticed that i was haunched over the handle bars like i was on a crosser,pushed up against the tank for the twists and turns rapidley approaching,the rt not only tours but if pushed can deliver,not superbike performance but very very quick,not too fast but you can catch others in the bends,if thinking of getting one you may at first find them strange a short test ride wont convince you but a day will,dont wind it on through bends and roundabouts,crack it open on the apex,traction helps,it becomes a differant bike..it didnt win rider power twice cos its crap,its very very good..try one you may be suprised.....fitzi

27 May 2008 10:21

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