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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
£5,830 (2005) - £9,230 (2009)
Private used prices
£5,110 (2005) - £8,300 (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)

  • Great bike to go out on a long ride....very long ride

    DutchDiver

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    After 9 years I upgraded from my R1150R to a 2005 R1200RT. What a difference! The seat is more comfortable, the riding position has more feel, the engine is more responsive, the handling is better, brakes are better, the fuel range is much more and on top the screen is excellent when cruising! It's just a massive improvement across the board! Took the bike across Spain and Portugal and I actually didn't want to get off on any of the days. This bike will not disappoint and it loves being thrown into corners and eats them all up.... I already feel this is going to be my bike for he next 9 years

    31 May 2013

  • Bikes now for pleasure only

    Gordon1952

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    On my second RT1200 - truely fantastic bike. Perfect for cruising at 90+mph all day fully loaded 2 up. Also perfect for a weeks holiday in the worst rain imaginable in Scotland. Never got very wet. Perfect roadholding in the wet thanks to traction control. Never thought cruise control was right on a bike until I bought my LE version - cruise is perfect for 400 miles in a day continental touring - great to rest the right hand even for 5 minutes.Very frugal in fuel economy. In 4 years of owning RT1200's I have travelled 30000 miles without any mechanical problems. only downside is the awkward way of measuring oil level although the on board computer does register when the level becomes very low. Can't wait to get my next RT in 2011.Off to Italy for 3 weeks in August for some serious riding in the mountains.

    10 March 2010

  • Bikes now for pleasure only

    Gordon1952

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    On my second RT1200 - truely fantastic bike. Perfect for cruising at 90+mph all day fully loaded 2 up. Also perfect for a weeks holiday in the worst rain imaginable in Scotland. Never got very wet. Perfect roadholding in the wet thanks to traction control. Never thought cruise control was right on a bike until I bought my LE version - cruise is perfect for 400 miles in a day continental touring - great to rest the right hand even for 5 minutes.Very frugal in fuel economy. In 4 years of owning RT1200's I have travelled 30000 miles without any mechanical problems. only downside is the awkward way of measuring oil level although the on board computer does register when the level becomes very low. Can't wait to get my next RT in 2011.Off to Italy for 3 weeks in August for some serious riding in the mountains.

    10 March 2010

  • Back to bikes at 50

    JonathanRisley

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought the 1200 RT after test riding it and a Honda Pan European and loved it from the start. I am 6 foot 3 and weight 16 stone so the only thing I needed to change was the screen. I found a bigger one at Nippy Normans. I have now done over 12000 miles with 3 trips to Spain including a non-stop Barcelona to home. I love the bike and feel relaxed and comfortable at all times.

    23 February 2010

  • An excellent all rounder

    Oliebloke

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    First off I'm 6ft 4 and 15 stone (I think these figures are important with bike reviews). The bike is a '59 LE (fully loading end of line). Ive had the bike since Oct 09 and have covered the best part of 2000miles on it so far. Its one of the best handling bikes I have ever ridden and the engine is fantastic for everything from cruising around country lanes to having a blast along A'roads and along tight n twisty B roads. Comfort is exceptional for both me and my lady, weather protection is fantastic. The screen does allow a little wind onto the helmet however it also can work to clear the rain I have found and there are aftermarket larger screens if it really annoys you. The only down side so far has been the reliability hasnt been fantastic with a knackered ABS Sensor and stuck indicator cancel switch however they were all sorted quickly and efficiently. I personally love this bike. If you are after a bike that can do abit of everything on road and still have quite abit of fun as well this is the bike for you.

    21 February 2010

  • So far so good

    Cobby

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Had the RT for a month now, great equipment, love the ride, surprisingly quick. I even use the cruise control, which I didn't see the need for.

    10 October 2009

  • NEW 2009

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    TEST RODE ONE IT BROKE DOWN SO THE DEALER GOT ME ANOTHER TO TEST AND YES IT BROKE DOWN AGAIN SO FOLLOWING WEEKEND HE SAID HERE TAKE THIS FOR THE DAY YES YES YES IT WENT MAJORLY WRONG, FAILED PANNIER, ELECTRICAL FAILIURE, AND WORST OF ALL THE FRONT PADS WENT IT HAD 480 MILES ON THE CLOCK SO I DIDNT BUY ONE I LEFT VERY DISSAPOINTED PS ENGINE POWER IS OOR TOO ODD BIKE BMW HAVE LOST THERE BUILD QAULITY AND THEY ARE EXPENSIVE NOT IMPRESSED

    29 September 2009

  • R1200RT Quality problems

    LesK

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    Bought an R1200RT new in 2005, since done 31k miles. ESA failed after 4 days, took BMW more than 2 years to make it work properly.Throttle jammed due to incorrect assembly. Horn bracket fractured. Starter motor failed. RHS indicator switch failed. OIl leaks. Front engine cover and rear wheel replaced due to corrosion problems. Fuel pump elelectronics failed. Wiring harness to ignition switch fractured. Needle roller on final drive failed. Blew 8 headlamp bulbs. BMW washed their hands of it after 2 years. Conclusion, lovely bike with totally unacceptable quality, good luck to prospective buyers, goodbye to BMW.....

    14 June 2009

  • Wind Blast

    all624

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Got an RT SE last year for something different, bike is great, except..... the standard screen: The wind either hit me directly in the mouth at low3 setting, or at full tilt on the top of my helmet making it really unpleasant and I am only 6 foot tall. Put a Cee Bailey screen on with the largest size option and this has helped a lot but has killed fuel consumption and not so good in a side wind, which I can appreciate. When I tested one I thought that the screen was a bit low but thought that with a bit of fiddling I could sort it out, but no. The new screen also allows you to look through it rather than having the top edge of the standard screen vibrating in your line of sight.

    01 February 2009

  • 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

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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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