BMW R1200RT (2010-2013) Review

Published: 02 February 2010

"A brilliant touring bike as long as you like it in grey"

BMW R1200RT

"A brilliant touring bike as long as you like it in grey"

  • At a glance
  • 1170cc  -  110 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  245 miles range
  • Low seat height (820mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

A brilliant touring bike as long as you like it in grey. The RT gets a new fairing, new clocks and an all new 110bhp twin-cam engine which gives it just enough grunt to make it entertaining and sit at high-speed over long distances. It is ultimately comfortable and in all weathers too as the SE version gets a heated seat, heated grips and an optional radio if the road gets too straight and boring. 

- Video: BMW R1200RT first ride

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

This bike will lean over way further than you expected it to and let you carve through back roads defying a bike of this size. This is no sports bike, a GS makes it feel light, but you’ll be amazed how smooth it will arc its way on some truly demanding roads that would have a GTR or FJR running wide and looking for run-off beyond cliff faces.

Engine 4 out of 5

The new twin-cam engine is derived from the BMW HP2 Sport and new in the RT for 2010. The motor gives the same 110bhp total output as the old bike but it accelerates faster, the fuel injection is crisper and the bike has more instant grunt when going for those 70mph-plus overtakes. It’s never exciting but it does the job intended perfectly.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Build quality is often hard to rate on a motorcycle but with the BMW R1200RT it’s easy. The paint quality is deep and well lacquered even if you can only choose from four different shades of grey, and the fit of all those panels is millimetre perfect and there’s never any vibration from the panels.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

At £11,775 the base model bike is great value as it comes well equipped with everything you need to cross-continents. But as most people spec up the SE version with almost every box ticked and this has consistently been the UK’s best-selling touring bike then we’d have to say it’s great value for such a huge hunk of metal. Find a BMW R1200RT for sale.

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Equipment 5 out of 5

Spec up the SE version and there’s enough options to make a BMW car driver proud. The new 2010 bike comes with an option for an Ipod or MP3 connection system which sits in the right-hand fairing pocket. It uses a neat wheel on the left thumb to operate and is very simple to use. You can also get a heated seat, heated grips, tyre pressure sensors and adjust the seat height and gear lever. And let’s not forget the ESA II electronically adjustable suspension which lets the bike waft along with a pillion or firm up spring and damping at the touch of a button. It also gets an electronically adjustable screen as standard that will keep the wind off all but the tallest riders. And if that’s not enough then you also get traction control! Compare and buy parts for the R1200RT in the MCN Shop

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their BMW R1200RT (2010-2013) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

My 2010 1200RTSE

10 June 2010 by davali

Bought my RT in March after riding a K12GTSE for 2 years. I've read in most of the bike rags that it only comes in variations of grey, well mine is Polar Blue which is the colour shown in the promo video filmed around scotland. I notice the... Read more difference in power from my GT and miss it a bit. However the ESA2 is better than the original ESA on my K12. Ive done 2600 miles on it since i bought it and my only niggle is that the seat is a bit too soft, but with moving around on the seat, long days in the saddle are possible.Another minor niggle is that the paint has worn near the footpeg and gearchange. However this will be dealt with under warranty. I've ridden in all weathers and the protection from the fairing/screen is brilliant. With ESA in sport the bike handles amazingly well for its bulk on twisty "A" roads. Slow riding in heavy traffic or around town is very easy due to the low centre of gravity. It is a great all rounder and i'm going to enjoy putting lots of miles on it!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued 2013
Original price £13,200
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 110 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 245 miles
Specification
Engine size 1170cc
Engine type 8V Twin cam Boxer, 6 gears
Frame type Engine as stressed member
Fuel capacity 27 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 229kg
Front suspension Electronically controlled ESAII
Rear suspension Electronically controlled ESAII
Front brake 2 x 310mm discs
Rear brake 1 x 265mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

Updated in 2010 with new fairing, clocks, ESAII electronic suspension and a 110bhp twin-cam engine.

Other versions

BMW R1200RT - £11,775
BMW R1200RT SE - £12,880

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