BMW R1200RT (2014-on) Review

Published: 26 February 2014

"Despite a 2014 recall glitch, arguably the best bike BM make. Light, sophisticated and astonishingly effective"

BMW R1200RT  (2014-on)

"Despite a 2014 recall glitch, arguably the best bike BM make. Light, sophisticated and astonishingly effective"

  • At a glance
  • 1170cc  -  124 bhp
  • 46 mpg  -  240 miles range
  • Low seat height (805mm)
  • £13,350

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Partially water-cooling the R1200RT has evolved it into an even better tourer. The new motor gives it a bit more bite to take on the likes of the Triumph Trophy while not over-stepping the mark. Despite being a large machine the BMW remains light and maneuverable and the addition of power modes and the advanced electronics have brought it bang up to date. Although the gear shift assist is a touch unnecessary, the hill start is brilliant and the water-cooled engine is considerably smoother off the bottom end.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

One of the key factors in the RT’s success is not only its extreme comfort, but also its light handling. Sensibly BMW haven’t played around with these features at all and the RT remains a superb mile muncher as well as surprisingly agile considering its size. The new fairing is fantastically protective and even at over six feet tall I found the screen deflected all wind blast over the top of my helmet without any signs of turbulence. The small tweaks to the riding position haven’t detracted from its all-day comfort levels and the new chassis still manages to mask the bike’s 274kg weight.

Engine 4 out of 5

Although the majority of the RT’s engine is the same as the new GS’s, a heavier flywheel and alternator have taken a bit of the feeling of lightness out of the GS’s revs while a taller rear shaft gear has calmed down the acceleration. This change of mood suits the RT perfectly and as with the GS, BMW have essentially made an air/oil-cooled with a bit more of everything everywhere and a smoother throttle action. The RT is now not only more responsive low-down, but also smoother. It isn’t overly powerful, just more willing to pull when the rev counter is in the bottom of its range while the gearbox is far slicker.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The boxer engine is reliable and the level of build quality very high. RTs easily shrug of huge mileages.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

In basic specification it is one of the cheapest full-dress tourers, but when you add the bling the price soon creeps up.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The RT comes with two riding modes, traction control, electric screen and ABS as standard. Semi-active suspension, hill start, gear shift assist are extra.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £13,350
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 124 bhp
Max torque 92 ft-lb
Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 46 mpg
Tank range 240 miles
Specification
Engine size 1170cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v boxer twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 25 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 274kg
Front suspension BMW Telelever, adjustable spring preload
Rear suspension BMW Evo Paralever, fully adjustable rear shock
Front brake 2x320mm discs. Brembo four-piston radial calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x276mm petal disc, Brembo two-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70ZR17
Rear tyre size 180/55ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

1995: The R1100RT is launched, updated in 2001 to the R1150RT.

The R1200RT is unveiled in 2005 and gains twin cams in 2010.

Other versions

None

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