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MCN overall verdict rating is 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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

BMW R1200RT (2014-current)

Detail Value
New price £13,200
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Engine size 1170 cc
Power 124 bhp
Top speed 145 mph
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

Insurance

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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

Specifications

Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 124 bhp
Max torque 92 ft-lb
Weight 274 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 25 litres
Average fuel consumption 46 mpg
Tank range 240 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 1170 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v boxer twin
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment BMW Telelever, adjustable spring preload
Rear suspension adjustment BMW Evo Paralever, fully adjustable rear shock
Front brakes 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

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