BMW unveils R1200ST
BMW has released the full details of its R1200ST sports tourer and said you can expect it to arrive in dealers by March.
The bike, which will cost £9060otr, succeeds the R1150RS and takes the engine from the R1200GS trailie adding a fair few tweaks along the way.
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The boxer engine now punts out 110bhp and 84ftlb of torque thanks to a 500rpm increase in engine revs, a different intake system, new silencers and modified camshafts. The compression ration has also been raised to 12:1.
Despite all this the German firm claims the bike still gives excellent economy, averaging 55.3mpg on a continuous 75mph run and with the 21 litre plastic tank you could get as much as 240 miles from the tank on a long run.
A new tubular frame has been design to aid stability and to help cut the bikes weight, which is no down to 205kg (229kg with a full tank of fuel).
The Telelever front suspension has been stiffened to aid stability and comfort on the road while the rear Paralever suspension has been lightened.
To complement the suspension BMW has added a new set of cast aluminium five spoke wheels. The brakes get 320mm front disks, an ABS option and braided hoses as standard.
The bike will come as standard with a built in immobiliser that uses a chip in the key. The system is integrated with the engine management and won’t let the bike start unless the key is present.
Click here to download the full 18-page technical specs for the BMW R1200ST.
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