As far as 2-cylinder fans are concerned, first-class touring has a memorable abbreviation - and it’s been around for 30 years: RT. For long-haul travelers there can hardly be any other term which has always stood for perfectly conceived motorcycling concept from start to finish: excellent wind and weather protection, optimum ergonomics, highly convenient operation combined with a top-class chassis fitted with the unique optional extras ASC and ESA II.
In the touring segment, these features probably define the ultimate benchmark of innovation. Even though the R 1200 RT cuts a superb figure everywhere with its dynamic new design, everything about it sends out the message: built to cover thousands of miles, preferably in one go.
Then there is this fascinating mixture of distinctive engine and big bike dynamics. The characteristic “boxer” supremacy has been further enhanced in the current version: the engine’s crowning glory is now the radial Double Overhead Camshaft valve operating system from the HP2 Sport, though here designed for greater torque and without any loss of running smoothness: maximum torque 88 ft-lb at 6000 rpm, rated output still at 110 hp. This means a tangible increase in thrust from the lower engine speed range through to above the medium range. The new valve control in the exhaust system ensures a discreet but more dynamic sound.
And in terms of comfort, the bike boasts a new audio system available as an optional extra, with the innovative operating concept Multi-Controller carrying out virtually all commands from a single unit.
So there’s only one thing you have to do yourself - drop by for a test ride.
2013 BMW R 1200 RT Base
Model NameR 1200 RT
Generic Type (Primary)Touring
Engine TypeAir/oil-cooled flat twin ('Boxer') 4-stroke engine, two camshafts and four radially aligned valves per cylinder, central balancer shaft
Cylinders-Displacement (cc)1,170 cc
Engine Power110 hp (81 kW) at 7,750 rpm
Engine Torque89 ft-lb (120 Nm) at 6,000 rpm
Compression Ratio12.0 : 1
Mixture ControlElectronic intake pipe injection / BMS-K+ digital engine management with overrun fuel cut-off, twin spark ignition
EmissionsClosed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3
Top Speed125 mph
Fuel Usage, 100% Load57 mpg at a constant 55 mph (4.1 l)
GearboxConstant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth
Final DriveShaft drive
Frame TypeTwo-section frame consisting of front and rear sections, load-bearing engine-gearbox unit
Front SuspensionBMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 35 mm, central spring strut
Rear SuspensionCast aluminum single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring preload hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable
Front Travel (in./cm.)4.7 inches (120 mm)
Rear Travel (in./cm.)5.3 inches (135 mm)
Wheelbase58.4 inches (1,485 mm)
Castor4.5 inches (116 mm)
Front Wheel3.50 x 17" Cast aluminium wheels
Rear Wheel5.50 x 17" Cast aluminium wheels
Front Tire120/70 ZR 17
Rear Tire180/55 ZR 17
Front braking systemDual disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 320 mm, four-piston fixed calipers
Width35.6 inches (905 mm) inc. panniers: 38.5 inches (980 mm)
Height56.3 inches (1,430 mm)
Seat Height32.3/33.1 inches (adjustable seat height) Standard; variable seat heights available between 29.5 inches and 33.1 inches (available as accessories and/or factory options, see an authorized BMW Motorrad dealer)