2010 BMW R 1200 RT
2010 BMW R 1200 RT: Dual Overhead Cams
and More Power!
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The 2010 BMW R 1200 RT: Introduction
November 5, 2009 - BMW today announced the new 2010 R1200RT,
along with the
2010 1200GS and
R1200GS Adventure (info). The big news is the new dual overhead
cam 1200 cc (actually 1170 cc) engine!
The BMW R 1200 RT has always been acknowledged as the epitome
of comfortable and dynamic motorcycle touring in classic style.
And now, the latest version of this unique active tourer, with
its significant innovations, offers even more superior enduro
qualities and dynamic benefits thanks to its new boxer engine.
In its configuration and basic structure, the new flat-twin
engine is the same as the Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) engine
featured in the BMW HP2 Sport. It has, however, been further
upgraded and optimized for the BMW R 1200 RT to meet the specific
requirements of an outstanding tourer.
With the 1170-cc boxer engine on the former model "already
offering superior drive power under all conditions and in all
situations", according to BMW, the new R 1200 RT has even
more to offer.
BMW says the new engine offers an increase in maximum torque
from 85 - 88 lb-ft at an unchanged 6,000 rpm, for even greater
acceleration and passing power. Also, the range of useful engine
speed has been increased by 500 rpm to a maximum 8,500 rpm.
The third improvement is a significant increase in torque
where it really counts at low and medium engine speeds, with
a "smooth and homogeneous torque curve", according
to BMW. Maximum engine horsepower is the same as the prior model
at 110 hp but occurs now at 7,750 rpm (previously 7,500 rpm).
New Boxer Engine for Touring
The BMW R 1200 RT has always been acknowledged as the epitome
of comfortable and dynamic motorcycle touring in classic style.
And now the latest version of this very special active tourer
with its significant innovations offers even more sualities
and dynamic benefits thanks to its new engine.
Designed and built for even higher engine speeds, the R 1200
RT’s new boxer engine , like the engine featured on the BMW
HP2 Sport, is equipped with two overhead chain-driven camshafts
(DOHC) per cylinder.
Valves are operated by very light rocker arms able to cope
easily with high engine speeds. Radial arrangement of the four
valves allows for a very compact combustion chamber configuration,
and like that of the former models, the fuel/air mixture is
ignited by two spark plugs (HP2 Sport: one spark plug). The
compression ratio of 12.0:1 remains unchanged.
Knock control allows the engine to run on 95-98 RON premium
(plus) fuel. Under certain conditions the rider may experience
a very small drop in torque and a slight increase in fuel consumption
whenever knock control cuts in.
Horizontal arrangement of the camshafts in the direction
of travel calls for two special technical features on the new
flat-twin engine: Each camshaft controls one intake and one
exhaust valve, and the cams are finished in conical shape due
to the radial arrangement of the valves.
In the interest of power and performance at low and medium
engine speeds, and to provide even better free-revving riding
characteristics, the intake and exhaust valve timing on both
camshafts has been further improved.
Compared with the former models, the valve bases are up in
diameter from 1.41 – 1.54 inches on the intake side and 1.22
– 1.30 inches on the exhaust side. Valve clearance is adjusted
by light semi-hemispherical shims. To provide a greater free-valve
cross-section, valve lift is up from 0.415 inches on the intake
and 0.365 inches on the exhaust side to 0.425 inches on both
Overview of the main new engine features of the 2010 R 1200
New, even more dynamic engine
with two overhead camshafts per cylinder.
New DOHC cylinder heads offer
an even more efficient cylinder charge.
Maximum torque increased to 88
lb-ft at 6,000 rpm, maximum output remaining at 110 hp at
Increase in maximum engine speed
from 8,000 to 8,500 rpm, with an even broader power band.
Significantly improved torque
Smoother Torque curve.
Cylinder head covers now with
two, instead of four, fastening bolts and a new dynamic
Electronically controlled exhaust
flap for superior and powerful sound.
Other new features of the 2010 BMW
R 1200 RT include:
ESA II Electronic Suspension
Adjustment with damping, spring base and now also spring
rate adjustable at the touch of a button.
BMW Motorrad Integral ABS featured
as standard in the partly integrated version.
New design fairing with improved
protection from wind and weather.
Re-designed cockpit with visor.
New control units and hydraulic
Electronically controlled windshield
with optimized aero-acoustics and improved transparency
• Fairing in new design with
protection from wind and weather improved once again.
Re-designed cockpit with visor.
New control units and hydraulic
New audio system with controllable
interface for a USB/MP3 and iPod, operated through the Multi-Controller.
Adjustable foot shift lever.
Hard-shell cases (each with a
capacity of 32 liters) featured as standard, with accurately
fitting four-point lock system and cover finished in body
Tank railing for conveniently
New colors for the R 1200 RT:
Polar metallic, Ostra Grey metallic matt, Thunder Grey metallic,
multi-color paintwork in conjunction with Thunder Grey metallic
Extended range of optional extras
and special equipment tailored to the R 1200 RT, naturally
in top BMW quality.
Significantly More Torque Throughout the
Entire Speed Range
The existing ratio of bore
to stroke remains the same at 3.98:2.87 inches, giving the engine
the same 1,170 cc capacity as before.
Other features borrowed from the former engine are the crankshaft
and the connecting rods, as well as their bearings, while the
two pistons made of cast aluminum have been re-designed to match
the modified dimensions of the combustion chamber.
Interacting with the upgraded intake system, throttle butterfly
manifolds now offer 1.97 inches instead of the former 1.85 inches
(HP2 Sport: 2.05 inches) opening clearance, newly designed intake
air manifolds and an air filter element with increased volume
capacity, the engine as in the past develops maximum output
of 110 hp, now at 7,750 rpm. The biggest improvement, however,
is the increase in maximum torque to 88 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm.
An oil cooler ensures a stable temperature even under extreme
riding conditions. A further enhancement on the 2010 model is
the use of cylinder head covers with two, instead of formerly
four, fastening bolts in a new dynamic design. A valve cover
guard made either of aluminum or plastic as well as chrome-plated
aluminum cylinder covers are available as accessory items.
Electronically Controlled Exhaust
An electronically controlled exhaust flap is now standard for
superior and muscular sound. On the exhaust system the two manifolds
come in the same design, length and diameter as on the former
model, while the interference pipe has been modified to take
the different vibration conditions on the exhaust manifold into
Featuring an exhaust flap controlled via an electric motor
and opening/closing cables, the new BMW R 1200 RT offers a particularly
powerful boxer sound nevertheless in full compliance with all
To reduce ram pressure and improve the sound of the engine,
the rear silencer unchanged in its exterior design versus the
former models comes with a modified interior structure.
Revised Six-Speed Gearbox and Driveshaft
As in the past, power is transmitted through the six-speed gearbox
already upgraded in the 2008 model year, with larger bearing
diameters and a modified gap between shafts. The maintenance-free
drive shaft to the rear wheel is the same as before.
Telelever and Paralever Suspension
and Integral ABS
The proven, two-piece main/rear
frame sections made of weight-saving steel tubes incorporating
the engine as a load- earing element offer maximum strength
and stiffness under all running conditions.
The front and rear frame are firmly bolted to the engine/gearbox
unit, interacting with the engine and gearbox to form a
load-bearing structure. The longitudinal arm on the front
Telelever suspension is mounted as before on the engine
block, the Paralever swing arm is fitted on the rear frame.
With its fixed tube measuring 35 millimeters/1.38” in
diameter, the Telelever is the optimum solution for the
rider using the machine exclusively on the road and focusing
in particular on superior comfort.
This is ensured by the good balance of sporting and comfort-oriented
suspension behavior, the maintenance-free system once again
designed to reduce brake dive to almost zero, which again
helps to provide greater stability when applying the brakes
when leaning over at an angle.
As in the past the Paralever swing arm in the rear central
spring strut comes with travel-dependent damping or TDD
for short, with the damping effect increasing progressively
as a function of spring travel. This keeps the suspension
smooth, sensitive and comfortable in absorbing even the
smallest bumps, while at the same time offering generous
reserves on bad roads and tracks with grooves or big bumps
As in the past, spring travel is 120 millimeters/4.72“
up front and 135 millimeters/5.31” at the rear. In standard
trim, the rear spring strut offers infinitely variable adjustment
on the outbound stroke as well as a hand-wheel for infinitely
adjusting the spring base by 10 millimeters or 0.39”, in
order to adjust the rear end to varying load requirements.
Like its predecessor, the new R 1200 RT comes on light,
almost filigree cast aluminum wheels in five-spoke design,
combining an attractive look with an easy-to-clean surface
and a high standard of stiffness.
The front wheel measures 3.5 x 17“, the rear wheel 5.5
x 17”, running on a 120/70 ZR17 tire up front and a 180/55
ZR17 tire at the rear.
ESA II Electronic Suspension Adjustment
The BMW R 1200 RT is available with ESA II (Electronic
Suspension Adjustment II) already well-known from the K
series as an option at extra cost.
Benefitting from this system quite unique in the world
motorcycle market, the rider is able to adjust not only
the damping on the outbound stroke of the front and rear
spring strut, but also the spring base (spring pre-tension)
on the front spring strut and the spring rate – all this
at the simple touch of a button.
This second-generation Electronic Suspension Adjustment
or ESA II for short provides the option to set the suspension
for maximum comfort and, with greater precision than ever
before, for optimum riding and load conditions, thus ensuring
a new dimension of riding stability combined with absolutely
To control the Electronic Suspension Adjustment as easily
as possible and to prevent any unwanted settings, the rider
initially enters the motorcycle’s current load condition
(solo, solo with luggage, rider with passenger and luggage).
The appropriate spring base and spring rate is then set
automatically, with the system coordinating these two parameters
to one another.
Depending on the style of riding he wishes to enjoy,
the rider must also choose among the Comfort, Normal or
Sport mode, giving the suspension the desired qualities.
So applying the optimum parameters kept available in the
Central Vehicle Electronics, the electronic “brain” calculates
the appropriate damper rates and sets them accordingly.
As a result, the new R 1200 RT benefits from a total
of no less than nine different set-up options. With additional
adjustment of the spring rate, ride height can be set perfectly
to various load conditions, ensuring an even higher standard
of riding stability, handling and comfort. Even when carrying
high loads with a passenger and lots of luggage, the R 1200
RT maintains all of its riding qualities also when leaning
over to a low angle in bends, for a truly sporting style
of riding at all times.
A further advantage is that adjustment of the spring
rate dramatically reduces the risk of the suspension suddenly
sagging under extreme load. The rider is able to change
the damper setting (Normal, Sport, Comfort) simply by pressing
a button also while riding, while for function and safety
reasons the spring base may be changed only at a standstill.
The spring rate is adjusted by an electric motor complete
with its own transmission, while the damping rate is modified
by small step motors on the dampers.
Adjustment of the spring rate is controlled by two springs
connected in series, one behind the other. An elastomer
unit (Cellasto) in combination with a conventional coil
spring further down takes up forces under spring pressure,
radial expansion of the Cellasto element to the outside
being restricted by a steel sleeve.
On the inside the Cellasto element moves an aluminum
sleeve by means of electro-hydraulic connection, the position
of this inner sleeve influencing the expansion behavior
of the Cellasto element to the inside and, therefore, its
In all, this interaction of the various units has the
same effect as a combination of two springs varying in strength.
Whenever the inner sleeve is resting on the steel spring,
the Cellasto unit is not in use and only the steel spring
provides the desired suspension effect. Once the inner sleeve
is moved further, the spring base on the steel spring –
and therefore the spring pre-tension – is also varied accordingly.
This configuration significantly improves the normal
static position of the motorcycle and riding geometry under
all load conditions, without any of the disadvantages encountered
with conventional suspension. Benefiting from this self-levelling,
the R 1200 RT is just as stable when riding under full load
as it is when carrying only the rider without any luggage.
Additional adjustment of the spring rate over the wide
range from 160 – 260 N/mm allows far greater variation of
the Sport, Normal and Comfort settings on ESA II than on
ESA I, with each set-up providing a far greater choice of
In other words, the R 1200 RT is even more dynamic and
precise in the Sport mode, and very comfortable indeed in
the Comfort mode, while maintaining an excellent standard
In all, ESA II offers the following significant benefits:
Much wider range of settings
and suspension options with the Sport/Normal and Comfort
Far better maintenance of
the machine’s static, normal position and riding geometry
with all settings.
Optimum adjustment of the
damping and spring rate / spring base in all settings.
Significant change of the
motorcycle’s character through adjustment of the dampers.
Excellent adjustment to all
load conditions through the adjustment of the spring
rate / spring base.
Significant enhancement of
safety when braking and in general riding stability,
free side angle in bends and firm suspension without
Partially Integrated ABS Brake System Standard
The proven brake system with BMW Motorrad Integral ABS in its
partly integral version featured as standard offers supreme
safety at all times. Maximum and controllable stopping power
requiring minimum effort on the part of the rider guarantees
additional safety particularly when braking in an emergency.
The front brake discs measure 320 millimeters or 12.6“ in
diameter, the rear brake disc 265 millimeters/10.4”.
Lighter and More Dynamic Fairing Improves
The R 1200 RT remains unmistakable
in design, simply begging the rider to go out on the road or
track at very first sight.
Through its highly attractive black grain surface finish
around the air intake at the front of the fairing and around
the upper side fairing, to mention just two examples, the R
1200 RT looks even lighter and more dynamic than its predecessor.
More than ever before, the light look of the fairing, which
nevertheless offers superior protection from wind and weather,
makes the machine a truly unique experience. The intentionally
reduced use of color around the mirror
hand guards again
contributes to the dynamic appearance of the R 1200 RT, while
the integrated direction indicators now with white lenses accentuate
the powerful touring character of the machine.
Light edges in the fairing as well as the new cylinder head
covers emphasizing the length of the R 1200 RT give BMW’s new
motorcycle an even sleeker and more slender look from the side.
The newly designed front wheel mudguard with improved aerodynamics
and the optimized engine spoiler also add a
dynamic touch to the design of the new R 1200 RT.
As in the past, the dominating headlight with its sharp contours
gives the front end of the R 1200 RT a particularly stylish
and truly unique appearance, setting it clearly aside from all
other models. Following the free-form surface principle, the
headlight unit is made up of two H7 headlights arranged to the
right and left for a double low beam and a central light for
the high beam, in each case with maximum light intensity.
While so far the headlight was adjusted by means of a lever
on the motorcycle at rest, it may now be adjusted most conveniently
by a knob on the left side of the cockpit.
The windshield is electrically adjustable to any position
desired also on the new R 1200 RT, with variation of windshield
height as before by up to 140 millimeters or 5.51”, enough to
protect virtually any rider, no matter how tall, even better
than before from wind and weather, while reducing the level
of noise once again.
To improve aero-acoustics to an even higher level, the windshield
has been modified in its design on the upper side section, helping
again to significantly reduce wind noise. Windshield transparency
has been optimized in this process, with less distortion round
the edges as well as less reflection. To reduce vibrations,
finally, the windshield support with just one bar has been reinforced
and the mirror mounting modified.
Ergonomics and Features
cockpit with additional visor: The cockpit placed as usual perfectly
in the rider’s line of vision with its two analogue dials for
road and engine speed guarantees perfect presentation and safe
supervision of all the machine’s functions. Unlike the former
model, the new R 1200 RT comes with a matt visor finished in
a dark metallic color above the instruments to avoid any undue
The instrument cluster itself features a newly designed face,
now looking even more modern and sophisticated. The instruments
are supplemented by a central screen presenting data such as
the coolant (oil) temperature, tank level, the time of day or
the gear currently in mesh in the usual proven manner.
On models fitted with ESA II as an option, the instrument
cluster also provides information on the current suspension
Data retrievable on demand include the overall mileage, trip
mileage and, as soon as tank capacity has dropped to the reserve
level, the remaining range on the fuel available.
An on-board computer complete with an oil level warning gauge
comes as an option, with the information required (ambient temperature,
remaining range, average speed and fuel consumption, tire pressure
(special equipment)) also available in the Info Display.
Controls, Hydraulic Reservoir and Handlebar
Now Separated to Avoid Vibration
Like the K 1300
models, the new R 1200 RT comes with a brand-new generation
of switches and manual controls. The new switches are far smaller
and more compact, but at the same time offer a higher level
of functional value and come in very clear design.
Apart from the standard direction indicator, horn, high beam
and starter functions, the R 1200 RT features controls for the
electrically adjustable windshield and the optional handlebar
and seat heating, the on-board computer, ESA II, ASC, and cruise
control all integrated in the control unit.
As part of this modification, new, square-shaped and separately
mounted hydraulic fluid reservoirs in a discreet smoky glass
look for the clutch and brake fluid are also fitted in the cockpit
To avoid unwanted vibration and offer an even higher standard
of riding comfort, the handlebar is now also mounted on rubber
bearings to cancel out vibrations. The upper fork bridge now
finished in silver complete with the BMW logo underlines the
particular style and flair of the R 1200 RT also in this area.
New Audio System and Multi-Controller
An absolute innovation in the motorcycle market is the new Multi-Controller.
Fitted on the inside of the left handlebar within optimum reach
at all times, the Multi-Controller replaces the former function
satellite fi tted further to the inside of the handlebar.
Like a computer mouse, the Multi-Controller responds to turning
and pressing of the wheel, enabling the rider to select a specific
radio station and music title or vary the volume of the sound
The audio system is also brand-new, featuring interfaces
for an MP3 player, an iPod or USB stick as well as conventional
devices such as a CD player. The CD player fitted on the former
model has been dropped.
The new system allows administration of no less than nine
playback lists on a USB/MP3 and iPod, with the alternative option
to play all titles in random choice. The Info Display presents
the volume chosen as well as the title currently being played.
The external devices used may be kept conveniently in a lockable
compartment on the right side of the inner fairing, protected
safe and sound from wind and weather.
The radio functions themselves are the same as before, but
now the new audio system enables the rider to save 24 instead
of just six stations. The rider can select stations either manually,
through the memory function on stations saved in advance, or
through the station search mode looking for the station with
best reception (Autostore).
The station currently being played is presented on the Info
Display and the speed-related volume control may be set to three
Over and above the functions provided by the Multi-Controller,
the radio control unit is masterminded as before through control
knobs on the left side of the inner fairing.
Ergonomics for Long-Distance Riding Comfort
Seat:As before, the comfortable seat on the R 1200
RT is split up into two sections, with manual adjustment of
the rider’s section to two levels, 820 and 840 millimeters (32.3
A lower seat is available as an optional extra, with seat
height of 780 and, respectively, 800 millimeters (30.7 and 31.5”).
A further option is to lower the entire motorcycle (750 mm/29.5“
seat height including an extra-low seat bench), with a single-piece,
extra-low seat bench measuring just 765 millimeters/30.1” in
height available as special equipment.
Supreme comfort is ensured by the single-piece comfort seat
bench also available as special equipment within the wide range
of features coming from BMW Motorrad.
The ergonomic triangle made up of the footrests, seat and
handlebar ensures an active seating position with maximum grand
touring comfort. The rider and passenger on the R 1200 RT thus
enjoy a pleasant knee angle at all times and under all conditions.
Gear Shift: In the process of upgrading the
new model, BMW Motorrad has given the R 1200 RT gearshift levers
adjustable by an eccentric control bar serving to change the
distance between the shift lever and the footrest and once again
improve rider ergonomics.
2010 BMW R 1200 RT Options Include
As a systems supplier by tradition, BMW Motorrad has developed
a wide range of optional extras and special equipment also for
the new R 1200 RT, allowing the discerning customer to personalize
the machine to an even higher standard.
Special equipment comes directly from the factory and is
fitted during production at the Berlin Plant, optional extras
are fitted by the BMW Motorcycle Dealer.
Optional Extras Include.
ESA II (Electronic Suspension
Audio system including Multi-Controller
and interfaces for iPod, USB, MP3, etc.
On-board computer incl oil level
Rider’s seat, lower 780 / 800
millimeters (30.7 /31.5”).
Lowered suspension 750 millimeters
(29.5”) including an extra-low seat (available only without
Seat heating (only in conjunction
with heated handles).
Second power socket.
Preparation for audio system.
Anti-theft warning system.
Exhaust system, chrome-plated.
Comfort seat, single-piece.
79 kW (107 hp) power version
or 72 kW (98 PS) power version.
2010 BMW R1200RT Luggage Options
The R 1200 RT comes as standard with hard-shell cases
offering a capacity on each side of 32 liters. The case holders
are integrated almost fully in the body of the machine, providing
a perfect match with the contours of the R 1200 RT.
Case covers finished in high-quality body color and an appropriate
surface look matching the overall design of the motorcycle ensure
a harmonious overall impression from every angle. A high-class
locking system with four locking
points guarantees an exact
fit of the case cover as well as reliable seating against water
The luggage rack offers ample space for additional luggage.
As an alternative, the rider may opt for two top cases (either
49 or 28 liters) from the wide range of special equipment. The
smaller of these two top cases is finished in black, the larger
comes with a cover finished in White Aluminum metallic matt
as a contrast to the black grain lower section or, as yet a
further option, the cover in Sapphire Black.
A railing is fitted on top of the tank for fastening the
tank bag developed especially for this purpose. And last but
not least, numerous lashing points for luggage round off the
touring package on the R 1200 RT.
Bags and Cases
Ergonomics and Comfort
top case, large (49 liters),
cover in White Aluminums metallic matt or Sapphire Black.
top case, small (28 liters).
Back padding for top case, small.
Inner bag for top case, large.
Inner bag for top case, small.
Inner bag for system case, left
System case protector, top (transparent
Impact guard for cases.
Tank bag, watertight, with base
Vario insert for tank bag
Soft bag 2, small, 19 liters.
Soft bag 2, large, 51 liters.
Baggage roll, watertight, 53
Lashing belt with tightening
Insert for radio socket.
Extra-low seat, 765 millimeters/30.1”
(single-piece, only without seat heating).
Rider’s seat, low, 780/800 millimeters
(30.7/31.5”), Black or Grey.
Comfort seat 785 millimeters/30.9”
(single-piece, only with seat heating).
Second and third power socket.
Design and Sound
Cylinder head covers chrome-plated.
Carbon cover on engine block.
Akrapović sports muffler.
Splashguard at the rear.
Aluminum cylinder head cover
Plastic cylinder head cover protection.
Anti-theft warning system.
First-aid kit, large/small.
Safety bolt for oil fi ller manifold.
Navigation and Communication.
BMW Motorrad Navigator IV with
Holder for BMW Motorrad Navigator
iPod adapter cable (USB/chinch).
Maintenance and Technical Features.
Power reduced to 98 hp.
On-board toolkit/service set.
LED light for on-board power
socket 410 millimeters/16.1”.
2010 BMW R 1200 RT Colors
The fairing on the new R 1200 RT is lighter and more dynamic
than the former fairing with its large surfaces. This lighter
and more dynamic look is ensured above all by the sophisticated
black-grain surface finish around the side and front sections.
The color concept with four new color shades enhances this
effect and gives the R 1200 RT a significantly more compact
look through the contrast between the color of the body and
the matt-painted engine spoiler as well as the seat finished
exclusively in black on all models.
Polar metallic accentuates the dynamic design language of
the new R 1200 RT in particularly elegant and sporting style.
In conjunction with the engine spoiler finished in Dark Slate
metallic matt, Polar metallic is a particularly colorful highlight
in the R 1200 RT range.
Thunder Grey metallic in combination with the engine spoiler
finished in White Aluminum metallic matt, on the other hand,
emphasizes the all-round talent of the new R 120 RT.
Ostra Grey metallic matt sets a powerful contrast to the
engine spoiler again finished in White Aluminum metallic matt,
providing a very technical look. Twin-tone paintwork based on
Thunder Grey metallic, together with sweeping lines in Titanium
Silver metallic and Granite Grey metallic, makes the surfaces
at the side look even more compact and dynamic.
Together with the exciting breakdown
of colors, sets a new and sporting highlight also in conjunction
with the cases finished for the first time on a motorcycle in
several of the machine’s colors.
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