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
New Boxer Engine for Touring
The BMW R 1200 RT has always been acknowledged as the
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
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
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 sides.
Overview of the main new engine features of the
2010 R 1200 RT:
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 7,750 rpm.
Increase in maximum
engine speed from 8,000 to 8,500 rpm, with an even
broader power band.
torque and acceleration.
Smoother Torque curve.
Cylinder head covers now
with two, instead of four, fastening bolts and a new
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
BMW Motorrad Integral ABS
featured as standard in the partly integrated
New design fairing with
improved protection from wind and weather.
Re-designed cockpit with
New control units and
windshield with optimized aero-acoustics and
• Fairing in new design with protection from wind and
weather improved once
Re-designed cockpit with visor.
New control units and hydraulic reservoir.
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
featured as standard, with
accurately fitting four-point lock system and cover finished in body
Tank railing for conveniently fastening accessories.
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 base color.
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
An electronically controlled exhaust flap is
now standard for superior
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 account.
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 legal
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
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
tubes incorporating the engine as a load- earing element
strength and stiffness under all running conditions.
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.
ensured by the good balance
of sporting and comfort-oriented suspension behavior,
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
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
increasing progressively as a function of spring travel.
This keeps the suspension
smooth, sensitive and comfortable in absorbing even the
while at the same time offering generous reserves on bad
roads and tracks with
grooves or big bumps and potholes.
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
II) already well-known from the K series as an option at
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 excellent
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
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
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 spring rate.
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
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 specific
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 of stability.
In all, ESA II offers the following significant benefits:
Much wider range of settings and suspension options
with the Sport/Normal
and Comfort modes.
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
Significant change of the motorcycle’s character
through adjustment of the
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
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.
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 Riding Comfort
The R 1200 RT remains unmistakable in design, simply
begging the rider to go
out on the road or track at very first sight.
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
particularly dynamic touch to the design of the new R
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
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.
Re-designed 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 reflection.
instrument cluster itself features
a newly designed face, now looking even more modern and
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 setting.
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
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.
Hydraulic Reservoir and
Handlebar Now Separated to Avoid Vibration
Like the K 1300 models, the new R 1200 RT comes with a
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
and the optional handlebar and seat heating, the
on-board computer, ESA II,
ASC, and cruise control all integrated in the control
As part of this modification, new, square-shaped and
hydraulic fluid reservoirs in a discreet smoky glass
look for the clutch and brake
fluid are also fitted in the cockpit area.
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
An absolute innovation in the motorcycle market is the
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
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
The station currently being
played is presented on the
Info Display and the speed-related volume control may be
set to three different
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
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 and 33.1“).
A lower seat is available as an
optional extra, with seat
height of 780 and, respectively, 800 millimeters (30.7
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
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.
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 Adjustment II)
Audio system including Multi-Controller and interfaces
for iPod, USB, MP3,
On-board computer incl
oil level warning system.
Rider’s seat, lower 780 / 800
Lowered suspension 750
millimeters (29.5”) including an
extra-low seat (available only
without seat heating).
Seat heating (only in conjunction with heated
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
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 coming in.
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
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
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
top case, small (28
Back padding for top case, small.
Inner bag for top case, large.
Inner bag for top case, small.
Inner bag for system case, left or right.
System case protector, top (transparent fi lm).
Impact guard for cases.
Tank bag, watertight, with base plate.
Vario insert for tank bag
Soft bag 2, small, 19
Soft bag 2, large, 51
Baggage roll, watertight, 53
Lashing belt with tightening lock.
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
Comfort seat 785
millimeters/30.9” (single-piece, only with
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 protection.
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 accessories.
Holder for BMW Motorrad Navigator IV.
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
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.
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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