BMW R1200RT: The rumors were true! The new BMW R1200RT
and R1200ST motorcycles have been seen in testing on
The bike will get a version of
the 1200cc engine from the R1200GS with 110hp and 85 ft. lbs. of torque.
Balancer shafts, smoother
gearbox, lighter weight and better handling are also predicted.
33 liters of luggage and a 25 liter fuel tank will
be standard. Rumored weight is 229 kg (504 lbs.) down from the 279
kg (615 lbs.) of the current R1150RT.
THE NEW BMW R 1200 RT
Munich - The new product line from BMW Motorcycles
entered its next round with the unveiling of the new
touring bike - R 1200 RT- at its world premiere during
the Bologna Motor Show on Thursday, December 2, 2004.
This model will be available to the European market
in January 2005.
And, in time for the start of the
spring riding season, the sports touring model - R 1200
ST - will also be available as the third model of the
new Boxer generation and successor to the R 1150 RS.
Both models are scheduled to arrive in the US by the
spring of 2005.
The basis for the development of the two
new models is supported by the drive train, innovative
chassis elements and the modern technologies of the R
Both the new sports-tourer and touring bike provide
impressive performance with increased power and reduced
weight. The R 1200 RT exhibits excellent handling and
With an engine rated at 110 bhp and a
road-ready weight of less than 573 lbs, the new R 1200
RT provides performance and riding pleasure on long and
The R 1200 ST, rated at the same horsepower
with a weight just below 507 lbs, offers increased
handling agility and dynamic performance appealing to
the sport-touring rider.
The design of the two models is characterized by
clean lines and striking surfaces. In the R 1200 RT, the
body fairing is subdivided into separate areas and
occupies different levels.
This visually highlights the
already light feel of the motorcycle. Together with the
electrically adjustable windshield, the fairing provides
protection from wind and weather.
The dual headlamps of the R 1200 ST with its sharp
contours give the sports touring bike a very
characteristic and distinctive appearance. The fairing
is designed to highlight the sporty orientation of the
bike, yet still provide appropriate comfort and
protection to the rider.