The second partially water-cooled boxer BMW has been launched.
BMW took the wraps off the new BMW R 1200 RT at the Milan motorcycle show.
Like the R 1200 GS, it features partial water-cooling, and the exhaust and drive shaft switched around.
The new engine produces the same peak outputs as the GS – 92kW at 7750rpm and 125Nm at 6500rpm – and the centrifugal masses of both the crankshaft and the alternator were increased for smoother running.
It also uses a longer secondary transmission ratio to keep the revs lower. The RT comes standard with stability control and two riding modes – Rain and Road – while the optional Pro mode includes Dynamic mode and Hill Start Control to assist with starting on an incline.
Another option is BMW Gear Shift Assistant Pro for clutchless shifts.
It also has optional Dynamic ESA and semi-active suspension to suit riding conditions, luggage load and a pillion.
BMW claims to have increased seating comfort and ergonomics with a 20mm lower riding position and a more aerodynamic windshield.
The front headlight assembly is based on the headlight design featured on the K 1600 but doesn’t have the turning feature of the big tourer. A safety-enhancing daytime running light can be fitted as an ex-works option.
The RT’s new instrument cluster has a large 5.7-inch TFT colour display and the factory-fitted optional audio system uses the K 1600’s multi-controller on the left handlebar.
It is expected to arrive in early 2014.