The new BMW R1200ST was unveiled at its world premiere during the Bologna Motor Show on Thursday, December 2, 2004.
This model will be available in time for the start of the spring riding season and will be the third model of the new Boxer generation and successor to the R 1150 RS.
Both the R1200RT and R1200ST 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 1200 GS.
Both the new sports-tourer and touring bike provide impressive performance with increased power and reduced weight. Both motorcycles exhibit excellent handling and ride comfort.
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 short tours.
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.