Bmw r 1200 rt 2014

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BMW’s nouveau liquid-cooled r 1200 rt has gained power and lost a précis weight, and it’s nearly as pretty ont the sunrise over Sedona, Arizona. (Photos de Kevin Wing)

Sport-touring bikes oui a love/hate relationship with weight. A rider normally moves up to a des sports tourer in order to get creature comforts such ont a complete fairing, électricité windscreen, combined saddlebags et more fuel capacity. Conditions météorologiques the other hand, thé extra pounds these niceties pile nous can take it a toll nous the bike’s handling, acceleration, protecting against distances et maneuverability at low speeds, the very stuff that puts auto “sport” in des sports touring. “Road-hugging weight” may have been a good thing in the ’70s Ford Pinto, cible if tu want à make a motorcycle faster, handle better et stop quicker, you gotta add lightness.

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New “face” du the racieux has année elongated low beam flanked par two ring high beams, all halogen. Led “corona” rings are optional.

BMW’s ns 1200 rt sport tourer has always enjoyed an advantage in auto weight department, many thanks mostly à having a compact twin-cylinder engine vs. The gros multis in the competition. In our critical five-bike sport-touring tirer (Rider, may 2013), at 626 pounds wet the rt undercut the next heaviest bicycle (Yamaha FJR1300) by 37 pounds, and the heaviest (BMW K 1600 GT) par a lining 131. Regardless of being the least powerful of the bunch, cette still came in second overall, testament à its useful blend de nimble handling, comfort and convenience, if not performance. The 2013 et earlier models space nice-looking motorcycles, too, toutes les personnes good things…especially since sauce soja many of them are going à be coming conditions météorologiques the used marché soon.

You can thank the desirability du the new RT à la that. Pour 2014, BMW has totally revamped its core touring bike, starting with thé lighter, liquid-cooled engine from the r 1200 GS. This is sheathe in a stiffer new frame with vastly enhanced suspension, ergonomics, all-new bodywork and state-of-the-art electronics. The a fresh, modern reset the brings thé bike even with thé class-leading K 1600 models in technology, and closer to thé competition in puissance potential.


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A new continuous bridge structure that is stiffer and provides auto mounting points pour the Telelever and Paralever swingarms contributes to auto RT’s exceptional handling.

We extended the nouveau engine in detail in ours tests du the first bike to volonté it, auto 2013 r 1200 GS (April et September 2013). In sum, par using precision liquid cooling pour the hottest locations in thé DOHC opposed level twin, BMW was able to emplacement the valve bag horizontally, with thé exhaust valves nous the bottom et intakes et larger downdraft accelerator bodies increase top, developing a more efficace vertical input path and more room parce que le the rider’s legs. Meilleur cylinder pour it until it is full eliminated the need à la two spark plugs, compresse went up à 12.5:1 and throttle-by-wire bring a host of good things—cruise control, riding modes switchable nous the fly, automatic throttle body synchronization—even much less throttle effort et twist angle. A new wet slipper clutch et oil-cooled alternator replace the clanky dry clutch and bulky exterior alternator, and the gearbox is incorporated into the engine boîte too, all helping venir make thé engine much an ext compact. Add a counterbalancer shaft and higher redline du 9,000 rpm et you have the recipe parce que le less weight et vibration and more power.

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2014 BMW ns 1200 RT

The nouveau more rev-happy engine is a précis less luggable down low in thé GS, so BMW added some load to thé alternator and crankshaft journals—about two pounds—in the r 1200 GS Adventure et R 1200 rt to increase auto engine’s flywheel effect. Rotating inertia is up around 20 percent, i beg your pardon makes auto RT et GSA smoother et improves their tractability rather noticeably at meugler speeds. Nous the RT, thé benefits are reaped throughout the powerband, as it makes the bike smoother overall, easier à ride at meugler speeds two-up and accelerate more smoothly out ns corners. Auto RT’s secondary équipement ratio is a signification littérale lower as well, à reduce rpm at setravel speeds.


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Freshly redesigned saddlebags have the right to be centrally locked v a switch push et easily organize a gros full-face helmet.

On the Jett Tuning dyno, auto 2014 r 1200 racieux cranked out an impressive 114.6 speech at 7,900 rpm at the rear wheel, 15 more than our 2013 juge bike and even a paire more 보다 our 2013 GS. Speak is up 9 lb-ft à 82.7 at 6,400 rpm, et the speak curve is flatter et stays over 72 lb-ft indigenous 3,400 rpm to 8,200 rpm. It’s still a couple of ponies shy of equaling the next sport tourer increase the énergie ladder, the Triumph Trophy triple. Marqué the 2014 r 1200 rt is 3 pounds lighter than our 2013 audit bike, and has several added features such ont Dynamic ESA et central locking, no to couvert a pair de radiators concealed in the swoopy nouveau fairing.

While thé revised engine is auto star, the RT’s new tubular-steel consistent bridge frame is thé unsung hero de this revamp. In addition à being stiffer overall, cette provides stouter mounting locations for the former Telelever and rear Paralever prise swingarms for meilleur handling, and it’s narrower in the rider’s foot area, allowing a more comfortable seating position and easier reach to auto ground. Thé bike’s handlebars and footpegs are lower, et the rider et passenger seats are lower et longer, sauce soja the bicycle is easier to manage at a stop and the riders oui more space. Overall, auto bike is even much more agreeable on longue rides 보다 its predecessor, au which my wife Genie and I oui covered tens du thousands of miles in finish comfort.


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White-faced speedo et tach punctuate the central multi-functional TFT shade display, thé bike’s nerve center, which is controlled with a Multi-Controller ring on the left handlebar. A cycle without gps Prep it s okay a various panel above auto instruments, et GPS can not be combined later (not easily jaune cheaply, anyway).

The ergonomic changes are complemented v a quieter, much more aerodynamic électricité windscreen with auto same generosity adjustment and coverage ont before. Clear deflectors nous either side et new mirrors provide abrite for the hands, and the mirrors wrinkles inward a couple inches now à la transport jaune tight parking. Both high and low no-cost optional seats space available parce que le the RT, et the low one sit at seulement 29.9 inches in the lowest position, eliminating the need parce que le the structure low-suspension option. Overall, thé RT’s se concentrer on rider comfort and abrite surpasses most motorcycles, also some defined as luxury tourers, yet ce still feel light, sporty and ready venir play.

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New options and equipment abound conditions météorologiques the 2014 RT. The base model is nicely equipped, marqué most riders will at least opt pour the défaut Package, which add to cruise control, a seconde accessory socket et GPS preparation. Thé high level ns integration among auto GPS, bike et handlebar Multi-Controller ring renders the système de positionnement géographique Prep a significant consideration, since it requires a manufacturing facility mount et can’t be included later.


Same goes for the new Dynamic Electronic suspension Adjustment (ESA) in thé Touring Package. New position sensors nous the front et rear suspension ont made thé ESA semi-active, or “Dynamic,” so that it maintains auto bike’s attitude et aids directional stability passant par constantly adjusting damping based dessus the prise position, travel and speed ofvertical movement, as well ont throttle mouvement and brake information. This dintervention is tough à sense at auto handlebars, cible suffice à say thé Dynamic ESA is constantly compliant et controlled no matter comment it’s set, and works seamlessly in auto background. Thé ESA immediately changes auto damping settings venir Hard, ordinaire or Soft to correspond with the rider’s selection ns Dynamic, Road et Rain talk modes, or the rider deserve to adjust the damping setups manually nous the fly. The système is taken into consideration “semi”-active because the rider still selects auto bike’s behind spring preload setup (at a stop with auto engine running).

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Even with thé bike’s raised power, we averaged 44.2 mpg over 1,500 mile of combined riding, great enough venir take amie nearly 300 mile on thé bike’s 6.6-gallon tank.

Some other nouveau options are simpler to habitent without, such oui the new Hill start function, i beg your pardon holds thé bike at a stop nous a hill until tu start out. Ns can conçu a few scenarios where this could be helpful, marqué can’t remember ever really needing it. Yes also équipement Shift assist Pro, i m sorry eliminates the need à use auto clutch lever, or even roll-off thé throttle, to upshift, et allows downshifting without the clutch when the throttle is closed. It does have an advantage over est différent automatics in that cette retains thé clutch lever for low-speed maneuvers, and is frais to oui at times, marqué I regularly forgot ce was there.

We put virtually 1,500 milles on our totally loaded ns 1200 RT nous every imaginable kind ns road, both solo et two-up, in auto rain, snow flurries et temperatures ranging from 27 degrees à 99, and loved every minute. Except à la a little bit of driveline lash et gearbox noise at times, it’s yes, really hard venir find fault with this motorcycle. The plenty fast for all-day high-speed riding, charging roughly in the canyons et brisk passes nous the highway, even two-up and fully loaded, yet toujours possesses the tight-turning capability and engine tractability that ont made ce a mountain goat conditions météorologiques tight surmonter in the Alps. Suspension compliance, braking power et ABS performance are unrivaled, et though it handles a tiny bit less conveniently than before, cette still carves a edge like a lot smaller sportbike. Je was the only audit rider bothered de the bike’s tendency to hunt slightly nous the highway at speed, a trait i found less prevalent on année identical device wearing Michelin Pilot roadway 4 tires instead de the Contis conditions météorologiques our audit bike.

Many nouveau standard et optional attributes update the rt to thé same technological status ont the flagship K 1600s. The new tiltable 5.7-inch TFT color instrument display is information central, with a complete menus system controlled de the Multi-Controller. This is where elle change toutes les personnes of thé bike’s settings—suspension, traction control, grip et seat heating, laudio modes, navigation—and access thé extensive trip computer information. An altering riding régime is calmer done with a separate button on the appropriate grip. We do love thé menacing look of the new headlight setup, through round high beams flanking the elongated court beam (surprisingly all halogen instead of directif like the taillight and turn signals—those dirige corona rings room optional), and have come venir appreciate auto foofy ingredient like centre locking and heated seats. The optional sonner system has haut-parleurs with new bass roques woofers et incorporates an ext functions into thé Multi-Controller to endroit the buttons down on the fairing indigenous eight venir four. It also uses USB input, XM/Sirius satellite radio et Bluetooth, sauce soja you can pair it with a phone et BT headsets. The défaut side cases easily host a full-face helmet et are more aerodynamic, et both fairing pockets lock with the quartier général locking option.

One bicycle to rule them all? Lacking auto off-road capability ns the r 1200 GS/A, the r 1200 rt isn’t quite BMW’s Swiss military knife ns motorcycles, but if you’re not going venir ride in the dirt the r 1200 rt does seulement about every little thing else, and does cette really well. It’s auto Light Heavyweight of the sport-touring world.

2014 BMW r 1200 RT

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2014 BMW ns 1200 RT

EngineType: Liquid-cooled, verticale flat protest twinDisplacement: 1,170ccBore cf Stroke: 101.0 voir 73.0mmCompression Ratio: 12.5:1Valve Train: DOHC, 4 valves revenir cyl.Valve Insp. Interval: 6,000 milesFuel Delivery: BMS-X EFILubrication System: Wet sump, 4.2-qt. Cap.Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated wet clutchFinal Drive: Shaft, 2.91:1

ElectricalIgnition: numérique electronicCharging Output: 540 watt max.Battery: 12V 16AH

ChassisFrame: Tubular-steel bridge framework w/ engine oui stressed member & Paralever cast aluminum single-sided swingarmWheelbase: 58.5 in.Rake/Trail: 26.4 degrees/4.6 in.Seat Height: 31.7/32.5 in.Suspension, Front: Telelever w/ simple shock, Dynamic ESA & 4.7-in. TravelRear: seul shock w/ Dynamic ESA & 5.4-in. TravelBrakes, Front: double discs w/ 320mm floating rotors, protest 4-piston calipers & Integral ABSRear: Single épais w/ 276mm rotor, 2-piston floating caliper & ABSWheels, Front: Cast, 3.5 cf 17 in.Rear: Cast, 5.5 cf 17 in.Tires, Front: 120/70-ZR17Rear: 180/55-ZR17Wet Weight: 623 lbs. (as tested)Load Capacity: 468 lbs. (as tested)GVWR: 1,089 lbs.

PerformanceFuel Capacity: 6.6 gals., critical 1.3 gal. Warning irradiate onMPG: 89 PON min. (low/avg/high) 42.7/44.2/46.8Estimated Range: 292 milesIndicated RPM at 60 MPH: 3,300

(This article Light Heavyweight was released in the July 2014 issue of Rider magazine.)

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The ns 1200 rt engine has actually a slightly more heavier crankshaft than the r 1200 GS for meilleur manners down low and smoother puissance overall.
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The RT’s light-heavyweight combo of lithe handling, stump-pulling torque, relaxing comfort et clever, convenient functions make it an exceptional companion.
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Accessory sommet trunk ($1,283-$1,558) latches easily venir the défaut rear rack et will hold two full-face helmets, but is not accessible color-matched.

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Front EVO dual-disc brakes nous the rt are integrated with thé rear disc and use radial-mounted, opposed 4-piston Brembo calipers.