BMW R1200RT Overview
Once again, BMW have taken something really great and improved on it with the BMW R1200RT. This part water-cooling bike has a motor that has been compared to the Triumph Trophy, with a little more pizzazz and a touch more bite to it.
This bike is bigger than the others in the range, coming in at 274kg, but it hasn’t faltered on lightness and ease of steer and guide. The electronics have been updated and the power modes have really made this bike’s performance go up a level – including its ability to pull off a flawless hill start.
The engine has had a few adjustments due to the fact that the flywheel and the alternator has added more weight and the rear shaft gear has been made taller in order to pacify the acceleration. The air and oil-cooled engine gives way to a flawless throttle, allowing the BMW R1200RT to give a smoother performance low-down and much better handling. It isn’t very powerful but that doesn’t detract from the beautiful ride that it gives.
The BMW R1200RT is one of the cheapest tourers around, even when it’s fully dressed, but when you start putting on the add-ons, the price will start to go up. However, the add-ons aren’t always necessary; you don’t have to have them for the bike to get a great performance, it already does that. The thing with this bike is that its overall performance is really good because its handling is very light and it is so comfortable when you are packing on the mileage.
BMW R1200RT Spec
- Top speed130mph
- Average fuel consumption44mpg
- Seat height820mm (adjustable)
- EngineAir cooled, four stroke, 4v, two cylinder
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Very smooth but is heavy at slower speeds
None so far
Typical BMW. Just faultless. The second the massive weight is moving, it could easily be a 750. I was totally surprised how well the bike handles.
A lovely smooth delivery. Could just do with a few more beans but maybe that's being a little greedy!
The only problem with the 1200RT is it's size. Riding through central London is similar to driving!
Incredible. Stainless everything. Really solid and well-put together. Very Germanic!
Awesome, awesome, awesome!
A bit clunky when stationary
The gear selection could be smoother when stationary, you tend to leave in gear at junctions etc due to the clunk when engaging first gear, but the rest is just fantastic.
Build quality and less warranty claims. The bike is let down by multiple warranty claims and poor build quality.
Superb handling, feels lighter than it is
Lots of power when you need it
Front screen could be taller
Subject to a recall but was compensated well by BMW
Stops on a dime
Surprisingly good for a big bike. It carries its weight low, though it's still heavy when fully loaded
I have added Ad-xied fuel controllers which have transformed the bike, giving it extra power and smoothness.
Nothing, it's pretty accomplished for a large router.
Overall pretty good, though the switchgear failed twice on mine when still under warranty
Very good for a big bike, has ABS.
The gearbox it easy to operate and never misses a selection but could be less clunky especially when selecting first gear when warm.
Rides very well, smooth once going but heavy at low speeds. Very stable in windy conditions. Rear is a little too soft and bouncy I feel from previous BMW's. Only major issue is shocking gearbox, very notchy and agricultural and 1st gear way to high.
Good engine, smooth but could be better, have heard good things about remap that adjusts a bit richer for smoother still and better low rev running.
Excellent for cheap running, no chain to replace and good on fuel for such a big bike. Servicing cheap if you know where to go! Unusually cheap to insure, was once thinking of getting Honda deauville, but £300 more to insure.
Well built and very reliable, I commute to London every day and I do about 18,000 a year, not had any problems bar worn out bits, 4 fuel strips and a shaft breakage. BMW need to issue a mod for fuel tank level sensor strip!
Brakes adequate, rear lacks feel and is wooden, less snatchy than the later R1150 it replaced with electric brakes.