With the 71st Esposizione Internationale del Motociclo (EICMA), or International Motorcycle Exhibition, set to open to the public on November 7th in Milan, Italy, BMW has taken the wraps off two new motorcycle models. First up is the new liquid-cooled R1200RT. And while the name may be the same, the 2014 BMW R1200RT is completely new including engine, chassis and fairing.
It’s no surprise the new RT inherits the liquid-cooled boxer engine first seen in the 2013 R1200GS that produces the same 125 hp (92 kW) at 7,750 and 92 lb-ft (125 Nm) at 6,500 rpm. But in the RT, it gets a new crankshaft and alternator with increased centrifugal mass for smoother running.
The transmission has also been updated for additional comfort with a longer secondary ratio to lower revs and a new optional BMW Gear Shift Assistant Pro. Like the assistant already in use on the BMW S1000RR and other sportbikes, this unit allows clutchless shifts but its functionality has been extended with BMW claiming it a world’s first for a production motorcycle manufacturer. It enables upshifts and downshifts to be made without using the clutch or adjusting the throttle while the bike is under load at usual rev speeds. The system uses a sensor on the gearbox output shaft to detect a rider’s gear selection and then increases or decreases engine torque as necessary to allow the next gear to intermesh just as if the clutch had been used.
Like the recently announced R1200GS Adventure, the RT is standard with two selectable riding modes, “rain” and “road,” as well as Automatic Stability Control (ASC). Optionally, the RT can be ordered with Riding mode Pro which then adds a “dynamic” riding mode plus Hill Start Control. Like similar systems on BMW’s automobiles, Hill Start Control adds braking to keep the bike from rolling backwards when stopped on an incline. It uses the semi-integrated ABS system to build up pressure in the rear brake unit as a comfort feature while riding. BMW is quick to point out, this feature is not a parking brake.
The RT can also be ordered with BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment). The semi-active suspension system adapts damping automatically to road conditions and maneuvers being carried out. It also adjusts damping to match the rider’s needs by integrating with the riding mode selected. The chassis also benefits from a new continuous main frame on the RT for additional rigidity.
While the fairing is new, the R1200RT “face” shares a family resemblance to the K1600GT/GTL. A center low-beam is flanked by two high-beam headlamps, which can be further distinguished by optional LED “angel eye” daytime running light rings. Surprisingly, the K1600 series’ optional Adaptive Headlight, which automatically levels and points the headlight into turns, is not an option on the new RT.
The instruments are carried over from the K1600 with a large 5.7-inch TFT color rider information display flanked by an analog speedometer and tachometer. Factory-fitted options include an audio system operated by a multi-controller ring on the left grip. Seating comfort and ergonomics have been further improved. The ergonomic triangle formed by the handlebars, seat and footrests has been lowered more than three-quarters of an inch (20 mm) to make it even easier to reach the road.
The 2014 R1200RT will be available in three colors: Quartz blue metallic, Callisto grey metallic matt (both combined with the contrasting colour Dark slate metallic matt), or Ebony metallic (with Monolith metallic matt). More information on availability and prices soon. For now, check out our complete 2014 BMW R1200RT photo gallery and BMW’s press release below.
The new BMW R1200RT raises the bar yet again for dynamic touring bikes.
The RT has always been synonymous with supremely comfortable, highly dynamic touring on two wheels. With its latest rendering in the form of the R1200RT featuring a new drive unit and carefully honed profile, BMW Motorrad is once again showing how things are done when it comes to fusing effortless travel abilities with sporty performance.
More powerful boxer engine with larger centrifugal mass for even greater refinement and smoothness.
Derived from the boxer unit on the BMW R1200GS, the new engine produces a peak output of 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm and its maximum torque of 125 Nm (92 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm.
To ready them for use on the new R1200RT, the centrifugal masses of both the crankshaft and the alternator were increased, resulting in even smoother engine running. Comfort has been given an additional boost by using a longer secondary transmission ratio to keep the revs lower.
ASC and two riding modes as standard. Riding mode Pro with Hill Start Control as an ex-works option.
For optimum adaptation to the rider’s individual needs, the new R1200RT is equipped as standard with two riding modes along with Automatic Stability Control (ASC). The two riding modes, “Rain” and “Road,” allow the R1200RT to be adapted to most road conditions. The optional extra Riding mode Pro, meanwhile, includes the additional riding mode “Dynamic” plus the Hill Start Control function. The sporty nature of the R1200RT can be experienced to the full in “Dynamic” mode, while Hill Start Control helps to make light work of stopping and starting on an uphill slope.
Gear Shift Assistant Pro for smooth yet swift gear changing.
The BMW Gear Shift Assistant Pro that is available as an option ex-works represents a world first for production motorcycle manufacture. It enables upshifts and downshifts to be made without operation of the clutch or throttle valve in the load and rev speed ranges that are of relevance for riding, resulting not just in even greater comfort but in added dynamism, too.
Even more agile chassis offering superior handling precision and comfort. Dynamic ESA for optimum riding dynamics in any situation as an ex-works option.
The new R1200RT features a new, continuous main frame to give it even greater directional stability. And when fitted with the optionally available semi-active suspension BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), the new R1200RT attains unprecedented levels of riding safety, performance and comfort, with the damping being automatically adapted to the prevailing conditions to suit the riding situation and the maneuvers being carried out.
Optimized comfort, streamlined aerodynamics, more dynamic bodywork and optional LED daytime running light.
Seating comfort and ergonomics have likewise been further improved for rider and passenger alike. The ergonomic triangle formed by the handlebars, seat and footrests has been lowered by 20 millimeters to make it even easier to reach the floor, something which shorter riders and passengers especially will appreciate when maneuvering or getting on and off the bike. Thanks to their outstanding comfort and effective wind and weather protection, BMW RT models have always been renowned for their excellent long-distance capabilities, now further improved by the addition of an optimized windshield. The front headlight assembly is based on the headlight design featured on the BMW Motorrad K1600 models and lends the new R1200RT a highly dynamic appearance. A safety-enhancing daytime running light can be fitted as an ex-works option.
Multifunctional instrument cluster with TFT colour display, BMW Motorrad Pro onboard computer and innovative audio controls.
The instrument cluster has undergone a complete makeover, with the new R1200RT now featuring a large 5.7-inch TFT color display to provide the rider with an even greater wealth of data. This is where the extensive information from the standard-fit BMW Motorrad Pro onboard computer can also be called up, for instance. The display is supplemented by the analog speedometer and rev counter dials. And for the ultimate in touring comfort, the list of available factory-fitted options includes an audio system with innovative operation via the multi-controller.
New color scheme in three appealing variants.
The model’s dynamism, class and comfort are brought to the fore by three new color compositions: Quartz blue metallic and Callisto grey metallic matt are combined with the contrasting colour Dark slate metallic matt, while the Ebony metallic finish forms an eye-catching contrast with Monolith metallic matt.
The highlights of the new BMW R1200RT:
- Air/liquid-cooled twin-cylinder boxer engine with a displacement of 1,170 cc. Output 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm, maximum torque 125 Nm (92 lb‑ft) at 6,500 rpm.
- Crankshaft and alternator with increased centrifugal mass for even smoother engine running.
- Two riding modes (“Rain” and “Road”) plus Automatic Stability Control (ASC).
- Riding mode Pro with “Dynamic” riding mode and Hill Start Control as an option.
- Gear Shift Assistant Pro as an option for added comfort and dynamism when changing gear.
- New chassis with a continuous frame that is even more agile and more comfortable.
- Semi-active suspension Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) as an option.
- New bodywork in more dynamic design.
- Optimized comfort and aerodynamics.
- New, adjustable windshield for even better wind and weather protection.
- New headlight concept.
- LED daytime running light as an option.
- Multifunctional instrument cluster with large TFT color display.
- BMW Motorrad Pro onboard computer offering a wide range of information.
- Innovative audio controls.
- New colors.
- Optional extras and special accessories made to BMW Motorrad’s customary high standards of quality.