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Profile: BMW R 1200 RT
A proper touring bike with a sporty feel

The BMW R 1200 RT is a touring motorcycle whose design and features all work together to deliver the highest level of performance and comfort, enhancing riding pleasure while touring.


At first glance, it’s easy to tell the R 1200 RT is part of the BMW Motorrad family. It has the familiar split face, the meshed middle deflector and the two round deflectors at its side. Of special note is the touring tank — which was designed with a distinctive knee grip area for maximum ergonomics — and the ventilation duct that makes the head look as though it is floating above the side trim panel. The overall picture is one of complete elegance: a motorcycle that promises a comfortable and dynamic ride as well as a suitable seat and position for long-distance trips.


The BMW R 1200 RT is no slouch. With a twin-cylinder boxer engine producing 125 horsepower and 92 lb-ft of torque, it doesn’t lack capability even under its maximum load of 483 pounds. You can bring along a passenger or all the gear you need for a long trip without trouble. What’s more, the standard Automatic Stability Control system does an excellent job of keeping everything under control on various road conditions and surfaces, giving you great confidence even when riding with more weight than you might be used to. The “Rain” and “Road” modes help fine-tune that control by enabling the chassis to adapt to weather conditions.


As is the case on all BMW Motorrad bikes, the R 1200 RT comes generously equipped out of the box. Standard features include a power adjustable windshield and heated grips as well as an advanced onboard computer with multi-controller. Even better are some of the optional features, like Keyless Ride, which eliminates the need for a mechanical key to start the motorcycle, and Gear Shift Assist Pro, which lets you shift up and down without having to operate the clutch, thereby also improving rear stability.

Few motorcycles are as well-suited to the task of going long distances as the BMW R 1200 RT. If you need a touring bike with a sporty feel, look no further.

This article is presented by New Century BMW Motorcycles in Alhambra, California.


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