2010 BMW R1200RT | First Ride

The long run

By Roland Brown, Photography by Paul Bryant, Jason Critchell

Tech Spec

Turning its back on 30 years of tradition, BMW has outfitted the latest RT with DOHC cylinder heads and a plethora of electronics.

Luxurious long-haulers like the Ducati Multistrada 1200, Honda VFR1200F, Kawasaki Concours14 and Yamaha FJR1300.

Price $17,000
Engine type a/o-c opposed twin
Valve train DOHC, 8v
Displacement 1170cc
Bore x stroke 101.0 x 73.0mm
Compression 12.0:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Dry, single-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 110 bhp @ 7750 rpm
Claimed torque 88 lb.-ft. @ 6000 rpm
Frame Tubular-steel trellis
Front suspension Telelever incorporating a Showa shock with adjustable rebound damping, optional ESA
Rear suspension Paralever incorporating a Showa shock with adjustable spring preload, optional ESA
Front brake Dual BMW four-piston calipers, 320mm discs, optional ABS
Rear brake BMW two-piston caliper, 265mm disc, optional ABS
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Metzeler Roadtec
Rear tire 180/55ZR-17 Metzeler Roadtec
Rake/trail 26.2°/4.3 in.
Seat height 32.3/33.1 in.
Wheelbase 58.4 in.
Fuel capacity 6.6 gal.
Claimed dry weight 504 lbs.
Colors Polar Metallic, Ostra Gray, Thunder Gray, Thunder Gray/Silver/Titanium/Granite
Available Now
Warranty 3 yrs., 36,000 mi.

BMW of North America
P.O. Box 1227
Westwood, NJ 07575

Verdict 4.5 stars out of 5
An excellent evolution of a long-standing long-range champion.

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