The New 2014 BMW R1200RT

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Source and Photos: MCN

MCN has captured spy photos of the new 2014 BMW R1200RT in South France.

It will be using the same engine from the new R1200GS — a water-cooled, 125 hp, 1170 cc engine. From the photo, we can see that it new fairings on the front, the adaptive headlights from the BMW K1600GT and the same swingarm and driveshaft from the GS.

  • Glenn Bergevin

    It looks so much like a Triumph Trophy I think the next Trophy I wonder what Triumph will copy for the first Trophy refresh.

  • Ganesh Bell

    IT IS big and heavy these bikes keep getting.. no on makes a good sport tourer based on what is possible today. if you can make superbieks at 360lbs lets get a proper sportstouring(not roadbased adventure touring bikes) for less than 500lbs all in.

    • Troy Rank

      RT’s weigh in at low 500s. Why is that bad?

      • Ganesh Bell

        wet is close to 600 – nothing bad – it is a fantastic bike, have ridden it. The only bad is that is engineering capability of 10 years ago except modern electronics – and the design direction from the photosof a larger frontal area doesn’t bode well – it very well could be lighter.

    • yipY

      Exactly right.Modern road bikes are way too heavy considering all the CAD,FEA design technology and lightweight materials now readily available.The first R80 G/S was barely heavier than a normal 250cc road bike.A 400 Burgman made with an ally frame,lighter bodywork and components would be very light and perform in the real world at about the same level as this big lump.I asked a guy who raced a factory TZ750 back in the day if his late model R1 would be faster around the track:he said no,because the TZ was way lighter.

      • Ganesh Bell

        i was lookin forward to this bike (to replace my FJR) based on potential of previous model – doesnt look promising now. They have the K, so could have gone lighter and sportier. if a 5year old multistrada with unnecessary weight to make it a tall (albeit road-based) adventure bike comes in at 516lbs wet – they should be able to make a proper 2013 sporttouting bike at 480lbs wet.

        • Stuki

          f800gt is about 470.

      • Gary Latesa

        Your just plain gullable

    • Stuki

      To get good (RT good, which is freaking awesome…) wind protection, you need a certain frontal area up high. Which, at speed, lifts the front, leaving less weight on the front tire. Which means lessened crosswind stability. Aerodynamic fairings, high quality suspensions and sticky front rubber can only go so far in mitigating it. At some speed and high up frontal area, keeping the front tire planted enough to resist being blown around requires, tah-dah, actual weight on the front wheel. The boxer motor is already mounted as far forward as it can be, and it’s not like the RT doesn’t have enough of it’s total static weight up front. IOW, not much to easily be gained by altering the layout, holding wheelbase constant.


      A longer swingarm (f800gt has 2 more inches than the ST before it), would help shift weight forward, but on a megafairing bike like the RT, you’d probably need a Godwing wheelbase if it weighed < 500lbs fully fueled, and you wanted to retain crosswind stability. Which would probably be as detrimental to the "sport" aspect of sporttouring as an additional 80 lbs on a shorter wheelbase. The F800gt has much, much less frontal area up high, hence can be made lighter without suffering as badly, allowing for more sport,

      In Europe, the RT is a TOURER. The VFR is a sport tourer. Only in Electraglide and Goldwing land, is the RT a sport anything. The wind protection of a convertible car, combined with the weight and handling of sportbike, simply isn't in the cards. Instead, if you think of the RT as a tourer that handles well, and isn't TOO big for city duty (borderline, I know), things make more sense.

      BTW, the F800gt is pretty awesome. It feels more like a half weight (and perhaps half power :( ) FJR than any other bike I have ridden. In my mind it's faults as a ( 1up) sport tourer is a too wide handlebar ( like almost all BMWs ), and a price that is pretty much even with the FJR. Almost everyone I know who rides FJRs, don't rev them to where they make their massive power anyway, so the gt is potentially as fast, if one is simply willing to hold onto gears a bit longer. If you are less acclimatized than me to BMW twin vibrations, this may not be an ideal option, but it is an option that gives you sport, touring, light weight, comfort and stability at the same time.

      • Ganesh Bell

        Stuki, excellant points – i have owned several VFRs and decided to move to a FJR several years ago to have true open-class bike different than my sportbikes. I would argue the F800ST is overweight again for its size and age being a current model. everything the F800 acheives a decade or two decade old VFR did very well with a better engine imho.. they are both good machines… btw my FJR is revved and actually is more fun when ridden harder than cruising (needs better suspension and less weight)

        my point being the new open-class sport tourers are all overweight and short changed in componentry. If a range rover can loose 800lbs as part fo advancing start of art engineering, sport tourer can do better..

    • Gary Latesa

      I can’t believe how many comments are negative regarding the weight of this bike. It has always been the lightest bike in the class. What a bunch of factless comment’s. An Rr1 is slower around a track than an ancient tz, a f8oo is overweight but my vfr isn’t which is at least 50lbs heavier.. How do you get a full blown R/T lighter than a Multi strada?

  • DucMan

    Ninja 1000?

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    • Tim Balzer

      It’s a “test mule” bike… it’s not intended for public consumption yet, hence the term “spy photos.” They do that to play tricks on your eyes, so on-lookers (and spy photographers) have a hard time seeing the new body lines, etc. Car companies will go one step further and strap blocky pieces of foam onto the body of a test mule, making it impossible to know for sure what the body designers came up with for the newest model year’s styling.

  • MrLogical

    Head-on, that looks like a ‘bahn’ door for a fairing…

    Methinks a judicious diet on many of the non-load-bearing members and some artful work in the wind tunnel could do wonders: viz., reduce weight, reduce drag coefficient and improve down-force and stability at speed. Hard to imagine you couldn’t pare off 20-30 pounds – perhaps more. The problem is, we’re asking this of Germans.

    I worked with engineers from Germany, the US, Japan, Korea, Italy, Spain, Australia and China for over 28 years (and even some Brazilians and Russians thrown in…) and can tell you our German colleagues were the most tunnel-visioned, obstinate and unimaginative of the lot.

    The Japanese don’t derisively call German engineers “cement heads” for nothing…