2013 EICMA: 2014 BMW R 1200 RT

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BMW unveiled their new 2014 BMW R 1200 RT at the EICMA show today in Milan. Here are the details.

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The boxer engine on the R 1200 RT was derived from the 1200 cc water-cooled boxer engine on the new BMW R 1200 GS, making 125 hp at 7,500 rpm and 92 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,500 rpm. BMW increased the centrifugal masses of both the crankshaft and the alternator to smooth the engine out a bit more, making it a little better for long-distance touring. The secondary transmission has also been elongated slightly to help keep revs low at cruising speeds.

The new R 1200 RT comes equipped standard with two riding modes (rain and road), and Automatic Stability Control. An optional extra riding mode Pro includes an additional Dynamic mode and also features the Hill Start Control function.

it also features “BMW Gear Shift Assistant Pro,” which enables both upshifts and downshifts to be made without the operation of the clutch so you don’t even have to put your coffee down to shift gears.

The entire rider triangle (the space between the seat, footpegs, and handlebars) has been lowered 20 mm to make mounting and dismounting the motorcycle easier. BMW say they have also optimized the windscreen for a more aerodynamic performance.

BMW R 1200 RT
2014 BMW R 1200 RT

The instrument cluster on the R 1200 RT is also all-new, featuring a large 5.7-inch TFT color display.

The TFT display and funky new headlight are really doing it for us, what do you think?

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  • Kevin

    Oh my lord… does that RT actually look kind of sorta sexy in a way? Maybe they’ll even try throwing an interesting color or two on it. Big improvement to the ultimate Old Guy bike.

    • Justin McClintock

      Sexy isn’t quite the word I would use. I was thinking more along the lines of HUGE.

      • Kevin

        I don’t know that you’ll find anything lighter in this class, not with that kind of wind and weather protection and integrated hard bags.

        • Justin McClintock

          I appreciate weather protection as much as the next guy. But that fairing looks GINORMOUS!!! It wouldn’t have killed them to scale it down a bit.

        • Thatmanstu

          Or that will handle as aggressively or stop as easily. Lot’s of big motors in the class ,but heat, weight and overall clumsiness can’t run with the RT’s on the backroads….

  • Beale

    The 3/4 front shot makes it look like it’s a modern take on the old Hannigan fairing.

  • ookla_the_mok

    I’m sure if I saw actual measurement numbers I’d realize that the fairing dimensions are not unusual…. but it just looks like a normal size person with a really big face.

  • Guy

    I think it’s a HUGE improvement over the last fairing… honestly would love to own one of these for long distance rides.

  • DucMan

    I truly admire this machine in particular, and this type of machine in general. There is one huge problem, however. Strike that, there are TWO huge problems. First, they are all getting way too big and heavy. Second, the integration of Navigation-radio-satellite radio-iDrive control, et al, faces the same problems auto makers are facing–the aftermarket solutions are better, cheaper, and allow you to move those items from bike-to-bike without locking you into a specific machine.

    My long distance bike is a 2004 Suzuki V-Strom 650. I have a bluetooth system in my helmet. i have a tank bag with an iPhone 5s mounted on it. I get Navigation, color weather radar, traffic maps, traffic cameras, XM Sat-Radio, Pandora, every terrestrial radio station on the planet, telephone, text message, eMail, and Siri concierge service ALL into my helmet with no wires. I just push one button on my helmet and I can send an email to my brother in Africa while riding on the Natchez Trace by just talking while I ride.

    Now, I’m not saying that this is a GOOD idea, but the fact is, I can do it now on my V-Strom. I’m not lugging around stereo speakers, or the weight of a fairing and controls that have to support a built-in, OEM BMW Nav-radio system.

    The aftermarket has left the OEMs behind with this technology. As cool as the BMW thumbwheel is, I can perform all of the same functions on my 10 year old V-Strom by simply pushing one button and talking to my helmet.

    Gimme the Honda VFR 800, I’ll just slap my tank bag on her and have more functionality than the BMW riders, with a LOT less weight and electrical gremlins after the warranty runs out.


    • sixgunsteve

      Which bluetooth system are you using?

    • Piglet2010

      My idea of proper electronics on a bike would be radar/LIDAR/police radio relay detection/jamming along with mobile device jamming.

      If I wanted all that other crap, I would be driving a bloody cage instead.

      • Stuki

        You can get an RT with all that and more; assuming you are one of the more equal ones…….

  • Daniel


  • 962c

    I think it looks great from the cylinder heads back.

  • runnermatt

    Looks like they forgot to include the dynamic headlight from the K1600.

    • Stuki

      Or the power and smoothness of an I6.

      It’s as wide as the K this time around, and creeping up to within 100lbs in weight; carried notably higher; and sporting a clumsier front suspension that simply cannot, will not, ever, be able to handle botts dots meaningfully better than a rigid front fork.

      I was pretty dead set on getting this bike as a theft proof, freeway focused tourer, twoup bike and Costco mule, but at 39″ wide and 604lbs, I will at least make sure to get a good test ride back to back with a KGT before plonking down. Or perhaps see if Aeroflow has gotten around to build their half fairing for the GS by the time I’m ready to buy. Or H has a lighter ST replacement out. Being brand new and a bit of a cult classic in rather well of circles, the first year will probably cost enough that I could get a lightly used KGT plus a CB, NC or DL for around the same out the door. And after all, knee dragging Wes notwithstanding, the vast majority of K1600 riders aren’t exactly in the bike abusing demographic…..