Just like the 2010 BMW R1200GS, the 2010 BMW R1200RT tourer is getting updated with the DOHC, eight valve engine from the HP2 Sport. Here, that engine doesn't bring any power increase (it remains at 110bhp) and bumps torque slightly from 85 to 88lb/ft, but unlike the GS, the RT receives styling and mechanical modifications beyond the engine. Most importantly, it receives the BMW ESA II electronically adjustable suspension with its world first adjustable spring rate. Less radical is the larger screen and the slightly sharper fairing. Full details below.  >

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - November 5, 2009...The BMW R 1200 RT
has always been acknowledged as the epitome of comfortable and dynamic
motorcycle touring in classic style.  And now, the latest version
of this unique active tourer, with its significant innovations, offers
even more superior enduro qualities and dynamic benefits thanks to its
new boxer engine.
In its configuration and basic
structure, the new flat-twin engine is the same as the Double Overhead
Camshaft (DOHC) engine featured in the BMW HP2 Sport. It has, however,
further upgraded and optimized for the BMW R 1200 RT to meet
the specific requirements of an outstanding tourer.

With the 1,170-cc boxer engine on the former model already offering
superior drive power under all conditions and in all situations, the
new R 1200 RT has even more to offer. First, the new engine offers an
increase in maximum torque from 85 - 88 lb-ft at an unchanged 6,000
rpm, for even greater acceleration and passing power. Second, the
range of useful engine speed has been increased by 500 rpm to a
maximum 8,500 rpm. The third improvement is a significant increase in
torque where it really counts at low and medium engine speeds, with a
smooth and homogeneous torque curve.  Maximum engine horsepower
is the same as the prior model at 110 hp but occurs now at 7,750 rpm
(previously 7,500 rpm).

Overview of the main features of the 2010 R 1200 RT:
* New, even
more dynamic engine with two overhead camshafts per cylinder
Maximum torque increased to 88 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm, maximum output
remaining at 110 hp at 7,750 rpm
* Increase in maximum engine
speed from 8,000 to 8,500 rpm, with an even broader power band
Significantly improved torque and acceleration
* Smoother Torque
* Cylinder head covers now with two, instead of four,
fastening bolts and a new dynamic design
* Electronically
controlled exhaust flap for superior and powerful sound
Electronic Suspension Adjustment with damping, spring base and now
also spring rate adjustable at the touch of a button
Motorrad Integral ABS featured as standard in the partly integrated
* New design fairing with improved protection from wind
and weather
* Re-designed cockpit with visor
* New control
units and hydraulic reservoir
* Electronically controlled
windshield with optimized aero-acoustics and improved transparency

New DOHC cylinder heads offer an even more efficient cylinder charge

Designed and built for even higher engine speeds, the R 1200
RT's new boxer engine , like the engine featured on the BMW HP2
Sport,  is equipped with two overhead chain-driven camshafts
(DOHC) per cylinder. Valves are operated by very light rocker arms
able to cope easily with high engine speeds. Radial arrangement of the
four valves allows for a very compact combustion chamber
configuration, and like that of  the former models, the fuel/air
mixture is ignited by two spark plugs (HP2 Sport: one spark plug). The
compression ratio of 12.0:1 remains unchanged.

Knock control allows the engine to run on 95-98 RON premium (plus)
fuel.  Under certain conditions the rider may experience a very
small drop in torque and a slight increase in fuel consumption
whenever knock control cuts in.

Horizontal arrangement of the camshafts in the direction of travel
calls for two special technical features on the new flat-twin engine:
Each camshaft controls one intake and one exhaust valve, and the cams
are finished in conical shape due to the radial arrangement of the
valves.  In the interest of power and performance at low and
medium engine speeds, and to provide even better free-revving riding
characteristics, the intake and exhaust valve timing on both camshafts
has been further improved. Compared with the former models, the valve
bases are up in diameter from 1.41 - 1.54 inches on the intake
side and 1.22 - 1.30 inches on the exhaust side.  Valve
clearance is adjusted by light semi-hemispherical shims.  To
provide a greater free-valve cross-section, valve lift is up from
0.415 inches on the intake and 0.365 inches on the exhaust side to
0.425 inches on both sides.

Significantly more torque throughout the entire speed range
existing ratio of bore to stroke remains the same at 3.98:2.87 inches,
giving the engine the same 1,170 cc capacity as before.  Other
features borrowed from the former engine are the crankshaft and the
connecting rods, as well as their bearings, while the two pistons made
of cast aluminum have been re-designed to match the modified
dimensions of the combustion chamber.  Interacting with the
upgraded intake system, throttle butterfly manifolds now offer 1.97
inches instead of the former 1.85 inches (HP2 Sport: 2.05 inches)
opening clearance, newly designed intake air manifolds and an air
filter element with increased volume capacity, the engine as in the
past develops maximum output of 110 hp, now at 7,750 rpm.  The
biggest improvement, however, is the increase in maximum torque to 88
lb-ft at 6,000 rpm.

An oil cooler ensures a stable temperature even under extreme riding
conditions.  A further enhancement on the 2010 model is the use
of cylinder head covers with two, instead of formerly four, fastening
bolts in a new dynamic design.  A valve cover guard made either
of aluminum or plastic as well as chrome-plated aluminum cylinder
covers are available as accessory items.

Electronically controlled exhaust flap for a superior muscular sound

On the exhaust system the two manifolds come in the same design,
length and diameter as on the former model, while the interference
pipe has been modified to take into account the different vibration
conditions on the exhaust manifold.

Featuring an exhaust flap controlled via an electric motor and
opening/closing cables, the new BMW R 1200 RT offers a particularly
powerful boxer sound in full compliance with all legal
standards.  To reduce ram pressure and improve the sound of the
engine, the rear silencer is unchanged in its exterior design versus
the former models, but has a modified interior structure.

Ideal transmission of power thanks to six-speed gearbox and
drive shaft

As in the past, power is transmitted through the six-speed gearbox
already upgraded in the 2008 model year, with larger bearing diameters
and a modified gap between shafts. The maintenance-free drive shaft to
the rear wheel is unchanged.

Suspension with Telelever and Paralever follows a proven
principle at BMW

The proven, two-piece main/rear frame sections made of weight-saving
steel tubes, incorporating the engine as a load-bearing element, offer
maximum strength and stiffness under all riding conditions. The front
and rear frame are firmly bolted to the engine/gearbox unit,
interacting with the engine and gearbox to form a load-bearing
structure. The longitudinal arm on the front Telelever suspension is
mounted as before on the engine block, while the Paralever swing arm
is attached to the rear frame.

With its fixed tube measuring 1.38 inches in diameter, the Telelever
is the optimum solution for the rider using his machine exclusively on
the road and focusing in particular on superior comfort. This is
ensured by an optimal balance of sporting and comfort-oriented
suspension behavior, the maintenance-free system once again designed
to reduce brake dive to almost zero, which helps to provide greater
stability when applying the brakes particularly when leaning over at
an angle.

As in the past the Paralever swing arm in the rear central spring
strut offers travel-dependent damping or TDD for short, with the
damping effect increasing progressively as a function of spring
travel.  This keeps the suspension smooth, sensitive and
comfortable in absorbing even the smallest bumps, while at the same
time offering generous reserves on bad roads with grooves or bumps and potholes.

As in the past, spring travel is 4.72 inches up front and 5.31 inches
at the rear.  In standard trim, the rear spring strut offers
infinitely variable adjustment on the outbound stroke as well as a
hand-wheel for infinitely adjusting the spring base by 0.39 inches to
adjust the rear end to varying load requirements.

Like its predecessor, the 2010 BMW R 1200 RT rests on light, almost
filigree cast aluminum wheels in five-spoke design, combining an
attractive look with an easy-to-clean surface and a high standard of
stiffness. The front wheel measures 3.5 x 17 inches, the rear wheel
5.5 x 17 inches, running on a 120/70 ZR17 tire up front and a 180/55
ZR17 tire at the rear.

ESA II Electronic Suspension Adjustment offers adjustable
damping, spring base and now also spring rate

The BMW R 1200 RT is available with ESA II (Electronic
Suspension Adjustment II) already well-known from the K series as an
option at extra cost.  Benefiting from this unique system in the
world motorcycle market, the rider is able to adjust not only the
damping on the outbound stroke of the front and rear spring strut, but
also the spring base (spring pre-tension) on the front spring strut
and the spring rate - all at the simple touch of a button. This
second-generation Electronic Suspension Adjustment or ESA II for short
provides the option to set the suspension for maximum comfort and,
with greater precision than ever before, for optimum riding and load
conditions.  It ensures a new dimension of riding stability
combined with premium response.

To control the Electronic Suspension Adjustment as easily as possible
and to prevent any unwanted settings, the rider initially enters the
motorcycle's current load condition (solo, solo with luggage,
rider with passenger and luggage).  The appropriate spring base
and spring rate is then set automatically, with the system
coordinating these two parameters to one another.

Depending on the style of riding he wishes to enjoy, the rider
must also choose among the Comfort, Normal or Sport mode, giving the
suspension the desired qualities. Applying the optimum parameters in
the Central Vehicle Electronics, the electronic "brain"
calculates the appropriate damper rates and sets them accordingly. As
a result, the new R 1200 RT benefits from a total of no less than nine
different set-up options.

With additional adjustment of the spring rate, ride height can be set
to various load conditions, ensuring an even higher standard of riding
stability, handling and comfort. Even when carrying high loads with a
passenger and considerable luggage, the R 1200 RT maintains all of its
riding qualities when leaning over at a low angle in turns for a truly
sporting style of ridin.

A further advantage is that adjustment of the spring rate
dramatically reduces the risk of the suspension suddenly sagging under
extreme load.  The rider is able to change the damper setting
(Normal, Sport, Comfort) simply by pressing a button while riding,
although for function and safety reasons the spring base may be
changed only at a standstill.  The spring rate is adjusted by an
electric motor complete with its own transmission, while the damping
rate is modified by small step motors on the dampers.

Adjustment of the spring rate is controlled by two springs connected
in a series, one behind the other.  An elastomer unit (Cellasto)
in combination with a conventional coil spring takes up forces under
spring pressure, while radial expansion of the Cellasto element to the
outside is restricted by a steel sleeve. On the inside, the Cellasto
element moves an aluminum sleeve by means of electro-hydraulic
connection.  The position of this inner sleeve influences the
expansion behavior of the Cellasto element to the inside and,
therefore, its spring rate.

In all, this interaction of the various units has the same
effect as a combination of two springs varying in strength. Whenever
the inner sleeve is resting on the steel spring, the Cellasto unit is
not in use and only the steel spring provides the desired suspension
effect. Once the inner sleeve is moved further, the spring base on the
steel spring - and therefore the spring pre-tension - is
also varied accordingly.

This configuration significantly improves the normal static position
of the motorcycle and riding geometry under all load conditions,
without any of the disadvantages encountered with conventional
suspension.  Benefiting from this self-leveling capability, the R
1200 RT is just as stable when riding under full load as it is when
carrying only the rider without any luggage.

Additional adjustment of the spring rate over the wide range
from 118-192 ft /lb allows far greater variation of the Sport, Normal
and Comfort settings on ESA II than on ESA I, with each set-up
providing a far greater choice of specific characteristics.

In other words, the R 1200 RT is even more dynamic and precise in the
Sport mode, and very comfortable in the Comfort mode, while
maintaining excellent stability.

In all, ESA II offers the following significant benefits:

* Much wider range of settings and suspension options with the Sport,
Normal and Comfort modes
* Far better maintenance of the
machine's static, normal position and riding geometry with all
* Optimum adjustment of the damping and spring rate /
spring base in all settings
* Significant change of the
motorcycle's character through adjustment of the dampers
Excellent adjustment to all load conditions through the adjustment of
the spring rate / spring base
* Significant enhancement of safety
when braking and in general riding stability, free side angle in turns
and firm suspension without sagging

Brake system featuring partly integral ABS as standard for
safe stopping power

The proven brake system with BMW Motorrad Integral ABS in its
partly integral version is standard on the R1200 RT and offers maximum
safety at all times. Maximum and controllable stopping power requires
minimum effort on the part of the rider particularly when braking in
an emergency.  The front brake discs measure 12.6 inches in
diameter, the rear brake disc measures 10.4 inches.

Lighter and even more dynamic fairing with improved riding comfort

The R 1200 RT remains unmistakable in design, simply begging the
rider to take to the road at very first sight.  With its highly
attractive black-grain surface finish around the air intake at the
front of the fairing and around the upper side fairing, the R 1200 RT
looks even lighter and more dynamic than its predecessor.

More than ever before, the light look of the fairing, which offers
maximum protection from wind and weather, makes the machine a truly
unique experience. The intentionally limited use of color around the
mirror hand-guards again contributes to the dynamic appearance of the
R 1200 RT, while the integrated direction indicators now with white
lenses accentuate the powerful touring character of the machine.

Light edges in the fairing as well as the new cylinder head covers
showcasing the length of the R 1200 RT give BMW's new motorcycle
an even sleeker and more slender look from the side. The newly
designed front wheel mudguard with improved aerodynamics and the
improved engine spoiler also add a particularly dynamic touch to the
design of the new
R 1200 RT.

As in the past, the dominating headlight with its sharp contours
gives the front end of the R 1200 RT a particularly stylish and truly
unique appearance, setting it clearly apart from all other
models.  Following the free-form surface principle, the headlight
unit is made up of two H7 headlights arranged to the right and left
for a double low beam and a central light for the high beam, each with
maximum light intensity.  On prior models the headlight was
adjusted by means of a lever on the motorcycle at rest, on the new
2010 R 1200 RT it may now be adjusted most conveniently by a knob on
the left side of the cockpit.

The windshield also is electrically adjustable to any position
desired on the new R 1200 RT, with a variation of windshield height as
before by up to 5.51 inches -- enough to protect virtually any rider,
no matter how tall from wind and weather, while continuing to reduce
the level of noise.

To improve aero-acoustics to an even higher level, the windshield has
been modified on the upper side section, helping again to
significantly reduce wind noise. Windshield transparency has been
optimized in this process, with less distortion around the edges as
well as less reflection. To reduce vibrations, the windshield support
has been reinforced with just one bar and the mirror mounting modified.

Re-designed cockpit with additional visor

The cockpit placed perfectly in the rider's line of
vision, with its two analog dials for road and engine speed, offers
improved ergonomics and allows the rider improved monitoring  of
all the machine's functions.  The new R 1200 RT is now
equipped with a matt visor finished in a dark metallic color above the
instruments to avoid any undue reflection. The instrument cluster
itself features a newly designed face, now looking even more modern
and sophisticated.

The instruments are supplemented by a central screen presenting data
such as the coolant temperature, tank level, time of day or the
currently selected gear in the usual proven manner. On models fitted
with ESA II as an option, the instrument cluster also provides
information on the current suspension setting.

Data retrievable on demand include the overall mileage, trip mileage
and, as soon as tank capacity has dropped to the reserve level, the
remaining range on the fuel available.  An on-board computer
complete with an oil level warning comes as an option, with the
information required (ambient temperature, remaining range, average
speed, fuel consumption, tire pressure (optional) also available in
the Info Display.

New switches, controls, hydraulic reservoir and vibration
reduced handlebar
Like the K 1300 models, the new R
1200 RT is equipped with a brand-new generation of switches and manual
controls.  The new switches are far smaller and more compact, but
at the same time offer a higher level of functional value. Apart from
the standard direction indicator, horn, high beam and starter
functions, the R 1200 RT features controls for the electrically
adjustable windshield and the optional handgrip and seat heating, the
on-board computer, ESA II, ASC, and cruise control all integrated in
the control unit.  As part of this
modification, new,
square-shaped and separately mounted hydraulic fluid reservoirs in a
discreet smoky glass monitor the clutch and brake fluid are also
fitted in the cockpit area.

To avoid unwanted vibration and offer an even higher standard of
riding comfort, the handlebar is now mounted on rubber bearings to
absorb vibrations. The upper fork bridge, now finished in silver
complete with the BMW logo, underscores the particular style and flair
of the R 1200 RT.

New audio system regulated by the Multi-Controller available
as an option

An absolute innovation in the motorcycle market is the new
Multi-Controller.  Installed on the inside of the left handlebar
within optimum reach at all times, the Multi-Controller replaces the
former function switch installed further to the inside of the
handlebar.  Like a computer mouse, the Multi-Controller responds
to turning and pressing of the wheel, enabling the rider to select a
specific radio station and music title or vary the volume of the sound
system.  The audio system is also new, featuring interfaces for
an MP3 player, an iPod or USB stick as well as conventional devices
such as a CD player.  The CD player installed on the former model
has been discontinued.  The new system can store nine playback
lists on a USB/MP3 and iPod, with the alternative option to play all
titles in random choice.  The Info Display presents the volume
chosen as well as the title currently being played. The external
devices used may be kept conveniently in a lockable
on the right side of the inner fairing, protected safe from wind and weather.

The radio functions themselves are the same as before, but now the
new audio system enables the rider to save 24 instead of just six
stations. The rider can select stations either manually, through the
memory function on stations saved in advance, or through the station
search mode looking for the station with state-of-the-art reception
(Autostore). The station currently being played is presented on the
Info Display and the speed-related volume control may be set to three
different levels.  Above and beyond the functions provided by the
Multi-Controller, the radio control unit is regulated as before
through control knobs on the left side of the inner fairing.

Improved ergonomics for superior long-distance riding comfort

As before, the comfortable seat on the R 1200 RT is split into
two sections, with manual adjustment of the rider's section to
two levels (32.3 and 33.1 inches).  A lower seat is available as
an option, with seat height of 30.7 and 31.5 inches respectively. A
further option is to lower the entire motorcycle to a 29.5-inch seat
height (including an extra-low seat), with a single-piece, extra-low
seat measuring just 30.1 inches in height available as an accessory.

Supreme comfort is ensured by the single-piece comfort seat also
available as an accessory within the wide range of features available
from BMW Motorrad.  The ergonomic triangle made up of the
footrests, seat and handlebar ensures an active seating position with
maximum grand touring comfort.  The rider and passenger on the R
1200 RT can both enjoy a pleasant knee angle at all times and under
all conditions.

In the process of upgrading the R 1200 RT, BMW Motorrad has given the
model adjustable gearshift levers with an eccentric control bar
serving to change the distance between the shift lever and the
footrest and once again improve rider ergonomics.

High-tech baggage system for comfortable touring
The R 1200 RT
comes standard with hard-shell cases, offering a capacity on each side
of 8.5 gallons. The case brackets are integrated almost fully into the
body of the machine, providing a perfect match with the contours of
the R 1200 RT.

Case covers finished in high-quality body color and an appropriate
surface look matching the overall design of the motorcycle ensure a
harmonious overall impression from every angle. A premier locking
system with four locking points offers an exact fit of the case cover
as well as reliable protection from water.

The luggage rack offers ample space for additional luggage. As an
alternative, the rider may opt for two top-cases (either 12.9 gal or
7.4 gal) from the wide range of accessories. The smaller of these two
top-cases is finished in black.  The larger comes with a cover
finished in White Aluminum metallic matt as a contrast to the black
grain lower section or, Sapphire Black.

A specially developed rail is designed on top of the tank for
fastening the tank bag. And last but not least, numerous lashing
points for luggage round off the touring package on the 2010 R 1200 RT.

Options and Accessories

As a systems supplier by tradition, BMW Motorrad has developed a
wide range of options and accessories for the new R 1200 RT, allowing
the discerning customer to personalize his or her machine to an even
higher standard.  Options are available directly from the factory
and are installed during production at the Berlin Plant.  
Accessories are installed by Authorized BMW Motorcycle Dealers.


* ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment
* Audio system including Multi-Controller and interfaces for
iPod, USB, MP3, etc.
* On-board computer, including oil level
warning system
* Rider's seat, lower (30.7
* Suspension, lower (29.5") including
extra-low seat (available only without seat heating)
* Seat
heating (only in conjunction with heated handgrips)
* Heated
* Second power socket
* Preparation for audio
* Cruise control
* Anti-theft warning system
Exhaust system, chrome-plated
* Comfort seat, single-piece


Bags and Cases
* Topcase, large (12.9 gal), cover in White
Aluminium metallic matt or Sapphire Black
* Topcase, small (7.4
* Back padding for topcase, small
* Inner bag for
topcase, large
* Inner bag for topcase, small
* Inner bag
for system case, left or right
* System case protector, top
(transparent film)
* Impact guard for cases
* Tank bag,
watertight, with base plate
* Vario insert for tank bag
Softbag 2, small (5 gal)
* Softbag 2, large (13.47 gal)
Baggage roll, watertight (14 gal)
* Lashing strap with tightening
* Baggage straps
* Insert for radio socket

Ergonomics and Comfort

* Extra-low seat (30.1") (single-piece, only without seat
* Rider's seat, low, (30.7/31.5"), Black or
* Seat, Grey
* Comfort seat (30.9")
(single-piece, only with seat heating)
* Heated handgrips
Second and third power socket

Design and Sound

* Cylinder head covers chrome-plated
* Carbon cover on engine
* Akrapovi? sports muffler
* Splashguard at the rear


* Aluminum cylinder head cover protection
* Plastic
cylinder head cover protection
* Anti-theft warning system
First-aid kit, large/small
* Safety bolt for oil filter manifold

Navigation and Communication

* BMW Motorrad Navigator IV with accessories
* Mount for
BMW Motorrad Navigator IV
* iPod adapter cable (USB/chinch)

Maintenance and Technical Features
* Paddock
* On-board toolkit/service set
* LED light for
on-board power socket 16.1"

Range of Colors

The fairing on the new R 1200 RT is lighter and more dynamic
than the large surfaced fairing of its predecessor. This lighter and
more dynamic look is achieved by the sophisticated black-grain surface
finish around the side and front sections.  The color concept --
with four new color shades -- enhances this effect and gives the 2010
R 1200 RT a significantly more compact look through the
contrast between the color of the body and the matt-painted engine
spoiler as well as the seat finished exclusively in black on all
models.  Polar metallic accentuates the elegant sporty design of
the new R 1200 RT.  In conjunction with the engine spoiler
finished in Dark Slate metallic matt, Polar metallic is a particularly
colorful highlight in the R 1200 RT range. Thunder Grey metallic in
combination with the engine spoiler finished in White Aluminum
metallic matt, by contrast, offers another bold look.

Ostra Grey metallic matt sets a powerful contrast to the engine
spoiler finished in White Aluminum metallic matt, offering a very
technical look. Twin-tone paintwork based on Thunder Grey metallic,
together with sweeping lines in Titanium Silver metallic and Granite
Grey metallic, makes the side surfaces appear even more compact and
dynamic. The exciting array of colors available for the new R 1200 RT
sets a sporty new tone along with the cases finished for the first
time on a motorcycle in several of the machine's colors.



Capacity      1,170 cc
mm     101/73
output     110 hp at 7,750 rpm
torque      88 lb-ft at 6,000
Number of cylinders
Compression ratio/fuel grade
  12/S 95-98 RON
max output at 98 RON
arrangement   DOHC
Valves per cylinder
Intake/exhaust diameter
   mm 39/33
Throttle butterfly
diameter   mm 50
Fuel supply management
Fully-controlled three-way catalytic converter

Electrical System
     720 W
Battery V/Ah
     12/19 maintenance-free
     W 3 x H7
     1.2 kW


Clutch      Single-plate dry clutch,
diameter 7.1 inches
     Dog-type six-speed gearbox
transmission ratio    1.737
Gear ratios
      VI 0.848
drive     Drive shaft
Final drive ratio     2.62


Frame      Tubular steel frame, engine
Suspension, front     BMW
Suspension, rear     BMW
Spring travel      front/rear
4.7/5.3 inches
Castor      4.3
Wheelbase      58.4
Handlebar head angle    63.4
Brakes inches     front --
Double-disc brake, diameter 12.6
      rear -- Single-disc brake,
diameter 10.4 inches
      BMW Motorrad
Integral ABS
featured as standard


Cast wheels
      front 3.5 x
      rear 5.0 x 17


front 120/70 ZR 17
rear 180/55 ZR 17

Dimensions and Weight

Length, overall     87.8 inches
overall, with mirrors    35.6 inches
width, without mirrors   31.5 inches
Seat height
(inches)    Standard: 32.3-33.1 / optional:
      Optional lowered, 29.5
      Accessory extra-low seat,
30.1 inches
      Accessory comfort
seat, 30.9 inches
Dry weight      505
DIN unladen weight in road trim (w/o cases)  571
Max permissible weight    1,091 lbs
capacity     6.6 gallons

Performance Data

Acceleration      0-62 mph -- sec
Top speed      124+

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