BMW 1200 RT

As far as 2-cylinder fans are concerned, first-class touring has a memorable abbreviation - and it’s been around for 30 years: RT. For long-haul travellers there can hardly be any other term which has always stood for perfectly conceived motorcycling concept from start to finish: excellent wind and weather protection, optimum ergonomics, highly convenient operation combined with a top-class chassis fitted with the unique optional extras ASC and ESA II*.

In the touring segment, these features probably define the ultimate benchmark of innovation. Even though the R 1200 RT cuts a superb figure everywhere with its dynamic new design, everything about it sends out the message: built to cover thousands of miles, preferably in one go.

Then there is this fascinating mixture of distinctive engine and big bike dynamics. The characteristic “boxer” supremacy has been further enhanced in the current version: the engine’s crowning glory is now the radial DOHC** valve operating system from the HP2 Sport, though here designed for greater torque and without any loss of running smoothness: maximum torque 120 Nm, at 6000 rpm, rated output still at 81 kW (110 bhp).

This means a tangible increase in thrust from the lower engine speed range through to above the medium range. The new valve control in the exhaust system ensures a discreet but more dynamic sound.

And in terms of comfort, the bike boasts a new audio system available as an optional extra, with the innovative operating concept Multi-Controller carrying out virtually all commands from a single unit.

So there’s only one thing you have to do yourself - drop by for a test ride.




Air/oil-cooled flat twin ('Boxer') 4-stroke engine, two camshafts and four radially aligned valves per cylinder, central balancer shaft

Bore x stroke

101 mm x 73 mm


1,170 cc

Rated output

81 kW (110 hp) at 7,750 rpm

Max. torque

120 Nm at 6,000 rpm

Compression ratio

12.0 : 1

Mixture control / engine management

Electronic intake pipe injection / BMS-K+ digital engine management with overrun fuel cut-off, twin spark ignition

Emission control

Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3

Performance / fuel consumption


Maximum speed

over 200 km/h

Fuel consumption
per 100 km at
constant 90 km/h

4.1 l

Fuel consumption
per 100 km at
constant 120 km/h

5.2 l

Fuel type

Unleaded super and premium, octane number 95-98 (RON)
(knock sensor; rated output at 98 RON)

Electrical system



three-phase alternator 720 W


12 V / 19 Ah, maintenance-free

Power transmission



Single dry plate clutch, hydraulically operated


Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth


Shaft drive

Chassis / brakes



Two-section frame consisting of front and rear sections, load-bearing engine-gearbox unit

Front wheel location / suspension

BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 35 mm, central spring strut

Rear wheel location / suspension

Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable

Suspension travel front / rear

120 mm / 135 mm


1,485 mm


116 mm

Steering head angle



Cast aluminium wheels

Rim, front

3.50 x 17"

Rim, rear

5.50 x 17"

Tyres, front

120/70 ZR 17

Tyres, rear

180/55 ZR 17

Brake, front

Dual disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 320 mm, four-piston fixed calipers

Brake, rear

Single disc brake, diameter 265 mm, double-piston floating caliper


BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral)

Dimensions / weights



2,230 mm

Width (incl. mirrors)

905 mm (incl. panniers: 980 mm)

Height (excl. mirrors)

1,430 mm

Seat height, unladen weight

820 / 840 mm (low seat: 780 / 800 mm, extra low seat (one-piece): 765 mm, lowered suspension: 750 mm, comfort seat: 785 mm)

Inner leg curve, unladen weight

1,880 / 1,920 mm (low seat: 1,800 / 1,840 mm, extra low seat (one-piece): 1,780 mm, lowered suspension: 1,750 mm, comfort seat: 1,820 mm)

Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1)

263 kg

Dry weight 2)

233 kg

Permitted total weight

495 kg

Payload (with standard equipment)

232 kg

Usable tank volume

25 l


approx. 4.0 l