BMW R1200RT: Evolution smooth

After the R 1200 GS review from the mechanical to 2010, it was the turn of the RT to take the cylinder heads and dual overhead cam various developments. To better gauge its potential, we compared this new BMW R1200RT to a 2009 vintage. A match fraternal also illustrates the difficulty of optimizing a bike that is already a reference…

BMW R 1200 RT: Evolution smooth

BMW R1200RT: Full Test

The BMW R1200RT is one of the best selling BMW in Europe. Certainly, the GS is still ahead, with its iconic image, but the RT is high here. Enough to make our neighbors smile Spanish or German for example, who have eyes only for the GS, Yet, by occupying his seat a few hundred kilometers, we realize more why the RT is also popular in recent years with us (thank you in without a struggle with the Yamaha FJR 1300) and why we gave the title of best in GT our comparison of 2008.

Completely redesigned in 2005 to succeed the R 1150 RT, R1200RT was then transformed with a sharpened chassis (- 20 kg compared to its predecessor) and won a 1200 cm3 engine more efficient. With this vintage, BMW was then a step ahead in terms of approval, via the many equipment options “technology” as the electronic suspension adjustment ESA. But going backwards, it is sometimes said. That is why BMW has reviewed in detail for its RT 2010. We suggest you take a walk to the handlebars, but in the company of an RT model. 2009, to better gauge the changes.

Finishing up

Aesthetically, the new RT remains very close to the 2009 model, so much so that only a trained eye will note the differences. Given its commercial success, we understand the embarrassment of BMW to disrupt an aesthetic which hits: hard to attract new buyers without offending the sensibilities of those who loved him already. The year 2010 is still a few points in terms of manufacturing quality. Some plastics, rough on the previous generation, are painted and varnished, while the two-tone treatment of parts of the dressing adds a touch of extra dynamism.

The chest that contains the audio system receives a seal better integrated. The standard seat, or 840 to 820 mm in height, requires a good session of climb when measuring 1.70 m. Put your feet flat falls in the impossible, unless you opt for the low seat height (780-800 mm) cost option when ordering. This is also a problem common to all German flat twins, who then disappears behind the quality of ergonomics, perfect and well known, the RT. The handlebar (revised in 2010), is neither too broad nor too narrow. The shape of the plastic does not rule out the thighs. Basically, the home is impeccable and you feel immediately at home aboard this great road.

Always the most agile of the GT

Nearly 500 meters, a roundabout, two curves and a half lap later, we find the balance of the BMW R1200RT bluffing. Let’s be honest, if the 2010 version has not changed in the chassis is that it did not need to face competition still lags behind that. Today, the BMW R1200RT is undoubtedly the most agile, even the most balanced of GT. Certainly, the evolution of the 2010 GTR 1400 (and the model 2009) has something to give him a hard time (if we ignore the weight), but the BMW is a must for homogeneity. Although it still easily, supports the handlebar are fully transcribed. Setting the angle requires no effort, natural and gradual.

The RT 2010 is still showing as neutral; we take turns or acceleration that you enter on the brakes. Our RT 2009, equipped with the same tires (Metzeler Roadster Z6), confirmed that the 2010 version behaves the same way, with this learned compromise between agility, stability and accuracy … The new bubble offers extra protection, but now only the old will find a noticeable difference with a helmet saved more squalls. The new handlebar mounted on silent vibrates less, but again the difference is not obvious. Now the engine…

A long break for

Say it right now, our RT 2009 vintage walking “stronger” than our motorcycle loan of 2010. The reason seems legitimate: our 2009 model accused over 3000 km against just 1,000 in 2010 for which the engine sharper probably ask more miles to get free. Also, when tested and compared recovery, RT 2009 left front. And that, in the sixth to fourth as varied diets. There is still no reason to get on our high horse. With heads kinds HP2, RT 2010 should find his horse over the odometer, as the HP2 Sport. Dealers of the brand are explicit on this point: the new generation of RT (and GS) will require more kilometers to give its maximum (check however by ourselves in a few months).

Meanwhile, the RT 2010 is not a “lung” either: it delivers good torque sensation, appears satisfied where the lowest speeds and climbs more linear in the towers. The final unveiling a longer evident goodwill, this bodes good performance and a high approval when the bike has passed the 5000 km. Not on this lizard RT 2010? Ormis this observation it seems due to the break, we found another: the tank capacity increasing to 25 s. (21 plus 4 spare), two liters less than the previous model. The technical service of BMW France could not provide us with an explanation of this loss of volume. The big rollers that are Artistes will be disappointed to learn it, who rented them the autonomy of their mount.

Appraisal: A minor change, but strategic

RT 2009 was excellent in its kind; the RT 2010 is not less. Better still, it portends a potential slightly higher, but to be confirmed on a run-length model. It is likely that the approval and performance with this engine are reinforced with double camshaft. Nevertheless, the new RT 2010 does not revolutionize the model. She stays in line with versions 2005/2009 with little more in terms of finish, controls more natural protection and significantly improved driving dynamics, excellent, intact in the state. So a very good bike that needs yet to tap into the stock options to enjoy every day, swelling in passing the sales price.

The BMW R1200RT 2010 base appears to € 17 300, but it’s easy to be around € 20 000 by purchasing a few option packages. It may not help thinking that the faults of this development are minimal. Then include the loss of volume of the gas tank and that’s about it. Finally, the predominant feeling of mission accomplished anyway … although one can not help but wonder how the brand will negotiate the next (and necessary) big change on this motorcycle, driven particularly by future emissions standards.

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