Also new from BMW is a redesigned R1200RT. All of the electronics on the current model return, including ASC with selectable ride modes, Dynamic ESA (optional) and ABS (which has been standard on all BMW motorcycles for a couple of years now), so we’ll dive right into what’s new.
The 2014 R1200RT takes many design elements from the 2013 GS, including the liquid-cooled boxer engine. It still produces 125 hp and 92 lb-ft of torque at pretty much the same rpm range as before, but the flywheel and alternator have been weighed down to make power delivery smoother and more tractable—in other words, more tour-friendly.
The frame is all new, and like on the latest GS, it is a “continuous frame” design. It uses two main frame structures — a forward and rear section — but it is joined in the middle for more rigidity, whereas the former frame sections were entirely separate, one bolting to the front of the engine and one to the rear.
Edges have been rounded out on the redesigned fairing and the new RT also takes some cues from the K1600 touring models, including dynamic headlights, which aim the beam into turns. The windscreen is said to reduce drag and is claimed to be the quietest windscreen yet from BMW—and the current RT already had the quietest fairing on the market. The seat has been lengthened by 20 mm on the rider’s portion and 10 mm for the passenger, and it remains height adjustable.
A 5.7-inch TFT screen has been incorporated into the dashboard and displays a multitude of information. The sound system includes iPod interface, Bluetooth connectivity and a Sirius XM receiver.
There’s some new electronic gadgetry, including Hill Start Control. Seen in cars, this rider assist holds the bike still on an incline without having to hold the brakes. BMW claims it is purely a comfort feature, though it might be beneficial for riders with a very short inseam.
Also new is a unique electric shift assist system. Called Gear Shift Assistant Pro, the optional system allows gear changes without having to pull in the clutch or close the throttle. Where it differs from current shift assist systems is that it also works when downshifting.
The addition of liquid cooling and other new stuff has added 11 kg, the new RT weighs in at 274 kg wet. MSRP will be $20,850 and it will be in dealers in early spring (as well as on the Canadian MMIC show circuit).
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