BMW R 1200 RT - 2018 Specifications and Reviews

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There are Police and Fire emergency vehicle versions!

About the BMW R 1200 RT

Powered by a new air/water cooled 1170.00cc two cylinder Boxer engine derived from the 2013 R1200GS, producing 125bhp (15 bhp more than the previous model where the engine was air/oil cooled).  

The BMW R1200RT also benefits from a larger central mass on the crankshaft/alternator to make everything a bit more smooth. 

Visually it is easy to identify against the previous model, as the black inserts on the cylinder heads face forwards rather than down and there is a new meaner looking headlight design.

The much acclaimed adjustable windscreen receives an update with an extra level of screen protection at the sides, under the adjustable main section. 

Wheels are both are 17" cast Aluminium with 120/70 ZR17 tyres up front and 180/60 ZR17 at the rear. 

The dashboard also get a big re-design with a new central 5.7" TFT colour screen and onboard computer. To aid readability the screen can be angled slightly forward or backwards. 

Optional Extras include two additional riding modes (Dynamic/Hill Start), audio system, "Gear Shift Pro" adds a quick shifter option, Dynamic ESA adds semi-active electronically adjustable suspension and central locking (ignition, panniers, top box, compartments) can be ordered with the optional alarm as a package. You can also go for an Akropvic end can, cruise control, tyre pressure monitor, second power socket, heated grip, heated seat and a massive selection of storage options. All of the electronics are controlled by the multi control on the left handlebar in conjunction with the screen.

The LE edition comes with most of the options as standard at far less than adding them all individually: ESA, Gear Shift Pro, central locking, alarm, cruise control, chrome exhaust, heated grips and seat. 


2016 saw BMW release the R1200RT LC Iconic limited edition, alongside similar editions for the RS/GS/GSA. All of them are limited to 100 units and come with with special paint schemes, so don-t expect to see many for sale! The paint scheme is a tasty candy red with matching luggage and pretty much all the options thrown in.

2017: A few small changes to meet Euro 4 requirements, sidelights and judder damper on transmission output shaft. Cornering ABS Pro and dynamic brake light now options. New black and white colour schemes released while previous black/grey and blue are no longer available.

2018: Cornering ABS Pro now standard. Dynamic traction control and Emergency SOS call from the handlebar button now options. Spezial paint schemes and parts now available to add a bit of bling e.g. brown seat and bronze/silver colour scheme.

General information

Model:BMW R 1200 RT

Engine and Transmission Specifications

Emission details:Performance / fuel consumption
Greenhouse gases:115.1 CO2 g/km. (CO2 - Carbon dioxide emission)
Fuel consumption:4.96 litres/100 km (20.2 km/l or 47.42 mpg)
Clutch:Wet eight-disc clutch with anti-hopping function, hydraulically operated
Transmission type,final drive:Shaft drive (cardan)
Cooling system:Liquid
Lubrication system:Wet sump
Fuel control:Double Overhead Cams/Twin Cam (DOHC)
Fuel system:Injection. Digital engine management, electronic intake pipe fuel injection
Valves per cylinder:4
Bore x Stroke:101.0 x 73.0 mm (4.0 x 2.9 inches)
Top speed:200.0 km/h (124.3 mph)
Torque:125.00 Nm (12.7 kgf-m or 92.2 ft.lbs) @ 6500 Revolutions">RPM
Power:125.00 Horsepower">HP (91.2 Kilowatt">kW)) @ 7750 Revolutions">RPM
Engine type:Twin, four-stroke
Capacity:1170.00 ccm (71.39 cubic inches)

Brakes, suspension, Frame and wheels

Wheels:Cast aluminium
Rear brakes diameter:276 mm (10.9 inches)
Rear brakes:Single disc. ABS
Front brakes diameter:320 mm (12.6 inches)
Front brakes:Double disc. ABS
Rear tyre:180/55-ZR17
Front tyre:120/70-ZR17
Rear wheel travel:136 mm (5.4 inches)
Rear Suspension:BMW Motorrad EVO Paralever
Front wheel travel:120 mm (4.7 inches)
Front Suspension:BMW Motorrad Telelever
Trail:116 mm (4.6 inches)
Rake (fork angle):26.4°
Frame type:Two-section frame consisting of front and rear sections, load-bearing engine-gearbox unit

Physical measures and capacities

Reserve fuel capacity:4.00 litres (1.06 gallons)
Fuel capacity:25.00 litres (6.61 gallons)
Wheelbase:1,485 mm (58.5 inches)
Overall width:983 mm (38.7 inches)
Overall length:2,222 mm (87.5 inches)
Overall height:1,415 mm (55.7 inches)
Seat height:805 mm (31.7 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc:276.0 kg (608.5 pounds)

Other specs

Comments:Windscreen. Heated grips. Riding modes rain and road.
Carrying capacity:Saddle bags
Color options:Alpine White, Mars Red Metallic/Dark Slate Metallic Matt

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