Right from its introduction, BMW’s R 1150 RT motorcycle quickly established itself as one of the quintessential long-distance touring machines. Classy, functional and well engineered, this machine was embraced by serious distance enthusiasts with a penchant for adventure and performance. For 2005 the company raises the bar in the touring category by creating the R 1200 RT.
As can be expected from BMW, a lot of thought went into the “ergonomic triangle,” which comprises the footrests, seat and handlebar configuration to ensure rider and passenger comfort. The new R 1200 RT was designed for long-distance travel while at the same time accommodating an active riding position to take full advantage of the BMW’s superior handling capabilities. This rider comfort and ease of reach to the controls reduces fatigue and translates to a safer, more enjoyable riding experience. (Click image to enlarge)
Power has been increased 16 percent to 110 hp and overall weight has been reduced to 571 pounds, resulting in a more spirited, agile machine. A six-speed gearbox, hard-shell luggage cases and a 5.9-gallon fuel tank conspire to feed notions—in even the most homebound individuals—of faraway places to be visited.
Considering that half of all the motorcycles BMW has produced in their 80-year history are still on the road is testament to the level and quality of the company’s engineering. That’s the kind of confidence you want riding with you as you tackle the pages of a road atlas. (Click image to enlarge)
BMW R 1200 RT
Engine: 1,170cc ari-cooled, flat-twin
Weight: 571 pounds