Last week BMW unveiled the 2019 BMW R 1250 GS – the adventure tourer replacing the R 1200 GS that had a popular 14-year run.The big news was the update to a 1250 boxer that now features variable timing, along with other updates in BMW Motorrad technology.
The same engine and technology updates have also reached BMW Motorrad’s famed RT sport-touring lineup.Meet the R 1250 RT, which replaces the venerable R 1200 RT that – like the R 1200 GS – had a popular 14-year run.The new R 1250 RT not only arrives with more power and advanced technology, but some styling updates.Following are the essential fast facts.1. The 2019 BMW R 1250 RT arrives with a new 1254cc boxer engine that features BMW ShiftCam Technology.The highlight of the engine is variable valve timing. BMW Motorrad says the ShiftCam tech will provide numerous benefits, including:
Increased power across the entire engine speed range
Reduced emission and fuel consumption levels
In addition, the intake camshafts are designed for asynchronous opening of the two intake valves, resulting in an enhanced swirl of the fresh, incoming mixture. The result is more effective combustion.2. The 2019 R 1250 RT’s new engine, which grows to 1254 cc from 1170cc, produces 136 horsepower at 7750 rpm and 105 ft/lbs of torque at 6250 rpm. The 1170cc boxer in the R 1200 RT produced 125 horsepower at 7750 rpm, and 92 ft/lbs of torque at 6500 rpm.3. BMW says other technical updates to the R 1250 RT’s ShiftCam Technology boxer are a toothed cam chain vs a roller chain, an optimized oil supply, piston-based cooling, twin-jet injection valve,and a knock sensor system for optimized travel.4. The 2019 BMW R 1250 RT gets a redesigned exhaust system to maximize performance.5. The R 1250 RT features two riding modes, ABS, Automatic Stability Control (ASC – BMW’s base traction control) and Hill Start Control as standard equipment.6. The R 1250 RT arrives with ABS Pro as standard equipment. This is BMW speak for cornering ABS.6. Riding Mode Pro is once again available as an option, and includes additional riding modes—Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Hill Start Control Pro and Dynamic Brake Assistant (DBC).7. Electronic suspension Dynamic (ESA) “Next Generation” with fully automatic load compensation is standard.8. The R 1250 RT is equipped with an LED headlight. An LED daytime riding light is available as an option.9. The R1250RT is fitted with a 5.7-inch TFT-color screen. The dash also includes an analog speedometer and RPM gauge.10. The R 1250 RT can be updated with an optional Intelligent Emergency Call button.11. The new R 1250 RT is available in four finishes (yet to reported). Stateside pricing has yet to be reported.Stay clicked to Ultimate Motorcycling for further details about the 2019 BMW R 1250 GS. For now, here’s a photo gallery.
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
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Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!