2005 BMW R 1200 RT

The 2005 R1200RT. BMW's "other" luxury tourer.

After riding the RT over many of the same roads that I covered on the R 1200 ST, I must give the nod to the ST when it comes to outright "sportbike" handling. However, the RT is only a fraction behind it, since they both share the same basic chassis and engine. The RT may carry an extra 50Lbs and push a larger hole through the atmosphere, but its taller/wider handlebars give more leverage, so the average rider will probably go just as fast on the RT, unless they happen to be a pro racer (in which case they'd probably be riding supersport anyway). In normal riding, you really have to pay close attention to notice the speed difference. On the flip side, the RT is significantly more comfortable than the ST, not to mention more practical, thanks to its better airflow management, roomier passenger accommodations and capacious standard luggage. For me, the choice is obvious; buy the RT if you can afford the $17,490 MSRP.

The RT's upright riding position and low center of gravity make it a deceptively competent bike in the city. If this new RT had been available last August, I honestly believe it would have spanked the competition in our 2004 Sport Touring Comparo, since it addresses our two biggest complaints (lack of power, and harsh brake linking) with the old R 1150 RT. If the R 1200 RT's boxer twin could sing a beautiful Italian baritone, it might even knock Aprilia and Ducati completely out of the sport touring business! It's that good. Then again, this sort of excellence is expected in the $17K+ price range, and it's nice to finally see BMW deliver.

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2005 BMW R 1200 RT - MSRP $17,490
BMW R 1200 RT
Type Air-cooled/oil-cooled Boxer twin-cylinder
Bore x Stroke 101.0 mm X 73.0 mm
Displacement 1170cc
Claimed Horsepower 110 bhp @ 7500 rpm
Claimed Torque 85 lb/ft @ 6000 rpm
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Valve Gear HC, chain-driven
Valves 2.0 x 36.0 mm intake / 2.0 x 31.0 mm exhaust
Valves/Cylinder Four
Engine Oil Capacity 4.2 Quarts
Engine Management BMW Engine Controller - BMS K
Fuel Requirement HDPE, internal pump and internal filter
Fuel Capacity 7.1 U.S. Gallons including 1 gallon reserve
Charging System 720 Watts @ 14 Volts
Battery 12 Volts 10 Amps/hour low maintenance
Cooling System Air and thermostatically controlled oil cooling
Primary Drive 1:1.882
Clutch 180 mm dry, single plate with hydraulic actuation
1st Gear Ratio 2.28:1
2nd Gear Ratio 1.58:1
3rd Gear Ratio 1.26:1
4th Gear Ratio 1.03:1
5th Gear Ratio 0.90:1
6th Gear Ratio 0.81:1
Final Drive System Enclosed driveshaft w/ two universal joints
Final Drive Ratio 2.62:1
Frame and Suspension
Frame Three-part, engine/cast aluminum/tubular steel
Front Suspension BMW Telelever
Front Travel 4.7 inches
Rear Suspension BMW Paralever
Rear Travel 5.3 inches
Brake System BMW EVO with partial integral ABS
Front Brakes Two, four-piston fized calipers
Front Rotor 12.6 inch dual floating rotors
Rear Brake Single, two-piston fixed caliper
Rear Rotor 10.4 inch single, fixed rotor
Actuation Method Hydraulic, DOT 4 fluid type
Wheels and Tires
Front Wheel 3.50 x 17 cast alloy, five double-spoke
Rear Wheel 5.00 x 17 cast alloy, five double-spoke
Front Tire 120/70 x 17 tubeless
Rear Tire 180/55 x 17 tubeless
Overall Length 87.8 inches
Overall Width 35.6 inches
Wheelbase 58.4 inches
Ground Clearance 6.1 inches
Seat Height 32.2 inches
Steering Angle 63.4 degrees
Front Wheel Trail 4.3 inches
Claimed Weight - Dry 505 lbs. excluding options & accessories
Claimed Weight - Wet 571 lbs. w/o cases
Maximum Load 1091 lbs. GVWR
Standard Colors
Code/Price Description
911 / N/C Piedmont Red Metallic
933 / N/C Granit Grey Metallic
946 / N/C Dark Graphite Metallic
Standard Equipment
519 / N/C Heated Hand Grips
538 / N/C Cruise Control
Available Equipment
164 / N/C-option Seat - Gray
350 / $125.00 Chrome Exhaust Pipe
416 / $750.00 Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA)
510 / $50.00 Oil Level Warning
518 / $270.00 RT - Heated Seat
539 / $215.00 On Board Computer
540 / $1450.00 RT - Radio / CD
565 / N/C-option Engine Spolier Black
566 / N/C-option Engine Spoiler Silver
588 / $35.00 Clear Turn Singal Lenses
603 / $210.00 Anti Theft Alarm
725 / $390.00 Radio Prep. Kit
773 / N/C-option Seat - Black
776 / N/C-option Seat - Low (30.7 inches)
R 1200RT w/ optional tank bag and top box.

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