1. BMW R1200RT
What is it?
While the K1600GT is BMW’s ultimate expression of what a touring bike can be, the R1200RT is a BMW purist delight. The 2014 RT is the second model to utilize BMW’s new precision-cooled Boxer engine. But that’s not all that’s changed on the RT, as E-i-C Kevin Duke points out in this video from the 2013 EICMA show. The R1200RT has been one of our favorite sport-touring bikes and the 2014 version is sure to continue that affection.
Why are we excited to ride it?
BMW’s new 1170cc Twin introduced in the R1200GS model last year has a 15-horsepower boost over the last model, producing a claimed 125 hp at 7700 rpm. Torque is also up, producing 92.2 ft-lb at 6500 rpm, up from 89 ft-lb at 6000 revs. There’s also a new K1600GT-inspired look and a number of desirable factory-installed options. We’ve been waiting to ride this bike since conducting our 2013 Sport-Touring Shootout 1.0 (at that time we didn’t think we’d have to wait this long). The FJR1300 won that contest and now that the R1200RT is coming, we’ll be pitting it against the new RT Beemer and the Triumph Trophy SE – ASAP!