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BMW Introduces Revised R 1200 RT and R 1200 GS

This morning BMW announced revised editions of the R 1200 RT and R 1200 GS for 2010. While the GS essentially is unchanged except for a new engine (featuring double overhead cams, as well as increased horsepower and torque), the RT not only receives the same revised engine, but a host of other changes described below. Also attached are copies of the BMW PDF files describing these new models in great detail, if you are interested here (for the GS) and here (for the RT).

Overview of the main features of the new R 1200 RT:

  • New, even more dynamic engine with two overhead camshafts per cylinder.
  • Maximum torque increased to 120 Nm (88 lb-ft) at 6,000 rpm, maximum output remaining at 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,750 rpm.
  • Increase in maximum engine speed from 8,000 to 8,500 rpm, with an even broader useful range of engine speed.
  • Significantly improved torque, traction, pulling force, and acceleration.
  • Even more spontaneous and direct response with optimum dosage of power and significantly improved load change behaviour.
  • Torque curve even smoother and more homogeneous.
  • Cylinder head covers now with two instead of four fastening bolts and in new, even more dynamic design.
  • Electronically controlled exhaust flap for superior and powerful sound.
  • ESA II Electronic Suspension Adjustment with damping, spring base and now also spring rate adjustable at the touch of a button.
  • BMW Motorrad Integral ABS featured as standard in the partly integrated version.
  • Fairing in new design with protection from wind and weather improved once again.
  • Re-designed cockpit with visor.
  • New control units and hydraulic reservoir.
  • Electronically controlled windshield with optimised aeroacoustics and improved transparency.
  • New audio system with controllable interface for a USB/MP3 and iPod, operated through the Multi-Controller.
  • Adjustable footshift lever.
  • Hard-shell cases (each with a capacity of 32 litres) featured as standard, with accurately fitting four-point lock system and cover finished in body colour.
  • Tank railing for conveniently fastening accessories.
  • New colours for the R 1200 RT: Polar metallic, Ostra Grey metallic matt, Thunder Grey metallic, multi-colour paintwork in conjunction with Thunder Grey metallic base colour.
  • Extended range of optional extras and special equipment tailored to the R 1200 RT, naturally in top BMW quality.