2012 BMW R1200RT

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The BMW R1200RT is a pretty capable sport touring motorcycle. Though, BMW considered that it can still be improved even more so they went on and made a few modifications. Therefore the 2012 generation received a new boxer engine with much more torque and new DOHC cylinder heads. The bike has also a fresh cockpit, new shift units, new hydraulic reservoir and handlebar separately mounted and a new audio system.

Compared to the previous model, the new R1200RT is also slightly taller and wider, two attributes that improve the road stability and rider protection.

The BMW R1200RT is also featuring an ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) with damping, spring base and now also spring rate adjustable at the touch of a button. Not to mention about the Integral ABS and hard-shell cases, all offered as standard equipment.

As far as styling goes, the new model received new fairing and a redesigned cockpit with visor and adjustable foot shift lever.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 BMW R1200RT.

Press Release


As far as 2-cylinder fans are concerned, first-class touring has a memorable abbreviation - and it’s been around for 30 years: RT. For long-haul travelers there can hardly be any other term which has always stood for perfectly conceived motorcycling concept from start to finish: excellent wind and weather protection, optimum ergonomics, highly convenient operation combined with a top-class chassis fitted with the unique optional extras ASC and ESA II*.

In the touring segment, these features probably define the ultimate benchmark of innovation. Even though the R 1200 RT cuts a superb figure everywhere with its dynamic new design, everything about it sends out the message: built to cover thousands of miles, preferably in one go.

Then there is this fascinating mixture of distinctive engine and big bike dynamics. The characteristic “boxer” supremacy has been further enhanced in the current version: the engine’s crowning glory is now the radial DOHC** valve operating system from the HP2 Sport, though here designed for greater torque and without any loss of running smoothness: maximum torque 88 ft-lb at 6000 rpm, rated output still at 110 hp. This means a tangible increase in thrust from the lower engine speed range through to above the medium range. The new valve control in the exhaust system ensures a discreet but more dynamic sound.

And in terms of comfort, the bike boasts a new audio system available as an optional extra, with the innovative operating concept Multi-Controller carrying out virtually all commands from a single unit.

So there’s only one thing you have to do yourself - drop by for a test ride.

  • ESA II = Electronic Suspension Adjustment. Electronic spring mount and spring rate adjustment
  • DOHC = Double Overhead Camshaft, two overhead camshafts per cylinder

Optional Equipment


Audio System

  • Highly intuitive operation using the innovative multi-controller
  • Full range of functions, including MP3/USB, AUX, and iPod connectivity
  • Navigation prompts can be output through loudspeakers


  • Spring rate and suspension height adjustment at the touch of a button
  • Suspension can be adjustment to suit any situation quickly and easily
  • Maximum safety and control in any conditions, with any load and on any type of road

Lowered Suspension

  • For a low seat height with maximum ride comfort
  • includes extra-low seat (seat height 750 mm)
  • Not available in conjunction with seat heating or ESA II



Navigator IV

  • Extremely comprehensive range of functions
  • Intuitive controls specialy designed for motorcycling use
  • Connect to the built-in audi system

Heated one-Piece Comfort Seat

  • Maximum Comfort on long journeys
  • Extra-wide and generously upholstered, seta height 785 mm
  • Seta heating included as standard



Engine TypeAir/oil-cooled flat twin (’Boxer’) 4-stroke engine, two camshafts and four radially aligned valves per cylinder, central balancer shaft
Bore x stroke101 mm x 73 mm
Capacity1,170 cc
Rated output110 hp (81 kW) at 7,750 rpm
Max. torque89 ft-lb (120 Nm) at 6,000 rpm
Compression ratio12.0 : 1
Mixture control / engine managementElectronic intake pipe injection / BMS-K+ digital engine management with overrun fuel cut-off, twin spark ignition
Emission controlClosed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3

Performance / fuel consumption

Maximum speedOver 125 mph (200 km/h)
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h57 mpg, at a constant 55 mph
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h60 mpg, at a constant 55 mph
Fuel typeUnleaded super and premium.

Electrical system

Alternatorthree-phase alternator 720 W
Battery12 V / 19 Ah, maintenance-free

Power transmission

ClutchSingle dry plate clutch, hydraulically operated
GearboxConstant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth
DriveShaft drive

Chassis / brakes

FrameTwo-section frame consisting of front and rear sections, load-bearing engine-gearbox unit
Front wheel location / suspensionBMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 35 mm, central spring strut
Rear wheel location / suspensionCast aluminum single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring preload hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable
Suspension travel front / rear4.7/5.3 inches (120 mm/135 mm)
Wheelbase58.4 inches (1,485 mm)
Castor4.5 inches (116 mm)
Steering head angle63.8°
WheelsCast aluminum wheels
Rim, front3.50 x 17"
Rim, rear5.50 x 17"
Tyres, front120/70 ZR 17
Tyres, rear180/55 ZR 17
Brake, frontDual disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 320 mm, four-piston fixed calipers
Brake, rearSingle disc brake, diameter 265 mm, double-piston floating caliper
ABSBMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral)

Dimensions / weights

Length87.8 inches (2,230 mm)
Width (incl. mirrors)35.6 inches (905 mm) inc. panniers: 38.5 inches (980 mm)
Height (excl. mirrors)56.3 inches (1,430 mm)
Seat height, unladen weight32.2/33.1 inches (820/840 mm) low seat: 30.7/31.5 inches (780/800 mm), extra-low seat (one piece): 30.1 inches (765 mm), lowered suspension: 29.5 inches (750 mm),comfort seat: 30.9 inches (785 mm)
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1)570 lbs (259 kg)
Dry weight 2)514 lbs (233)
Permitted total weight1,091 lbs (495 kg)
Payload (with standard equipment)520 lbs (236 kg)
Usable tank volume6.6 gallons (25.0 liters)
ReserveApprox. 1 gallon (4.0 liters)



Bikez ---- "The punchy new boxer engine delivers generous amounts of torque, for instant responses right through the rev range. The new DOHC (double overhead camshaft) valve operating system from the HP2 Sport delivers a maximum torque of 120 Nm at 6000 rpm and a rated output of 110hp."

Motorcycle-usa ---- "The current version of the BMW R 1200 RT’s engines crowning glory is now the radial DOHC valve operating system from the HP2 Sport, though here designed for greater torque and without any loss of running smoothness: maximum torque 88 ft-lb at 6000 rpm, rated output still at 110 hp. The new valve control in the exhaust system ensures a subtle but more vibrant sound. "

Latestbikesinfo ---- "The BMW R1200RT is one of the best selling BMW in Europe. Certainly, the GS is still ahead, with its iconic image, but the RT is high here"


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