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You sharp-eyed readers are probably thinking, “Wow, you guys must not ride a lot. Only 1,148 miles in seven months on a ‘long-term’ R1200RT? You need to un-ass your office chairs and hit the road!”

Hey, we have a legit excuse: For more than five of those months, the bike was not in our possession. A couple of weeks after we introduced the 1200 (with 3,102 miles on the clock) to our long-term fleet in the August 2014 issue, BMW announced a recall for all 2014 R1200RTs with Dynamic ESA suspension and retrieved our test unit. The manufacturer of the bike’s ESA shock, Marzocchi, informed BMW that the shock’s piston shaft could snap right where a threaded portion ends, causing complete collapse of the rear suspension. “Only a very few shafts had broken, none in the US,” BMW North America’s Roy Oliemuller said, “and there were no reports of injuries. But we immediately issued a Stop Ride directive instructing owners not to ride their RTs until a remedy could be implemented.”

BMW R1200RT static side view

Because the recall took place in the middle of the peak riding season and no one knew when retrofit shocks might be available, BMW offered affected R1200RT owners four unprecedented options. Anyone willing to park their 1200 until the problem was remedied would receive $2,500 as compensation. Those who required the use of a motorcycle while they waited would be provided with one from BMW, along with $1,000 to use for BMW accessories or making payments on their RT. Owners wanting to trade for another 2014 BMW would be given fair value for their bike plus $1,000 credit. And for others who no longer wished to keep their RTs, BMW would buy the bikes back at their full purchase price.

Altogether it took several months for redesigned shocks to be tested, manufactured, and delivered to dealers for installation. “With a single exception, all affected units have now had the recall performed,” Oliemuller said, “whether it was customer owned or processed through a buy-back and then repaired.”

BMW R1200RT instrument panel

BMW R1200RT cockpit view

Of the 832 owners who were impacted, 540 parked their bikes, while 30 used a provided loaner. The trade-in option was the preference of 102 owners, and 159 went for the buy-back. Because R1200RT owners were the highest priority, testbikes that had been snatched from the media were among the last to be retrofitted. Our RT finally was returned in mid-November, and I’ve put more than 1,100 miles on it since.

And enjoying every moment. Many of those miles have been spent dancing through endless curves in the mountains near my home, sometimes solo, some­times with wife Rosanne as copilot. Whether alone with empty saddlebags or two-up with bags and optional top case loaded, the torquey, 1,171cc boxer never ceases to amaze at how much it loves to arc through turns. Yet on the open road, it’s as calm and stable as a parked bus.

Comfy, too. For me, all-day rides on the 1200 are no more tiring than they are in my deluxe Ford F-150 pickup, and Rosanne says the pillion is among the most pleasant she’s ever experienced.

Now that Stop Ride is history, I’ve penciled my calendar with some long trips on the R-RT and issued my own directive. I call it “Keep Riding.”

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Los Angeles Police Department R1200RT

Here is a pic of the LAPD R1200RT-P motorcycle.


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BMW Motorcycles Clinch 16 Best Bike Awards for 2014

BMW Motorcycles Clinch 16 Best Bike Awards for 2014



Editors of Cycle World, Motorcyclist and Choose BMW in Sport Touring, Standard, Touring, Sportbike, Adventure Bike, Naked Bike, Scooter and Best Motorcycle Technology Categories 

BMW R 1200 RT Wins 2014 People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year from Rider

MSN Autos Chooses BMW R nineT and BMW S 1000 R as Best Bikes for 2014 Riding Season


Woodcliff Lake, NJ – August 26, 2014; The accolades keep coming and the year is not yet over.  In the past six months, BMW Motorrad USA has collected 16 Best Bike Awards for 2014, including six “Best Of” awards for the second year in a row, four “Best Of” awards from Motorcyclist, three of the top ten spots inCycle World’s “Ten Best Bikes for 2014,” and Rider’s 2014 People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year award for the BMW R 1200 RT.  MSN Autos also chose the BMW R nineT and BMW S 1000 R as two of “The Best Bikes for the 2014 Riding Season.”


“It is a tremendous honor to receive a ‘Best Of’ award from the motorcycle press in any category.  To receive multiple awards from respected journalists and customers across several categories in just six months is phenomenal,” observed Kris Odwarka, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA.  “Positive response to our newly introduced and existing models reaffirms our commitment to continually raising the bar for safety, performance and technology.”


For the second year, BMW motorcycles swept six categories in’s annual “Best Of” awards.  The website, which is visited each month by more than 2 million motorcycle enthusiasts around the world, named the latest generation BMW R 1200 RT “Best Touring Motorcycle” and the all-new BMW R nineT “Best Standard Motorcycle.”  In an encore performance, BMW captured the “Best Touring Motorcycle” category – this time with the newly upgraded BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive – as well as “Best Scooter” with the BMW C 650 GT.  The iconic BMW R 1200 GS, last year’s Motorcycle of the Year winner, tied for “Best On Off-Road/Adventure Motorcycle.”  Once again, BMW also won kudos for “Best New Motorcycle Technology” with Hill Start Control, the latest electronic rider aid newly introduced on the 2014 R 1200 RT and K 1600 GTL Exclusive.


“BMW has been on an absolute tear for a number of years,” wrote Tom Roderick of


For more information on’s “Best of” awards, visit:


Editors of Motorcyclist proclaimed the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure “Best Adventure Bike,” the BMW R 1200 RT “Best Touring Bike,” the BMW S 1000 R “Best Naked Bike,” and awarded an honorable mention to the BMW S 1000 RR as “Best Sportbike.”


Commenting on the 2014 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, Motorcyclist editors wrote, “It would be painfully easy for BMW to fall into a “printing money” mode with the big GS, especially the Adventure model. (Which will, we’re told,account for just more than half of the GS sales in the U.S. this year.) After all, the GS is an institution, and it’s assumed that buyers will line up for new ones no matter how good they are. But that’s not BMW’s tack with the GS Adventure. Launched a year after the new water-cooled engine debuted in the basic GS, the Adventure has so many tweaks, updates, improvements, and just plain old differences that it could almost be considered a new model. Heck, BMW did more in the GS-to-Adventure update than many manufacturers do for whole-model updates. That’s how serious BMW is about the GS platform.”


For more information on Motorcyclist’s “Best Of” picks for 2014, visit:


For the fourth year in a row, BMW claimed Cycle World’s “Best Touring Bike” category with the 2014 BMW K 1600 GTL.


“A tough category, but the cream that is the BMW K 1600 GTL has remained at the top of this CW class for an impressive four years,” wrote Cycle World editors.  “The secret to the GTL’s success? The sophisticated sportiness that emanates from an outstanding chassis and a silky smooth inline-six engine that wails like a banshee above 6,000 rpm…No other machine has such a broad capability, transitioning from luxury superslab cushiness to taut, wicked-fast composure on a back road with the flick of a few modes. For the touring rider who wants everything and then some, there is no better choice.”


For 2014, the all-new BMW R 1200 RT unseated its own teammate – the BMW K 1600 GT – as Cycle World’s “Best Sport-Touring Bike.”


“It takes a pretty special machine to unseat the BMW K 1600 GT as Cycle World’s best sport-touring bike, but that’s exactly what the new wasserboxer-powered BMW R 1200 RT is,” commented Cycle World editors.  It’s not just the fact that the RT uses a flat-twin, BMW’s spiritual core, but also that this swift and comfortable machine is about 130 pounds lighter than its six-cylinder sibling, which makes it easier to maneuver in your garage or on Mulholland. Yet the R 1200 RT, with its saddlebags, optional top case, and excellent fairing, is still very much a great long-distance pack mule, boasting electronic ride modes and Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension that adapt the bike to any condition. Score one for the purists.”


Capturing Cycle World’s “Best Standard Bike” pick, the BMW S 1000 R also received high praise.  “The offerings in the once niche sport naked category have grown so vast it appears to have become the new standard. Why settle for only comfort and practicality when you can have that and more? BMW currently offers a superior answer. The S 1000 R delivers superbike acceleration and track-sharp handling when you want it yet possesses a civil side that is just a few button presses away. Adrenaline or relaxation, the S 1000 R’s HP4-derived electronics suite administers both and sets a higher standard,” wrote Cycle World editors.


For more information on Cycle World’s “Ten Best Bikes for 2014” visit:


Earlier this summer, Rider Magazine asked readers to vote for their favorite 2014 bike in its People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year Contest.  The BMW R 1200 RT emerged the winner out of nearly 50 contenders.  And what did readers say?


“Outstanding balance. Not too big…not too small. Not too sporty…not too focused on touring. Not too heavy. Perfect balance of performance. If you can only have one bike (like most of us), this one is it.”


For more information on Rider’s 2014 People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year Contest results, visit:


BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 120 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.


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2014 BMW R1200RT Vs. 2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES | Review

2014-fjr1300es-vs-r1200rt-comparo-1-622x414All, I must admit, this post is very close to my heart.  I have been debating which of these two motorcycles I would want to buy.  Thanks to the following comparison done by – they make the decision as hard as it was prior to their article.  Here it is – make your own decision – Good Luck…. Write up….

2014 BMW R1200RT Vs. 2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES Test

Thanks to increased rider interest in long-distance travel over trips to the local watering hole, we are entering a golden age of motorcycle touring.

Even better, that refocusing of riding priorities is happening at a time when sophisticated electronics are truly coming into their own as indispensable motorcycle components.

Both of the 2014 motorcycles in this comparison — the BMW R 1200 RT and Yamaha FJR1300ES — are touring bikes with impressive heritages. The RT approaches the sport-touring market from a purely touring perspective, while the FJR has roots in the luggage-free 1980s FJ1100 superbike.

As times change, allegiances change. With the departure of the K 1300 GT, the R 1200 RT steps into the breach as BMW’s mid-size sport-tourer. This coincides with a new semi liquid-cooled motor that unapologetically offers 125 horsepower to its owner and high-tech active suspension that encourages sporting behavior on twisting back roads.

Introduced in America in 2003 and in its third iteration, the Yamaha FJR1300 has lost none of its enthusiasm in the canyons and wide-open roads. The inline-four is a muscular beast that has approximately 145 horses at 8000 rpm (just 250 rpm later than the BMW twin) and plenty of torque.

This year, the FJR1300ES gets user-configurable electronic suspension, though that is a far cry from the Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment that is part of the Premium Package on the BMW we are setting it against.

Now, you may complain that the RT is getting an advantage by being fitted with the Premium Package. Rest assured, if Yamaha offered such an upgrade, the FJR would be enjoying it — but it does not. We rewarded BMW’s willingness to indulge the consumer with the latest technology by outfitting the RT accordingly, and we suspect most RT purchasers will take advantage of that same opportunity.

Setting the table, we have the technologically savvy little guy going up against the bigger brute, with the intention of finding out which one we like when we know our tour is not just going to be long, but also conducted at a fast pace.

2014 BMW R1200RT

Redesigned from the ground up, the 2014 BMW R 1200 RT is as refined as one might expect given its 35-year lineage. It is now powered by the latest wasserboxer engine that debuted on last year’s GS.

There is an immediate sense of distant familiarity, yet all cues point to new features and performance. Acceleration is rapid and accompanied by a deep twin-cylinder exhaust note. The RT revs smoothly and quickly to the 9000 rpm redline in all gears. An impressive 92 ft/lbs of torque prods this 604-pound (claimed wet) bike to speed.

The air-/oil-/water-cooled powerplant is the result of BMW’s efforts to modernize the 90-year old design, making it relevant for 2014 and onward. It produces a peak of 125 horsepower from 1170cc and, with a heavier flywheel, is better than ever.

Engine vibrations are hardly noticeable; when you raise the power windscreen and set the cruise control, the miles pass effortlessly. At six-feet tall, I experienced no buffeting or forward push within the cockpit and the handlebars are not too high.

The RT doesn’t hesitate to switch from straight-line duty to cornering on the edges of its Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT tires mounted on cast aluminum wheels. The profile perfectly matches the bike’s handling potential; when pitched into a fast corner the RT is neutral and likes to power out of turns.

Corner entry, even when slightly overcooked, inspires confidence and the new chassis is stiffer. The unusual Telelever/Paralever suspension design remains and utilizes BMW’s Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension system (part of the Premium Pack- age installed on the test bike) that offers the rider a wide range of setup choices. Traction control is always on, and adjustments to it are linked to changes in the power modes—Road, Rain, and Dyna(mic). This all adds up to a luxurious, but sporty, ride.

I sampled about every imaginable type of road and condition and found the RT to be a true road superiority vehicle. While the Yamaha FJR1300ES is faster, quicker in turns, and easy to leave in just one gear (4th) for most canyon riding, those attributes alone do not tell the whole story. It is the RT’s complete package that is so compelling. It is an endearing machine and, often, the one to which others are compared.

The new six-speed transmission rivals any Japanese box for effortless gear changes. The throws are short and the hydraulic clutch actuation is soft and smooth, and the clutch is now serviced through the front of the motor.

The radial-mounted Brembo brakes with braided lines and ABS encourage aggressive braking and repeated hard usage, even when two up. Initial bite is excellent and two fingers are all that is ever needed. Front and back brakes are linked and operate together seamlessly.
The Fully Loaded version of the Reise-Tourer has a few options beyond the Premium Package, including a quick-shifter called Gear Shift Assist Pro.

It yields clutch-less up-shifts at any speed, as well as smooth clutch-less downshifts. Activate Central Lock- ing with either the key, a dedicated switch on the right grip, or by using the electronic key fob button that also activates the anti- theft alarm system.

The rider’s ergonomic triangle was lowered by nearly an inch from last year, so BMW no longer offers the low suspension option. There are two seat height positions that are identical to the FJR’s, plus an optional low seat at 30 inches.

The seat’s front section has been narrowed, and the handlebars lowered accordingly. Front and rear seats are also longer. The upright position, combined with the long seat and perfect bar height, make this one of the most comfortable rides to date.

The RT cockpit is modern with a color display that is easy to read and well organized, and is available with or without the optional BMW Navigator V GPS sourced from Garmin.

Optional is a satellite-ready audio system with all the usual features. Through the intuitive Menu switch and BMW-exclusive Multi-Controller wheel on the left grip, one is able to access all system functions including suspension, seat and grip heaters, tire pressure, GPS, and an extensive trip computer.

The new bodywork gives the RT a more streamlined look, aerodynamic profile and better rider protection from wind and weather. The fit and finish are industry leading.

During our review, we averaged 35 to 40 mpg. With its 6.6-gallon fuel tank the range will be near 250 miles, and the gas station is visited a bit less frequently than the FJR, which has the same capacity tank, but is a bit thirstier.

A Premium Package feature we found interesting is Hill Start Control. When activated by a firm squeeze of the front brake at a stop, HSC allows easy uphill starts without the threat of the bike rolling backward.

Not everyone appreciates the Boxer motor, Telelever front suspension, or BMW’s unorthodox approach to engineering. How- ever, a rider with an open mind and a taste for a highly capable, sophisticated, and refined machine will be well rewarded by the 2014 BMW R 1200 RT.

– Jonathan Handler

2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES

With a heritage dating back 30 years to the first FJ1100, the 2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES is no slouch when it comes to evolutionary progress. A favorite here at Ultimate MotorCycling, the latest generation of the renowned FJR adds electronically adjustable suspension to a growing array of technological rider assistance.

That is not to say the FJR1300 is riding on the cutting edge of computerization. Compared to the BMW R 1200 RT with the Premium Package, the FJR is almost a Luddite. Yet, its simplicity has its own allure, as the focus is less on bells and whistles than it is on muscularity and agility.

While the Premium RT gets the impressive active suspension that constantly and stealthily adjusts to road conditions, the FJR’s ES is rider-controlled, changing with the flick of an index finger and thumb.

After you manually alert the FJR to how many people and how much luggage the bike will be carrying, it is a matter of selecting one of three settings — Soft, Standard, and Hard. These adjustments affect fork damping, along with preload and damping in the linkage-assisted shock.

In the real world of riding, the three damping settings will satisfy most of us. Within them, there is some allowance for fine – tuning—seven settings for each choice — though I found that persnickety level of involvement unnecessary for sport-touring. When on the freeway, Soft gives you that magic carpet ride. For sightseeing on back roads, Standard is sufficiently firm to prevent wallowing, yet still compliant enough on road irregularities to keep you isolated from abrupt hits.

The liquid-cooled, DOHC inline-four is a defining presence for FJR owners. In many ways, the smooth and fast powerplant is why you buy the bike. The 9000 rpm redline is fairly conservative, though there’s enough buzzing in the pegs to remind you to shift before the soft rev limiter kicks in.

There is no question that the FJR1300ES indulges those of us who want to “tour” at a faster pace. The two-position D-mode gives you a choice of power deliveries — Standard and Sport. Most of the time, Standard is more than adequate, as the motor is no slouch in that mode. However, when it comes time to switch into the Hard suspension setting, the Sport power mode is a natural choice.

Dive-bombing through the mountains is pure pleasure when going all-in for performance. Feel free to get aggressive with the throttle—traction control (no adjustment, just on or off) derived from MotoGP experience works on the ignition timing, fuel injection volume, and throttle valve opening to keep the rear wheel from lighting up.

The aluminum frame and front end is adequately rigid, and the FJR pretty much goes where you point it. Bridgestone Battlax BT-023s allow you to heel the Yamaha over until the peg feelers begin to scrape without squirming, or any other protestations. This open-class sport-tourer inspires confidence—perhaps a bit too much.

When riding hard, it is easy to forget that the bike weighs a claimed 644 pounds wet. Unfortunately, you will be reminded when you overcook a turn and it comes time to change direction quickly.

The Unified Braking System with ABS will do its job. Actuate the hand brake lever and you get six of eight pistons grasping the twin discs; add the foot pedal and you get the rear disc plus two additional front pistons. The FJR slows down predictably and aggressively, though when that’s not enough, you will find out how hard it can be to wrestle a big sport-touring machine through an unexpected decreasing radius turn.

Out on the open road, the FJR1300 has enough power for you to cruise at as high a speed as you like. Use the thumb switch to put the electronically controlled windscreen in the up position and you enjoy good wind protection. Roomy ergonomics are a big plus, even though it’s not quite as upright as the RT.

There is a bit of a buzz from the motor, but at 65 mph it is turning over only 3500 rpm, so a sixth speed doesn’t really seem practical. That’s not enough to keep you from running through the 6.6-gallon tank (same as the RT) marginally faster than the boxer twin. Cruise control operates intuitively and effectively.

As a pure tourer, the FJR’s bags are noticeably shallower than the RT’s, so you will have to run the accessory top box for longer trips. Heated grips are just a couple of switch actuations away, and the old-school LCD menu gives you all sorts of pertinent information, such as ambient air temperature and remaining range.

At its heart, the 2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES is committed to the sporting end of the sport-touring spectrum. Excellent ergonomics, power, and handling make it a joy to ride fast and, and when you make it to the motel, the FJR’s bags and your lack of sore body parts will remind you why you bought the bike.

– Don Williams


This was one of those comparisons where the test riders were always happy. Whichever bike you were on, you liked, yet you didn’t mind switching for a stint. That speaks more to the versatility of the BMW R 1200 RT and Yamaha FJR1300ES than anything else.

The go-fast guys gravitated toward the FJR and they unanimously preferred the speedy, great-handling Yamaha. Aficionados of technology will have an easy choice — the computer-like RT with the Premium Package has bells, whistles, and every other instrument at its disposal. For the rest of the test riders, it was a bit more complicated.

The RT was prized for its comfort, sophistication, and contentment — you can ride it confidently at a good clip and, although 125 horses isn’t anything to sneeze at, the delivery of the power is always friendly thanks to the heavy flywheel and lack of a sport power mode.

Take the FJR for a spin, and it’s all about the motor and handling. Click the inline-four into the Sport mode and it takes off, and it has the handling for the average rider to easily harness the additional power, even without dynamic suspension. When you want to cut back the pace and enjoy the scenery, it’s a comfortable machine with a great seat.

Were Yamaha to offer something like BMW’s various upgrade packages, the FJR1300ES might be a runaway winner in this comparison. However, the Yamaha FJR1300ES does not, and the BMW R 1200 RT Fully Loaded alone has the capability of coddling you as you hustle through the twisties, and for many sport-tourers, that’s exactly the type of treatment they demand.

Given this marked separation, you are charged with the enviable task of self-assessment so you can select the motorcycle that best suits your riding style and expectations.

Riding Style (BMW R1200RT)

  • Helmet: Schubert C3 Pro
  • Eyewear: Persol Classics PO3021S
  • Jacket: BMW Venting
  • Gloves: BMW Pro Summer
  • Pants: BMW Allround
  • Boots: BMW Pro Touring 2

Riding Style (Yamaha FJR1300ES)

  • Helmet: Arai Vector-2 Hawk Red
  • Jacket: AGV Sport Solare
  • Gloves: AGV Sport Aeromesh
  • Pants: AGV Sport Willow
  • Boots: Sidi Fusion Air

Photography by Don Williams

Story from Ultimate MotorCycling magazine.

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2014 BMW R1200RT Recall Updates, Parts Start Arriving Next Weeks


It looks like BMW is finally showing signs that the nasty situation triggered by the early-June recall for the 2014 R1200RT bikes equipped with the Dynamic ESA suspensions is close to a resolve. BMW has reportedly sent out a letter to the owners of these bikes informing them that the replacement parts for their machines are due to arrive in the next two weeks.

We remind you that the riders of the 2014 R1200RT equipped with the Dynamic ESA suspensions have been advised by BMW to immediately stop using the motorcycles, as the piston rod of the rear shock absorber could break unexpectedly and cause serious injuries or death as a result of a crash.

Around 8,000 motorcycles have received the same riding ban around the world, with 950 of them being sold in the US. BWW Motorrad USA has offered a compensation plan comprising three possible scenarios. Those willing to wait until the repair is carried out are entitled to receive $2,500 (€1,840), while those who could arrange a loaner bike deal with their dealer received $1,000 (€735) to spend on gear and accessories. Finally, the third option saw BMW buying back the bikes of those who would not want the R1200RT any more, with $1,000 (€735) in compensation to get another BMW motorcycle. For Europe, the compensations were smaller, according to numerous reports we got at autoevolution.

BMW says that the new shocks are due to arrive in the 11-18 August week, and then customers can schedule the replacement with their dealers. The entire rear shock units will be replaced, BMW decided, in order to provide customers with increased confidence in the performance and dependability of their bikes.

Customers have repeatedly complained about BMW’s lack of communication in the early stages of this 11-week riding ban, while many were already on the road aboard their motorcycles in the middle of their vacations. No info was provided on potential compensations for those who have been left far from home without the possibility to ride their R1200RT.

A special thanks to the boys over at Autoevolution for the heads up!!


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Best Sport-Touring Bike – R1200RT

It takes a pretty special machine to unseat the BMW K1600GT as Cycle World’s best sport-touring bike, but that’s exactly what the new wasserboxer-powered BMW R1200RT is. It’s not just the fact that the RT uses a flat-twin, BMW’s spiritual core, but also that this swift and comfortable machine is about 130 pounds lighter than its six-cylinder sibling, which makes it easier to maneuver in your garage or on Mulholland. Yet the R1200RT, with its saddlebags, optional top case, and excellent fairing, is still very much a great long-distance pack mule, boasting electronic ride modes and Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension that adapt the bike to any condition. Score one for the purists.

BMW R1200RT on-road action photo

BMW R1200RT static side view

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Here are the det’s and a sneak peek of R1200RT-P

New R1200RT-PThe new R 1200 RT-P has a wet clutch, advanced cooling system and new lighting units.
With features like saddlebag illumination, handlebar switchgear and voltage monitoring, the R 1200 RT-P is the most advanced police motor on the market.  Production will start in early October and motorcycles will be distributed starting early November.  Don’t let a motorcycle like this pass you by! Contact for more information or to place an order today!

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BMW will debut the new R1200RT-P

On July 9, BMW Motorrad USA hosted an exclusive sneak-preview for the new R 1200 RT-P police motorcycle at the DoubleTree Hotel in Orange, Calif. Frank Stevens, BMW Motorrad USA Authority Program manager, will present BMW’s latest generation authority motorcycle and provide a complete overview of its mission-specific features developed exclusively for the police community, including a new power platform along with an enhanced lighting system and wet clutch.

“The event will give agencies throughout the country a unique, one-time opportunity to view the bike in person and provide BMW with valuable feedback on the features and options they value before the motorcycle goes into production and is officially launched in October,” commented Stevens.
BMW Motorrad is the leading provider of authority motorcycles worldwide and has supplied motorcycles to over 550 agencies in the U.S.

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First Pictures of the 2015 BMW Bike Line-up

Like it has gotten us used to each year, BMW Motorrad first-pictures-of-the-2015-bmw-bike-line-up-photo-gallery_24has surfaced several early photos of the new 2015 bike line-up, alongside with the main upgrades the machines received and the new liveries. We introduced to you the 2015 BMW K1300S Motorrad earlier yesterday, so here’s a list of what’s new with the rest of the Bavarian two-wheelers.

First things first, the best-selling machine in the BMW roster, the R1200GS. Like several other models, it will be offered with an ex-works optional keyless ride system, and comes with an optional Shift Assistant Pro system as well. Other models for which the keyless option will be available are the Adventure version, R1200RT and K1600GT/ GTL. Here are the new features for the 2015 R1200GS beasts.

• Increased gyrating masses in the crankshaft
• Shift Assistant Pro (option)
• Keyless Ride (option
• New paint finish Alpine white in conjunction with drive and suspension components in black
• New paint finish Frozen dark blue metallic
• New paint finish Black storm metallic

Of the previous paint finishes, Thunder grey metallic and Bluefire are no longer available.

2015 R1200GS Adventure
• Suspension lowered by 30 millimetres (option)
• Low seats from the R 1200 GS (option)
• Shift Assistant Pro (option)
• Keyless Ride (option)

With high hopes of having fixed their terrible suspension problems, the 2015 R1200RT bikes come with San Marino blue metallic/ Granite grey metallic matt. Of the previous paint finishes, Quartz blue metallic is no longer available.

2015 K1600GT/ GTL
• Dynamic Traction Control DTC
• Keyless Ride (option)
• Daytime riding light (option)
• Hill Start Control (option)
• Safety package without DTC, including daytime riding light and Hill Start Control (option)
• Instruments with new scales and chrome surfaces
• New paint finish Black storm metallic (GT and GTL)
• New paint finish Glacier silver metallic (GTL)
• New paint finish Light white (GT)

Of the previous paint finishes, Dark graphite metallic (GT and GTL), Damask red metallic (GTL) and Montego blue metallic (GT) are no longer available.

2015 F700GS
• Alpine white
• Black storm metallic/ Racing red / frame finished in red / spring of the spring strut finished in red (standard)
• Racing blue metallic matt

The previous paint finishes Red apple metallic, Ostra grey metallic matt and Glacier silver metallic are no longer available.

2015 F800GS
• Light white / Black storm metallic / frame finished in red / spring of the spring strut finished in red (standard)
• Racing red

The paint finish Alpine white 3 remains in the program. The previous paint finishes Cordoba blue and Kalamata metallic matt are no longer available.

2015 F800GS Adventure
• Alpine white 3
• Kalamata metallic matt

The previous paint finishes Racing red and Sandrover matt are no longer available.

2015 F800GT
• Montego blue metallic
The paint finishes Dark graphite metallic and Light white remain in the program, the paint finish Valencia orange metallic is no longer available.

Finally, the only upgrade for the all-new c-Evolution electric scooters is the optional comfort seat.

As for the Keyless Ride and Shift Assistant Pro system, here’s BMW’s description:

“Keyless Ride new for R 1200 GS / GS Adventure, R 1200 RT and K 1600 GT / GTL for maximum user-friendliness.

For the first time, the BMW Motorrad Keyless Ride System now optionally replaces the conventional ignition lock in the R 1200 GS / GS Adventure, the R 1200 RT and the K 1600 GT / GTL. This means that it is no longer necessary to use a regular key. Unlocking and locking of the steering lock, ignition, fuel filler flap and storage compartments (R 1200 RT and K 1600 GT / GTL) is carried out using a transponder integrated in the key. The key can therefore remain in the rider’s clothes, for example.

As soon as the key is located within the vehicle reception area (distance < 2 metres), the steering lock can be briefly unlocked after successful authentication by briefly pressing the button. The steering lock is locked by keeping the button pressed down and placing the handlebars in end position. The ignition is activated by briefly pressing the button or keeping the button pressed down after releasing the steering lock.

The ignition is switched off by means of a short or long press of the button. To open the fuel tank, the lever of the fuel filler flap is simply raised. The fuel filler flap can be opened when the motorcycle has been electrically unlocked. The fuel tank is closed by simply pressing the fuel filler flap shut. The alarm system (DWA) is automatically activated when the ignition is switched off and the steering lock is closed, as soon as the key leaves the reception area. However, the alarm system can also be activated manually.

Shift Assistant Pro for gear shifts virtually without torque interrupt as a new special equipment feature for the R 1200 GS / GS Adventure.

The Shift Assistant Pro enables the rider to shift up and down without activating the clutch or throttle valve in the relevant load and engine speed ranges, giving the rider additional comfort as well as increased dynamic performance. Most shifts can be carried out using the shift assistant; one exception here is setting off, for example.

When accelerating, the throttle valve no longer has to be closed for shifts, so propulsion power is virtually constant without torque interrupt. When decelerating and shifting down (throttle valve closed), the engine speed is automatically adapted by means of double-declutching. Gears are engaged as usual by means of the gear pedal. Shift time is significantly reduced as compared to a gearshift using the clutch. However, the Shift Assistant Pro is not an automatic transmission, it simply provides gear shift support. When the Shift Assistant Pro is used for gear shifts, the cruise control is deactivated for safety reasons.”

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BMW follows R 1200 RT ‘do not sell’ notice with formal recall

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Jun 30, 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C. – After issuing a “do not sell/do not ride” advisory on the R1200 RT in early June, BMW of North America in June made it official by announcing a recall through NHTSA.

To be recalled are model year 2014 R1200 RT motorcycles manufactured from Nov. 27, 2013, to May 5, according to the NHTSA notice. The affected vehicles have a Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) rear shock absorber supplied by Tenneco Automotive of Belgium. The piston rod within the rear shock absorber can break without warning, causing loss of stability, according to the recall notice.

About 950 bikes are involved. BMW said more than half of the recalled bikes are estimated to have the defect.

“On April 1… BMW initially became aware of this issue through a warranty claim in France, ” the OEM reported to NHTSA. “It was noted that the piston rod of the rear shock absorber broke after approximately 700 miles, collapsing the rear suspension. The defective assembly from France was returned to the supplier for analysis.

“A second warranty claim occurred in Sweden on May 27… after approximately 1,500 miles. By May 30…. slider tool drum endurance tests on production spring strut assemblies were conducted by t he supplier, which replicated the failure observed in the two warranty claims.”

BMW said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.

The recall is expected to begin in July. BMW is notifying owners, and dealers are asked to replace the Dynamic ESA shock absorber free of charge. Owners are still advised not to ride their motorcycles until they have been fixed.

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