2014 BMW R1200RT spied

Blogger catches water-cooled tourer in Tenerife

Posted: 18 April 2013
by Visordown News

BMW's new R1200RT

BMW’s new R1200RT – which shares the part-water-cooled motor of the new R1200GS – has been caught on camera in Tenerife's Canadas del Teide.

The bike comes as no surprise; given the debut of the new engine it’s inevitable that it will find its way into all the boxer-powered BMW machines over the next couple of years.

Despite the sticking-out-like-a-sore-thumb ‘disguise’ (surely really intended to draw attention to the bike) there’s no hiding the details of the bike when two of them are left unguarded in a tourist hotspot during the Easter holidays. Testing in a place where everyone is sure to be carrying a camera doesn’t seem too bright, unless the intention is for the bike to get seen and publicised, of course…

The plucky camera-wielder, Ansgar Hillebrand, put his walk-around of the bikes on YouTube, in full 1080 hd glory.

Style-wise, the K1600GT has been more than a small inspiration, as the new machine shares a virtually identical headlight and very similar instruments – including the built-in sat-nav. Presumably the lights include the K1600’s looking-round-corners adaptive abilities, too. Other than that, the vents in the sides reveal a pair of water radiators and cooling fans, leaving no doubt that the motor is the water-cooled unit from the R1200GS. Luxuries like a stereo and electric screen are in evidence too.

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This makes me chuckle! If BMW just painted the bikes the usual colour no one would even notice them! This is all about creating buzz pre-launch without affecting sales of current models. They all do it! :)

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 18:07


Posted: 18/04/2013 at 18:43

Well, that reporting sure beat's MCN's typical faux-blurry "Exclusive Spy Shots!" bollocks. :D

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 14:40

The paint makes the bikes just a little more bearable, but the phrase "You can't polish a t*** springs to mind."

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 18:44

If one could polish a turd, perhaps you would not be so dull.

The BMW R1200RT is the best selling touring bike in the UK. In describing the current generation R1200RT, Rider magazine wrote "it exemplifies the classic definition of “sport tourer,” balancing performance and excitement with practicality and reliability." The R1200RT was selected in multiple years as the "Best Touring Bike" by Cycle World and Motorcyclist magazines. In 2006, 2007, and 2009, the R1200RT was named the United Kingdom's "number one motorcycle" by readers of RiDE magazine in its annual "RiDER POWER" survey. In 2005 and 2006, the R1200RT was cited as the "Best Tourer" by Motor Cycle News.

In spite of all of the praise heaped upon prior R1200RT models, the 2014 model promises significant improvements.

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 09:35

, ...no comment on the bike but the witty repost!

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 10:06

The R1200RT mat not be the sexiest bike to look at, but there's no better all round two-up bike on the market. An extra 15bhp will make it perfect.

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 19:03

Wow cant wait for the R2000RT, even more horses , even when those around you are riding mopeds, Horses for courses eh!

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 19:23

Quite fancy a K1000S myself... if it ever exists or even an updated K1300S... if I could ever afford it.

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 19:32

I do not know about BMW being the best tourer ! I have an R1200RT and a Pan european 1300, the BMW might be a shade more comfortable ? but the Pan has a much better and smoother engine and gearbox and does more miles to the gallon.

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 12:33

Another 15bhp....... a Pan 1300... by far the best touring bike, we had a R1200GS and the engine is nowhere near the Pans, the only thing the BM has now is all the electronics which the Pan dosent have thank god... have you seen how much it is to fix the ESA on a BMW... i'll stick to winding it up and down as i need it... Best Tourer Ever.... No contest ST1300 all day...

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 19:55

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