BMW R 1250 RT

Published on 12/03/2024, updated on 13/03/2024

BMW R 1250 RT

The BMW R 1250 RT is all too often overshadowed by its sister, the GS. This is logical, given that the large market for touring trail bikes has been a technology transfer market for several years now.

For this new R 1250 RT, the Bavarians have given their grand tourer a sporty facelift and a top-notch technological update.

Admittedly, the RT looks intimidating at first glance. However, this feeling disappears as soon as you get on board. Because you don’t sit ‘on’ the RT, you literally sit ‘in’ the bike. Your hands fall naturally to the handlebars, and the screens, controls and even the mirrors are exactly where you would instinctively place them. The new 10.25-inch TFT screen offers perfect legibility, both in terms of contrast and step size.

Once you’ve left your home port, the RT is surprisingly manoeuvrable and light. The chassis is faultless, whatever the surface. Whatever the speed range, it remains unflappable. Electronic chassis control has a lot to do with this. Our machine was equipped with the semi-active Dynamic-ESA available as an option. We opted for the ‘dynamic’ setting, which offers precise handling and an optimum compromise between suspension comfort and driving dynamics. In the other modes, the RT is less incisive.

The maximum rake angle is respectable for a luxury yacht. However, if the driving style is a little forced, the footrests can come into contact with the ground.

As for the engine, the 1250cc boxer pushes powerfully thanks to its 143Nm of torque. Passing through built-up areas can be done with 6th gear engaged and, after the exit sign, all you need to do is briefly tap the accelerator to adjust your speed. In this respect, the precision with which the commands issued by the navigation system are executed is a major asset. The steering impulses and finger force required are minimal.

With your index finger alone, you can stop the RT in a very short braking distance with the impression of having thrown an anchor overboard at full speed. With the fully integrated ABS Pro system, including cornering ABS, the helmsman can use either the brake lever or the brake pedal. The motorbike calculates the maximum deceleration allowed on the basis of changes in dynamic wheel load, lean angle, etc. In addition to ABS, the system also offers traction control.

The wind and weather bubble can be adjusted electrically at the touch of a button. It offers a very wide range to every freshwater sailor who, thanks to the heated seat and heated grips, can serenely defy the elements.

The RT also features dynamic cruise control. Radar sensors detect the vehicle in front of you, while the distance can be set in three stages and the rest is taken care of by the on-board electronics.

What the brand managed to do with the GS, BMW has also achieved with its large road cars. The RT sets the bar very high. Expect to pay just under €20,000 for the base model, and over €25,000 if you are tempted by the numerous options.