Best Touring Bike
The Ultimate Touring Machine
Elephant in the room time: At this writing, BMW is still in a “no ride zone” with the new RT because of a supplier problem in the Dynamic ESA. No doubt, RT owners are steaming, and competitors are saying how unreliable BMWs are. Doesn’t matter—especially since you know BMW will get this sorted out and has already stepped up to compensate owners for the temporary loss of their shiny new toy.
And what a magnificent toy it is. Adding the new liquid-cooled, 1,170cc Boxer engine to the long-running RT framework takes the model from adequately entertaining to a full-grin hoot, thanks to more power, very good electronics, and a welcome dose of pure, old-fashioned character. But that’s not all: BMW made the RT more compact, so it feels much more like a motorcycle than the mammoth, sedan-like K1600GTL. It has very good reflexes and the functional beauty of Dynamic ESA along with the expected comfort and convenience items to make a 1,000-mile day almost routine.
Not many motorcycles can make that claim and be fun on a Saturday morning squid hunt. The R1200RT is that machine. - From Motorcyclist Magazine, July 2014.
2014 BMW R1200RT wins Best Touring Bike from Motorcyclist, Best Sport Touring from Cycle World and Best Sport Touring from Motorcycle.com!