LONG recognised for its broad touring ability that mixes comfort and dynamism, the next generation of the BMW R 1250 RT is headed to Australia, and is due to arrive in quarter two of 2021.
“We have given the R 1250 RT a new look, a comprehensive increase in standard equipment and numerous technical upgrades to achieve a whole new riding experience,” said RT Project Manager Harald Spagl.
“As a dynamic tourer with the incomparable BMW ShiftCam engine, it also has the perfect power unit, with impressive power across the entire speed range.”
The R 1250 RT now comes with dynamic traction control as standard, which ensures a high level of riding safety to enhance traction, while the new standard Eco riding mode helps the rider achieve the best possible fuel efficiency.
All locally delivered R 1250 RT models will come fitted with Riding Modes Pro, allowing for configuration of ride qualities to individual preferences, and engine drag torque control, which can help safely avoid unstable riding conditions when coasting or downshifting.
BMW Motorrad’s Full Integral ABS Pro, which is also standard, combines the hand and foot brake levers to simultaneously apply the front and rear brakes. It’s paired with ABS Pro’s banking angle optimisation and dynamic brake force distribution.
The new LED headlamp with swivel function goes one step further than the impressive LED of the previous RT model too, combining adaptive turning light with the dipped beam of a standard full LED to turn the beam into the bend according to the banking position.
Dynamic traction control and active cruise control take the RT’s touring potential up a notch. On DTC, the preselected speed is kept at a constant level when riding downhill.
If the braking effect of the engine is insufficient, the fully integral brake is automatically activated to maintain the desired riding speed.
The radar sensor technology of the ACC system allows the RT to modulate its speed and distance in relation to the vehicle in front, delivering relaxed gliding with distance control.
The 1,254cc 2-cylinder boxer engine of the R 1250 RT integrates BMW ShiftCam technology for variation of the valve timings and valve stroke on the intake side.
The engine provides powerful response across the entire engine speed range while also offering exemplary fuel consumption, low emission levels, superior running smoothness and a high level of refinement.
It produces 100kW (136hp) and 143Nm. The engine also incorporates a knock sensor system for optimised travel suitability.
The 2021 R 1250 RT is fitted with a 10.25-inch TFT colour screen with integrated map navigation, connectivity and the ability to show a navigation map in the instrument cluster. Display of the map in the cluster is a first for motorcycles.
The new ‘Comfort telephony with extended smartphone connection’ feature also provides a high level of rider convenience. A smartphone can be securely accommodated in a storage compartment protected from splash water and ventilated by an electric fan.
Its battery can be kept ready for use inductively or via USB connection. The Audio System 2.0 of the 2021 BMW R 1250 RT offers an even more intense sound experience than its predecessor, elevating the entertainment offering for both short and long journeys.
A newly developed front fairing provides an updated appearance while enhancing the motorcycle’s travel and touring qualities thanks to integration of additional aerodynamic advancements.
In addition, the new front fairing encloses the headlamp and its upper section is now reduced in height. This results in a wider field of vision for the rider as well as providing a contemporary aesthetic.
The new R 1250 RT will be available in four variant levels – RT, Elegance, Sport and Option 719 – with pricing and specification details for the Australian market to be announced in early 2021.