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2005 BMW R1200RT Photo Gallery

BMW's Boxer RT gets more power and luxury features, yet it's even lighter than before. Take a ride with us on one of the best long-distance mounts we've tested. Check out what we thought after our 2005 BMW R1200RT First Ride.

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The BMW R1200RT can get you to some spectacular vistas in style and comfort.
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BMW leads the way with luxury components like heated seats, ABS, radio/CD player... The list goes on and on.
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The RT's most notable option is BMW's Electronic Suspension Adjustment. Better known as ESA, this $750 selection allows a rider to adjust the shock's spring preload and damping from the cockpit and while moving.
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Either Hutch really likes this bike or the RT's stereo just started playing 'Ironman.'
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The RT's windscreen, now taller and wider than previous, proved to be highly versatile. When in its low position, a rider can easily look over its upper edge and enjoy a bit of cooling breeze; in its most vertical position, it provides a huge bubble of shelter.
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Holding up the 120/70 and 180/55 17-inch rubber are Brembo-made wheels that are lighter than before, reducing unsprung mass for better handling and improved suspension control.
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It's hard to imagine a more comfortable riding position than the RT's neutral ergonomics. And don't let its bulky size fool ya - this 'touring' bike is gonna surprise some sportbike squids in the twisties.
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'I traveled from L.A. to Medford up I-5 in two days on the 1200RT, and I can tell you that this bike is the most comfortable motorcycle I have ever ridden on that stretch of road,' comments Editorial Director Ken Hutchison.
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For 2005, BMW has dropped the R1150RS in favor of the new R1200ST, a sportier version of the new RT but using much less bodywork and features for a lighter steed.
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'I had a lot of fun blasting the backroads of Oregon during our time with the RT,' notes Hutchison. 'For such a massive looking machine the RT actually handles very well and is surprisingly nimble for a bike of its size.'
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We had mixed feelings about the RT's ABS... Hey Ken, that's not a unicycle!
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Okay, we know these kinds of shenanigans aren't what the RT was designed for, but its playful demeanor and more powerful engine sometimes can't be resisted.
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Frequent fuel stops are a major inhibitor of making efficient traveling time, but the RT can take you more than 300 miles on a tankful if you're judicious with the throttle.
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On his tippy toes, Kenny gets ready to take off and pile on more miles with the RT.
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Ken had this to say about the massive redesigned side cases 'The ease with which they can be installed and removed is a welcome change to the equipment just one year ago. The release mechanism in the handle no longer requires use of the key to open the bags as long as you do not lock them.'