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2014 BMW R1200RT First Ride Photo Gallery
BMW updates its RT for the 2014 model year with the new water Boxer and a revamped chassis and electronics package.
See photos of BMW's updated R1200RT in action in the 2014 BMW R1200RT photo gallery. Read more in the
2014 BMW R1200RT First Ride Review article
The relaxed touring ergonomics are a highlight of the R1200RT.
With a low center of gravity, the RT is a stable, composed handler.
The Reise-Tourer from BMW has been in the German marque's lineup for decades now, with the 2014 model a significant update.
Foraging in the RT's sizable top case as the snow falls in Flagstaff. By the ride's conclusion in Sedona, our press ride passed through a brief but vigorous blizzard.
The new Boxer engine delivers 15 more horsepower and unkinks the previous Twin's peaky mid-range.
The R1200RT's dash features a gorgeously crisp TFT color display.
The RT makes for a luxurious platform to pile on the mileage.
Where is the menu for the heated grips and seat... As the day wore on and the temperature dropped to freezing, we actually turned down the heated features with the RT's cockpit so cozy and well protected from the elements.
The RT incorporates an upright stance with an easy reach to the bars. While the pegs sweep the riders feet back, somewhat, it's a comfortable long-distance riding position.
Traveling through the beautiful red rock country around Sedona, Arizona aboard BMW's revitalized R1200RT.
The BMW offers a multitude of settings for both engine mapping and its semi-active suspension.
The R1200RT makes for a sporty handler, with easy tip in and transitions, even if it is a 600-plus pound machine.
On its side the RT tracks steady, its chassis composed and settled.
The BMW R1200RT on the Arizona backroads.
The RT's Brembo stoppers are indicative of the RT – refined, yet strong enough to deliver on its sporty pretenses
The broad fairing and adjustable windscreen deliver ample protection from the elements, with the strategically placed wind deflectors all but eliminating turbulence inside the rider cockpit.
BMW's Telelever front end on the R1200RT makes use of optional Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension.
The new water-cooled Boxer Twin is more compact, efficient and powerful.
Like rest of the production Boxer R series, the R1200RT is shaft driven.
View of the RT's cockpit from behind the controls.
The RT's multi-controller and menu button on the left switchgear are intuitive and easy to operate.
The RT comes with integrated saddlebags standard, with an optional top case available as an accessory.
BMW designers always face peril restyling cultish bikes like the RT. We'll let the Motorrad faithful judge the new bike's looks.
Getting to beautiful scenery like this, that's what motorcycle touring is all about.
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