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Sportbike / May 19, 2017

P90137639BMW’s been on a quick march lately, updating and upgrading and generally kicking butt. The 2014 R 1200 RT was a rare misstep for the company, as a suspension component caused an immediate “DO NOT RIDE” advisory and eventual recall for the entire production run. BMW was forced to compensate riders for downtime, and even had to buy back some motorcycles from disappointed owners. But the company stood behind its bikes, took care of its owners, and emerged from the potential disaster looking like champs, moving forward despite taking some punches. Which brings us to the 2015 BMW R 1200 RT.

The RT bikes (“Reise-Tourer” or “travel tourer”) started off with the 1979 R100RT. The current crop of RTs trace their lineage through three generations of air/oil-cooled boxer-powered bikes beginning with the R 1100 RT (1995 – 2001), R 1150 RT (2002 – 2004) and R 1200 RT (2005 – 2013).

The 2014 R 1200 RT was practically an all-new bike, with a revised frame, a new air/liquid-cooled engine and new semi-active electronic suspension. The 2015 RT returns essentially unchanged from the outgoing model.

The Ride

I loved riding this bike. I wasn’t sure I would, because I was concerned that the riding position might not be sustainable for me. I’m 6’2” with a 32” inseam, and keeping my knees bent tightly, as in a sportbike crouch, can be uncomfortable after a very short time.

My concerns were unfounded. I could ride this bike across the country tomorrow, and would if I had the chance. The bend in my knees and the footpeg position allowed me to move around on my seat, setting up for turns and moving forward and backward as conditions changed. The handlebars rose to meet me in exactly the right place for an upright, slightly forward posture that was easy to maintain and didn’t put any pressure on my wrists.

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