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New BMW R 1250 RT Showcased at Intermot 2018


The tourer features BMW ShiftCam technology and optional electronic suspension

BMW R 1250 RT action

BMW Motorrad has showcased the R 1250 RT, a road-friendly touring variant of the R 1250 GS at this year’s Intermot in Cologne, Germany. The 1,170cc boxer engine has been upsized to 1,254cc, and the German marque has also implemented BMW ShiftCam Technology. This feature enables the variation of valve timings and valve stroke on the intake side. It results in more power across the rev range, improved consumption and better refinement as well. From 125PS, the peak power output has now increased to 136PS at 7750rpm, and peak torque is up from 125Nm to 143Nm at 6,250rpm. It works in tandem with a 6-speed transmission linked to a shaft drive. Coming to electronic nannies, there are two riding modes, Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Hill start control - all offered as standard.

Complementing the analogue speedometer and tachometer is a large 5.7-inch TFT multifunction colour screen. An Intelligent Emergency Call option automatically sends out the bike’s location and information for determining the direction of travel to the BMW Call Centre in case of an accident. It needs mobile phone to be paired with the bike to work.

BMW R 1250 RT action front

The motorcycle employs BMW Motorrad Telelever up front and an adjustable BMW Motorrad Paralever at the rear. The brand offers “Dynamic ESA”, a semi active electronic suspension which automatically adapts the damping to suit the speed and terrain.

The range of colours available are Alpine White, Carbon Black Metallic, Mars Red Metallic / Dark Slate Metallic Matt. In the UK market, the price of the motorcycle starts from GBP 14,415, and competes with Harley-Davidson Street Glide. In the Indian market, the R 1250 RT is expected to replace the already-existing R 1200 RT next year, and is likely to cost around Rs 50,000 more than its Rs 18.35 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India) price tag.

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