All new BMWs shown at EICMA

November 5 2013

BMW introduces a redesigned R1200RT and a stripped down S1000R.P90137659_highRes

The BMW R1200RT has been completely redesigned for 2014, and it gets many of the features introduced on the 2013 R1200GS, including the liquid-cooled boxer engine.

It still produces the same output, at 125 hp and 92 lb-ft of torque, but flywheel and alternator weight has been increased to smoothen power delivery.

Like on the GS, a “continuous frame” design is used, with forward and rear sections joined in the middle for more rigidity. The former bike used frame sections that were entirely separate, one bolting to the front of the engine and one to the rear.

All of the electronic aids currently available on the RT are also available on the new bike, including ASC (Automatic Stability Control) with selectable ride modes, Dynamic ESA (optional) and ABS (which is standard on all BMW motorcycles).

P90137664_highResThere are some new electronic aids, including Hill Start Control, which will hold the bike still on a hill without having to hold the brakes. Also new is Gear Shift Assistant Pro, an optional electric shift system that allows gear changes, both up and down, without having to pulling the clutch or close the throttle.

A  redesigned fairing has rounder edges and the new RT also takes some cues from the K1600 touring models, including dynamic headlights, which aim the beam into turns.

The windscreen is said to reduce drag and is claimed to be the quietest windscreen yet from BMW. The seat has been lengthened by 20 mm on the rider’s portion and 10 mm for the passenger, and it remains height adjustable.

A 5.7-inch TFT screen has been incorporated into the dash and displays a multitude of information. The sound system includes iPod and Bluetooth connectivity and a Sirius XM receiver. Pricing starts at $20,850.

P90137474_highResBMW also introduced a stripped version of the S1000RR supersport. The S1000R’s engine has been retuned for more midrange power, which means less peak horsepower.

The S1000R’s 999 cc inline four produces 160 hp, down from 193 hp on the RR. Peak torque is the same, at 83 lb-ft, though it arrives 500 rpm sooner at 9,250, and there’s more torque available from 3,000 rpm on.

Electronic aids available on the RR have migrated to the R, including adjustable DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), ASC, Race ABS, and selectable Ride modes that include Rain, Road, Dynamic and Dynamic Plus.

Also available is optional DDC (Dynamic Damping Control) active suspension that uses sensors to adapt to riding conditions. It was first used on the HP4, is adjustable and works in conjunction with the ride modes.

Chassis specs have been tweaked slightly for more relaxed handling. Wet weight is 207 kg, half a kilo more than the Race-ABS-equipped RR. The S1000R will retail for $14,700.

Motorcycle Mojo will be attending the launch of the new S1000R early in December.

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