BMW R 1200 RT: The latest touring model from BMW has a more powerful boxer engine that produces up to 125hp. The crankshaft and alternator have increased centrifugal mass for smoother performance, and a longer secondary transmission ratio is designed to keep the engine RPM lower.
The R 1200 RT comes standard with two riding modes — Rain and Road — and an optional Dynamic mode. There is also a Hill Start Control for starting and stopping on a slope as well as Automatic Stability Control. Clutchless shifting is the latest perk of touring bikes, and BMW answers the call with their Gear Shift Assistant Pro.
Ergonomics and seating comfort have been enhanced on the R 1200 RT (rider positioning has been lowered by 0.08 inches overall), but BMW is focusing primarily on the technology features. Optional semi-active suspension, an all-new instrument cluster with a 5.7-inch color screen and easy interaction with factory-installed options are listed as some of the perks.
BMW S 1000 R: BMW’s new naked bike is a roadster based on the S 1000 RR sportbike. The 999cc motor has been modified for increased low- and mid-range power, while the maximum rpm has been reduced by about 2,000 rpm. The result is a 160hp engine with a peak torque of 83 lb-feet. The idea, BMW says, is to create a bike that is better able to perform on twisty single-lane roads.
The new model comes standard with Automatic Stability Control, Race ABS and the Rain and Road riding modes. There is also the option to add Dynamic and Dynamic Pro modes. Dynamic Traction Control, which includes a lean angle sensor, helps control acceleration.
Like the S 1000 RR, the frame is made of an aluminum alloy, leaving the load bearing to the engine. The only change between the suspension of the two models is an adjustment in geometry, and the S 1000 R has the option of Dynamic Damping Control for electronic damping.
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