May 9, 2021

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Carlsberg doesn’t sport the tour, but if they do … BMW R 1250 RT review – Geoff Hill

Many years ago, I found myself in the rain in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.

Everywhere, people in gray suits drove a gray Audi to gray restaurants for a great lunch of fondue.

I vaguely wonder how a country with the second highest gross domestic product in the world could have a national dish of bread and cheese, got on a train, went to a tunnel and popped up in Ticino, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland.

Everywhere, people in smart summer clothes were riding Vespas, eating ice cream, laughing and waving their arms so hard that many of them had already taken off and landed at Lake Lugano. Then he came out still laughing.

Well, that’s exactly the feeling I got to climb aboard BMW’s latest version of its best sports tour, the R 1250 RT.

You see, there was a time when BMW instrument panels styled what a pope was like in nightclubs.

They came in white and black, with an option gray if you were the wild kid who wore colorful socks on weekends.

Amazing - 10.25 inch wide TFT display
Amazing – 10.25 inch wide TFT display

Not anymore, because the 10.25 ” TFT on RT is bigger than my ancestral first TV, and contains more info than Stephen Hawking. When he was alive I mean.

Well, not only that, it connects to your phone to make calls, music, and navigate an app, and we hope satellite navigation is even more intuitive than the dreaded Garmin navigator that BMW usually runs.

Yes, gone are the days when the fast but sober RT was the choice of mature respectable seasons, usually retired policemen who rode them to work and who walked once a year at a fast but polite pace to the Lake District with Mrs. Cobb on the back for a week’s camping.

Men - RT is no longer the preserve of mature ex-policemen
Men – RT is no longer the preserve of mature ex-policemen

On the road, its saddle is a great place to be, whether you’re cruising the highway with the engine punching away at under 4000 rpm, or dancing quickly and gracefully through a winding series of curves, with the electrically adjustable screen. In a bubble of tranquility, the road is bursting in front of you, the premium mirrors that show the cars you just passed by, the hot handles and the seat drinking pinky and undergarments to perfection.

Not to mention the new radar system, which appears to explode to death any motorist who dares to get too close.

Easy - the electric screen rises up at the touch of a button
Easy – the electric screen rises up at the touch of a button

At least I thought that’s what I did, because after Mark McCauley spoke to me at Belfast Motorrad through four and a half billion features on the bike, my mind blew up.

Sadly, it turns out that all the radar does is hug the cruise control to keep you a set distance from the vehicle ahead. So shame. I really think BMW should consider the start to death idea a bonus option. I will be happy with 25% of sales profit, thanks.

The different passenger modes, which adjust throttle response and in the case of dynamic suspension, are Eco, Rain, Road and Dynamic.

It is a very smart system. When I pressed Rain, it started raining, so I immediately switched to Eco, at which point a polar bear came out and gave me a thumbs up. Or maybe Mark was in a polar bear suit.

Seamless - For the double round it's the
Smooth – For the double round the “Road” mode is best

Even in road mode, which is perhaps the most comfortable to chew over long distances, especially with a billion, the power delivery is impressive, with huge amounts of torque on display all the way from 2,000 rpm all the way down to the redline at 9000.

Not that you will never need to go there, with easily overtaking when you click at the cool point between maximum torque at 6,250 rpm and maximum power at 7,750 rpm.

This ShiftCam motor, as I already mentioned in the 1250 GS, is a peachy blend of smoothness and smoothness, and it’s just as for home here as it is in the more rugged RT fellow.

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Switch to the Dynamic with a simple toggle button, throttle response will be much more pronounced, although it isn’t, while the suspension releases the cuffs, moves down and gets ready for some serious cornering fun.

The maneuverability, even with the center of gravity downstairs, is great for a bike weighing 279 kg – without threat while walking, off the road is planted and stable, while the associated brakes make it stop quickly with the same stability, with the help of the Telelever suspension that stops the end dive The headlight is under extreme deceleration.

Stylish - Delicious green olive is one of the color options
Stylish – Delicious green olive is one of the color options

As for the range, with a full tank, the screen showed a very useful 284 miles, which is longer than my bladder could take anyway.

He says something to BMW’s domination of the easy-going adventure world that the RT’s main competitor is the German company’s GS.

If it had a bug, it was a bit, that is, no properties, so if I had the money I’d choose the more rugged GS.

Regardless, Carlsberg doesn’t do the sports tour, but if they did, it would be the best sports driver in the world.

And if you can’t swing to a new model, the low-mileage 2019 models are available on Auto Trader from £ 12,992.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a tent to put on eBay. I haven’t used it since that week in the Lake District in 1995.

Delicious - looks beautiful in blue

The BMW R 1250 RT

Engine: 1254 cc twin air / oil-cooled boxer

Power: 136 hp at 7,750 rpm

Torque: 106 lb ft at 6,250 rpm

Colors: olive green; blue; white; Metallic white

Price: from £ 15,820


I might be wrong, but I think my helmet multiplies.

There is the open-faced Davida Jet that I wore to ride from Delhi to Belfast in 1998, two Schuberth fronts that I wore to horseback riding around Australia and around the world, and the current commuter plane, the Shark Evo One 2 which is noisier than Schuberths, but features that chin It flips along the back so that you can ride it as an open face for highway speed.

Superb - LS2 Valiant II
Superb – LS2 Valiant II

Schuberth’s chins only flip vertically, and take an eyebrow with them, so it’s usable only through town.

However, I suspect the shark is on the verge of being replaced by new LS2 Valiant II.

Its chin is back also, it has a good sunblock, it is quieter than the open and closed shark, and in the Stelar color scheme, it looks as cool as the bottom of a penguin, which as we all know is the most important thing.

It’s £ 269.99, or £ 249.99 in solid colors, and it comes with a helmet bag that turns into a backpack. Clever.

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