• COMING-OF-AGE: The latest R 1200 RT has had a definite shift in focus towards being a pure tourer. All images Dries van der Walt

  • MINI-ME: The new RT bears a strong resemblance to the K 1600 series.

  • BEAUTY WITHIN: Overall appearance is much more attractive than that of its somewhat bland predecessor.

  • RAMP UP THE BEAT: The stock end-can can be replaced with an Akropovic unit for those who want a little extra.

  • COOL IT: The engine has a hybrid water-and-liquid cooling system.

  • WAYFINDER: The cradle above the analogue dials is pre-wired for a Garmin GPS available through BMW.

  • RULE OF THUMB: Practically every feature on the bike can be accessed without taking your hands off the grips.

  • I HAVE THE POWER: The RT includes BMW’s proprietary auxiliary power outlet for your accessories.

  • COLD FACT: The radiators and cooling fans are subtly integrated into the sculpted fairing.

  • ANCHORS AWEIGH: The Brembo ABS brakes do a good job of hauling the big machine to a standstill.