BMW R 1200 RT Reviews

2011 BMW R 1200 RT from United States of America

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance13790 miles
Previous motorcycleDucati ST2

Summary:

Excellent!

Faults:

The only issue has been the stereo. The MP3 player just does not like to work reliably. 4 software uploads so far... working right now.

General Comments:

The bike goes great, stops great, handles great; everything I would expect from a BMW except the seat... stinks! After 2/3 hours I have to get off and massage the backside.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2013

2011 BMW R 1200 RT from United States of America

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance8600 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson Road Glide

Summary:

Love it for touring and sport

Faults:

Oil check window cracked. It was covered under the warranty.

General Comments:

Love the bike for its handling, power and brakes.

I wish the seat was more comfortable.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2013

2005 BMW R 1200 RT from United Kingdom

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance8000 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW R 1100 RT

Summary:

Lovely bike with quality issues

Faults:

Major fault with the gearbox - dangerously jumps out of gear regularly without warning. See below.

Lots of niggly faults;

Light units/indicators misted up.

Corrosion on various visible bolts.

Cruise control switch very stiff.

CD won't accept copies / skips over bumps on shop CDs.

Headlight needed adjusting downwards, which meant revisiting the dealer on the second day of ownership.

Tank panels have no guards like the R1100RT, and mark easily.

Stupid pannier box webbing, not elastics like on the R1100RT.

Box locks repaired under warranty - locked me out.

General Comments:

For a big tourer, it is peerless and superb for long distances. Disappointing finish and quality control for BMW, and not as solid as the R1100/1150RT.

Compared to my previous model, the clocks on 1200 reflect in your face, tank knee guards are missing, boxes are inferior and have daft straps rather than elastics, the seat is not as comfortable, and it has a very different riding position.

Feels more Japanese than BMW - lighter, quicker, more agile, but poorer finish and corner cutting to save weight.

I spent 2005 on it, but had to sell it when I was nearly killed for the third time by the daft gearbox jumping out of gear mid bend, sending me into oncoming traffic again.

BMW checked everything, adjusted the gear pedal, nothing worked, ordered a new gearbox.

Other riders in my club are having the same issue with the 1200 'box, plus a Bike magazine staff rider is on the third 'box with the same issue.

Lovely bike, big problem.

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Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2006

10th Dec 2006, 21:18

I'm not sure what bike he was on. I have a 2006 RT and I have no issues with gearbox, fit or finish, and the cruise control is a dream.

Panniers are easy to use and easy to take off. I've been riding for over 40 years and this is absolutely the finest bike I've ever ridden and I've owned over two dozen bikes.

I'd say, you have a lemon. A very dangerous lemon. Send it back and ride another 1200 RT.

This is not the bike I know and I definitely wanted to make sure there are no lasting impressions or more accurately, false impressions of this bike. This is one, sweet bike!

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 3 reviews