2019 BMW R1250RT Review

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By John Burns

2019 BMW R1250RT

Editor Score: 90.5%

Engine 19.0/20
Suspension/Handling 14.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.5/10
Brakes 9.0/10
Instruments/Controls 3.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.5/10
Appearance/Quality 9.5/10
Desirability 9.0/10
Value 8.0/10
Overall Score 90.5/100

The big GS gets all the love and 27% of BMW‘s sales, but when the BMW people asked which one I’d like to ride home after the Palm Springs roll-out party for the new 1250 boxers two months ago, we picked the RT. It only makes up about 10% of BMW’s numbers, but the RT never expects you to ride it through a sand wash.

Immediately upon hopping from GS onto it, you’re struck by the smooth-runningness of the R1250RT. Ah, I thought, the handlebars or the engine or something must be rubber mounted? BMW’s Brand Ambassador Shawn Thomas says that’s not the case at all: He says it’s all down to the tires. The RT’s Metzeler Roadtec Z8s deliver a way smoother ride on pavement than the Conti TKC80s all our GSs were wearing. Also the RT is geared slightly taller than the GS, has a more substantial exhaust system, a thicker seat and, at 609 pounds wet, even 18 more ell-bees road-hugging weight than the mighty GS Adventure. Whatever. Going from GS to RT is like hopping out of a pickup into a luxury car.

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The official MO scales have the new RT at 637 pounds with empty bags mounted. It’s all relative, of course. The big sport-touring Beemer is much lighter than its K1600B (768 lbs) and the Honda Gold Wing (806 lbs), but she’s not getting any lighter. As a matter of fact, the RT has put on exactly 20 pounds since the R1200 RT blew the competition out of the water five years ago in …read more

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