Any news yet on what the 2010 RT will be? I hear vague rumors, but nothing concrete yet.
I was on another forum and there was a link to a picture of a 2010 RT. It is quite different from the present model and it has the HP2 motor. There was a link to a Italian web site with the picture and information. I did not like the looks of the bike (if that is the real 2010 model). It looks more like a sport bike than a touring bike and it would seem that BMW is going after a younger buyer, in fact that is what the article indicated. The seat and side cases looked that same as the present model and I have heard that the HP2 motor requires a lot of maintenance. The article also noted that the bike no longer has the BMW switch gear for the turn signals. I really do not understand what all the brew ha ha is over the switch gear for the turn signals. I will try and find the article again and will post a link on this forum.
I'm very interested in seeing what it turns out to be and when it turns out to be. Since I can't make the K12GT tall enough for me, I'm hoping the RT will fit the bill. It's either that or a R1xGS (wonder what that will look like in 2010?)
Here is another site - seems to be based on the same source: http://dalefranks.com/cycles/?tag=r1300rt
Interestingly though... this would only be this way in the states for 2 years... according to my dealership, all bikes need to be watercooled by 2012 due to increasing emission standards... so an engine change after only two years of a model change would be pretty quick.
Dunno what you've heard about the HP2 motor - but it's basically the same engine with a new head - and the same design BMW used for valve actuation on the F1 cars and eventually the M3 engines (S54 to be exact.) I own 2 S54 engined cars - and a 30,000 mile valve adjustment is much more acceptable to me than the 6,000 mile current hexhead engine interval.
The switch gear is already on most of the '09 bikes - so BMW can stop hearing reviews bitching about their odd switchgear (and yes - after 15 years of using it, I still sometimes blink/left furiously when I want to blow my horn..)
+1 on enough power in the 1200RT. I don't care for the new fairing design. There seems to be no protection for the legs any longer.
Looks like a K bike with a boxer motor in it.
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Reminds me of my beloved ST, but with a more "politically correct" headlight assembly!
I think it's butch!