First, let’s get this out of the way: While the new R1250 RT gets a few design tweaks with the new front fairing, BMW has chosen to retain the 1,254cc two-cylinder boxer engine. You may recall that this powertrain generates 136hp and 143Nm, and features ShiftCam technology which debuted in BMW’s 1250 motorcycles back in 2019.
The real highlights here are in the tech department. The new R1250 RT comes with a host of added features, and arguably the biggest one among them is the new active cruise control (ACC) that can be added to the standard dynamic cruise control feature. The ACC uses radar sensor technology to automatically adapt the bike’s speed according to the vehicle in front and maintain a safe distance without rider input.
There’s also a new ‘Eco’ riding mode that’s standard across the range. Meanwhile, the ‘Riding Modes Pro’ that comes as an added option now gets the new engine drag torque control feature, which can be used to maintain stability when coasting or downshifting due to excessive brake slip at the rear wheel.
BMW Motorrad’s new Full Integral ABS Pro also now comes as standard. This braking system allows simultaneous application of the front and rear brakes. Up front, the R1250 RT gets new full LED headlamps with a new ‘Adaptive Turning Light’ option that allows the headlight to turn into the bend according to the banking position. Another new standard feature is the 10.25-inch full-color TFT screen with integrated map navigation and connectivity.
So, what do you make of this updated tourer? Think BMW Motorrad got it right with all the new tech?