BMW Motorrad Australia has announced specification details for its new R 1250 RT tourer, which is set to hit local showrooms in the second quarter of 2021.
The new BMW R 1250 RT is significantly upgraded compared to the current model, with a host of technology updates including Active Cruise Control (ACC) as standard.
BMW’s ACC, which is commonly known as adaptive cruise control, uses a radar sensor to automatically modulate speed and distance between the motorcycle and the vehicle ahead.
Distinguishing the 2021 model is a newly developed front fairing, which is said to improve aerodynamics, while power is drawn from a 1254cc boxer delivering 100kW (136hp) and 143Nm.
The bike now features Dynamic Traction Control (DCT) as standard for improved traction, while a new ‘Eco’ rider mode is available for maximum fuel saving.
Australian units also gain Riding Modes Pro. which allow the rider to configure the settings of the motorcycle in greater detail.
Engine drag torque control (MSR), an additional component of Riding Modes Pro, can help safely avoid unstable riding conditions that can occur during coasting or downshifting due to excessive brake slip at the rear wheel.
Also standard is Full Integral ABS Pro, a combined braking system, as is a new LED lighting system with cornering lights.
Most striking on the new R 1250 RT is its 10.25-inch TFT multimedia display, which features a number of connectivity options and has the ability to show a navigation map on the dash.
BMW says that showing a map on the cluster is a first for motorcycles.
A smartphone can be stored, charged, protected from water and ventilated by an electric fan in a special compartment.
Audio is also improved with BMW’s Audio System 2.0, giving an “even more intense” sound experience compared to the outgoing model.
The BMW R 1250 RT 2021 will be available in three equipment grades, RT, Elegance, Sport and Option 719.
Local pricing has yet to be confirmed, however, it is understood that BMW will divulge complete details in early 2021.
“We have given the R 1250 RT a new look, a comprehensive increase in standard equipment and numerous technical upgrades to achieve a whole new riding experience,” said BMW Motorrad RT project manager Harald Spagl.
“As a dynamic tourer with the incomparable BMW ShiftCam engine, it also has the perfect power unit with impressive power across the entire speed range.”
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