Water-Cooled 2014 BMW R1200RT Spotted

03/27/2013 @ 11:07 pm, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS


With the water-cooled BMW R1200GS official debuted and soon to be released for the 2013 model year, it was only a matter of time before we saw the same “precision liquid-cooled” version of the BMW R1200RT make its spy shot debut.

Coming to us in a very blurry form, a blogger at the french publication MotoMag caught the 2014 BMW R1200RT out for a spring time jaunt in the South of France.

Heavily disguised in camouflage, it is hard to understand how far zie Germans have strayed from the old model’s lines, though we hope that the touring machine gets as much of an overhaul as the Gelände Straße.

To our eyes, the fairings look physically much larger, and it looks like the headlights could be borrowed from the KT1600GT platform. More photos after the jump, call out any other changes you might see.




Source: MotoMag

  • Call me crazy, but I really dig that paint job. They should make it an option.

  • bemer2six

    must be a test bike BMW would never use a paint job like that. maybe its BMW’s idea of camouflage. Lol

  • jasper

    this reminds a lot of the camoflage of the battleships during WWII, namely the dazzle paintjobs

  • proudAmerican

    After you’re done riding for the day, you can search your paint job, trying to find the hidden Waldo!! :))

  • Harb

    The ‘paint job’ is a camo pattern that BMW and most automakers use on their vehicles in development. The ridiculous pattern aims to obscure the lines and shape of the vehicle as much as possible so that journalist spy photos don’t ruin the reveal of the final product. BMW car example: http://i.imgur.com/ZwnRf7a.jpg

    That being said, I really don’t see the point of putting it on a motorcycle…

  • Paul McM

    Thanks for the spy shots… I’ve been waiting for this bike to come out. It looks like BMW has made changes to the windscreen — which was needed. But it looks like the front fairing is still mammoth, balloon-like and ugly. The real question is “did they make the bike less top-heavy”?. Apart from the brakes on the modern RTs, in many respects, I’m happier on an old R100RS. That was a very handsome bike, which could gobble the miles in comfort, without all the gadgetry that may leave you stranded. PHOTO: http://r100rs.natuurlijk.nl/images/R100RS_gold.jpg

  • Dan N.

    Maybe they will have some interesting color like gray or silver? It looks more like the 1150 front end with some 1600 features. Hopefully they will be able to slim that faring down a few inches when it reaches production and drop a few more lbs from the current version. I have been waiting to upgrade from my 04 for about 3 years now.

    It am looking forward to the leap from 92 to 125 HP considering 70% plus of my riding is two up!

  • Gary C.

    Left side shaft, still has the lower mirrors so not quite the 1600 body, side bags appear much smaller than my ’08. The jugs look high? The headers make a sharp turn back, is this due to the water cooling? or just the appearance because there is no lower fairing?

  • the jer

    Hard to believe the fairing would remain that tubby. A BMW rep at the Chicago show said to expect a “much sportier” RT. I hope they change the bags up, too, in fact, i hope they go through the whole thing like the article says they did with the GS. Traded my GS in for one of their scooters, and am itching for the new RT. May put some Tourances on it and head back up to Alaska with a proper bike with some protection and heated seats!