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Motorcycles

Testing BMW...R1200 RT & Moto Morini's Comeback
By Bruno De Prato.....Special European Editor
Feb 16, 2005, 07:50 PST
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Bruno dePrato /Milano, ITALY for:  MOTORSPORTS CENTER.COM

 

BMW's R1200RT in the warm Canary Island sunshine

 

BMW R1200RT

The new R1200RT restores the mainstay of the BMW Motorrad essence, the boxer twin powered “R” series models, back to a more appropriate performance level. The new edition of this immortal twin, enlarged to a full 1.2 liter and extensively revised in its thermodynamic section (compression ratio is now an impressive 12:1, highest value even in an aircooled engine) now produces 110Hp at 7500RPM, and 85 ft-lbs torque at 6000RPM.

 

The First BMW "Boxer" to break the 100Hp barrier. Definitely closing the performance gap with the mulit cylinder “K” series models.

 

Tipping the scale at 570lbs curb weight, ready to go with a 27 liter tankfull, it outperforms the K1200GT at the lights and at pick-up from just about any speed, while outhandling it on any kind of road, to conquer the title of most versatile and capable Gran Turismo Veloce bike today.

 

The new R1200RT looks massive, in reality it’s 44 pounds lighter than its sleeker R1150RT predecessor. A fresher boxer twin is very impressive thru the revs range. Proving that there is a lot more in this celebrated engine layout than just the romantic touring pleasure of riding all day to the “boxer twin staccato”.

 

 

The chassis is typical "R" family layout. Sporting “Telelever” front suspension and a immensely lighter and torsionally stiffer rear end from the R1200GS. The suspension is electronically adjustable on the fly! The superb Brembo “integral” braking system is complete with ABS.

 

 The new R1200RT offers a comfortable “tall-on-the-saddle” riding posture. The massive fairing ensuring full wind protection for cruising at an easy 100mph all day long.

 

The engine alone is worth the whole bike, combining massive torque, and flexibility of a twin, with extra power to spare. The R1200RT surges down the road to burn with a top speed easily exceeds 130mph. A six speed box offers a perfect sequence of gear ratios, getting the best engine performance under any circumstance.

 

Bruno show the ease that the R1200RT handles the S curves

 

Despite of its bulk and of a pre-radials era steering geometry (26°40’ steering axis caster angle and 110mm trail), the bike is agile and surefooted on a twisty mountain road like a sport bike, while keeping perfect composure and stability at the above mentioned highway cruising speed.

 

Very agressive and yet not over the top

 

MOTO MORINI's COMEBACK 

Moto Morini, now owned by Motori Franco Morini,a direct family connection. Back at its technical lead is the same Chief Engineer Franco Lambertini. Now in control of its' future!

 

 

The new Moto Morini is named Corsaro 1200. A sharply styled naked bike,with a pure Italian flair. Powered by a substantially oversquare (107mm by 66mm) 1200cc 87° V twin capable of at least 140Hp at 8500RPM.

 

Look out Ducati....Moto Morini is eating your Lunch!

 

Lambertini’s working on a 998cc unit, called 9½, that he obtained by destroking the 1200cc to 55mm, while retaining the same bore, which makes it the highest oversquare motorcycle engine ever.

© Copyright 2005 by MotorSportsCenter.com

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