Top 200 Current Motorcycles: Best Or Worst? - BMW R 1200 RT, S & ST
BMW R 1200 RT
It's extremely difficult to get over that big, bulbous central front fairing on the BMW R 1200 RT. I really want to love the bike, as I have a soft spot in my heart for boxer engines, but I just can't possibly get excited about this malformed and overtly unattractive sport tourer from the fine folks in Munich. Far too many angles and curves that don't match up, and an excess of incoherence in the styling leaves me profoundly uninterested.
The bike has BMW's typically advanced 1170 cc, oil/air cooled, 2 - cylinders boxer motor designed with a bore and stroke measuring 101 mm x 73 mm and a compression ratio of 12:1 which endows the model an euphoric 110 horsepower (80.9 kW). When we look at the overall dry weight of the bike being 504 pounds (229 Kg.), and factor the weight in to the phenomenal horsepower we get a final calculation of 4.58 pounds per horsepower, which is a number that can compare favorably with the power to weight ratio of a Mercedes SLK-Class.
Verdict: It pains me to dislike a boxer sport tourer, but the Black Forest wizards really missed the target on this one. Although I could possibly live with the rear half of the bike, the front half's ridiculously oversized fairing just ruins the whole bike for me. WORST!
BMW R 1200 S
Although I have next to no interest in ever owning or riding the BMW R 1200 S, I do have to give props to the stylists in Munich who were able to show a modicum of restraint in not making this bike quite as outrageous as the majority of the current Bavarian lineup. The rear half of the bike is almost ethereally light, and when you first look at it you instinctively figure that something's missing. Instead it's a sporting motorcycle stripped down to its absolute bare essentials, and although I would have liked to have seen that minimalist approach be applied to the oversized front bodywork, the end result is rather harmonious.
The motorcycle is driven by a potent 1170 cc, oil/air cooled, 2 - cylinders boxer engine set up with a bore and stroke of 101 mm x 73 mm and a compression ratio of 12.5:1 which gives the motorcycle an elating 122 horsepower (89.7 kW). When we calculate the total weight of the motorcycle being 418 pounds (190 Kg.), and factor it into the awe-inspiring horsepower we get a total calculation of 3.43 pounds per horsepower, a figure that approximates the power to weight ratio of a Nissan GT-R.
Verdict: Maybe the Beemer stylists are finally getting the point that less is more. The R 1200 S is an attractive and striking bike drawn on a minimalist canvas which is remarkably alluring. BEST!
BMW R 1200 ST
Let's just consider the powerplant of the BMW R 1200 ST. It's Beemer's legendary boxer engine just a scosh under 1.2 litres. It certainly doesn't get any better than that for a powerful and light weight motor. Now let's consider the rest of the motorcycle right from the early Eighties Honda cast wheels to the Buck Rogers bodywork. Throw it all out as the hideous scrap that it is. The engine's great though!
This model is powered by a powerful 1170 cc, oil/air cooled, 2 - cylinders boxer powerplant with a bore and stroke of 101 mm x 73 mm and a compression ratio of 12:1 which confers upon the bike a gratifying 110 horsepower (80.9 kW). When we compute the overall weight of the motorcycle being 451 pounds (205 Kg.), and factor that into the jaw-dropping horses available we get a total of 4.1 pounds per horsepower, which is not far off from the power to weight ratio of a Porsche Boxster.
Verdict: Absolutely nothing to recommend this bike for with the exception of its engine, which fortunately is found in much more attractive motorcycles such as the R 1200 S and the R 1200 R. WORST!
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