BMW Takes 3 Of Motorcyclist Magazine’s 2015 MOTY Awards


Published on August 23rd, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


BMW Takes 3 Of Motorcyclist Magazine’s 2015 MOTY Awards


BMW is the only manufacturer to earn three coveted categories in Motorcyclist Magazine’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year (MOTY) Awards. Editors of Motorcyclist proclaimed the BMW S 1000 RR “Best Sportbike,” and for the second year in a row named the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure “Best Adventure Bike” and the BMW R 1200 RT “Best Touring Bike.”


Commenting on the 2015 BMW S 1000 RR, currently featured in the film Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, Motorcyclist editors wrote, “Every time we ride BMW’s 999cc S 1000 RR we’re blown away. Not only is the double-R the most powerful bike in the category slamming down a bona fide 184 hp in our latest test but it’s also the most civil superbike available and without a doubt the best daily rider in the class. No one in their right mind will debate the double-R’s athleticism or value.”


Of the two repeat winners, Motorcyclist editors dubbed the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure “A Motorcycle Masterpiece,” stating, “Many other manufacturers have tried to peel back the BMW GS’s headlock on this category. but no other manufacturer has quite managed the GS’s combination of off-road ability, commuting and sport riding manageability, and genuine cross-country comfort.”


“Still great, yet to be challenged,” Motorcyclist editors observed about the BMW R 1200 RT. “We have an unreasonable man-crush on anything with BMW’s new liquid-cooled engine. We gush endlessly about the GS and now we’re giving the similarly powered R 1200 RT the nod a second year in a row. For now, it’s time for the RT to shine, combining rare sporting character in a bike built to leap state lines in serene, weather-protected comfort.”

Specification BMW R 1200 GS

TypeAir/liquid-cooled four stroke flat twin engine, double overhead camshaft, one balance shaft
Bore x stroke101 mm x 73 mm
Capacity1,170 cc
Rated output92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm
Max. torque92 lb-ft (125 Nm) at 6,500 rpm
Compression ratio12.5 : 1
Mixture control / engine managementElectronic intake pipe injection / BMS-K+ digital engine management with electromotive throttle actuator
Emission controlClosed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3
Performance / fuel consumption
Maximum speedOver 125 mph
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h57 mpg at a constant 56 mph (4.1 l)
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h
Fuel typePremium Unleaded
Electrical system
Alternatorthree-phase alternator 510 W (nominal power)
Battery12 V / 11,8 Ah, maintenance-free
Power transmission
Clutchoil lubricated clutch, hydraulically operated
GearboxConstant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth
DriveShaft drive
Chassis / brakes
FrameTwo-section frame, bolted on rear frame, load-bearing engine
Front wheel location / suspensionBMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 37 mm, central spring strut
Rear wheel location / suspensionCast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) via handwheel, rebound damping adjustable via handwheel
Suspension travel front / rear7.5 in/7.9 in (190 mm / 200 mm)
Wheelbase59.3 in (1,507 mm)
Castor3.9 in (99.6 mm)
Steering head angle64.5°
WheelsCast aluminum wheels
Rim, front3,00 x 19″
Rim, rear4,50 x 17″
Tyres, front120/70 R 19
Tyres, rear170/60 R 17
Brake, frontDual floating discs, diameter 305 mm, 4-piston radial calipers
Brake, rearSingle disc, diameter 276 mm, double-piston floating caliper
ABSSTANDARD (part integral, can be switched off)
Dimensions / weights  
Length87.0 in (2.210 mm)
Width (incl. mirrors)37.5 in (953 mm)
Height (excl. mirrors)55.9 in (1,412 mm)
Seat height, unladen weight33.5/34.3 inches (adjustable seat height) Standard; variable seat heights available between 31.1 inches and 35.0 inches (available as accessories and/or factory options, see an authorized BMW Motorrad dealer)
Inner leg curve, unladen weight73.6/75.2 inches (adjustable seat height) Standard; variable inner leg curve (inseam) between 69.7 and 76.8 inches (seats available as accessories and/or factory options, see an authorized BMW Motorrad dealer)
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled525 lbs (238 kg)
Dry weight
Permitted total weight992 lbs (450 kg)
Payload (with standard equipment)467 lbs (212 kg)
Usable tank volume5.3 gal
Reserveapprox. 1 gal

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