R1200RT From £13,685 R1200RS From £11,065

Class-lead­ing boxer tourer will shrink a con­ti­nent with its easy han­dling and grunt. If you want all the prac­ti­cal­ity of the GS, but don’t want the stigma that comes with it, buy the RS.

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The RT is the rea­son BMW has such a strong rep­u­ta­tion in the tour­ing mar­ket. If you need to cover huge dis­tances, this boxer be­he­moth has ev­ery­thing (or can be ac­ces­sorized to add it) you could pos­si­bly need. But this raft of crea­ture com­forts comes at a cost – weight and size. At 276kg, it is 44kg heav­ier than the R and that makes it cum­ber­some at slow speeds, es­pe­cially with a pil­lion. On the open road the weight isn’t an is­sue, though.

If you are se­ri­ous about your tour­ing, the RT will al­low you to ex­plore the world in to­tal mile­mu­nch­ing bliss, and in a way no other boxer can. Its low weight bal­ance makes it very se­cure in corners if not the fastest turn­ing, but it is the RT’S abil­ity to make miles float away that sets it aside from the rest of the range. It’s the ul­ti­mate con­ti­nent crusher. BMW may call the RS a sport­s­tourer, it is far bet­ter re­garded as a su­perb do-it-all ma­chine that boasts a de­gree of cool. On the road, the RS is com­fort­able and re­laxed, with a rid­ing po­si­tion de­signed to let you cover big miles. Aside from the in­ef­fec­tive screen (down to BMW re­tain­ing the bike’s sporty pro­file), the RS is ev­ery bit the tourer the RT or GS are. But with a sportier side.

The RS’S com­posed forks and match­ing 17in wheels give it the edge when the pace picks up. The GS will run it close, but ul­ti­mately the RS will al­ways win as it car­ries a more con­ven­tion­ally sporty set-up. It’s a bike that, for 90% of the time, is a match for the GS. But when it’s cold and wet, and you just want to get home, the RS’S lack of proper weather pro­tec­tion might leave you yearn­ing for the pro­tec­tion of the GS or RT.

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