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2010-2013 110bhp 85ftlb 229kg 140mph Why you want one

BMW’S boxer twin tour­ers have al­ways been bril­liant bikes, so much so that they pretty much define the cat­e­gory thanks to their com­bi­na­tion of easy, fluid per­for­mance, classy com­fort, de­cent dura­bil­ity and residuals, light enough han­dling and bench­mark tour­ing equip­ment and ac­ces­sories.

The first 1200 came in 2005, im­me­di­ately as­serted it­self as the new class leader and was then up­dated in 2010 with BMW’S uprated and brisker ‘Twin Cam’ en­gine and im­proved fair­ing and clocks com­plete with new scroll wheel mode se­lec­tor on the left bar. Al­though this model was in turn re­placed by an all-new, 125bhp 1200RT in 2014, which, with used prices start­ing at around £10k is out of this bud­get, eight grand will get you the best of the older, 2010-13 RTS in fully-loaded SE spec which, on top of the stan­dard ad­justable seat and elec­tric screen, has a heated seat and grips, trac­tion con­trol plus BMW’S bril­liant ESAII elec­tron­i­cally-ad­justable sus­pen­sion which lets you choose be­tween Com­fort, Tour­ing, Nor­mal and Sport set­tings at the touch of a but­ton.

What to look for

“It’s a fan­tas­tic all-rounder, very com­fort­able for rider and pil­lion and ben­e­fits from a high spec. I’d fit a front mud­guard ex­ten­der for all-weather rid­ing as the front en­gine cov­ers can look a bit tired after a few years. It’s gen­er­ally very re­li­able. Ser­vic­ing is ev­ery year or 6000 miles. A mi­nor ser­vice can be £200 go­ing up to around £500 for a ma­jor ser­vice.” Jack Loak Ser­vice Ad­vi­sor at Wol­las­ton BMW, Northamp­ton

It’s an in­cred­i­ble mile-muncher with all the trim­mings


BUY ONE NOW 2012 BMW R1200RT SE, £7995 5300 miles, with Dy­namic and Pre­mium packs, FSH, new tyres.

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