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Oclass lead­ing tourer gets ex­tra punch

The RT used to be seen as an ‘old man’s bike’ – a de­pend­able high-miler that of­fered cos­set­ing com­fort and no sur­prises for the pipe-and-slip­pers brigade. But that’s re­ally not the case any more. The RT has been MCN’S ‘Best Tourer’ for four straight years and with each in­cre­men­tal im­prove­ment, it rams home its ad­van­tage.

Of course, it’s still an ef­fort­lessly com­fort­able and a de­pend­able high­miler, but it’s now all packed into a re­mark­ably dy­namic pack­age. From fast road rid­ing in the Alps to de­vour­ing mo­tor­ways, there’s very lit­tle that can truly ri­val the RT. And the very same ma­jor boost given to its dirty cousin (see right) has also been be­stowed on the RT for 2019.

That means it gets the same 1254cc en­gine com­plete with Shift­cam tech­nol­ogy as stan­dard, but also the ex­cep­tion­ally im­pres­sive lat­est gen­er­a­tion Dy­namic ESA – which irons the road sur­face smooth be­neath your wheels plus also seam­lessly adapt­ing to what­ever load you add – as an op­tion for the first time. The RT also ben­e­fits from the ABS Pro as part of its stan­dard spec, and gets a new 5.9in colour TFT dash, still flanked by an ana­logue speedo and tacho.

Com­fort and quiet­ness are also claimed to re­ceive a boost thanks to the newly-re­pro­filed fair­ing. Prices start at £14,415, ris­ing to £16,710 for the LE edi­tion.

New fair­ing and im­proved dash add to the im­prove­ments for the new 1250RT

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