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