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BMW's website says that the 2012 R1200RT has a new DOHC engine. Does anyone have experience with the 2012 vs. the pre-2012 engine? That is, does the new engine have more power, is it more responsive, is it smoother, quieter, etc.

I recently test drove a 2010 RT and found it to have lots of power. It was smooth and quiet. Is it worth paying the extra money to get a 2012 model?

Any insight would be appreciated.
 

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Hi
I currently own an 09RT.
I took the 2012 RT for a test ride.
I couldn't see any difference from the motor. Actually mine felt better but that could be due to the break in?

I still prefer pre-2010.
Ellie
 

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Kornholio said:
If I'm not mistaken, there hasn't been any engine changes since the 2010 MY. It's the same DOHC engine they released for that year onward.
Correct, so if you need to be sure the bike you are testing is a DOHC just look at the bolts on the head, the DOHC only has 2 bolts
 

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randy_b said:
BMW's website says that the 2012 R1200RT has a new DOHC engine. ...



Everything in advertising is The Truth. :deal:
 

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I think the whole thing is a copywriter's mistake. Some intern or sharpie at the advertising agency got it wrong, or just miss-typed the year.

What I think they are saying is that the engines are new- compared to the '05-09 ones, but then that would not be very new-worthy in 2012... so some literary license was taken either on purpose or erroneously.

The answer is that if you want a "current model" RT, then they have been using the same engine since 2010.
 

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I think they meant new compared to the 1923 engine... And the 1976 engine... And... oh yeah... the 2009 engine. BMW goes back a long ways... 2009 was just a blink away for them. In other words we are currently on the "new" engine.

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I traded an '03 1150 RT for a '12, and acceleration up to 7.5k rpm is much smoother and quicker on the new bike. Sixth gear passing power is much better, too. I realize that my previous bike wasn't a 1200, but just remarking on the fact that the factory has, over the past 10 years, made changes that have made their bikes even a greater joy to ride. Also if you purchase an RT before the end of August, you get a free Nav, IV gps. About $900.00, not bad... dd50, tomp
 

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ken6217 said:
I have a '12 and had an '09 previously. Both bikes and engines are great. However if you can't feel the difference in the engines, somethign is wrong.
Ken
I felt the difference. I prefer the 09'
The only thing I see wrong my good fellow, is your spelling of "somethign"...
 

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tsperez said:
Easy guys and gals...
Break in makes a huge difference with the boxer bikes. In my case... I thought it was better when I hit 2k miles. But then I said the same thing at 4k and then again at 8k... Etc.

I think I'm finally over that feeling but I'm at 27k now.

Tsp
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I found the same thing. I'm at 50,000 miles now and my RT runs better than ever.

Regarding my last post, I was just being silly. I need to put a smiley face after all my input.
:D

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The current version of the boxer engine, the DOHC was released in 2010. Thus the 2012 has the same engine as Ithe 2010. It is my understanding that this is last version of the air/oil cooled boxer. The next version wil be the water cooled boxer. I have a 2011 and am very happy with its performance.
 
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