The new R1200st is a replacement for the R1150 RS, which was one of the most successful BMW boxer twins of recent years. With a particularly loyal customer base, the RS was voted Britain’s number one machine – the overall winner of RiDE magazine’s 2003 Rider Power survey.

In fact, the R1200 ST is the epitome of BMW's new design and engineering philosophy to build faster, lighter, more powerful and, ultimately, more rewarding motorcycles to ride. Designed uncompromisingly for road riding, it does not sacrifice any of the legendary features that BMW Motorrad regards as important. These include unchallengeable road holding, industry-leading safety, magnificent ergonomics, unrivalled comfort levels, true reliability and high resale values.

The R1200 ST is a long distance sprinter that offers the best of both worlds – sporting and touring. High levels of touring comfort are matched with effortless agility for everyday riding and outstanding handling dynamics on all surfaces. The four-valve flat-twin engine delivers 110 bhp (a 15 bhp increase over its predecessor) and a massive 115Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm using the same engine as the all-conquering R1200 GS albeit a more powerful derivative.

Superior ride quality is provided for rider and passenger via lightweight suspension unique to BMW Motorrad. Industry-advanced aerodynamics offer outstanding weather protection and supreme stability even in gale force winds. As you’d expect on a machine that offers the rider a choice of active sporty riding, or relaxed touring, many components on the new ST are adjustable. These include the screen, handlebars, footrests, seat, and brake and clutch levers.

Immediately following the launch of BMW Motorrad’s fully equipped R1200 RT touring machine, the R1200 ST has been designed to capture a new market share of riders that want a motorcycle capable of covering long distances in comfort but without sacrificing the dynamism, agility and excitement associated with sports riding.

The R1200 ST will be available for demonstration rides at BMW Motorrad dealerships from March 2005 and will be priced at £9,060 on the road. It is available in a number of duo-tone colour schemes such as Light Magnesium Metallic with a choice of Sydney Blue Metallic, Granite Grey Metallic or Piemont Red Metallic finishes; or Dark Graphite Metallic, also with a choice of Sydney Blue Metallic, Granite Grey Metallic or Piemont Red Metallic finishes.

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