2014 BMW R1200RT – MT, ID, WA touring fuel economy

In Livingston, Montana - Day 2 of a five day tour through Montana, Idaho and Washington

In Livingston, Montana – Day 2 of a five day tour through Montana, Idaho and Washington

Surprise finding - the 2014 BMW R1200RT's reads 4 digits.  Our five-day tour took us 3,095 km.  The RT's fuel economy is outstanding

Surprise finding – the 2014 BMW R1200RT’s reads 4 digits. Our five-day tour took us 3,095 km. The RT’s fuel economy is outstanding

In a five-day tour from Alberta into the United States, south into Montana, Idaho and Washington, our first tour on our new 2014 BMW R1200RT proved the German sport touring bike to be an outstanding travel companion.

We left Edmonton just four days after having received the new bike, and pressing the big German machine into touring service almost immediately taught me a lot, and quickly.  For me, it was trial by fire.

My motorcycle and car friends know I’m a fuel economy nerd.  Fuel economy is a topic that fascinates me, and the new R1200RT did not disappoint.

I haven’t filled up since returning home, but here are the preliminary figures, accounting for 95-percent of the bike’s fuel use on this tour.

  • Total fuel used:  157.5 litres, unleaded premium
  • Total distance: 3,160 km
  • Fuel economy (high):  4.31 L/100 km, 65.5 imp. mpg, 54.5 U.S. mpg (St. Mary, MT to Crossfield, AB)
  • Fuel economy (low):  5.28 L/100 km, 53.5 imp. mpg, 44.5 U.S. mpg (Missoula, MT to Lewiston, ID)
  • Fuel economy (average):  4.98 L/100 km, 56.7 imp. mpg, 47.2 U.S. mpg

Overall, I’m very pleased.  The 125-horsepower 2014 BMW R1200RT is returning essentially the same fuel economy as our much lower powered (95-horsepower) 2004 R1150RT twin-spark did.

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