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I was just a bit taken back by the new screen just standing out there in space ....almost like very little effort to integrate it into the dash, and yes I understand it needs to be removable. Maybe these are prototypes as I would expect more from a finished design. Otherwise cool -
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If that's the display integration then clearly RT doesn't mean Refined and Tasteful. Looks a bit aftermarket, maybe wunderlich will sell an integration kit.
 

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I noticed that too when I built mine up. I still bought the 2020 and took the 0%- 60 month financing instead. I think they are just referring to the screen now that has some TFT or thin film technology in the cluster. If it does at that, I may be wrong. Just an assumption from me based on a photo I found somewhere saying TFT and showed the screen now. The current changes I found on the 2021 were a color upgrade and some items that were dropped individually are now included in the packages. Other then a color change, I didn't think there is a so called TFT like the RT has. Need the experts to chime in if they have any info. I really love this 2020 GA though!
The small display between the analog speedo and tach is a TFT display (thin film technology). The new 1250 features a larger and high resolution version of it.
 

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I bought the last 1600 GT option 719 planet blue I have been told........
The 2021 models have different colour options. The 2021 BMW R1250RT will be offered in Alpine White 3, a grayish green Manhattan metallic, Racing Blue, or the Option 719 Mineral White metallic.
 
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Visually, the 2021 R1250RT looks similar to the previous version, but the front fairing was updated to incorporate a new angular LED headlight design replacing the round lights. The upper section is lower, giving riders a wider field of vision. BMW also tweaked the aerodynamics, reducing turbulence. The infotainment system’s radio antennas are now integrated into the fairing, further improving aerodynamics.
Like the R1250GS and R1250GS Adventure announced earlier this month, the 1254cc boxer with ShiftCam variable valve timing and valve lift has been updated to meet Euro 5 standards. Similar to its stablemates, the R1250RT claims 134 hp at 7750 rpm and 105 lb-ft. at 6250 rpm. The engine continues to use a mix of air and liquid cooling, with twin radiators helping provide precision cooling to the cylinder heads,
The 2021 R1250RT receives a new Eco engine mode as standard. Eco mode, which joins the standard Rain and Road ride modes, adjusts the ShiftCam system, optimizing fuel economy and producing a gentler torque curve. BMW also offers an upgraded Riding Modes Pro which adds additional modes plus a drag torque control system (MSR) which opens the throttle to reduce instability from excessive brake slip.
BMW Full Integral ABS Pro is a linked braking system, activating both front and rear brakes when either the hand or foot brake levers are used. The ABS system optimizes the brake pressure to either wheel, taking lean angle into consideration. Dynamic traction control returns as standard.
Also returning as standard equipment is Dynamic Cruise Control which automatically applies brakes to maintain the selected cruising speed when riding downhill. New for 2021 is the optional Active Cruise Control system which uses a radar sensor to adjust cruising speed when approaching slower vehicles. Unlike Ducati, BMW is not using a rear radar, so the R1250RT does not have a blind spot detection system like the upcoming Multistrada V4.
For 2021, BMW gave the R1250RT a new 10.25-inch TFT color screen as standard. The screen has a resolution of 1920×720 pixels, enough to show a navigation map along with the regular instrument cluster without needing a secondary display.
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I don't like the new version of the combined brakes one bit. The current version allows me to use the rear brake in hairpin turns to modulate speed and load of the engine without affecting the steering, with the new version I am afraid that it will lead to some unpredictable behavior when attempting hairpin turns with the rear brake. I could be wrong though.

The lack of integration of the display into the dash is all too visible and reminds me of some car application with an alien object sticking out of the dash. Why does it have to look like somebody forgot an iPad in the docking station or the diagnostic panel in an electrical cubical? Look at the stylish integration of a large display on a Honda GoldWing and you have a reference point.
 

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I don't think the K16 will go, it's like the whole M cars will go story
You could be right - ”halo” models are powerful marketing tools in the automotive sector - but there are a few data points that suggest otherwise.

Both the boxer engine and the 1,000cc inline 4 are used across multiple models in the range, have higher aggregate sales volumes and have already been transitioned to Euro5 versions.

Unless there’s a last-minute change in regulations, BMW will shortly not be permitted to sell K1600’s in Europe, so that becomes a hard stop. Of course, it may be that they continue to sell in non European markets for a little longer but that can't be a long term strategy.

The development timescale and cost to achieve Euro5 compliance is significant, so if the K1600 were to continue in Euro5 guise that work would have had to have been under way many, many months ago and it makes little sense to leave it this late in the game to bring that work to market.

My gut feel remains that the current K1600 is the end of the line.
 

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The 2021 B and the 2021 GA are listed on the official BMW Motorad website with the updated colors, etc. The GT/GTL not yet...in support of @Gunnert, if the B and GA are in the mix for 2021, why not the GT and the GTL? I'm going with cup half full. They will be available.

The site is not up to date for the new RT, FWIW.
The 2021 model details were released back in July, and my White 2021 K1600GT is due delivery early November. I held off changing last year as I was hoping for the TFT to be introduced, but 3 years and 130,000km has arrived and I’m not waiting any longer!

 

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The small display between the analog speedo and tach is a TFT display (thin film technology). The new 1250 features a larger and high resolution version of it.
The K16 display is and always has been a TFT. The Speedo and rpm displays look analogue but are a digital representation.
 

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Had boxer RT in 2003-2008, never liked that engine, won't be going back, if BMW kills the K1600, Yamaha FJR awaits
I moved from a Honda Blackbird to a RT back in 2005 and the boxer engine felt "Agricultural". I moved to the K16 in 2012 and could not believe the smoothness. I moved from the K16 to a R1250RT last year and was amazed at how refined the boxer had become, its not as smooth as a K16 but its not far off it IMHO
 

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The development timescale and cost to achieve Euro5 compliance is significant, so if the K1600 were to continue in Euro5 guise that work would have had to have been under way many, many months ago and it makes little sense to leave it this late in the game to bring that work to market.

My gut feel remains that the current K1600 is the end of the line.
There maybe a case for some (misplaced?) optimism.

The rules for Euro5 were drafted in the mid 2000's before Ricard's development of the K1600 engine started and were already being applied to petrol cars by 2009. One wonders if they had an eye to the rules when they built it, and there is some future proofing built in.

If we don't hear anything about a new model by December, then maybe I will be trawling the dealers looking for the last remaining GT / GTLEs before the new year.

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Had boxer RT in 2003-2008, never liked that engine, won't be going back, if BMW kills the K1600, Yamaha FJR awaits
You should ride the new 1250. I rode the 1250 GSA (which is admittedly not the same bike, but it is the same engine and transmission AFAIK) and was very surprised by the available torque all through the rev range. It won't keep up with the 1600 in the upper rev limits, but it won't be far behind either.
 
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So I guess these features will be in the next K16 version
Adaptive cruise control
Phone compartment with fan and USB
Digital display but different to 1200RT as it was in the analogue versions

The mobile phone compartment with cooling will be the most welcome addition if done well. The RT has a compartment at the top that I always missed on the K16
I hope they redesign the dash so that a touch-screen TFT is easily reached by the rider. I'm tall, with a considerable wingspan, but even I find it a stretch to touch the NAV 6 screen while riding. It would be nice to move all of that closer to the rider (maybe over / above the bars) to make it easier to reach, and then construct a shroud that pulls even further back to help shade all of it from the sun to minimize wash-out, reflections, and help keep the sound from the speakers from being diffused by the wind. Hopefully I'm describing all of that in a way that easy to visualize.
 

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I don't like the new version of the combined brakes one bit. The current version allows me to use the rear brake in hairpin turns to modulate speed and load of the engine without affecting the steering, with the new version I am afraid that it will lead to some unpredictable behavior when attempting hairpin turns with the rear brake. I could be wrong though.

The lack of integration of the display into the dash is all too visible and reminds me of some car application with an alien object sticking out of the dash. Why does it have to look like somebody forgot an iPad in the docking station or somebody forgot the diagnostic panel in an electrical cubical? Look at the stylish integration of a large display on a Honda GoldWing and you have a reference point.
I think the new GW dash is fugly, but to each his own. I'm not yet decided on this new RT dash- will probably have to see it in person. One thing that stands out to me is that with the large TFT completely unshrouded, sunlight washout and reflections are going to be hard to combat. I would like to see the display moved closer to the rider (bigger visual sense of the same size display, and easier to reach for touch-screen functions) and deeply shrouded to minimize the effects of sunlight, etc.
 

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This is a interesting long thread, I still have doubts about the TFT LCD screen, how long can it last, I mean most IPhone screen last at most 2-6 years and what is involved in replacement of the screen

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@vtx1800n1 Think the TFT is not touch screen, its operated via the wonder wheel.
With all the GPS functions there, that would be a bit of a disappointment. I would think it would make selecting a detour based on traffic delays much harder (depending on how it's programmed) for example.

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I hope they redesign the dash so that a touch-screen TFT is easily reached by the rider. I'm tall, with a considerable wingspan, but even I find it a stretch to touch the NAV 6 screen while riding. It would be nice to move all of that closer to the rider (maybe over / above the bars) to make it easier to reach, and then construct a shroud that pulls even further back to help shade all of it from the sun to minimize wash-out, reflections, and help keep the sound from the speakers from being diffused by the wind. Hopefully I'm describing all of that in a way that easy to visualize.
None of the TFT screens on the BMW bikes are touch screens. The controls are very easy to use so I don't think they ever will be. I have the GS with the TFT display and there are no washouts. It's amazingly clear even in bright sun.
 
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I still don't get the "boxer" thing. Agricultural... I rode the GS with the new shift cam and I stand by my statement.
 
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