The engine upgrades have created a boxer twin that no longer needs the word “flat” in its description. Like its predecessor, there’s plenty of instant torque available right off idle—but there’s a lot more of it—and the powerband remains smooth and seamless. Instead of power and acceleration tailing off rapidly toward the 6,000-rpm mark, however, the new engine continues pulling until 8,000 rpm with much more authority than before. No, the RT is obviously no supersport, and it doesn’t quite have the punch of sportier mounts like a Kawasaki Ninja 1000 or even larger bikes like Yamaha’s FJR1300; but getting to your destination as quickly as possible wasn’t in the BMW’s design brief. The new boxer powerplant has more than enough steam to move the RT along at a rapid pace, especially in the twisties.