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FIREXPRESS BMW R1200RT: AWARDED THE BEST TOURING MOTORCYCLE TRANSFORM INTO A FIREFIGHTER MACHINE. REVIEW, SPECS AND VIDEO DEMO

By • Jun 6th, 2009 • Category: ! Daily Info & Reviews, Vehicles

FIREXPRESS BMW R1200RT: AWARDED THE BEST TOURING MOTORCYCLE TRANSFORM INTO A FIREFIGHTER MACHINE.  REVIEW, SPECS AND VIDEO DEMO

When the fire fighter faces the challenge of being a great distance away from the fire or narrow environment has to be navigated a Firexpress fire fighting systems mounted on a motor cycle is the right choice for the task. It can quickly get through congested traffic and reach a fire scene much quicker than conventional vehicles due to its high speed, mobility and narrowness.

The system consists of two tanks connected with one another, each with either 20 or 25 litres premixed water and foam and a 6.8 litre tank for compressed air. The lance is connected to a 20 or 30 meter hose. The fire fighting system is mounted on a German made BMW R 1200RT motorcycle and comes with emergency lights and sirens. The motor cycle is fully capable of carrying the extra weight and stay stable at any speed

THE GREECE FIREFIGHTER DEMONSTRATE THEIR FIREXPESS

FIREXPRESS BMW R1200RT: AWARDED THE BEST TOURING MOTORCYCLE TRANSFORM INTO A FIREFIGHTER MACHINE.  REVIEW, SPECS AND VIDEO DEMO

Here’s one very interesting idea – a motorcycle for firefighters! Yes indeed, the Firexpress BMW R1200RT is meant to be an ‘immediate response’ vehicle that can get to the scene first, ahead of firefighting trucks and/or other, bigger vehicles. While bigger trucks may take more time to make their way through traffic and get to wherever help might be needed, a quicker, vastly more manoeuvrable motorcycle should certainly be able to get there much quicker…

The Firexpress system fitted to the BMW can carry up to 25 litres of water/foam and around seven kilos of compressed gas, which is sufficient for more than two minutes of constant spray. The system sprays micro-droplets of water in a controlled, low-speed stream that can reach up to 11 meters.

The Firexpress R1200RT, which can travel at speeds of up to 140km/h, isn’t, of course, a substitute for full-blown firefighting trucks, but as a first response vehicle, we suppose it could be quite handy. Plus, with its emergency lights and sirens, the Firexpress R1200RT looks way cooler than any fire truck we’ve ever seen.

This allows the firefighter to arrive on the scene and immediately start hosing things down. Then when that big red & noisy fire-truck finally arrives, all it has to do is clean up the mess.

FIREXPRESS BMW R1200RT: AWARDED THE BEST TOURING MOTORCYCLE TRANSFORM INTO A FIREFIGHTER MACHINE.  REVIEW, SPECS AND VIDEO DEMO

 

Propellant: -Compressed air
Pressure source: -Breathing apparatus cylinder
Working pressure: -20 bars
Nozzle: -Firexpress patented triple nozzle
Micro-drops – Aspirated Foam – Flat jet spray
Nozzle stream: -Continues stream or manual pulsing
Micro-drops: -Range 11 metres
Droplet size: -7-100 microns
Flow:- 22 litres/min.
Foam: -Range: 11 metres. Foam expansion 1:5
Foam solution: 3% special Firexpress AFFF-AR foam
Water / foam capacity:- 2 x 25 litres stainless steel tank
Hose: -30 meters ½” hose on reel
Motor Bike type:- BMW R – 1200 RT
Rated output:- 70 kW (95bhp) at 7,250/min
Recommended maximum speed:- 140 km/h\

Fire fighting capacity: Tested according to EN-3 standard

BMW R – 1200 RT Specifications
 
=Engine
Type — Air/oil-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke boxer engine, one camshaft and four valves per cylinder, central compensation shaft
Mixture control / engine management — Electronic intake pipe injection/digital engine management: BMW engine management, BMS-K with overrun fuel cut-off, dual ignition
Emission control — Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter

=Performance / fuel consumption
Maximum speed — Greater than 125 mph (200 km/h)
Fuel consumption over 62 miles (100 km) course at a constant 56 mph (90 km/h) — 65 mpg-US (3.6 L/100 km; 78 mpg-imp)
Fuel consumption over 62 mile course at a constant 75 mph (121 km/h) — 49 mpg-US (4.8 L/100 km; 59 mpg-imp)
Fuel type — Unleaded premium, 98 octane (RON) with automatic knock control

= Electrical system
Alternator — 720 watts 60 amperes three-phase alternator
Battery — 12 volts, 12 ampere hours

= Power transmission
Clutch — Single-disc dry clutch, hydraulically operated
Gearbox — Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gearing

= Chassis
Frame — Three-section frame consisting of front and rear section, load bearing engine-gearbox unit
Front wheel location / suspension — BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 35 mm, central spring strut, rebound damping electronically adjustable with standard ESA
Rear wheel location / suspension — Die-cast aluminium single-sided swinging arm with BMW Motorrad EVO-Paralever; spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable to continuously variable levels by means of electronically adjustable ESA, rebound damping with standard ESA
Travel front/rear — 4.72 inches (120 mm) / 5.31 inches (135 mm)

= Dimensions / Weight
Permitted total weight — 1,091 lb (495 kg)
Payload (with standard equipment) — 520 lb (236 kg)
Fuel reserve — Approximately 1 US gallon

=Special models
 
An R 1200 RT outfitted for police duty . The R 1200 RT-P is the successor to the R 1150 RT-P and is produced as a specific emergency services variant, also known as “authoritymodel, by BMW Motorrad’s Official and special duty vehicles division. In addition, a unique R 900 RT model is produced for this market, which is not available to the general public. BMWs have been popular motorcycles with United Kingdom police forces in the past and many chose to return to them in 2007, taking delivery of BMW R1200RT-P while citing concerns about the handling of Japanese alternatives.

FIREXPRESS BMW R1200RT: AWARDED THE BEST TOURING MOTORCYCLE TRANSFORM INTO A FIREFIGHTER MACHINE.  REVIEW, SPECS AND VIDEO DEMO

 

The new variant can be recognised by the addition of chrome crash bars situated about the front fairing, and could also be used for mounting of additional equipment such as sirens; crash bars around panniers, “city” lids to panniers, single seat with radio box, additional switch gear for equipment, emergency lighting, lower ratio gearbox increase capacity alternator and second battery.

=Reviews and awards
The R 1200 RT was selected as the “Best Touring Bike” by two major American monthly motorcycle magazines.

In September 2006, the R 1200 RT was named the United Kingdom’s “number one motorcycle” by readers of RiDE magazine in its annual “RiDER POWER” survey. It repeated this achievement in 2007 and reached second place overall in 2008.

In October 2006, the R 1200 RT was cited as the “Best Tourer” for the second year in a row by Motorcycle News in England. The citation read:

“ The R 1200 RT was awarded the accolade after RiDE readers were invited to nominate and assess their favourite bike according to a number of rating categories. These included build quality, engine performance, rider comfort, reliability, handling and overall impressions. The RT which also won the 2005 MCN Best Tourer Award in its first year of production received an overall score of 85.14 per cent, beating 149 other motorcycles to the number one spot.

Over 10,000 readers voted in the survey and each was asked to justify their choice of bike. “Overall this is a brilliant bike, I haven’t had so much fun in ages” said one RT owner. A second writes: “I’ve had no faults, build quality or reliability issues. I’m extremely impressed with my BMW.” Another claims that his RT is “the best bike I’ve ever owned.” ”

 

Manufacturer BMW Motorrad SPECS:
Production 2005–present
Predecessor R 1150 RT
Engine 1170 cc, 2-cylinder, 8-valve boxer, air/oil cooled
Bore x stroke: 101 mm x 73 mm
Compression ratio: 12.0:1
Power 110 bhp (81 kW) @ 7500 rpm[1]
Torque 85 ft·lbf (115 Nm) @ 6000 rpm[1]
Transmission 6-speed, shaft drive
Suspension Front: BMW Telelever
Rear: BMW Paralever
Brakes BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral)
Front: 4-piston EVO calipers with floating 320 mm discs
Rear: 2-piston floating caliper with single 265 mm disc
Tires Front: 120/70ZR17 on 3.50 x 17 rim
Rear: 180/55ZR17 on 5.50 x 17 rim
Cast aluminium wheels
Rake, Trail 63.4°, 4.3 inches (110 mm)
Wheelbase 1.48 m, 58.3 in
Dimensions L 2.23 m, 87.8 in W 0.90 m, 35.6 in H 1.43 m, 56.3 in
Seat height Adjustable 820–840 mm (32.3–33.0 in)
Low seat option: 780–800 mm
Weight 229 kg (505 lb) (dry), 259 kg (571 lb) (wet)
Fuel capacity 7.1 US gallons, 27 liters

 

and this is what malaysian firefighter motorcycle look a like. motosikal bomba yang jadi bantuan penyelamat barisan pertama.

FIREXPRESS BMW R1200RT: AWARDED THE BEST TOURING MOTORCYCLE TRANSFORM INTO A FIREFIGHTER MACHINE.  REVIEW, SPECS AND VIDEO DEMO

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