The unique overall concept of the R 1200 GS, with its down-to-earth character and powerful high-torque engine, thrills a large number of motorcycle fans all over the world. There is a reason this motorcycle has dominated its market segment for many years and is the top-seller within the BMW Motorrad model range.
With the new R 1200 GS, BMW Motorrad expands the GS portfolio not only in the form of additional product optimisations but also by means of further potential broadening of the motorcycle’s properties. For the first time, customers can give a BMW GS a more marked touch of enduro or distinguished style to suit its preferred area of use by ordering the style packages Rallye and Exclusive.
The most popular travel enduro bike in the world, the R 1200 GS has now been optimised in a wide range of areas. Designed for even greater versatility than before, it taps into a previously unknown breadth of properties, ranging from dynamic performance to comfort and off-road suitability. This is due to selective improvements, numerous new features and not least a much expanded program of optional equipment and accessories.
Powered as before by the air/liquid-cooled boxer with an output of 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6,500 rpm, the new R 1200 GS now has an altered catalytic converter and a new data status for the engine management to meet the latest EU4 requirements. Model year 2017 already saw the addition of a judder damper on the transmission output shaft and a revision of the selector drum actuator and transmission shafts.
For individual adaptation to a rider's preferences, the new R 1200 GS offers two riding modes, “Rain” and “Road”, as standard in conjunction with Automatic Stability Control (ASC) for optimum traction. As an optional equipment item ex-works, the new R 1200 GS can be fitted with “Riding Modes Pro” featuring the additional riding modes of “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro”, “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” as well Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), which enables even more efficient and safe acceleration especially in banking position.
The riding modes “Dynamic Pro” and “Enduro Pro”, activated by means of a coded plug, also offer customisation options which allow the character of the motorcycle to be adapted. Other elements of “Riding Modes Pro” are the new set-off assistant Hill Start Control for convenient hill starts, ABS Pro for even greater safety when braking, even in banked positions, and the dynamic brake light which is even more effective in drawing attention to the fact that the motorcycle is braking.
A whole new dimension of riding safety, performance and comfort is harnessed with the optional BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA “Next Generation” (Electronic Suspension Adjustment): here, the damping automatically adapts to the situation depending on riding conditions and manoeuvres, and there is also an automatic self-levelling function to compensate all load states.
The Rallye package available allows the new R 1200 GS to be optimised for more ambitious off-road use. Off-road performance is significantly increased due to an increased spring rate (“harder suspension”), longer spring struts and extended spring travel.
The off-road character of the new R 1200 GS is particularly emphasised in the Rallye version. The paintwork in Lupine Blue metallic, the over-painted deco elements on the fuel tank sides in BMW Motorsport colours and the frame in Cordoba Blue go together with the black drivetrain to create the sportiest series production GS of all time.
The sheer presence of the R 1200 GS Exclusive is underscored by means of fuel tank side trim panels in Monolith metallic matt with clear over-painted deco elements, a front wheel splash guard and central fuel tank cover in Iced Chocolate metallic and a frame finished in Agate Grey metallic matt. The black drivetrain and the gold-finished brake calipers lend a refined contrast here.
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