Courtesy BMW AG
BMW has been busy this year! They have also just
announced the K 1200 GT, a sport-touring version of the
K 1200 S super-sport
bike. The motorcycle has a larger fairing and small saddlebags
and it looks like a fun ride. More information will be posted
UPDATE: July 2007 - The BMW K 1200 GT has
been named one of the top ten motorcycles for 2006 by editors
of Cycle World magazine.
At the 31st Annual Cycle World Ten Best Bikes awards
dinner held this month, the BMW K 1200 GT received the magazine's
award for Best Sport-Touring Bike.
This is the category for motorcycles designed to combine
the best elements of sport riding and touring, covering
long distances over multiple days.
"We are honored to have earned another spot on Cycle
World's coveted top ten list," commented Arturo Pineiro,
Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA. "This is the 13th
year BMW has been chosen for a top ten award."
Features and Technical Highlights
the new K 1200 GT, BMW Motorrad is strengthening its worldwide
market leadership in the touring segment and gaining an
even greater lead in the market.
Following the success of the former model bearing the
same name, the new K 1200 GT opens up new dimensions in
riding dynamics and long-distance qualities, once again
proving the outstanding skills and competence of the white-and-blue
A special feature of the K 1200 GT is that this new machine
does not require the slightest compromise, but rather overcomes
the apparent contradiction between superior sportiness and
a high standard of touring comfort.
BMW's new top-end motorcycle combines maximum agility
and dynamic performance with an ideal package for long trips
and pleasant journeys. To reach this objective, the development
engineers at BMW Motorrad have carried over the trendsetting
running gear and engine technology of the former K 1200
S and K 1200 R straight into this new sporting tourer.
The innovative wheel guidance systems - the BMW Duolever
at the front and the EVO-Paralever at the rear - make a
very significant contribution to the excellent and highly
dynamic riding characteristics of the K 1200 GT.
Drive power comes from the cutting-edge straight-four
engine in transverse arrangement, developing maximum output
in the GT version of 152 hp (112 kW) and thus currently
setting the benchmark in the touring segment.
Not one single competitor in the market offers the same
standard of dynamic performance as the new K 1200 GT. A
comparison with the previous model clearly proves the huge
step taken by BMW Motorrad with this new machine:
The K 1200 GT is more powerful (maximum output up by 17%),
develops more torque (up by 11%), offers a higher theoretical
cruising range (up by 17%), and at the same time is lighter
(down by 6%), but is nevertheless able to carry a higher
load (up by 19%).
It goes without saying that the new GT has all the features
you can rightly expect of a BMW touring machine. In particular,
it is just perfect for riding with a passenger and covering
long distances in comfort and style. Maximum riding comfort
is indeed ensured by excellent protection from wind and
weather, the electrically adjustable windscreen, perfect
ergonomic design of the rider's seat thanks to flexible
height adjustment of the seat itself and the handlebar,
as well as side cases featured as standard.
Last but certainly not least, the K 1200 GT also meets
the greatest demands in terms of environmental compatibility
and safety. Apart from a fully controlled three-way catalytic
converter, the high-performance EVO brake system with semi-integral
ABS anti-lock brakes and an electronic immobiliser are among
the features naturally offered by this sophisticated new
tourer as standard equipment.
Given all these qualities and its consistency through-and-through,
the new K 1200 GT is able to meet even the high standard
of comfort so important to the passionate touring rider,
at the same time making the sporting heart of the dyed-in-the-wool
motorcycle enthusiast truly skip a beat. The "GT"
abbreviation for Gran Turismo, therefore, describes this
BMW sports tourer even more appropriately than ever before.
The new K 1200 GT is available in three standard colors
to be combined with two contrasting colors on the side covers
and the seat, thus interpreting the unique character of
this Gran Turismo in various different ways.
As usual, BMW Motorrad also offers a wide range of optional
extras and special equipment tailored to the new machine
and leaving nothing to be desired. Apart from comfort-oriented
features for traveling in style, the customer has the choice,
to mention just a few examples, of Electronic Suspension
Adjustment (ESA), an on-board computer, a xenon headlight,
cruise control, or the BMW Navigator.
The most important features of the new K 1200 GT in a
- Front-mounted straight-four power unit,
cylinders inclined to an angle of 55°
- 1,157 cc,
112 kW/152 hp at 9,500 rpm, 130 Nm/96 lb-ft) at 7,750 rpm
- Duolever suspension at the front
suspension at the rear
- BMW Motorrad Integral
ABS, semi-integral version
- On-board electronics
with CAN-bus technology
- Electronic immobiliser
- Brake pad wear indicator
- Seat and
- Electronic Suspension Adjustment
- Aerodynamically optimised full
- Electrically adjustable windscreen
The most important technical distinctions improving the
new K 1200 GT over its predecessor:
in maximum power (+ 17%)
- Higher maximum torque
- Decrease in unladen weight (- 6%)
- Higher load (+ 19%)
- Larger tank (+ 17%)
- Longer theoretical cruising range (+ 17%)
The K1200GT engine is a high-performance
straight-four second-generation power unit. The new K 1200
GT is powered by the same engine that has already hit the
headlines in the K 1200 S and K 1200 R.
Now the GT version of this highly advanced power unit
offers maximum output of 152hp (112 kW) at 9,500 rpm and
peak torque of 96 lb-ft (130 Newton-meters) at 7,750 rpm.
These performance figures alone bear clear testimony to
the outstanding dynamic potential of BMW's new model currently
ranking right at the top in the sports tourer segment in
terms of engine power.
The plateau-like torque curve with more than 75 per cent
of the engine's maximum torque available from just 3,000
rpm clearly proves that the K 1200 GT offers superior acceleration
and pulling force, definitely living up to its name as a
Dry sump lubrication and the position of the compact
power unit with its cylinder bank tilted 55° to the front
have enabled the engineers at BMW Motorrad to move the centre
of gravity as far down as possible.
This optimum centre of gravity offers the best of two
worlds, providing the appropriate load on the front wheel
and at the same time ensuring the handling of a genuine
sports machine. For a detailed description of the technical
details, please see the details of the BMW K 1200
The six-speed gearbox of the BMW
Motorrad K Series is both light and compact, and is conveniently
integrated into the engine housing.
Particular features of the gearbox are its smooth gearshift
enabling the rider to shift gears quickly and precisely,
with shift travel reduced to a minimum.
Duolever Front Suspension
Like the other K-models,
the new Duolever front-wheel suspension ensures superior
precision and accurate tracking at all times, combined with
supreme suspension comfort. The entire structure offers
optimum torsional stiffness and is designed for light and
agile handling. With resistance forces kept to a minimum,
the suspension responds smoothly and precisely even to the
smallest bumps on the road.
The kinematic configuration of Duolever suspension, finally,
offers brake dive compensation remaining virtually unchanged
throughout the suspension's entire spring travel. In terms
of running gear and suspension qualities, therefore, the
new K 1200 GT offers an ideal combination of riding comfort
also on long tours and superior sportiness with a strong
touch of dynamic performance.
Rear-wheel Paralever Suspension and Optional Electronic
Developed by BMW Motorrad,
the Paralever has proven for years that power transmission
and rear wheel suspension can be combined with one another
most efficiently. The latest Paralever is an ultra-firm
lightweight construction with the spring strut connected
to the rear wheel mount by a progressive
This not only offers significant advantages in terms
of response and the progressive damping effect, but also
reduces unsprung masses, minimizes load change response,
offers more ground clearance, and looks highly attractive
in its filigree design. In all, therefore, the Paralever
is a perfect match for the concept and philosophy of the
new K 1200 GT.
The K 1200 GT is available as an optional extra with
BMW Motorrad's unique Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA),
allowing the rider to adjust the spring/damper setting individually
simply by pressing a button on the handlebar.
The new K 1200 GT proudly features BMW's
proven EVO brake system with Integral ABS and brake pad
wear indicator, which is also found in the other K- and
R-Series models. With brake disc diameter
of 320 millimetres
(12.6´´) at the front and 294 millimetres (11.6´´) at the
rear, the EVO brake system is perfectly equipped to ensure
superior deceleration even from high speeds with the motorcycle
carrying maximum load.
The steel flex brake lines fitted as standard not only
look good, but also help to provide a consistent pressure
Yet another standard feature is BMW Motorrad Integral
ABS in its semi-integral version. On this system the rider
activates the front and rear wheel brakes via the handbrake
lever, while the footbrake lever acts only on the rear wheel
brake - exactly the right configuration for riding in sporting
The new K 1200 GT also comes as an innovation with yet
another safety and comfort feature fitted as standard: a
brake pad wear indicator (warning indicator) telling the
rider when the brake pads have been worn down to the limit
and need to be renewed.
Single-Wire System (SWS) With CAN-bus Technology
It is only natural for a modern BMW motorcycle to feature
a modern data bus network connecting all of the machine's
electrical and electronic components, with digital information
now being transmitted through one single wire. Indeed, the
single-wire system dramatically simplifies the entire system
of on-board electrics, reduces the need for cables and connectors,
and makes the system significantly lighter.
A further essential point is that only this technology
is able to provide reliable, comprehensive and quick troubleshooting
and diagnostic functions. It also enables the Service Technician
to read out data and/or redefine specific parameters. And
last but not least, the single-wire system with CAN-bus
technology allows the simple addition of electronic accessories
broadening the motorcycle's wide range of functions.
To make sure that only
the rightful owner is able to enjoy the new K 1200 GT on
the road, an electronic immobiliser comes as standard (and
is also integrated in the data bus network just described).
Like on a modern car, the ignition key incorporates a coded
data chip communicating via a transponder in the ignition
lock with the electronic engine management. So both ignition
and fuel supply are only activated when the data exchanged
corresponds as required, allowing the rider to start the
The extra-large display right in
the middle of the cockpit serves as the interface between
man and machine. This is where the rider can check all data
relevant to riding conditions and the use of his motorcycle.
The system presents your overall mileage, trip mileage,
the time of day, coolant temperature, the gear currently
in mesh, the fuel level, and the mileage you can still cover
when reaching the fuel reserve left in the tank.
The connoisseur choosing the optional ESA suspension
adjustment or the TPC Tire Pressure Control system, in turn,
can go even further, checking out the current set-up of
the suspension and air pressure in the tyres. Even the on-board
computer available as an optional extra uses the Info-Flatscreen
to present its functions, illumination of the instrument
being controlled automatically by a light-sensitive photoelectric
The striking, aerodynamically optimized
full fairing on the new K 1200 GT is unusually lean and
slender for a tourer. Keeping the drag coefficient to a
minimum, the fairing guarantees optimum riding stability
at high speeds on the road. And despite its sporting look,
the light and stable fairing, benefiting
refinement, offers excellent protection from wind and weather
improved to an even higher standard over the previous model.
The front end of the fairing is made up of two plastic
shells and the load-bearing headlight unit. With all fairing
components being easy to remove and fit back in position,
maintenance and service is easy and convenient at all times.
Focusing on the shape and design of the windscreen, the
designers and aerodynamicists at BMW Motorrad have created
an ideal combination of maximum protection from wind and
weather, on the one hand, and minimum dimensions, on the
other. Carefully controlling the flow of air on the side
contours, the windscreen guides the wind and air rushing
by smoothly around the rider, reducing the loads acting
on his head and upper body significantly even at high speeds.
A further advantage is that the light windscreen adjusts
infinitely by electrical control over a range of 100 millimeters
or 3.94". All the rider has to do is press a button
on the left-hand handlebar to set the windscreen to his
desired position. A higher windscreen (+ 60 mm/2.4")
is available as special equipment, ensuring that virtually
every rider, no matter how tall or how short, is able to
adjust the windscreen perfectly to his requirements by choosing
the right model and adjustment options.
To ensure maximum riding comfort and
freedom of movement, the specialists at BMW Motorrad have
once again concentrated on the step arch length criterion
in designing the seat.
This is the distance measured between the rider's two
footprints across the inner length of his legs and around
the seat, taking both the shape and the width of the seat
into account. So clearly, the rider benefits from the slender
line of both the frame and the body of the K 1200 GT.
To provide these advantages, the seat has an extremely
slender waistline exactly where the rider sits, enabling
him to easily reach the ground and offering a very comfortable
knee angle. And to provide the final touch of perfection,
the standard seat can be set to a height of either 820 or
840 millimeters (32.3 or 33.1"). A lower seat is available
as an alternative for the not-so-tall rider (optional, with
minimum seat height of 800 mm/31.5").
The "ergonomic triangle" made up of the footrests,
the seat itself and the handlebar offers maximum freedom
of movement both for sports riding and in touring, at the
same time allowing the rider to cruise in relaxed style
without fatigue. The passenger, finally, also enjoys the
unusual seat comfort offered by a BMW.
To ensure that the handlebar can
also be adjusted to riders of various height with their
own seating preferences and different styles of riding,
the handlebar is adjustable to four different levels, moving
towards the upper body of the rider when required by a maximum
of 40 millimetres or almost 1.6". Again, this ensures
an ideal posture under all conditions, with simple, manual
adjustment for height by means of teeth and bolt clamps.
The new K 1200 GT offers a perfect symbiosis
of touring comfort and sporting performance - features also
reflected by the design of the machine with its flowing
lines and clear, striking surfaces and shapes. Self-confident,
forward-urging lines clearly visible even at a standstill
emphasize the dynamic character of the new K 1200 GT. And
the machine's slender proportions all round, combined with
the very compact engine cover, again point clearly towards
the sporting and dynamic DNA of the new GT.
Seen from the front, the K 1200 GT also looks good right
from the start: The windscreen and hand protectors are compact
and discreet in design, the strikingly chiseled headlight
stands out as a dynamic highlight typical of the brand.
The three main colors for the body of the K 1200 GT -
Dark Graphite Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, and Crystal
Grey Metallic - form a perfect combination with the two
colors available for the side covers (on the tank and below
the seat) as well as the seat itself. This colour concept
clearly accentuates the special character of the K 1200
GT, with different interpretations depending on the colors
Elegant Dark Graphite Metallic combined in standard trim
with lighter, Granite Grey side covers and a Grey seat,
gives BMW's new tourer a most sophisticated look and at
the same time emphasizes its sporting understatement.
Paintwork in Deep Blue Metallic combined with dark, slate-colored
side covers and a black seat, exudes a touch of superior
elegance and gives the machine a particularly luxurious
Crystal Grey Metallic with the seat in Black and Slate-colored
side covers, finally, highlights the modern and innovative
design of the new K 1200 GT. In this bright and very metallic
colour scheme, the GT looks extra-light and agile, at the
same time offering a special touch of extravagance.
With alternative combinations of the main colour and
the colour chosen for the seat and side covers, the customer
has every option to personalize the K 1200 GT to his individual
wishes. Colour combinations with greater contrasts focus
more on dynamic performance, underlying the differences
between the rider's area and the body of the machine.
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