BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
BMW Announces the New R 1200 GS Adventure
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The following information is an English translation of the German press kit
and some information and specifications may not apply to the U.S. models.
Further information and
dates of expected U.S. availability will be provided at a later date. Text
and photos courtesy of BMW AG.
Features and Highlights
Launching the R 1200 GS Adventure, BMW Motorcycles is proudly presenting the
latest version of the ultimate long-distance enduro for the globetrotter
Apart from the unique synthesis of dynamic performance,
touring and off-road qualities so characteristic of the "basic" model, the R 1200
GS Adventure offers additional off-road qualities and an even higher standard of
long-distance riding comfort.
So without requiring any supplementary features,
this new model from BMW Motorcycles gives the rider all these unique qualities in
full straight from the factory.
Compared with its predecessor, the R 1150 GS Adventure, the new model is
entering the market with numerous improvements and a far larger range of
standard equipment. Its features add further potential to the unique qualities
of the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure and clearly distinguishing the new
model from the basic version which naturally still remains in production.
features previously only available as special equipment or accessories now come
as standard on the new R 1200 GS Adventure, such as the 33-litre
(7.3 Imp gal) fuel tank, a new windshield for enhanced protection from wind and
weather, the seat adjustable for height, robust tank and engine
protection hoops, as well as extra-wide rider footrests combined with
adjustable gearshift and brake levers.
With the new Adventure being based on the R 1200 GS, the rider also benefits
from significantly more power and torque from BMW Motorcycle's latest
two-cylinder boxer: maximum output is 74 kW/100 hp at 7,000 rpm
(72 kW/98 hp at 7,000 rpm in the German version), peak torque is 115 Nm/85 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm.
The other technical features and highlights of the R 1200 GS Adventure are
also the same as on the current "basic" model. Using lighter components
on the engine, transmission and exhaust damper, as well as weight-optimized
components such as the frame, suspension and wheels, the new R 1200 GS
Adventure, despite a wider range of series equipment, does not weigh much more
than the previous "basic" model.
Last but certainly not least, the new six-speed gearbox, the most recent
Paralever and Telelever technology, new instruments in digital technology and
the on-board network with CAN bus technology represent a significant
step into the future compared with the former R 1150 GS Adventure.
The new R 1200 GS Adventure continues the successful design concept
introduced by the former model, offering a unique combination of dynamic
performance and robust riding qualities. High-quality materials and surfaces
such as stainless steel and aluminum ensure a unique touch of clear high-tech
and very functional elegance. And depending on his personal preferences, the
customer can choose from two entirely different colour schemes.
Reflecting its wide range of use and riding qualities, the new R 1200 GS
comes with an equally wide range special equipment and accessories.
available right from the factory include BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (a partly
integrated, on-demand anti-lock brake system), special off-road tires,
additional headlights, and an on-board computer.
Over and above these features available straight off the production line,
the BMW Motorcycle Dealer is also able to offer a new range of aluminum cases,
the BMW Motorrad Navigator, as well as numerous practical accessories enabling
the customer to upgrade his machine individually according to personal
requirements and the particular riding conditions and demands he - or she -
expects to encounter.
Improved in all areas and in every respect, the new R 1200 GS Adventure
is certainly a very proud successor to the former 1150-cc model. Based on
the "standard" version of the R 1200 GS, this new machine is not only the
ultimate long- and short-distance enduro for the globe-trotter, the adventurer
and traveler, but also a professional machine for bold riders participating in
overland expeditions and demanding the utmost of both themselves and their
And last but certainly not least, the new R 1200 GS Adventure appeals
to the discerning customer looking for impressive handling qualities and a
striking appearance also in everyday life.
Without doubt, one of the most conspicuous and significant new features on the
R 1200 GS Adventure is the large fuel tank with useful capacity of 33 liters
(7.3 Imp gals) including approximately 4 liters reserve.
This means that the
rider benefits from an extra 13 liters or almost 3 Imp gals more than on the
standard model - and the increase in fuel capacity is also approximately
three liters over the former R 1150 GS Adventure, where a larger tank was
available only as an option.
At a steady speed of 90 km/h or 56 mph, the R 1200 GS Adventure has a -
theoretical - cruising range of 750 kilometers or 465 miles. In practice,
this means that the rider of the new R 1200 GS Adventure is able to cover even
longer distances between stops for refueling than on any other competition model
in the market.
With its carefully conceived design, the new windshield diverts the flow of
air smoothly past the rider with hardly any turbulence or air swirl, thus
effectively taking the usual forces off the rider's head and upper body
at high speeds.
Additional, specially designed flaps behind the windshield serve
furthermore to minimize any draughts in the kidney area. And since the
windshield is adjustable for angle, it offers riders of virtually any size
excellent protection from wind and weather in all cases.
Tank, Engine and Valve Cover Protection
Stable and robust stainless-steel pipes protect the fuel tank and engine
effectively from the consequences of involuntary encounters whether off-road or
on the tarmac. And at the same time high-quality aluminum covers
help to avoid any traces of tough riding conditions which might otherwise be
left behind on the valve covers.
Stainless Steel Luggage Rack
Robust and practical fastening points and supports for the rider's bags
are absolutely essential for an off-roader with the qualities of a genuine global
traveler. Precisely this is why the new R 1200 GS Adventure comes with a
generously designed and stable luggage rack made of stainless steel perfectly
accommodating, say, the optional aluminum top case.
To ensure an optimum seating position under all conditions, the two-section seat
on the new R 1200 GS Adventure can be adjusted to two different levels on the
In its upper position with seat height of 915
or 36.0´´, the seat offers the rider all the comfort of an absolutely flat seat
area without any steps in between, thus guaranteeing the freedom of movement the
rider requires particularly off the beaten track.
In its lower position, the
seat moves down to a level of 895 millimeters or 35.2´´, making it easier for
even the somewhat shorter rider to reach the road and hold the machine securely
in position, for example when stopping at the traffic lights. This is also
enhanced by the particular shape and design of the seat itself, which is
distinctly narrowed at the front.
Aluminum Handlebar With Hand Protectors
The high-quality, cone-shaped handlebar made of light alloy comes complete with
a foam protection element embedded in a special plastic material. Practical hand
protectors are also a standard feature on the new R 1200 GS Adventure.
Extra-Wide Footrests and Adjustable Gearshift and
Reflecting its enhanced off-road riding qualities, the new R 1200 GS Adventure
comes with extra-wide rider footrests offering a particularly safe and secure
position and helping the rider above all on rough tracks requiring him - or her
- to stand up on the machine most of the time.
Adjustable gearshift and brake
levers also meet all kinds of varying requirements, adjusting to various styles
of riding and individual preferences as well as various kinds of shoes or
for example touring or off-road riding boots. The height of the footbrake lever
can be adjusted most conveniently by a folding mechanism on the pedal surface,
the gearshift lever is adjusted by means of an eccentric kinematic unit.
Springs and Wheels
The suspension and running gear of the R 1200 GS Adventure is perfectly
prepared even for the toughest off-road requirements, with an extra
20 millimeters or 0.79´´ spring travel both front and rear versus the "standard"
R 1200 GS.
And to offer optimum wheel guidance, the new Adventure features the
same superior lightweight elements already boasted by the
R 1200 GS.
The most important highlights of the new R 1200 GS Adventure versus the
"standard" R 1200 GS:
- 33-litre (7.3 Imp gal) fuel tank.
- Larger windshield.
- Tank, engine and valve cover protectors.
- Stainless-steel luggage rack.
- Adjustable seat with off-road ergonomics.
- Adjustable aluminum handlebar with hand protectors.
- Longer spring travel for superior off-road qualities.
- Cross-spoke wheels.
- Extra-wide rider footrests, adjustable gearshift and brake levers.
- High-performance 720 W alternator.
The most significant technical highlights of the new
R 1200 GS Adventure versus the former R 1150 GS Adventure:
- Substantial reduction in weight.
- Significant increase in output (plus 15 per cent) and torque
(plus 17 per cent).
- New six-speed manual gearbox.
- New Evo-Paralever with TDD spring struts.
- New Telelever.
- New instruments in digital technology with
- On-board single-wire network using CAN bus technology.
- Electronic immobiliser.
The Telelever featured on the front wheel measures 41 millimeters or 1.61´´
in diameter on its fixed tube, while the Evo-Paralever at the rear boasts a
central spring strut and travel-dependent damping unit (TDD) - the more the
spring strut is compressed, the firmer the damper becomes. Detailed information
on the frame and suspension is provided in the R 1200 GS press kit.
The new R 1200 GS Adventure comes as standard on BMW Motorrad's proven,
extra-strong cross-spoke wheels offering their superior benefits particularly on
extreme tracks, at high off-road speeds, and under high permanent loads and it
almost goes without saying that the machine may be fitted with tubeless tyres,
just as the spokes can be replaced individually one-by-one.
Maximum stiffness and strength are the outstanding features of the two-piece
steel-tube frame based on the tubular frame structure of the R 1200 GS.
The front and main frame come directly from the R 1200 GS, the rear frame has
been slightly modified in its geometric configuration on the supports
for the main and side stands. The extra-light tubular structure integrates the
entire power unit as a load-bearing element, helping to further reduce the
weight of the new R 1200 GS Adventure versus its predecessor.
And last but not
least, the modified main stand holder now enables the rider to lift
up and park the machine even more easily and conveniently than before.
Electrical power-consuming items fitted additionally as special equipment
also receive a reliable supply of energy thanks to the alternator on the
R 1200 GS upgraded to 720 W, 120 W more than on the "standard" version.
The flat-twin power unit complete with a balance shaft introduced for the
first time on the "basic" R 1200 GS also serves to give the new
superior power and performance. Maximum output from this 1,170-cc engine is
74 KW/100 bhp at 7,000 rpm (or, on the German version, 72 kW/98 bhp at 7,000
rpm), with torque peaking at 115 Nm/85 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm.
Six Speed Gearbox
The extra-light and smooth-running six-speed dog-type gearbox with helical
gearing has again been carried over from the R 1200 GS.
Again, the new R 1200 GS Adventure offers all the features and equipment already
boasted by the "basic" model when it comes to the machine's instruments and
on-board electrics. This includes extra-light instrumentation using the Info-Flatscreen,
an innovative on-board network in CAN-bus technology, and an electronic
At very first sight, the new R 1200 GS Adventure conveys a look of dynamic
performance and agile power, combining these superior features with all the
robust qualities of an Enduro. High-quality materials and surfaces such as
blast-treated stainless steel on the fuel tank and engine protection hoops as
well as on the luggage rack, plus epoxy-plated aluminum on the rims and
knee covers, give the entire machine a superior look of technical, functional
elegance, at the same time emphasizing the superior level of quality
characterizing the new R 1200 GS Adventure.
The colour concept also stands for aesthetic design and powerful character,
clearly demonstrating the progress made over the former model.
The customer is therefore able to choose from two colour schemes:
Opting for Alpine White non-metallic, the rider will enjoy the classic colour
of a BMW GS combined with the seat in Black and Red as well as knee covers with
Black epoxy plating.
Paintwork in White Aluminum matte metallic, in turn, is supplemented by the
seat in Black Grey and Olive-colored knee covers in magnesium epoxy-plated
aluminum. This combination emanates a touch of cool technical elegance,
harmonizing perfectly with the machine's other metallic components such as the
roll bars or aluminum cases.
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