The venerable GS boxer has been the stalwart all-rounder for more than three decades, and the bestselling Beemer for nearly as long.
Developing gradually through time, as labels have changed from enduro to trailie, dual-sport and now adventure, the big Bavarian Twin has gained sophistication and capability both on and off the road.
“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 optimized 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.”
The air/liquid-cooled Twin has a rated output of 125 horsepower (92 kilowatts) at 7,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 92 pound-feet (125 Newton meters) at 6,500 rpm, a new catalytic converter and the addition of a judder damper on the transmission output shaft and a revision of the selector drum actuator and transmission shafts. Riding Modes Pro is an optional feature with dynamic traction control DTC and new Hill Start Control. Two riding modes, Rain and Road are standard in conjunction with Automatic Stability Control ASC for optimum traction.
The optional Riding Modes Pro offers riding modes Dynamic and Dynamic Pro, Enduro and Enduro Pro as well Dynamic Traction Control DTC, which enables even more efficient and safe acceleration especially in cornering. Dynamic Pro and Enduro Pro, activated by a coded plug, also offer custom 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 and cornering, and the dynamic brake light which is even more effective in drawing attention to the fact that the motorcycle is braking.
A new dimension of riding safety, performance and comfort is harnessed with the optional BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA Next Generation (Electronic Suspension Adjustment). The damping automatically adapts to the situation depending on riding condition and maneuvers, and there is also an automatic self-levelling function to compensate all load states.
The optional Rallye package allows the R 1200 GS to be optimized for more ambitious off-road use. Off-road performance is significantly increased due to an increased spring rate, longer spring struts and extended spring travel. Ergonomics in the knee area have been further improved for off-road comfort.