R1200GS, 2013 model with Akrapovič HP titanium exhaust
R1200GS Adventure (2005–13)
R1200GS (LC) (2013–18)
R1200GS Adventure (LC) (2014–18)
|Engine||1,170 cc (71 cu in) boxer twin:
|Bore / stroke||101 mm × 73 mm (4.0 in × 2.9 in)|
|Top speed||130.8 mph (210.5 km/h)|
|Power||81 kW (109 hp) @ 7,750 rpm|
70.42 kW (94.43 hp) (rear wheel)
92 kW (123 hp) @ 7,750 rpm (LC)
|Torque||120 N⋅m (89 lbf⋅ft) @ 6,000 rpm|
97.38 N⋅m (71.82 lbf⋅ft) (rear wheel)
125 N⋅m (92 lbf⋅ft) @ 6,500 rpm (LC)
|Transmission||6-speed, shaft drive|
|Suspension||Front: BMW Telelever |
Rear: BMW Paralever
Optional electronic adjustment
|Wheelbase||1,507 mm (59.3 in)|
1,510 mm (59 in) (Adv)
2,210 mm (87 in)
2,240 mm (88 in) (Adv)
953 mm (37.5 in)
990 mm (39 in) (Adv)
1,450 mm (57 in)
1,525 mm (60.0 in) (Adv)
|Seat height||850 mm (33 in)|
895 mm (35.2 in) (Adv)
|Weight||203 kg (448 lb)|
229 kg (505 lb) (LC)
223 kg (492 lb) (Adv) (dry)
229 kg (505 lb)
238 kg (525 lb) (LC)
256 kg (564 lb) (Adv) (wet)
|Fuel capacity||20 L (4.4 imp gal; 5.3 US gal)|
33 L (7.3 imp gal; 8.7 US gal) (Adv)
30 L (6.6 imp gal; 7.9 US gal) (Adv LC)
The BMW R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure are motorcycles manufactured in Berlin, Germany by BMW Motorrad, part of the BMW group. It is one of the BMW GS family of dual sport motorcycles. Both motorcycles have a 1,170 cc (71 cu in), two-cylinder boxer engine with 4-valves per cylinder. The Adventure has a larger capacity fuel tank and longer travel suspension. As of 2012, BMW's R1200GS bikes are their top-selling models.
At its launch in 2004, the R1200GS was 30 kg (66 lb) lighter than the R1150GS it replaced, and produced 100 bhp (75 kW), an increase of 19%. BMW continued to produce the R1150GS Adventure, releasing a final run-out special edition model, before launching the R1200GS Adventure at the end of 2005, for the 2006 model year.
Upgrades for model year 2008 included increased power to 78 kW (105 bhp), a new Integral ABS II anti-lock braking system was released without servo assistance and new options were added including electronic suspension adjustment (ESA) and the Automatic Stability Control (ASC) traction control system.
In 2010 model year, both models had a revised cylinder head with double overhead camshaft, an increased redline limit to 8,500 rpm, and an exhaust flap to give the exhaust a different tone. Power is increased to 82 kW (110 hp) @ 7,750 rpm.
Although the 2013 model has since proved itself, it had a somewhat shaky start. In the UK, the R1200GS has been subject to various DVSA vehicle recalls covering the front brakes, anti-lock braking system, throttle cable, fuel pump, clutch, final drive assembly, brake pipes, and gearbox;[non-primary source needed] and similar recalls have been issued in other countries. Early journalistic reports described the bike as having a front end "head shake" or speed wobble, and deliveries of the motorcycle were halted while BMW revised the front end geometry. The 2013 model was also the first BMW to have the shaft drive on the left side of the bike.
For the 2014 through 2016 model years, there were incremental annual updates, including adjustments to road handling, and adding options such as LED headlights, keyless ignition, a quickshifter, an anti-theft system, and another lower seat option. A new ABS mode available as a software update allows safer braking while cornering.
For the 2017 model year the bike was given a facelift, with technical changes to meet European EU4 regulations. Side reflectors and an on-board diagnostic (OBD) indicator light in the cockpit to indicate a malfunction were added. Like the R1200GS Adventure, all liquid-cooled boxer models were given a damper on the transmission output shaft. The selector drum actuator, transmission shafts and transmission shaft bearing were revised. The GS was also given a new crash bar option, allowing cylinder protection covers to be mounted, as had been standard on the Adventure.
As of 2007, the R1200GS was BMW's best-selling motorcycle, exceeding 100,000 units. In 2006, the R1200GS was the best-selling motorcycle in the United Kingdom, with combined sales of 2,227 units. The next-best-selling bike, the Honda Fireblade, sold 2,067 units.
Nearly one third of the 100,000 units sold by BMW Motorrad worldwide in 2006 were R1200GS.
In 2008, the R1200GS was again BMW's best-selling motorcycle, with 22,845 standard models and 12,460 Adventure models delivered.
For the sixth year in a row, BMW Motorrad increased sales in 2016 with a nearly 6% growth in sales compared with 2015, according to sales figures released by the company. There were 145,032 motorcycles and maxi scooters sold as of December 2016. Sales of BMW Motorrad vehicle has grown by about 50% compared with the 98,047 vehicles sold in 2010. The R series represented more than half (53.6%) of all BMW motorcycles sold in 2016. About 17% of the bikes BMW Motorrad sold in 2016 were the trailblazing BMW R1200GS, with growth of 7% over 2015. The R1200GS Adventure sold 21,391 units (a sales increase of 18.8%) and the R1200RT sold 9,648 units.
In popular culture
In 2004 the R1150GS Adventure model of the previous series of BMW boxer twin engined bikes was used by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman for an epic motorcycle road trip from London to New York City via Europe, Asia, and Alaska; and the adventure was in the book and TV series, Long Way Round. In 2007, the same pair used R1200GS Adventure BMWs for a sequel trip from John o' Groats in Scotland to Cape Agulhas in South Africa, this project being documented in Long Way Down.
Noted motorcycle journalist Kevin Ash died from injuries sustained in a crash while test riding the R1200GS at its 2013 press launch. An inquest gave a finding of accidental death, but the UK coroner could not give full reasons "due to insufficient evidence".
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