R 1200 GS

Sometimes tarmac just doesn't cut it. If you're looking for a motorcycle that is as at home on muddy trails and in open country as it is on winding mountain passes, then the R 1200 GS is for you. The boxer engine has been updated to give it more torque, improved responses and better acceleration across the rev range. Now more than ever, the R 1200 GS combines the comfort of a touring bike with supreme off-road manageability. There's a world out there waiting to be explored - and the R 1200 GS is the bike to do it on. UNSTOPPABLE ENDURO.

Where power and endurance meet.

No limits: on the R 1200 GS, you are equipped to handle any challenge. The refined yet potent boxer engine now develops 110 horsepower (81 kilowatts), and has a maximum torque of 120 newton-metres at 6,000 rpm, yet fuel consumption hasn't increased at all. Its DOHC cylinder heads, with four valves per cylinder, represent the technological state of the art, and help the four-stroke twin-cylinder to achieve a flatter torque curve, for better throttle responses at all engine speeds. It also produces a full, powerful engine note.

Where refinement and ruggedness meet.

The suspension of the R 1200 GS is as comfortable as they come. At the front, the BMW Motorrad Telelever is more than a match for any pothole, with its central spring strut, spring preload that is mechanically adjustable between five settings, and 190 millimetres of travel. And at the rear, a die- cast aluminium single swing-arm with a BMW Motorrad Paralever and a WAD travel-related damping strut can handle even the roughest of terrain, thanks to its 200 millimetres of travel. Here, both the spring preload and the compression damping can be adjusted to suit the ground and the load.

Where form and function meet.

Powerful and dynamic, the R 1200 GS combines characteristic enduro features with key attributes of a touring bike. This is a machine that adapts to its rider - it is the only bike of its kind to offer adjustable seat height (between 850 and 870 millimetres), withshield height and handlebars. And the wide range of optional equipment includes pretty much everything you could want, from ABS to cross-spoke wheels. Pillion passenger comfort too is unusually good for a touring enduro, making the R 1200 GS the perfect way to experience the joy of riding, on your own or with a companion. If you're looking for a well-rounded blend of all-round functionality and distinctive flair, the choice couldn't be clearer.

Type Air/oil-cooled flat twin ('Boxer') 4-stroke engine, two camshafts and four radially aligned valves per cylinder, central balancer shaft
Bore / Stoke 101 mm x 73 mm
Capacity 1,170 cc
Rated output 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,750 rpm
Max. torque 120 Nm at 6,000 rpm
Compression ratio 12.0 : 1
Mixture control / engine management Electronic intake pipe injection / BMS-K+ digital engine management with overrun fuel cut-off, twin spark ignition
Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3

Performance / fuel consumption
Maximum speed Over 200 km/h
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h 4.3 l
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/ 5.5 l
Fuel type Unleaded super and premium, octane number 95-98 (RON) (knock sensor; rated output at 98 RON); optional extra 91 (RON) available

Electrical system
Alternator Three-phase alternator 720 W
Battery 12 V / 14 Ah, maintenance-free

Power transmission
Clutch Single dry plate clutch, hydraulically operated
Gearbox Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth
Drive Shaft drive

Chassis / brakes
Frame Two-section frame consisting of front and rear sections, load-bearing engine-gearbox unit
Front wheel location / suspension BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 41 mm, central spring strut, spring pre-load with 5-position mechanical adjustment
Rear wheel location / suspension Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable
Suspension travel, front / rear 190 mm / 200 mm
Wheelbase 1,507 mm
Castor 101 mm
Steering head angle 64.3°
Wheels Cast aluminium wheels
Rim, front 2.50 x 19"
Rim, rear 4.00 x 17"
Tyre, front 110/80 R 19
Tyre, rear 150/70 R 17
Brake, front Dual disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 305 mm, 4-piston fixed calipers
Brake, rear Single disc brake, diameter 265 mm, double-piston floating caliper
ABS Optional extra: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral), can be switched off

Dimensions / weights
Seat height 850 / 870 mm (low seat 820 mm, lowered suspension 790 mm)
Inner leg curve 1,890 / 1,940 mm (low seat 1,820 mm, lowered suspension 1,760 mm)
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1) 229 kg
Dry weight 2) 203 kg
Permitted total weight 440 kg
Payload (with standard equipment) 211 kg
Usable tank volume 20 l
Reserve approx. 4 l
Length 2,210 mm
Height (excl. mirrors) 1,450 mm
Width (incl. mirrors) 915 mm

  • Technical data relate to the unladen weight (DIN)
  • 1) According to guideline 93/93/EWG with all fluids, fuelled with at least 90 % of usable tank volume
  • 2) Unladen weight without fluids

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