BMW announces R 1200 GS Adventure (with 117 photos!)

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Here's the new R 1200 GS.
Here’s the new R 1200 GS.

In a move that surprises nobody, BMW has announced the arrival of their new R 1200 GS Adventure.

Optional extras include semi-active electronic suspension and luggage.
Optional extras include semi-active electronic suspension and luggage.

When BMW first unveiled their new liquid-cooled R 1200 GS, everyone knew a more offroad-oriented version of the machine couldn’t be far off. Now, here are the juicy deets on BMW’s latest.

The machine is based around the standard R 1200 GS’s liquid-cooled motor, but the boxer mill has seen some tweaks. They’ve increased flywheel mass and added a vibration damper for smoother running.

That’s supposed to make it easier to ride, so long-distance adventure travelers can lay down the miles in comfort. Other modifications to improve comfort include a tilt-adjustable bench seat, wider enduro-style footrests, an adjustable windshield with air flaps, adjustable foot controls and other optional add-ons.

Bodywork is a bit different from the standard R 1200 GS.
Bodywork is a bit different from the standard R 1200 GS.

The suspension has been re-worked, with 20 mm more spring travel front and rear compared to the standard 1200, and there’s 10 mm more ground clearance. The  trailing arm has been modified for sharper handling as well. Buyers can also opt for ex-works optional semi-active electronic adjustable suspension.

You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again: Electronics are the new horsepower. The R 1200 GS Adventure keeps this trend going, with ABS and stability control as standard, as well as two riding modes (“Rain” and “Road”). Buyers can add another three riding modes as ex-works options.

Bodywork has been re-designed on the GS (BMW says it’s “distinctly robust and masculine,” and there’s a 30-litre aluminum fuel tank (up 10 litres from the standard GS). They’ve also added engine and tank guards.


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