2005 BMW K1200 GT
BMW K1200 GT - return of the Gran Turismo
To many motorcyclists, the Italian term gran turismo conjures images of a big powerful machine with substantial bodywork, fully laden, being effortlessly ridden from here to infinity.
For a number of years the GT motorcycle has been conspicuous by its lack of availability. Of course, standard tourers and their luxury variants have filled a surprising void extremely well. So, why has BMW decided to build a gran turismo? The answer is simple; there has always been a faction of serious motorcyclists that wanted a fully featured, agile touring machine powered by an under-stressed, large capacity four-cylinder engine.
The £11,310 (on-the-road) BMW K1200 GT, a grand tourer for the 21st century, has arrived and features many of BMW's industry-leading innovations that have been introduced during the company's recent record breaking years.
A powerful and proven heritage
The K1200 GT is based on the ultra-modern, reliable and proven technology of the K1200 RS. The power plant is the most powerful motorcycle engine in BMW's history. The liquid-cooled, in-line, four-cylinder fuel-injected engine delivers a maximum output of 96kW (130 bhp) at only 5,500 rpm. Maximum torque has been increased by 10 per cent (over the previous model) and now develops 100 Nm (74 lb-ft) from 3,500 rpm, reaching its peak at 6,700 rpm where it is outputting 117 Nm (86 lb-ft).
Power delivery is controlled by the third generation of Digital Motor Electronics - the Motronic MA 2.4. The sophisticated control system is the ideal way of implementing such important features as the reduction of fuel consumption and complying with future exhaust emission requirements. The oxygen sensor, catalyst surface coating and engine management have all been modified to reduce emissions to an even lower level than before.
The running gear - clutch, six-speed gearbox and drive shaft - all emanate from the K1200 RS and remain unmodified. However, the rear wheel now measures 5.5 inches and runs on a wide, size-180 tyre.
Defeating wind and weather
The GT's aerodynamic design retains the industry-leading characteristics of the RS, but to provide even better wind and weather protection the fairing now has a wider profile at the bottom. This directs the flow of air even more efficiently around the rider's legs. This profile section on the GT is finished in black (irrespective of model colour).
Two of the bodywork's most striking features are the integral hand protectors (finished in body colour) and a new, higher windscreen that is electrically and infinitely adjustable. The versatile and precise positioning of the screen is designed to cater for riders of differing stature and preference, and provide better deflection of the elements.
Ride, relax and stop
The Telelever, BMW's unique front end still remains the most significant development, for many decades, in front wheel suspension. With minimal dive under heavy braking the Telelever delivers impeccable tracking and sure, precise steering.
At the rear, BMW's equally unique Paralever ensures optimum guidance of the rear wheel and suspension. Acting as a double swingarm it substantially reduces the change of load response of the drive shaft thereby enabling optimum tracking of the rear wheel at all times.
While the anti-dive but compliant characteristics of the suspension guarantee good road holding on any surface, and superb handling, they also transmit a high degree of comfort for rider and passenger during braking. The ability to relax is further improved by many ergonomic features that are now commonplace on most BMW motorcycles. The following items are adjustable on the K1200 GT: rear suspension, seat, screen, footrests, gearshift lever, clutch and front brake levers.
The front wheel incorporates BMW's new and innovative EVO front wheel brake which is used in conjunction with a semi-integrated version of Integral ABS. This derivative of BMW's third generation anti-lock braking system allows experienced users more control of the rear brake. Applying the front brake lever causes the electro servo power distribution to act on both front and rear wheel brakes simultaneously, proportionally and load specifically split. However, sole use of the foot brake lever acts only on the rear wheel brake. ABS works simultaneously and integral to both brakes in operation.
EVO servo-powered braking requires approximately half the manual pressure to achieve the same stopping power as a conventional system. Braking is further improved by equipping the K1200 GT with two large front discs and sintered brake pads. This combination produces an increase in potential braking forces of between 15 and 20 per cent. The EVO front brake is a significant advance in motorcycle brake technology and is fitted as standard to the K1200 GT making it, arguably, the safest touring motorcycle available.
Pack up and go
Fitted as standard equipment are luggage rack and supports, cases and covers that are all finished in the model's body colour. BMW's usual after-market options allow a choice of tank bag or soft rear top bag to be attached as supplementary to the standard luggage system.
Other important optional accessories and special equipment include heated grips and heated seat (available straight from the factory), cruise control, and a lower seat (also available with heating).
The K1200 GT can be ordered in either of three colours: Orient blue metallic, Grey green metallic or Titan silver metallic. In either case the seat is black and the front and rear indicators are finished in white.
Standard factory equipment
Fully equipped cockpit instrumentation
Integrated ignition and steering lock
One key system for ignition, steering, fuel tank, dual seat and helmet lock and luggage
Clutch lever adjustable to three positions, brake lever to four
Tandem H7 double headlight
Side stand with ignition circuit breaker
Complete stainless steel exhaust system with replaceable chrome shield
Electrically adjustable windshield (1340 mm to 1390 mm)
Height adjustable comfort dual seat (790 mm - 820 mm)
Electric power socket
Hazard warning lights
Hydraulically operated clutch
Evo brake with integral ABS (Sport)
White indicator lenses
5.5 inch rim with 180 section tyre
Needle roller throttle butterfly pivot bearings
Factory fit options
Heating package (inc heated grips and seat) - £250
Cruise control - £345
Double seat bench low (770 - 800 mm) - No cost
* Prices current as of 1 January 2004.
Inner bag for panniers (each) - £45
Luggage bridge, large (for soft case), mounting kit - £72
Soft case - £97
Tank bag - £145
Alarm control unit including mounting kit - £230
Additional power socket, mounting kit - £25
* Prices current as of 1 January 2004.
Engine: Water-cooled 4-stroke inline 4-cylinder engine, two camshafts, valves per cylinder
Bore x stroke: 70.5 mm x 75 mm
Capacity: 1171 ccm
Rated output: 96 kW (130 bhp) at 8750 rpm (output reduction: 72 kW [98 bhp] at 7000 rpm)
Max. torque: 117 Nm at 6750 rpm (output reduction:118 Nm
at 5500 rpm)
Compression ratio: 11.5 : 1
Carburetion/engine management: Electronic intake pipe injection/BMW engine
management: Motronic MA 2.4 with overrun fuel cut-off
Emission control: Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter
Maximum speed: More than 200 km/h
Fuel consumption over 100 km at steady 90 km/h: 5.0 l
Fuel consumption over 100 km at steady 120 km/h: 5.9 l
Fuel type: Unleaded premium, minimum octane rating 95 (RON)
Generator: 840 W three-phase generator
Battery: 12 V/19 Ah
Clutch: Single-disc dry clutch, hydraulically operated
Gearbox: Constant mesh 6-speed transmission
Drive: shaft drive
Chassis: Bridge-type frame, die-cast aluminium, engine
suspension: BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 35 mm, central strut
suspension: Die-cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with
BMW Motorrad Paralever; central strut, spring preload adjustable by means of hand wheel to continuously variable levels, rebound damping adjustable
Travel front/rear: 115 mm/150 mm
Wheelbase: (in normal position): 1555 mm
Caster (in normal position): 124 mm
Steering head angle (in normal position): 62.75°
Wheels: Die-cast aluminium wheels
Rim, front: 3.50 x 17
Rim, rear: 5.50 x 17
Tyres, front: 120/70 ZR 17
Tyres, rear: 180/55 ZR 17
Brake, front: EVO brake system with dual disc, floating
brake discs, 320 mm diameter, 4-piston fixed caliper
Brake, rear: Single disc, floating brake disc, 285 mm diameter, 2-piston fixed caliper
ABS: Standard equipment: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part integral)
Seat height, unladen: 790 mm/820 mm
Unladen, road ready, fully fuelled 1): 300.0 kg
Dry weight 2): 281.0 kg
Permitted total weight: 500.0 kg
Payload (with standard equipment): 200.0 kg
Usable tank volume: 20.5 l, Incl. reserve: Approx. 4.0 l
Length: 2250 mm
Height (not incl. mirrors): 1340 mm
Width (incl. mirrors): 920 mm