An overview of the new BMW R 1200 GS
- Even more dynamic drive with more pep in the
upper half of the rev range.
- Engine power increased by five percent
- Maximum engine speed increased to 8,000 rpm with
a wider usable speed range
- Different gear and secondary transmission ratios
for a clear improvement in traction and acceleration
- Redesigned six-gear transmission with enlarged
bearing diameters and optimised switching kinematics
for even more precise gear shifting
- Electronic chassis modification from the optional
enduro ESA, used for the first time in an enduro.
- Further increase in agility, suitability for touring
and off-road use through individual spring-suspension
- Electrohydraulic spring adjustment of the spring
struts at front and rear as part of the enduro ESA
- Optimised ergonomics through new, double-butted
aluminium handlebar in combination with new hand
protectors and newly designed seat
- Fuel display with expanded measurement range
and new sensor system
- Optimised battery charging for higher generator
- More dynamic design emphasising the enduro attributes
- Colours available: Titanium Silver Metallic,
Dark Slate Metallic Matt, plain Namibia Orange,
plain Tanzanite blue
- Special equipment and tailor-made accessories
in accordance with familiar BMW standards.
Stronger, livelier and more agile –
more driving enjoyment on- and off-road.
With the new BMW R 1200 GS, BMW is writing another
chapter in the success story that started in 1980
with the BMW R 80 G/S. The new, comprehensively reworked
R 1200 GS meets all the require¬ments that an
ideal travel enduro should meet. It offers superb
performance, maximum comfort and a wide range of use
on the longest trips and, with even better acceleration
and agility, guarantees maximum enjoyment on twisting
country and mountain roads. The optimised chassis
and suspension properties guarantee the best possible
handling both on and off-road.
The predecessor model – the R 1200 GS presented
in 2004, of which over 75,000 were produced –
already embodied an incredibly synthesis of off-road
and on-road characteristics. And yet the new version
outstrips its predecessor (still acknowledged as outstanding)
in every major respect.
A torsion-proof chassis, the front wheel suspension
with the unique BMW Telelever and rear wheel suspension
with the BMW Paralever still offer first-class, safe
handling. Extremely efficient brakes combined with
the BMW Motorrad Integral ABS ensure maximum safety,
even in critical driving situations. Excellent environmental
compatibility is achieved through cutting-edge exhaust
purification with a regulated three-way catalytic
The proven maintenance-free cardan drive means that
there is no need for scheduled maintenance work, which
can be inconvenient and time consuming on extended
trips and long-distance tours. As is traditional,
BMW is again offering a reliable, ingenious luggage
system for the new R 1200 GS, plus further made-to-measure
accessories and special equipment.
The new engine – more powerful, higher
revving and more dynamic
In terms of design principle, basic structure, power
transmission and mixture preparation, the engine in
the new R 1200 GS is based on that of the R 1200 R.
However, improvements have been made to the engine
management for use in the R 1200 GS with regard to
the special requirements a large-volume travel enduro
has to meet.
While the 1170cm3 boxer engine of the predecessor
model offered superb power development in all conditions
and situations, the new R 1200 GS can give much more.
With a power output of 105HP, the maximum engine speed
has increased to 8,000 rpm and provides an even wider
engine speed range and completely revised transmission
ratios. The result is that the R 1200 GS is even more
dynamic than before, with more acceleration in the
upper half of the speed range, and even better traction
over the whole range.
In combination with the reworked six-gear transmission,
the R 1200 GS thus offers the most dynamic performance
of all the travel enduros.
Like the models to date, the new, 12:1 compressed
R 1200 GS can still be used with 95-octane fuel. Normally
designed for lead-free Super petrol (RON 95) the engine
can also be operated with normal petrol (RON 91) without
manual intervention, thanks to its knock control.
Redesigned transmission and new shift kinematics
for even more dynamic driving and more precise gear
The redesigned six-gear transmission, with increased
bearing diameters and modified shaft distance, maximise
the increased engine power, expan¬ded engine speed
range, and sometimes the extreme conditions of use
on long-distance trips.
A modification of the transmission ratios to the
new dynamic engine characteristics – and a shortening
of the secondary transmission from i = 2.82 to i =
2.91 – are reflected in increased drive in the
upper half of the engine speed range and increased
traction at low and medium engine speeds.
Following the redesign of the transmission, the
R 1200 GS was also given an optimised shift mechanism
with improved force-displacement for even more precise
gear shifting and feedback.
Chassis modification through the optional
enduro ESA – further increasing agility, suitability
for touring and off-road use
Around three years after the successful launch of
ESA (electronic sus¬pension adjustment) as a special
equipment item for the K 1200 S in 2004, this technology
is now used in the enduro segment for the first time
with the new R 1200 GS. With its incredibly broad
range of uses and the resultant varied demands made
on it, the R 1200 GS was almost destined to use this
unique chassis technology. Designed to meet the special
needs of a travel enduro, the enduro ESA, which can
be provided as special equipment (factory fitted),
allows the chassis to be simply modified to various
operating con¬ditions and load situations –
simply by pressing a button.
The ESA used in the K 1200 S operates the electronically
controlled suspension modification of the two spring
struts of the Telelever (at the front) and the Paralever
(at the rear) and for the adjustment of the rear spring
base. However, the enduro ESA, with the additional
electro-hydraulic adjustment of the spring base at
the front spring strut, takes account of the specialised
require¬ments of a travel enduro. This gives much
better impact resistance for off-road use without
any of the associated disadvantages encountered during
on-road use, such as re¬duced negative spring
travel or increased seat height. In this way, the
successful concept of the R 1200 GS has been improved
still further in such areas as agility, suitability
for touring, and off-road quality.
Enduro ESA with on-road and off-road settings
– specifically designed for the purpose
The electronic suspension adjustment Enduro ESA
distinguishes between on-road and off-road modes,
within which, the driver can make further adjust¬ments
to specific requirements. This is done by selecting
particular modes for the spring basis and suspension.
Continuous pressure on the ESA button changes from
one spring mode to another and pressing the button
for a short time makes changes within the suspension
On-road modes: by pressing a button, shown on the
display by corresponding symbols, the driver can choose
between three different load states – ‘driver
only’, ‘driver with luggage’, and
‘pillion use’. These produce a correspon¬ding
lifting of the spring base of the rear spring strut.
Each of the three load states can also be combined
with three different suspension modes: ‘Sport’,
‘Normal’ and ‘Comfort’. In
all on-road modes, the spring base adjustment of the
spring strut at the Telelever is in the ‘Minimum’
Off-road modes: for off-road use the enduro ESA offers
two modes of springing, which can each be combined
with one of three suspension modes. The spring base
mode ‘Medium reserves’, shown by the ‘round
hill’ display symbol, increases the spring base
of the suspension strut at the Telelever to 50%, and
the rear spring strut is adjusted to the same value.
This setting is suitable for slow and fast off-road
travelling where large ruts, holes and impacts are
likely. ‘Maximum reserves’, shown by the
‘pointed hills’ display symbol, increases
the spring base of the front and rear spring struts
to 100% and is suitable when maximum impact safety
is required. In this setting, the ground clearance
is also increased by 2cm (in comparison with the on-road
The two modes for the spring base can be combined
with the three suspension modes ‘Soft’,
‘Norm’ or ‘Hard’. For example,
although ‘Soft’ is suitable for trial
sections that have to be ridden slowly, ‘Norm’
is a practical sus¬pension setting for most off-road
use. The suspension mode ‘Hard’ is par¬ticularly
suited to level surfaces which can be traversed quickly.
It is also suitable for deep sand.
Ergonomic optimisation of handlebars, hand
protectors and seat
Because of the two clamping elements, which can
be rotated through 180 degrees and are mounted asymmetrically
(as in the HP2 sports model), the high-quality double-butted
aluminium tubing handlebars can be mounted in two
ergonomically different positions. While the rear
handlebar position offers the best ergonomic conditions
for riding on roads and on moderate off-road surfaces,
the front handlebar position is particularly advantageous
when in a standing riding position off-road. The newly
developed hand protec¬tors (fixed directly to
the handlebars) are available as special accessories
for the R 1200 GS but already factory fitted as standard
on the R 1200 GS Adventure. For more conventional
riding the thickness of the seat foam, at the front,
has been increased.
Fuel display with new sensor system
A newly developed sensor system, with an expanded
measurement range and improved resolution, is used
for the fuel display. This allows a differential fuel
level display, starting at maximum.
Optimised battery charging with higher generator
The AC generator output has been increased from
600 to 720W and the battery charging has been optimised.
Dynamic design with the emphasis on enduro
In line with its more dynamic performance, the new
R 1200 GS also visually reflects the enduro aspect.
Following the extensive model revision of the R 1200
GS, new stainless steel deflectors are used on the
front fuel tank area. The upper part of the front
mudguard has also been redesigned to embody the masculine
design language typical of an enduro. The new appearance
of the R 1200 GS is completed by the two-colour optional
hand protectors and a newly designed fin for the optimised
flow of cool air. The newly designed LED rear light
and white indicators also reflect the R 1200 GS's
Surfaces and colours
The new R 1200 GS also shows its increased sportiness
through its new colours and the way they are combined.
Technical surfaces – as in the silver fin, the
magnesium-coloured anodised slide tubes or (following
the lead of the sporty HP2) the magnesium-coloured
coated cylinder head covers and tyre rims –
create a dynamic interplay with the traditional painted
surfaces of the tank and mudguards.
In combination with Titanium Silver Metallic there
is a deliberately technical version of the R 1200
GS conveyed by the changing colour of the metals.
Dark Slate Metallic Matt, on the other hand, is
in the tradition of the particularly sporty BMW models
and gives the new R 1200 GS a very masculine look.
The sporty off-road character of the new R 1200
GS is emphasised by the two plain paintwork colours:
strong Tanzanite Blue and glowing Namibia Orange.
Special equipment and made-to-measure special
As a traditional system supplier BMW Motorrad has
also developed a wide range of special equipment for
the new R 1200 GS and an extensive selection of made-to-measure
special accessories. These provide a great opportunity
for personalisation. Special equipment is supplied
factory fitted, and forms an integral part of the
manufacturing process. Special accessories are fitted
by BMW motorcycle dealers.
- Enduro ESA.
- BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (partly integral, can
be switched off).
- Chromium-plated exhaust.
- Heated grips.
- Additional headlights.
- Optimised Navigator holders.
- Hand protectors.
- Case holder.
- Spoked wheels.
- On-board computer with oil level warning.
- Theft alarm with remote control
- Storage space programme
- Vario case.
- Case holder. **
- Vario top case.
- Fixing elements for top case instead of pillion
- Top case carrier installation kit.
- Inside pocket for Vario case/top case.
- Waterproof tank rucksack.
- Waterproof tank rucksack, small.
- Softbag Sport, large, 51 l.*
- Softbag Sport, small, 19 l.*
- Luggage roll 53 l, waterproof.*
- Carbon front mudguard.*
- Carbon splash protection, at rear.*
- Cover for Telelever and fork brace.*
- BMW badge for fork brace.*
- LED indicators.*/**
- Sport silencer by Akrapovic.*
Ergonomics and comfort
- Wide enduro footrests (Adventure series).
- Adjustable footbrake lever (Adventure series).
- Handlebar cross strut.*
- Padding for handlebar cross strut.*
- Tinted windscreen.*
- Low driver seat (820 mm) black.
- High driver seat, adjustable (880/ 900 mm) black.
- LED light for onboard socket 410 mm.*
- Additional socket.*
- Heated grips.*/ **
Navigation and communication
- BMW Motorrad Navigator.*
- Holder for BMW Motorrad Navigator.
- Function Navigator Bag.*
- Hand protection (Adventure series).
- Top spoiler, large, for hand protection.*
- Aluminium valve cover protection (Adventure series).
- Engine protection bar (Adventure series).*
- Cylinder protection, small.*
- Enduro aluminium underbody protection.*
- Extra headlight (from 03/08).*
- Holder for extra headlight.
- Theft alarm with remote control.*/**
Maintenance and technology
- Paddock stand.*
- Set of on-board service tools.*
- Add-on on-board tools.*
- Safety screw, oil filler nozzle.*
- Emergency kit, cylinder head.*
* As for R 1200 GS.
** Also available ex factory as special equipment.
Technical data for the BMW R 1200 GS
- Capacity cm3 - 1170
- Bore/lift mm - 101/73
- Power kW/HP - 77/105 at engine speed min–1
- Torque Nm - 115 at engine speed min–1 5
- Design - Boxer
- No. of cylinders - 2
- Compression/fuel - 12,0/S
- Valve/gas control - HC (high camshaft)
- Valves per cylinder - 4
- Diameter inlet/outlet mm - 36/31
- Throttle valve diameter mm - 47
- Mixture preparation - BMS-KP
- Exhaust purification - Regulated three-way catalytic
- Generator W - 720
- Battery V/Ah - 12/14 maintenance-free
- Headlights W - H7
- Starter kW - 1,1
- Clutch - Single-disc dry clutch Ø 180
- Gears - dog-coupled six-gear transmission
- Primary transmission - 1,737
- Transmission, gear stages - I; 2,375, II; 1,646,
III; 1,296, IV; 1,065, V; 0,439, VI; 0,848
- Rear wheel drive - Cardan shaft
- Transmission ratio -2,91 2,91
- Frame - design Steel tubular frame, carrying
- Front wheel suspension - BMW Telelever
- Rear wheel suspension - BMW Paralever
- Spring travel front/rear mm - 190/200
- Castor mm - 101
- Wheel spacing mm - 1507
- Headset angle ° - 64,3
- Brakes - front - Double-disc brake, Ø
305 mm, rear; Single-disc brake, Ø 265 mm
- If required: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (partly
integral, can be switched off)
- Wheels - front; 2.5 x 19, rear; 4.0 x 17
- Tyres - front; 110/80 R 19, rear; 150/70 R 17
Dimensions and weights
- Total length mm - 2 210
- Total width with mirrors mm - 940
- Handlebar width without mirrors mm - 930
- Seat height mm - 850/870
- Empty weight, filled with petrol kg - 229
- Perm. total weight kg - 440
- Tank capacity - l 20
- Fuel consumption - 90 km/h l/100 km 4,3 120 km/h
l/100 km 5,5
- Acceleration 0–100 km/h s, 3,3
- Maximum speed - km/h >200