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The Motorcycles- BMW R1200GS

BMW R1200 GS Description


More agility, power and reduced weight provide maximum riding pleasure on and off the road

The new BMW R1200GS fulfils the original dream of the perfect touring enduro - superior in every respect - delivering outstanding performance and excellent comfort even during the longest tour. The superior handling and agility also provide maximum riding pleasure on back roads, mountain passes and winding country roads. With its new dry weight of 199kg the BMW R1200GS is unique in its class and capable of tackling even the toughest rides on the roughest terrain.

The R1200GS offers remarkable harmony in its combination of off-road and on-road riding qualities.

The R1200GS maintains all the traditional features and fortes characteristic of BMW motorcycles: first class and extra-safe riding situations ensured by more stable running gear; unique front wheel Telelever; and the newly designed, weight reduced and geometry-optimised rear Paralever.

High-performance brakes of the highest calibre together with BMW's unique Motorcycle Integral ABS guarantee supreme safety even in a critical situation. Superior environmental compatibility is ensured by a fully controlled three-way catalytic converter with the most advanced emission management technology - a feature on all BMW motorcycles for years.

Equipped with dual ignition, new Digital Motor Electronics (featuring integrated knock control) and improved catalytic converters with separate oxygen sensors for each cylinder, the R1200GS advances BMW's class leadership in the large volume touring enduro segment to an even higher standard than before.

A traditional feature, often taken for granted, is the maintenance-free drive shaft, which is vital in helping to avoid the need for unpleasant and time-consuming servicing - particularly on long trips. The sophisticated new luggage system and a wide range of accessories - available straight from the factory and tailored to the R1200GS - also prove that the new GS is continuing in the tradition of large-capacity BMW touring enduros. These origins now stretch back almost 25 years to BMW's first, revolutionary enduro, the R80 G/S, which was launched in 1980.


Technical data:


Configuration Flat-twin
Number of Cylinders 2 (4 valves per cylinder)
Capacity 1170 cc
Bore/stroke 101mm x 73 mm
Max output 74 kW at 7000 rpm
Max Torque 115 Nm at 5500 rpm
Compression Ratio 11.0

Performance / Consumption

Maximum speed  208 km
0-100km in 3.4 seconds
Fuel consumption over 100km at 90km/h speed 4.3 liters per 100km
Fuel consumption over 100km at 120km/h speed 5.5 liters per 100km
Fuel Type Premium
Fuel Tank capacity 20 liters


Alternator 600 Mw
Battery 12 V/ 14 Ah

Power Transmission

Clutch Single Plate- dry clutch, diameter 180mm
Gearbox 6 speed manual
Final Drive Drive shaft

Chassis / Brakes

Frame Tubular spaceframe, engine load-bearing
Front wheel Suspension 190
Rear wheel Suspension 200
Wheel base 1,519 mm
Castor 110 mm
Steering head angle 62.9"
Wheels cast, wire spoke wheels as an option
Rim Front 2.50 x 19
Rim Rear 4.00 x 17
Tyres Front 110/80 H 19 TL
Tyres Rear 150/70 H 17 TL
Brake Front Double disk brake diameter 305 mm Optional ABS
Brake Rear Single disk brake, diameter: 265mm, Optional ABS

Dimensions and weights

Overall length 2210 mm
Width with mirrors 915 mm
Seat height 840/860 mm
Dry Weight 199 kg
Max permissible weight 380 kg



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