New 2013 BMW R 1200 GS

The new water cooled R 1200 GS is the culmination of 33 years of GS development.

The new water cooled R 1200 GS is the culmination of 33 years of GS development.
The “BMW GS” concept has embodied riding pleasure and the desire for adventure for over 30 years. This applies especially to the GS motorcycles with the opposed-twin “boxer” engine. The performance and reliability of the “big GS” allows motorcyclists to explore the most remote corners of the world – an idea that has already inspired numerous globetrotters to set off on their travels.

The BMW R 1200 GS is an incredibly flexible machine, equally suited to high motorway speeds, sports-style cornering on winding country roads, relaxed tours with a passenger, or daring rides over rough terrain. Every GS has offered supreme mastery of these skills in its respective era and this won’t change with the new version.

It is the unique integrated concept of the big travel enduro bike, complete with authentic European charm and a powerful, high-torque boxer engine, which is loved by legions of motorcycle fans all over the world. It is not for nothing that the “big BMW GS” with boxer engine has been the undisputed frontrunner in its market segment for many years and is the best-seller within the BMW Motorrad model range. BMW is now beginning a whole new chapter in GS history: the most popular travel enduro in the world has been brought to perfection.

The new 2013 BMW R 1200 GS is totally new, boasting a completely reworked engine that incorporates air and water cooling, vertical flow-through cylinder heads and re-engineered crankshafts. The engine develops 92 kW and 125 Nm of torque and drives through the six-speed gearbox which incorporates a multi-plate wet clutch with anti-hopping feature, integrated for the first time into the engine housing.

The rider now controls the engine operation via an E-gas throttle; this drive-by-wire system ensures improved ride-ability and operating smoothness by allowing the engine management to adapt the throttle position to overcome pressure differences between the two cylinders. In addition, it permits the adaption of the throttle response characteristics which in conjunction with the optional ASC and riding modes has allowed a range of preset riding modes to be set according to the intended purpose.

As part of the development goals for the new R 1200 GS, considerable work was done to the chassis which has resulted in an overall uplift in this bike’s key attributes of its touring suitability as well as a tangible improvement in handling, traction and off-road performance. Just about every aspect of the R 1200 GS has been enhanced with changes such as new suspension with torsionally stiff tubular steel bridge frame and bolt-on rear frame, optimised lightweight cardan shaft drive now running on the left-hand side and a newly developed and optimised Telelever at front and EVO Paralever at rear for an even more precise ride feel.

Additionally, a refined master chassis geometry data and long swingarm for excellent traction, new tyre/wheel dimensions of 120/70 R19 at front and 170/60 R17 at rear as a world first, tailored specially to the R 1200 GS and a revised BMW Motorrad brake system with radially mounted Brembo Monobloc brake callipers at front and 2-piston floating calliper with enlarged brake disc at rear also augment the overall experience of the new R 1200 GS.

Australian Pricing* BMW R 1200 GS $21,250

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