One R 1200 GS. One Mission – The best GS of all times.
The BMW R 1200 GS – the icon of all travel enduros. For 32 years “the GS” has been defining its segment and has proven to be the trusty companion on any motorcycle adventure. BMW Motorrad is now embarking on a new chapter of its success story and is yet again perfecting the iconic R 1200 GS.
One R 1200 GS. One Feeling – Power in every situation.
Powerful, refined, and high revving. The R 1200 GS is powered by a new opposed twin engine design delivering 125 hp. Based on a new concept of combined air and liquid cooling and vertical flows through the cylinders, the engine operates efficiently, reliably, and with high torques at all times. Further improvements like the new wet clutch with antihopping feature, the electromotive throttle actuator E-Gas, and the optional “riding modes” make the opposed twin engine the perfect drive solution at the heart of the new R 1200 GS.
One R 1200 GS. One Emotion – Supreme control
The new R 1200 GS is ready for any terrain, thanks to the greater rigidity of its main frame and its enhanced Paralever and Telelever for even greater enduro steering accuracy. The optional Dynamic ESA configures the suspension automatically to the terrain and load conditions. The GS provides even more functions with the optional “riding modes”, a set of four different configurations that can be selected at the push of a button.
One R 1200 GS. One Impression – Strong individuality.
At first glance, the “new one” too is a genuine GS: robust, dynamic, and full of character. New body panels with a perfect finish underscore its high quality character. The new cooling concept was integrated seamlessly into the distinctive design, and the visual emphasis moved to the front. The new R 1200 GS now gives the impression of more balance and power. Thanks to its extensive range of options, the R 1200 GS is absolutely unique. With an innovative, unique LED headlamp, cross spoke wheels, and a wide choice of options and packages, everyone can convert this enduro into “his” or "her" GS.
One World. One R 1200 GS – The tour of your life.
At the launch of the new R 1200 GS, BMW Motorrad will be setting a unique test ride in motion. In the “One World. One R 1200 GS.” event, BMW Motorrad will be sending five enduro adventurers on the redefined icon R 1200 GS on five tours all around the world. The first of its kind in the world, this project will be putting “the new one” to a gruelling test – and, with a little luck, give you too the opportunity for the tour of your life.
2013 BMW R 1200 GS Base
Model NameR 1200 GS
Generic Type (Primary)Dual Sport
Engine TypeAir/liquid-cooled four stroke flat twin engine, double overhead camshaft, one balance shaft
Cylinders-Displacement (cc)1,170 cc
Engine Power92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm
Engine Torque92 lb-ft (125 Nm) at 6,500 rpm
Compression Ratio12.5 : 1
Mixture ControlElectronic intake pipe injection / BMS-K+ digital engine management with electromotive throttle actuator
EmissionsClosed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3
Top Speed125 mph
Fuel Usage, 100% Load57 mpg at a constant 56 mph (4.1 l)
Fuel TypePremium Unleaded
Alternatorthree-phase alternator 580 W (nominal power)
GearboxConstant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth
Final DriveShaft drive
Frame TypeTwo-section frame, bolted on rear frame, load-bearing engine
Front SuspensionBMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 37 mm, central spring strut
Rear SuspensionCast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) via handwheel, rebound damping adjustable via handwheel
Front Travel (in./cm.)7.5 inches (190 mm)
Rear Travel (in./cm.)7.9 inches (200 mm)
Wheelbase59.3 inches (1,507 mm)
Castor3.9 in (99.6 mm)
Front Wheel3,00 x 19" Cast aluminium wheels
Rear Wheel4,50 x 17" Cast aluminium wheels
Front Tire120/70 R 19
Rear Tire170/60 R 17
Front braking systemDual floating discs, diameter 305 mm, 4-piston radial calipers
Rear braking systemSingle disc, diameter 276 mm, double-piston floating caliper
ABS OptionStandard (part integral, can be switched off)
Length87.0 in (2.210 mm)
Width37.5 in (953 mm)
Height57.1 in (1.450 mm)
Seat Height33.5/34.3 inches (adjustable seat height) Standard; variable seat heights available between 31.1 inches and 35.0 inches (available as accessories and/or factory options, see an authorized BMW Motorrad dealer)