BMW’s new R 1200 GS Adventure revealed

BMW Motorrad revealed its brand new R 1200 GS Adventure today.

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The new R 1200 GS Adventure is powered by the same air/liquid-cooled boxer engine featured on the R 1200 GS, with a displacement of 1,170 cc and an output of 92 kW at 7,750 rpm. The stand-out feature of the power unit – introduced last year after being newly developed for the R 1200 GS – is the new precision cooling system which uses water instead of oil as a cooling agent. Also new is the engine’s through-flow, which is now vertical for even more efficient power output, as well as the six-speed gearbox that is integrated into the engine housing along with the wet clutch.

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With the aim of further improving the rideability of the R 1200 GS Adventure, especially on off-road terrain, the drive’s flywheel mass has been increased by around 950 grams and an extra vibration damper has been incorporated into the powertrain.

The big Adventure has a 30-litre tank (10 litres more than on the R 1200 GS, but 3 litres less than the previous Adventure model).
The fuel tank itself is now made from lightweight aluminium. The R 1200 GS Adventure comes equipped as standard with ABS, Automatic Stability Control (ASC), as well as two riding modes; Rain and Road.

Three further riding modes can be added by ordering the optional Riding mode Pro feature, which is accompanied by the Enduro ABS and Enduro ASC add-ons for off-road riding. The three extra riding modes Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro (which can be activated with a coding plug) make it possible to adjust the settings of both ASC and ABS and, if fitted, the semi-active suspension Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) to suit the specific requirements of off-road operation.

A new chassis set-up with a further 20 millimetres of spring travel, increased ground clearance of 10 millimetres and a trailing arm with modified geometry are also new features of the Adventure. A larger windshield with hand-wheel adjustment, additional air flaps as well as hand protectors will increase wind and weather protection. Wide enduro footrests and adjustable, reinforced foot-operated levers form part of the smaller adjustments to the new 1200 Adventure.

Highlights of the new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

  • Based on the same overall concept as the R 1200 GS, with twin-cylinder boxer engine and chassis, but with enhanced off-road abilities.
  • Increased flywheel mass in the engine and additional vibration damper.
  • Spring travel 20 millimetres longer at front and rear.
  • 10 millimetres more ground clearance.
  • Modified geometry of trailing arm for sharper handling.
  • 30-litre fuel tank.
  • ABS, ASC and two riding modes as standard.
  • Three further riding modes available as an ex-works option.
  • Semi-active suspension Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) available as an ex-works option.
  • More comfortable, tilt-adjustable bench seat.
  • Large, adjustable windshield and air flaps.
  • Wide enduro footrests.
  • Adjustable, reinforced foot-operated levers.
  • Robust engine and tank protection bar.

The new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is expected to go on sale in South Africa in the second quarter of 2014.

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