May 22nd, 2013
If you’re a motorcycle lover who likes surprises, then you should give a shout out to BMW Motorrad for releasing the new R1200GS liquid-cooled motorcycle. You’ll be pleased to see the company has raised the level while maintaining off-road capabilities.
To stay in the lead when it comes to safety and technology, every part of the GS such as ergonomics, style, engine, chassis and electronics have been a complete makeover and the results are exceptional. Consumers can even personalize the vehicle with BMW R1200GS Water-Cooled accessories and special parts such as break covers and stainless steel pannier rack black.
The motorcycle has been sold in large numbers around the world, and BMW Motorrad didn’t forget one of their target consumers as showcased by the design and features of the adventurers.
The traction of the vehicle has improved through compact transmission and engine which enabled the engineers to increase the swing arm’s length. The traction results are especially visible off-road while the wheel-base has been kept the same.
The engine has been given a major revision. It has seen a major move from oil to liquid and air cooling, which leads to fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, enabling the owners to reduce their carbon footprint.
It comes at 1,770cc and features 101.0 x 73.0mm bore and stroke. The cooling finds are kept intact with the concept of ‘precision cooling’, but the cooling mainly happens in the thermal stressed part of the engine. Nevertheless, air cooling is still heavy due to the compact dual radiators.
The six-speed transmission has a wet clutch design that allows for smooth shifting action. The clutch service now comes at the front, while previous models made it somewhat inconvenient for riders to make use of the dry clutch as they had to split the bike.
The innovative design allows you to adjust the windscreen by turning the knob with a single hand, which is going to reduce buffeting and allow for maximum protection against the weather.
The exhaust flow and intake now sits in a vertical position, and leads both cylinders to have similar intakes. The exhaust camshafts and intake are now separate and position of the fuel injector has been improved. The company claims 125 horsepower at 7,700 rpm, and the torque of 92 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm. The silencer is now on the right side and the clutch shaft is covered by the new counterbalance shaft which reduces the vibration.
The increased safety and the betterment of suspension compliance were made possible due to the addition of the new GS. The BMS-X electronic engine management gives a precise control of throttle after teaming up with the E-gas throttle-by-wire system.
There are a lot of options available due to the GS options such as Automatic Stability Control, Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment, cruise control and riding modes. The company predicts most consumers will want to use most of these features, if not all.
On-road settings and two off-road settings are offered by the semi-integral ABS (now a standard), and the ABS can be toggled off as well. The braking power has been given a boost to easily stop the bike when needed. The LED daylight option looks cool when riding during the day.
Even through the scale doesn’t show a major change in the weight, the dynamic dampening control makes the motorcycle feel lighter. Overall, it’s a make with well-rounded abilities you’ll love and respect.