Whether you are leaving for La Défense or Ardèche, or even for the savannah, BMW is keen to offer you the most suitable motorcycle. And for that, there are three versions; a Rallye version, an Exclusive edition, as well as a Standard version. Even if the GS was already an exceptional tool for the three destinations mentioned above, it is "the first time that the customer can opt for a more enduro type or on the contrary favor exclusivity", according to BMW Motorrad. To achieve so much versatility, the Munich residents have turned to an even more complete electronic staffing than before. Embedded systems are more than ever at the service of behavior. You are no longer riding on the asphalt, but on a thick carpet of electronics. Let’s present the copper wires of this thick fabric one by one, but be careful; it’s up to you to sew it however you like, and unfortunately at a cost. All new features are only available as an option. You therefore have:
– The option "Pro riding mode" which includes: modes "Dynamic&Dynamic Pro" and "Enduro& Enduro Pro". The mode "Dynamic" offers a more dynamic throttle response, as the name suggests. While the mode "Enduro" offers behavior more suited to off-roading. It accepts glide and smooths the intervention of ABS and traction-control. The variations "Pro" differ in their possibility of being fully customizable.
This option also includes dynamic traction-control "DTC", which is more precise than the original one and allows sharper acceleration. But also hill start aid; the "Hill Start Control".
– TheE.S.A "Next generation" (Electronically adjustable suspensions): Its role is to adapt the suspensions in real time to the conditions they face. The new generation has automatic trim. On the modes "Dynamic and Dynamic pro ", it firms the suspensions by default, while for the modes "Enduro and Enduro Pro", it makes their behavior much more responsive and suitable for off-road excursions. The E.S.A "Next Generation" automatically adapts the setting of the rear suspension according to the weight when stationary, depending on the loading of the motorcycle (passenger or suitcase). The pre-charge is adjustable by default to maximum or minimum.
– Since 2018, the dashboard can evolve by choosing the "Connectivity". A 6.5-inch full digital TFT matrix screen. No more needles and the small on-board screen, which can be replaced (for a nice price) by a techno display, including on-board functions and information, route guidance, Bluetooth connectivity, a hands-free telephone system and functions. multimedia.
TheEmergency call is also added to the options bench.
The new original equipment is restricted to the piloting modes "Rain" and "Road", as well as the anti-slip ASC, less successful than the DTC. The combination of the two provides optimum traction at all times, adapted to your moods and conditions.
On mode "Rain", The ASC is more interventionist and the throttle response is smoother and adapted to slippery and wet roads.
The mode "Road" meanwhile provides optimum torque and engine response.
The GS1200 passed the EURO 4 exam with flying colors because despite a new injection and a new catalyst, the power values remain unchanged. That is 125 hp at 7,750 rpm for 125 Nm at 6,500 rpm. Painless. As paradoxical as it may seem and despite all this electronic arrival, the flat twin always wants to be "primitive" (sic). No modification has been made to it since its transformation into an engine "modern", by the adoption of liquid cooling in 2013. No change either on the chassis side. It retains its Telelever fork separating the damping and steering function, as well as its Paralever swingarm which responds to the constraints of its cardan transmission. The whole, supporting the same tubular frame with carrying motor. Reinventing yourself when you are at the top of your game, without risking a fall, is always a laborious and above all tedious exercise. We will see in the years to come, what innovations Munich engineers will have to propose to us to replace this technology, already very avant-garde..
On the Standard version, the aesthetics and ergonomics have undergone some minor changes. Overall, the prickly angles give way to more truncated shapes, reinforcing the bike’s rugged feel. Its front mudguard abandons the three points that characterized it for two more square cuts. The shape of the tank scoops, the intake manifold covers, the tank side fairings…. are also evolving. Particular attention has been paid to the ergonomics of the tank, favoring off-road driving.
The GS1200 is more than ever a jack-of-all-trades. But a good chic, which adapts to all your desires, provided you take out the wallet. Obviously, it was not revolutionized. Her outfit has just been tweaked to best adapt to her new endowments (optional), and missions. No risk taking, but confirmation through the optimization of electronic systems
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R 1200 GS 2017
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0 to 100: 3.60 s
medium: 4.96 l
200 km / h
The technical aspect
BMW R 1200 GS 2018
- Tank: 20 liters
- Width: 953 mm
- Wheelbase: 1507 mm
- Dry weight: 244 kg
- Weight in running order: 264 kg
- Train before
- secondary by cardan
- Rear axle
(101 x 73 mm)
at 7,750 rpm
at 6500 rpm