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BMW R1200GS &
R1200GS Adventure
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ManufacturerBMW Motorrad
PredecessorBMW R1150GS
Engine1170 cc, 2-cylinder boxer, air/oil cooled
Bore x stroke: 101 mm x 73 mm
Power105 hp (78 kW) @ 7500 rpm
TorqueTemplate:Convert/Nm @ 5750 rpm
Transmission6-speed, shaft drive
SuspensionFront: BMW Telelever
Rear: BMW Paralever
Optional electronic adjustment
BrakesFront: Twin floating 305 mm discs, four-piston fixed callipers
Rear: Single 265 mm disc, two-piston floating calliper
Optional ABS
TiresFront: 110/80VR19
Rear: 150/70VR17
Spoked or alloy, tubeless wheels
Wheelbase1507 mm (59.3 in)
DimensionsL 2210 mm (87 in) W 935 mm (36.8 in) H 1450 mm (57.1 in)
Seat height850 mm (33.5 in)
895 mm (35.2 in) - Adventure
Weight203 kg (448 lb)
Adv: 223 kg (492 lb) (dry), 229 kg (505 lb)
Adv: 256 kg (564 lb) (wet)
Fuel capacity20 l (4.4 imp gal)
Adv: 33 l (7.3 imp gal)

The BMW R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure are motorcycles manufactured in Berlin, Germany by BMW Motorrad, a division of car manufacturer BMW. It is one of the BMW GS family of dual sport motorcycles. Both motorcycles feature a 1170 cc, 2-cylinder boxer engine with 4-valves per cylinder. The Adventure features a larger capacity fuel tank and longer travel suspension.


At its launch in 2004, the R1200GS was 30 kg (66 lb) lighter than the R1150GS it replaced,[1] and produced 100 bhp (75 kW), an increase of 19%. BMW continued to produce the R1150GS Adventure, releasing a final run-out special edition model,[2] before launching the R1200GS Adventure at the end of 2005 for the 2006 model year.[3]

In 2007, upgrades were made to both models for the 2008 model year. Power was increased to 105 bhp (78 kW), a new Integral ABS II anti-lock braking system was released without servo assistance and new options were added including electronic suspension adjustment (ESA) and automatic stability control (ASC).[4][5]


It is the best selling motorcycle that BMW have built – on 3 August 2007 it produced the 100,000th model.[6] In 2006 the R1200GS was the best selling motorcycle in the United Kingdom. The two models had combined sales of 2,227 units, compared with the next best selling bike, the Honda Fireblade which sold 2,067 units.[7] Nearly one third of the 100,000 units sold by BMW Motorrad worldwide in 2006 were R1200GS.[7] In 2008, the R1200GS was once again BMW's best selling motorcycle, with 22,845 standard models and 12,460 Adventure models being delivered.[8]

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A dual purpose bike can be used on track as well as off road

In 2007, the bike was popularised by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, who used the Adventure model for a trip from John O'Groats in Scotland to Cape Agulhas in South Africa.[9] The trip was documented in a book and television series Long Way Down.

The R1200GS was featured in several episodes the BBC Two television programme The Hairy Bikers' Cookbook, ridden by chefs Dave Myers and Si King.[10][11]

Safety issues

The R1200GS has been affected by a number of safety issues since launch. The United Kingdom Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has issued seven separate vehicle recalls covering the front brakes,[12] anti-lock braking system,[13][14] throttle cable,[15] fuel pump,[16] clutch,[17] and final drive assembly.[18] Similar recalls have been issued in other countries.

See also


  1. Ash, Kevin (14 February 2007). "Lightweight boxer packs a heavy punch". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2009-01-07. 
  2. "BMW Adventure special". Motorcycle News. 20 May 2005. Retrieved on 2009-01-08. 
  3. "THE NEW BMW R1200 GS ADVENTURE". 29 October 2005. Retrieved on 2009-01-08. 
  4. Weyland, Thierry. "BMW R 1200 GS 2008". ViaMichelin. Retrieved on 2009-01-08. 
  5. "2008 BMW R1200GS". Total Motorcycle. Retrieved on 2009-01-08. 
  6. "BMW's 100,000th R 1200 GS". webBikeWorld (from BMW press release). 3 August 2007. Retrieved on 2009-02-03. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ash, Kevin (2 February 2007). "Egos go for off road cred". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2009-01-07. 
  8. "BMW positive about sales figures". 22 January 2009. Retrieved on 2 February 2009. 
  9. Rayner, Tom (4 May 2007). "Long Way Down". Motorcycle News. Retrieved on 2008-12-28. 
  10. "Two Hairy Bikers and one lucky winner". World of BMW. 31 May 2006. Retrieved on 2009-01-09. 
  11. Welch, Andy (18 August 2008). "Crumbs - more hairy moments". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved on 2009-01-09. 
  12. "Recall RM/2008/019". VOSA. 12 June 2008. Retrieved on 2009-01-07. 
  13. "Recall RM/2006/020". VOSA. 14 March 2006. Retrieved on 2009-01-07. 
  14. "Recall RM/2006/021". VOSA. 14 March 2006. Retrieved on 2009-01-07. 
  15. "Recall RM/2005/015". VOSA. 18 March 2005. Retrieved on 2009-01-07. 
  16. "Recall RM/2005/016". VOSA. 4 February 2005. Retrieved on 2009-01-07. 
  17. "Recall RM/2006/023". VOSA. 14 March 2006. Retrieved on 2009-01-07. 
  18. "Recall RM/2006/037". VOSA. 12 September 2006. Retrieved on 2009-01-07. 

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