2015 BMW R1200GS Review
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.
2015 BMW R1200GS – Key Features
One R 1200 GS. One Feeling – Power in every situation.
2015 BMW R1200GS – Features and Benefits
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.
2015 BMW R1200GS – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $16,175 USD
Type Air/liquid-cooled four stroke flat twin engine, double overhead camshaft, one balance shaft
Bore x stroke 101 mm x 73 mm
Capacity 1,170 cc
Rated output 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm
Max. torque 92 lb-ft (125 Nm) at 6,500 rpm
Compression ratio 12.5 : 1
Mixture control / engine management Electronic intake pipe injection / BMS-K+ digital engine management with electromotive throttle actuator
Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3
Performance / fuel consumption
Maximum speed Over 125 mph
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h 57 mpg at a constant 56 mph (4.1 l)
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h
Fuel type Premium Unleaded
Alternator three-phase alternator 510 W (nominal power)
Battery 12 V / 11,8 Ah, maintenance-free
Clutch oil lubricated clutch, hydraulically operated
Gearbox Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth
Drive Shaft drive
Chassis / brakes
Frame Two-section frame, bolted on rear frame, load-bearing engine
Front wheel location / suspension BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 37 mm, central spring strut
Rear wheel location / suspension Cast 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
Suspension travel front / rear 7.5 in/7.9 in (190 mm / 200 mm)
Wheelbase 59.3 in (1,507 mm)
Castor 3.9 in (99.6 mm)
Steering head angle 64.5°
Wheels Cast aluminum wheels
Rim, front 3,00 x 19″
Rim, rear 4,50 x 17″
Tyres, front 120/70 R 19
Tyres, rear 170/60 R 17
Brake, front Dual floating discs, diameter 305 mm, 4-piston radial calipers
Brake, rear Single disc, diameter 276 mm, double-piston floating caliper
ABS STANDARD (part integral, can be switched off)
Dimensions / weights
Length 87.0 in (2.210 mm)
Width (incl. mirrors) 37.5 in (953 mm)
Height (excl. mirrors) 55.9 in (1,412 mm)
Seat height, unladen weight 33.5/34.3 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)
Inner leg curve, unladen weight 73.6/75.2 inches (adjustable seat height) Standard; variable inner leg curve (inseam) between 69.7 and 76.8 inches (seats available as accessories and/or factory options, see an authorized BMW Motorrad dealer)
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1) 525 lbs (238 kg)
Permitted total weight 992 lbs (450 kg)
Payload (with standard equipment) 467 lbs (212 kg)
Usable tank volume 5.3 gal
Reserve approx. 1 gal
” Technical data relate to the unladen weight (DIN)
” 1) According to guideline 93/93/EWG with all fluids, fuelled with at least 90% of usable tank volume