For the past 30 years, the BMW GS series has served the motorcyclists across the world and is still fascinating new riders. Whether it is about exploiting the motorcycle on corners like a sport bike or covering straight stretches at high speeds, the series has always performed better than expected.
Now coming directly to the main news here, the International Motor Show is going on in Cologne, Germany and BMW Motorrad has revealed the 2013 BMW R1200GS. The challenge here was how to improve an already wonderful motorcycle, but as always BMW has proved that they are best at its job. This year the company had a couple of points on its checklist which are as below:
- Further increase performance overall – without neglecting its well-established virtues
- Perfect its touring suitability.
- Increase off-road suitability.
- Achieve superior figures within the travel enduro segment and beyond in terms of engine and riding performance.
- Ensure preparation for the future in terms of noise and exhaust emissions.
- Suspension with top handling, optimum traction and increased off-road performance.
- Increase active and passive safety.
- Unmistakable BMW Motorrad design in typical GS style.
- Top quality as is characteristic of BMW Motorrad.
The highlights of the 2013 R1200GS are as below:
- Completely newly designed engine for top-level riding dynamics within the travel enduro segment.
- Capacity 1170 cc, rated output 92 kW (125 bhp) at 7700 rpm and a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6500 rpm.
- 6-speed gearbox integrated in engine housing, including wet clutch with anti-hopping function and reduced lever operation force.
- New intake system for optimum output and torque with 52 mm throttle valve diameter.
- E-gas for improved ridability, running smoothness and special functions.
- Innovative exhaust gas system with electronically controlled exhaust flap for optimum performance characteristics and an earthy boxer sound.
- Freely selectable riding modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic”, “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” with three different electromotive throttle actuator settings in conjunction with ASC (Automatic Stability Control), ABS and ASC settings for off-road riding as well as different mode-specific Dynamic ESA settings (option ex works).
- New suspension with torsionally stiff tubular steel bridge frame and bolt-on rear frame.
- Optimized lightweight cardan shaft drive now running on the left-hand side.
- Tyre/wheel dimensions of 120/70 R19 at front and 170/60 R17 at rear as a world first, tailored specially to the R 1200 GS.
- Revised BMW Motorrad brake system with radially mounted Brembo Monobloc brake calipers at front and 2-piston floating caliper with enlarged brake disc at rear (Ø 276mm, previously 265mm).
- BMW Motorrad Integral ABS as standard.
- Semi-active suspension Dynamic ESA (ex works option).
- Main headlight with optimized light efficiency and LED daytime running light (ex works option).
- World’s first motorcycle with LED main headlight featuring integrated daytime running light (ex works option).
- New vehicle electrical system with partitioning of functions.
- Extended electric switch units.
- Electronic cruise control (ex works option).
- Preparation for navigation unit with Multi-Controller to operate the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV (ex works option).
- Windshield with one-hand operation for excellent wind and weather protection.
- Seat with multiple adjustment functions for perfect ergonomics.
- Number plate carriers quick to dismount for off-road riding.
- Increased ground clearance (+ 8 mm)
- New instrument cluster with on-board computer as standard. PRO on-board computer as an option.
- Four main paint finishes to choose from: Alpine White, Racing Red, Blue Fire and Thunder Grey Metallic.
Although the actual price has not been disclosed by BMW itself, it is expected to cost nearly the same as the 2012 model (app. $16,500). Interested buyers may call the nearest dealer for the price of the motorcycle.
Official Video – 2013 BMW R1200GS
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