R 1200 GS Rallye

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EICMA bike show has been very strong so far. There are new adventure bikes on every stand, exciting little videos and the prospect of many new things to come at price points to suit a lot of people. The Japanese are joining the adventure party late but they’ve arrived with wheelbarrow full of Jaegermeister to win people over. Only a month back KTM announced new versions of already great bikes and now BMW have just announced the new, Euro 4 friendly version of the R 1200 GS.


On the surface, the R 1200 GS shouldn’t be exciting. It’s just a Euro 4 update, so it’s got some new EFI, a new catalytic converter and a new connector so your current GS-911 hasn’t got a hope of working. They’ve added hill start control to the package which I doubt will make anyone excited in anyway at all. They’ve given the GS some new radiator panels to make it look both different and the same too.

Except, the not so new R 1200 GS is hiding a gold nugget up it’s sleeve. BMW don’t seem to have realised they’ve done something pretty damn cool yet either. They’ve made a special edition that’s inadvertently got the potential to take the R 1200 GS to a new level of capability. This isn’t a special model like BMW normally do special models, with a fancy paint job and zero extra substance. It’s a different bike altogether, designed for the human that wants to ride dirt, on their own, a lot. It’s also truly beautiful and fixes some of the things that let the standard R 1200 GS down .


Big footpegs have been fitted to replace the poor, slippery, tiny stock units. A long flat seat is also a special part on the Rallye and the screen has been replaced with a far smaller, neater version.  The centre stand has also been removed, which will irk some but from a riding perspective it’s going to improve the bike. The current centre stand catches on the ground and on big footed riders it catches on the left foot.  The real potential for improvement is in the new suspension. The Rallye has an optional suspension setup, designed exclusively to make the bike perform better off-road. It’s 20mm longer than stock and is fitted with stiffer springs front and rear. Theoretically this should help the bike hold up to bigger hits and deal with all terrain better.

The new Rallye looks to be a very similar approach the KTM 1190 Adventure R and from my perspective that is tremendous news. The best thing about the 1190 R is the off-road capacity and for BMW to be moving in that direction makes me warm and fuzzy. The Germans have one of the most enjoyable, effective engine platforms you’ll find and to see them pushing the chassis boundaries means we could be looking at one of the most well rounded ADV machines ever produced.
It’s designed for a much narrower purpose than the standard GS, but as a group of people who love the dirt as much as pavement, we can’t help but wet ourselves with excitement. The shoutout between the Rallye and 1090 Adventure R is going to be incredible too. From my perspective it’s great to see BMW let the dirt loving design crew build something different to the norm too.


I’ve held off on this until the very end of the piece, but can we now talk about the looks? I regularly get excited by pretty bikes but this BMW is doing magical things for me. The frame, the single piece seat, small screen and removal of the rear rack have made the bike look smaller, sharper and so much more refined than stock. And that colour scheme. OH. MY.


Now if only they’d put a 21-inch wheel and a 150 width rear tyre on it…


What do you think? Is it worthy addition to BMW’s range? Would you buy one?

Will it match the 1090 Adventure R?

Full Press Release;


The new BMW R 1200 GS – even more supreme on all terrain types.

“BMW GS” has stood for universal motorcycling pleasure for more than 35 years: “GS” embodies the ideal combination of touring and long distance suitability, dynamic performance and off-road capability. This applies especially to the BMW GS motorcycles with a flat-twin boxer engine. They are the perfect companions in extreme conditions when it comes to exploring the most remote corners of the earth.

The unique overall concept of the R 1200 GS with its down-to-earth character and powerful high-torque engine thrills a large number of motorcycle fans all over the world. It is not for nothing that this motorcycle has dominated its market segment for many years and is the top-seller within the BMW Motorrad model range. With the new R 1200 GS, BMW Motorrad expands the GS portfolio not only in the form of additional product optimisations but also by means of further potential broadening of the motorcycle’s properties. For the first time, customers can give a BMW GS a more marked touch of enduro or distinguished style to suit its preferred area of use by ordering the style packages Rallye and Exclusive.

The most popular travel enduro bike in the world, the R 1200 GS has now been optimised in a wide range of areas. Designed for even greater versatility than before, it taps into a previously unknown breadth of properties, ranging from dynamic performance to comfort and off-road suitability. This is due to selective improvements, numerous new features and not least a much-expanded program of optional equipment and optional accessories.


Boxer engine with new catalytic converter and adapted data status in line with EU4 requirements.

Powered as before by the air/liquid-cooled boxer with an output of 92 kW (125 hp) at 7 750 rpm and a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6 500 rpm, the new R 1200 GS now has an altered catalytic converter and a new data status for the engine management to meet the latest EU4 requirements. Model year 2017 already saw the addition of a judder damper on the transmission output shaft and a revision of the selector drum actuator and transmission shafts.


Riding Modes Pro as an optional feature with dynamic traction control DTC and new Hill Start Control.

For individual adaptation to rider preferences, the new R 1200 GS offers the two riding modes “Rain” and “Road” as standard in conjunction with Automatic Stability Control ASC for optimum traction. As an optional equipment item ex works, the new R 1200 GS can be fitted with “Riding Modes Pro” featuring the additional riding modes “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro”, “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” as well Dynamic Traction Control DTC, which enables even more efficient and safe acceleration especially in banking position.

The riding modes “Dynamic Pro” and “Enduro Pro”, activated by means of a coded plug, also offer customisation options which allow the character of the motorcycle to be adapted. Other elements of “Riding Modes Pro” are the new set-off assistant Hill Start Control for convenient hill starts, ABS Pro for even greater safety when braking, even in banking position, and the dynamic brake light which is even more effective in drawing attention to the fact that the motorcycle is braking.


Electronic suspension Dynamic ESA “Next Generation” with fully automatic self-levelling suspension function.

A whole new dimension of riding safety, performance and comfort is harnessed with the optional BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA “Next Generation” (Electronic Suspension Adjustment): here, the damping automatically adapts to the situation depending on riding condition and manoeuvres, and there is also an automatic self-levelling function to compensate all load states.


Tight sports suspension for off-road enthusiasts as an ex works option for the R 1200 GS Rallye.

The Rallye package available ex works allows the new R 1200 GS to be optimised for more ambitious off-road use. Off-road performance is significantly increased due to an increased spring rate (“harder suspension”), longer spring struts and extended spring travel.


New paint finishes and styling in three attractive variants.

While the underlying design architecture of the R 1200 GS has been preserved in the new version, optimised ergonomics in the knee area ensure further improved off-road qualities, while more pointed contrasts, new paint finishes and the two optional equipment packages Rallye and Exclusive emphasise the distinctive talents of the R 1200 GS in its differing forms. Details have been optimised on the front mudguard and at the centre of the front wheel cover, while small slipstream deflectors known as winglets add a touch of aerodynamic perfection. The trim of the air intake and the side fuel tank trim panels have been newly designed, too. New styling has now also been applied to the cooling air ducts and radiator trim elements, which either feature a galvanised surface or are made of stainless steel (Rallye and Exclusive).

The off-road character of the new R 1200 GS is particularly emphasised in the Rallye version. The paintwork in Lupine Blue metallic, the over-painted deco elements on the fuel tank sides in BMW Motorsport colours and the frame in Cordoba Blue go together with the black drivetrain to create the sportiest series production GS of all time.

The sheer presence of the R 1200 GS Exclusive is underscored by means of fuel tank side trim panels in Monolith metallic matt with clear over-painted deco elements, a front wheel splash guard and central fuel tank cover in Iced Chocolate metallic and a frame finished in Agate Grey metallic matt. The black drivetrain and the gold-finished brake calipers lend a refined contrast here.


An overview of the highlights of the new BMW R 1200 GS:

  • Boxer engine with new catalytic converter and adapted data status to meet EU4 requirements and an unchanged output of 92 kW (125 hp) at 7 750 rpm.
  • New appearance with visually enhanced robustness.
  • More marked styling and attractive colour variants.
  • Even more ergonomics options with numerous seat heights and seat variants.
  • Significantly wider spread of model variations in relation to the basic version, from the refined R 1200 GS Exclusive through to the R 1200 GS Rallye for riders with off-road aspirations.
  • R 1200 GS Rallye – new version with additional product substance: Rallye seat, sports windshield, radiator and frame guard, wide enduro footrests and cross-spoke wheels as well as a professional sports suspension and optional studded tyres.
  • Innovative functions provided by the latest generation of Dynamic ESA: automatic damping mode and automatic self-levelling suspension for a new riding experience.
  • Riding Modes Pro with DTC, Hill Start Control and the new customisable modes Modi Dynamic Pro and Enduro Pro as optional equipment items ex works.
  • New optional accessories such as cylinder protection bracket, topcase for two helmets and off-road protection parts as well as radiator guard and frame guard.


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