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Direct from the horse's mouth - or in this case, the BMW Press kit:
The new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
Technical Features and Highlights .
2. Range of Equipment.
3. Engine Output and Torque.
1. Technical Features and Highlights.
Launching the R 1200 GS Adventure, BMW Motorrad is proudly presenting the latest version of the ultimate long-distance enduro for the globetrotter and adventurer. Apart from the unique synthesis of dynamic performance, touring and offroad qualities so characteristic of the "basic" model, the R 1200 GS Adventure offers additional offroad qualities and an even higher standard of long-distance riding comfort. So without requiring any supplementary features, this new model from BMW Motorrad gives the rider all these unique qualities in full straight from the factory.
Compared with its predecessor, the R 1150 GS Adventure, the new model is entering the market with numerous improvements and a far larger range of standard equipment - features adding further potential to the unique qualities of the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure and clearly distinguishing the new model from the basic version which naturally still remains in production. Many features previously only available as special equipment or accessories now come as standard on the new R 1200 GS Adventure, such as the 33-litre (7.3 Imp gal) fuel tank, a new windshield for enhanced protection from wind and weather, the seat adjustable for height, robust tank and engine protection hoops, as well as extra-wide rider footrests combined with adjustable gearshift and brake levers.
With the new Adventure being based on the R 1200 GS, the rider also benefits from significantly more power and torque from BMW Motorrad's latest two-cylinder boxer: maximum output is 74 kW/100 hp at 7,000 rpm (72 kW/98 hp at 7,000 rpm in the German version), peak torque is 115 Nm/ 85 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm.
The other technical features and highlights of the R 1200 GS Adventure are also the same as on the current "basic" model. Using lighter components on the engine, transmission and exhaust damper, as well as weight-optimised components such as the frame, suspension and wheels, the new R 1200 GS Adventure, despite a wider range of series equipment, does not weigh much more than the previous "basic" model.
Last but certainly not least, the new six-speed gearbox, the most recent Paralever and Telelever technology, new instruments in digital technology and the on-board network with CAN bus technology represent a significant step into the future compared with the former R 1150 GS Adventure.
The new R 1200 GS Adventure continues the successful design concept introduced by the former model, offering a unique combination of dynamic performance and robust riding qualities. High-quality materials and surfaces such as stainless steel and aluminium ensure a unique touch of clear high-tech and very functional elegance. And depending on his personal preferences, the customer can choose from two entirely different colour schemes.
Reflecting its wide range of use and riding qualities, the new R 1200 GS comes with an equally wide range special equipment and accessories. Features available right from the factory include BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (a partly integrated, on-demand anti-lock brake system), special offroad tyres, additional headlights, and an on-board computer.
Over and above these features available straight off the production line,
the BMW Motorcycle Dealer is also able to offer a new range of aluminium cases, the BMW Motorrad Navigator, as well as numerous practical accessories enabling the customer to upgrade his machine individually according to personal requirements and the particular riding conditions and demands he - or she - expects to encounter.
Improved in all areas and in every respect, the new R 1200 GS Adventure
is certainly a very proud successor to the former 1150-cc model. Based on
the "standard" version of the R 1200 GS, this new machine is not only the ultimate long- and short-distance enduro for the globetrotter, the adventurer and traveller, but also a professional machine for bold riders participating in overland expeditions and demanding the utmost of both themselves and their material. And last but certainly not least, the new R 1200 GS Adventure appeals to the discerning customer looking for impressive handling qualities and a striking appearance also in everyday life.
The most important highlights of the new R 1200 GS Adventure versus the "standard" R 1200 GS:
• 33-litre (7.3 Imp gal) fuel tank.
• Larger windshield.
• Tank, engine and valve cover protectors.
• Stainless-steel luggage rack.
• Adjustable seat with offroad ergonomics.
• Adjustable aluminium handlebar with hand protectors.
• Longer spring travel for superior offroad qualities.
• Cross-spoke wheels.
• Extra-wide rider footrests, adjustable gearshift and brake levers.
• High-performance 720 W alternator.
The most significant technical highlights of the new R 1200 GS Adventure versus the former R 1150 GS Adventure:
• Substantial reduction in weight.
• Significant increase in output (plus 15 per cent) and torque (plus 17 per cent).
• New six-speed manual gearbox.
• New Evo-Paralever with TDD spring struts.
• New Telelever.
• New instruments in digital technology with Info-Flatscreen.
• On-board single-wire network using CAN bus technology.
• Electronic immobiliser.
33-litre fuel tank - more miles on one tank of fuel.
Without doubt, one of the most conspicuous and significant new features on the R 1200 GS Adventure is the large fuel tank with useful capacity of 33 litres (7.3 Imp gals) including approximately 4 litres reserve. This means that the rider benefits from an extra 13 litres or almost 3 Imp gals more than on the standard model - and the increase in fuel capacity is also approximately three litres over the former R 1150 GS Adventure, where a larger tank was available only as an option.
At a steady speed of 90 km/h or 56 mph, the R 1200 GS Adventure has a - theoretical - cruising range of 750 kilometres or 465 miles. In practice, this means that the rider of the new R 1200 GS Adventure is able to cover even longer distances between stops for refueling than on any other competition model in the market.
Extra-large windshield for superior comfort also at high speeds.
With its carefully conceived design, the new windshield diverts the flow of
air smoothly past the rider with hardly any turbulence or air swirl, thus effectively taking the usual forces off the rider's head and upper body particularly
at high speeds. Additional, specially designed flaps behind the windshield serve furthermore to minimise any draughts in the kidney area. And since the
windshield is adjustable for angle, it offers riders of virtually any size excellent protection from wind and weather in all cases.
Tank, engine and valve cover protection - no damage from minor bumps.
Stable and robust stainless-steel pipes protect the fuel tank and engine effectively from the consequences of involuntary encounters whether offroad or on the tarmac. And at the same time high-quality aluminium covers help to avoid any traces of tough riding conditions which might otherwise be left behind on the valve covers.
Stainless-steel luggage rack - attractively styled and highly practical.
Robust and practical fastening points and supports for the rider's bags
are absolutely essential for an offroader with the qualities of a genuine global traveller. Precisely this is why the new R 1200 GS Adventure comes with a generously designed and stable luggage rack made of stainless steel perfectly accommodating, say, the optional aluminium topcase.
Adjustable seat - just right for offroad riding.
To ensure an optimum seating position under all conditions, the two-section seat on the new R 1200 GS Adventure can be adjusted to two different levels on the rider's area. In its upper position with seat height of 915 millimetres or 36.0´´, the seat offers the rider all the comfort of an absolutely flat seat area without any steps in between, thus guaranteeing the freedom of movement the rider requires particularly off the beaten track. In its lower position, the seat moves down to a level of 895 millimetres or 35.2´´, making it easier for even the somewhat shorter rider to reach the road and hold the machine securely in position, for example when stopping at the traffic lights. This is also enhanced by the particular shape and design of the seat itself, which is distinctly narrowed at the front.
Aluminium handlebar with hand protectors.
The high-quality, conified handlebar made of light alloy comes complete with
a foam protection element embedded in a special plastic material. Practical hand protectors are also a standard feature on the new R 1200 GS Adventure.
Extra-wide rider footrests and adjustable gearshift and brake levers.
Reflecting its enhanced offroad riding qualities, the new R 1200 GS Adventure comes with extra-wide rider footrests offering a particularly safe and secure position and helping the rider above all on rough tracks requiring him - or her - to stand up on the machine most of the time. Adjustable gearshift and brake levers also meet all kinds of varying requirements, adjusting to various styles of riding and individual preferences as well as various kinds of shoes or boots, for example touring or offroad riding boots. The height of the footbrake lever can be adjusted most conveniently by a folding mechanism on the pedal surface, the gearshift lever is adjusted by means of an eccentric kinematic unit.
Spring units and cross-spoke wheels for enhanced offroad qualities.
The suspension and running gear of the R 1200 GS Adventure is perfectly prepared even for the toughest offroad requirements, with an extra 20 millimetres or 0.79´´ spring travel both front and rear versus the "standard" R 1200 GS. And to offer optimum wheel guidance, the new Adventure features the same superior lightweight elements al¬ready boasted by the R 1200 GS.
The Telelever featured on the front wheel measures 41 millimetres or 1.61´´ in diameter on its fixed tube, while the Evo-Paralever at the rear boasts a central spring strut and travel-dependent damping unit (TDD) - the more the spring strut is compressed, the firmer the damp¬er becomes. Detailed information on the frame and suspension is provided in the R 1200 GS press kit.
The new R 1200 GS Adventure comes as standard on BMW Motorrad's proven, extra-strong cross-spoke wheels offering their superior benefits particularly on extreme tracks, at high offroad speeds, and under high permanent loads and it almost goes without saying that the machine may be fitted with tubeless tyres, just as the spokes can be replaced individually one-by-one.
The frame - maximum stability on minimum weight.
Maximum stiffness and strength are the outstanding features of the two-piece steel-tube frame based on the tubular frame structure of the R 1200 GS.
The front and main frame come directly from the R 1200 GS, the rear frame has been slightly modified in its geometric configuration on the supports for the main and side stands. The extra-light tubular structure integrates the entire power unit as a load-bearing element, helping to further reduce the weight of the new R 1200 GS Adventure versus its predecessor. And last but not least, the modified main stand holder now enables the rider to lift up and park the machine even more easily and conveniently than before.
High-performance alternator - more power reserves for additional power-consuming items.
Electrical power-consuming items fitted additionally as special equipment also receive a reliable supply of energy thanks to the alternator on the R 1200 GS upgraded to 720 W, 120 W more than on the "standard" version.
Power unit - superior power for superior drive qualities.
The flat-twin power unit complete with a balance shaft introduced for the first time on the "basic" R 1200 GS also serves to give the new Adventure superior power and performance. Maximum output from this 1,170-cc engine is 74 KW/100 bhp at 7,000 rpm (or, on the German version, 72 kW/98 bhp at 7,000 rpm), with torque peaking at 115 Nm/85 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm. Again, the most important features and all technical details of this superior drivetrain are described in detail in the R 1200 GS press kit.
Six-speed gearbox carried over from the R 1200 GS.
The extra-light and smooth-running six-speed dog-type gearbox with helical gearing has again been carried over from the R 1200 GS.
Instruments and on-board electrics - digital technology of the highest standard.
Again, the new R 1200 GS Adventure offers all the features and equipment already boasted by the "basic" model when it comes to the machine's instruments and on-board electrics. This includes extra-light instrumentation using the Info-Flatscreen, an innovative on-board network in CAN-bus technology, and an electronic immobiliser.
Body and design - conveying a clear message in every respect.
At very first sight, the new R 1200 GS Adventure conveys a look of dynamic performance and agile power, combining these superior features with all the robust qualities of an Enduro. High-quality materials and surfaces such as blast-treated stainless steel on the fuel tank and engine protection hoops as well as on the luggage rack, plus eloxy-plated aluminium on the rims and knee covers, give the entire machine a superior look of technical, functional elegance, at the same time emphasising the superior level of quality characterising the new R 1200 GS Adventure.
The colour concept also stands for aesthetic design and powerful character, clearly demonstrating the progress made over the former model. The customer is therefore able to choose from two colour schemes:Opting for Alpine White non-metallic, the rider will enjoy the classic colour of a BMW GS combined with the seat in Black and Red as well as knee covers with Black eloxy plating.
Paintwork in White Aluminium matt metallic, in turn, is supplemented by the seat in Black Grey and Olive-coloured knee covers in magnesium eloxy-plated aluminium. This combination emanates a touch of cool technical elegance, harmonising perfectly with the machine's other metallic components such as the roll bars or aluminium cases.
is it just me or is this bike total overkill ?
for half the money it would cost you to buy this, you could buy a new 650 dakar ,and use the money you have saved to travel to africa for several month,s or longer ,also it seem,s that you would need a degree in electronic,s to fix it when it break,s down , or a very large wallet to hand over to your bmw dealer ,not to mention a fork lift truck to pick it up when you drop it .
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