For the first time, BMW R 1200 GS riders can add some new styles with special Rallye and Exclusive packages as well as optional rider aids such as hill start control.
BMW unveiled the new bike at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan alongside the new G 310GS and R nineT Urban G/S, updated K 1600 GTL with optional reverse and F 800 models, as well as their ConnectRide technologies.
There is no confirmation yet from BMW Motorrad Australia when the bikes are scheduled to arrive or the technology levels.
The R 1200 GS Boxer engine receives a new catalytic convertor and ECU to comply with the Euro 4 pollution requirements. Thankfully, power and torque are unchanged at 92kW and 125Nm.
It now comes with two Rain and Road riding modes and Automatic Stability Control as standard. Riders can add to the aids with the ex works option of RidingModes Pro with Dynamic and Dynamic Pro, Enduro and Enduro Pro as as well Dynamic Traction Control.
The Pro options are activated by a coded plug.
Riding Modes Pro adds set-off assistant Hill Start Control for convenient hill starts, ABS Pro that works when leaned over and dynamic brake light which draws more attention when braking hard.
Optional Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment “Next Generation” has an automatic self-levelling function that adjusts for loads. The KTM R 1200 Super Adventure has a similar function.
It’s best for two-up riding as it prevents the pillion lurching forward and back and gives greater stability
The ex-works Rallye package has stiffer springs, longer spring struts and extended spring travel.
There are several other minor cosmetic and structural changes to the bike. They include modification to the knee area for better off-road riding, a slightly changed front mudguard, winglets to deflect air and newly designed intake and side fuel tank panel.
Only the GS geeks would notice the difference.
New styles and paint
However, everyone will notice the new paint schemes and styles.
The Rallye version is in Lupine Blue metallic paint with BMW Motorsport colours on the sides, a Cordoba Blue frame and black drivetrain.
Exclusive has Monolith metallic matt side panels, Iced Chocolate metallic front wheel splash guard and fuel tank cover, Agate Grey metallic matt frame, black drivetrain and gold-finished brake calipers.
Restyled cooling air ducts and radiator trim elements now come with a galvanised surface or stainless steel on the Rallye and Exclusive packages