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BMW R1200GS (2004-2012)



Detail Value
New price £10,550
Used price range View BMW R1200GS bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1170 cc
Power 100 bhp
Top speed 136 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 3
Value rating is 4 rating is 3

MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The BMW R1200GS breezed into the motorcycle world in 2004 and changed it forever. It’s a genuine all-round motorcycle that’s equally at home on a trackday as it is on a grand tour. The BMW R1200GS' 1170cc Boxer engine is a pleasure to use, while the handling, braking, usability and comfort put this motorcycle in a class of one.

 

Watch the BMW R1200GS take on the Moto Guzzi Stelvio, KTM's 990 Adventure and the Triumph Tiger

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The BMW R1200GS' trusty oil/air-cooled SOHC Boxer motor is flexible, punchy and revvy all at the same time. The motorcycle's throttle is light, the response is instant and the power is all you could hopefully use in the real world. There are pleasantly few vibes, too, thanks to new-for-BMW balance shaft fitted to the BMW R1200GS.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The BMW R1200GS exudes perennially unflustered excellence. The chassis is superb. The Telelever front end initially feels remote, but once you’re dialled in to the motorcycle and confident the BMW R1200GS can be leant and leant and leant. It’s 30kg lighter than the preceding model, the BMW R1150GS, and the servo-assisted brakes and (optional) ABS help haul the BMW R1200GS up with ease.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

A man could beggar himself lavishing kit on his BMW R1200GS. Heated grips, ABS, crash bars, hard and soft luggage…but at least you get an ignition-based immobiliser and a height adjustable seat as standard on the BMW R1200GS. Compare and buy parts for the BMW R1200GS in the MCN Shop.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

BMW motorcycle reliability is legendary, but it’s as much down to the comparatively gentle use the BMW R1200GS tends to get and the meticulous attention to the service schedule of  BMW R1200GS owners . Avoid any motorcycle that can’t back up its history with a full, dealer-stamped, motorcycle service book.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

BMW R1200GS typically command top dollar for either new or secondhand motorcycles. But the good news is that you get back much more of your money when you sell the motorcycle than virtually any other motorcycle brand. Mileage is normally the bugbear of residuals, but BMW R1200GS buyers are much more tolerant, with only motorcycles showing over 50,000 considered high mileage. Find a BMW R1200GS for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

2004: BMW R1200GS motorcycle launched.

Other Versions

BMW R1200GS Adventure (see separate listing).

Specifications

Top speed 136 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.4 secs
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Weight 199 kg
Seat height 850 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 47 mpg
Tank range 206 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 1170 cc
Engine specification 8v Boxer-twin, 6 gears
Frame Steel trellis subframe
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 x 19
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(22 reviews)

  • BMW R1200GS

    dave henderson

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I have just ordered my 2nd GS after doing 14K miles on my 05 model I got 2nd hand. I have had a couple of warrenty issues but each time they have been sorted out without any problems. It is a fantastic bike for 2-up riding and excellant for touring. It could do with 20bhp more but otherwise I love it.

    06 March 2007

  • Dire reliabilty problems!

    minkyhead

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    Bought new 03. 2005 had failed clutch, throttle jamming on, brake failure, overheating. Refused to ride it after 2nd brake failure. Negotiated replacement with cash, adjustment,  failed fuel pump, stranded again. Bought a 4 year old valadero and sold the beemer 'nuff said, good when it runs though ...never buy out of warranty you have been warned! Strengths: Really good all rounder. Weaknesses: Terrible reliability problems, you have been warned!

    08 September 2006

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