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New BMW R1200GS Test - What Do you Want To Know?

This week our intrepid road tester Chad jets off to South Africa for the launch of BMW's all-new R1200GS super-traillie. With stiff competition from KTM this year, BMW have strove to out-do themselves (and the opposition), with a new air/water cooled engine making 125bhp, new chassis and new semi-active electronic suspension. What do you want to know about the bike? Ask us...

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  • Posted 2 years ago (15 January 2013 15:52)

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Jan 05

Posts: 2

GavT says:

Seat & Final Drive?

Hi Chad... As a long term owner of two GS’s (Standard & Adventure), one of the major problems I’ve had with the original bikes is the seat profile which frankly after a hundred miles become instruments of torture. Many fellow GS owners have to spend their hard earned on a more comfortable custom seat because BMW just can’t create a decent perch. What we are looking for is a broader width to the back of the seat, tapering to a narrow profile to the front allowing easy foot down when stationary and more lateral support across the bum. So... is the new GS more comfortable? Another issue has been ‘final drive failures’, a well documented problem which BMW had to update the internals five times through the production lifecycle. The final GS has an FD breather to combat pressure build up in hot conditions which otherwise pop the outer seal allowing water ingress and loss of gear oil. So... Mr BMW engineer, what have you done to address this problem? Generally, BMW need to improve their reliability. Many Thanks Gavin T.

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Jun 09

Posts: 12

trannie680 says:

good vibrations

Hi Chad, I too would like to know how bmw have improved the seat, if at all. I put a kahedo on my adv. because the standard seat was terrible ! I also worry about final drive failure now the warranty has expired. What have they done to address this? Also the mirrors are useless over about 90, can't see whats creeping up behind the vibration is so bad.  Thanks for all your efforts, Garry.

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Feb 05

Posts: 6

ishvara says:


Does it perform anywhere near KTM 990 Adv?



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Mar 10

Posts: 120

MudDoctor says:

The seat

comfort issue was resolved, for me, by setting the adjustment with the front on its high setting, and the rear on its low setting. Completely transformed the long distance comfort.

Perhaps I'm just lucky, but I've had no reliability issues with either of my Adventures over 4 years.

I would like to know if there will be an Adventure version of the new bike.

Also, how good is the semi-active suspension?

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Oct 11

Posts: 199

SundayRoast says:


With all the comments below about seat comfort, would BMW consider an "Air Seat" optional extra. If it could be inflated/deflated to order, all the better.

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Feb 10

Posts: 159

ducatigav says:

will it still turn normal bikers in too bmw snobs lol :)

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Mar 10

Posts: 1046

bmwgs says:


will they fit a lower seat at normal ?

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Oct 11

Posts: 28

Mistafunky says:


Can you turn the ABS off so you can do stoppies?

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Jan 13

Posts: 1

Luckyloonie says:

Cooling system failure.

I understand the bike will be 65% air cooled and 35% water cooled. If the water cooling system springs a leak will the motorcycle still have sufficient air cooling to get you home?

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Jan 11

Posts: 8645

snev says:


Would I be able to ignore all other bikers other than BMWs

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