BMW R1200GS ADVENTURE (2014-on) Review

Published: 26 February 2014

"Still the ultimate go-anywhere tourer and will comfortably hoover-up miles of tarmac, mud and whatever you throw at it"

BMW R1200GS ADVENTURE  (2014-on)

"Still the ultimate go-anywhere tourer and will comfortably hoover-up miles of tarmac, mud and whatever you throw at it"

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

BMW has made the new R1200GS Adventure more comfortable, easier to ride and even more accomplished. It might be more refined and luxurious than ever but crucially it’s still the ultimate go-anywhere tourer and will comfortably hoover-up miles of tarmac, mud and whatever else you decide to throw at it. You might not literally be able to ride over water, but you get the feeling that with BMW it’s only a matter of time! A worthy successor to the legendary Adventure name.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Owners aren’t going to buy the new Adventure to ride like a loon, but it handles crisply, like a sportsbike on the twisties, like a smooth tourer on the motorway and an enduro off-road. It also boasts an enviable level of electronic sophistication, which helps you ride faster, safer and smoother. BMW reckon you can squeeze 350 miles from the new 30-litre tank and with its spacious riding position and loads of little luxuries such as heated grips and power sockets, not to mention the tall screen, this may well be achievable.

Engine 5 out of 5

The new motor is a peach, mixing power, refinement and ground-churning levels of grunt. Spin the 125bhp liquid-cooled boxer engine hard and the Adventure leaps out of corners, emitting a pleasing, gravelly exhaust note as it does so. On the way into corners, the motor pops and bangs on the overrun. Select ‘Rain’ mode and you get an electronic comfort blanket that takes the edge off the power delivery and gives you full ABS and traction control. Many still scoff at electronic aids but when you are on a big bike like the Adventure, they really make a difference to your confidence levels.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The boxer engine is very reliable and the level of build quality very high. The Adventure is a rugged bike designed to take on the world, and win!

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

In basic specification it isn’t that much more than the standard GS.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The GS comes with two riding modes, traction control and ABS as standard. Semi-active suspension and cruise control are extra.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their BMW R1200GS ADVENTURE (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your BMW R1200GS ADVENTURE (2014-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

24 May 2015 by Shaun Brown

Great bike. Does everything really well. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Fun Playing with the different modes. Subtle differences between them. Not earth shattering.
Engine
5 out of 5
Brilliant.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Still too early but everything feels solid.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
Mine is fully equipped, Even reduced suspension. Keyless is the Way to go.
Buying experience

Long delivery time, but good support from my dealer.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £12,850
Used price £13,000 to £14,800
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 125 bhp
Max torque 92 ft-lb
Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 46 mpg
Tank range 350 miles
Specification
Engine size 1170cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v boxer twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 30 litres
Seat height 890mm
Bike weight 260kg
Front suspension BMW Telelever, adjustable spring preload
Rear suspension BMW Evo Paralever, fully adjustable rear shock
Front brake 2x305mm discs. Brembo four-piston radial calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x276mm petal disc, Brembo two-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70ZR19
Rear tyre size 170/60ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2002 The R1150GS Adventure is launched. The R1200GS Adventure is unveiled in 2006 and gains twin cams in 2010.

Other versions

Standard R1200GS

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