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

7 owners have 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 3.9 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.1 out of 5
Engine 4.1 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Engine failure on 2016 BMW R1200 GS WC Adventure TE.

26 February 2017 by Paul Manson

Overall the bike was noisy at low speed, the riding experience was very good but there was always a niggling feeling of don't push the bike incase it fails, it did. I have no faith in BMW bike products it will take a lot to change mine and many... Read more others opinions.

Ride Quality & Brakes
1 out of 5
Discs corrode after being ridden, very poor for suck a high end bike, discs are thin and care is required, for a off-road bike this is poor.
Engine
1 out of 5
Noisy and very lumpy at low raves through towns, still noisy which I complained about to BMW. Eventually its had full engine failure at 10K after 8 months of ownership mostly winter. This is extremely disappointing and all trust in quality has gone after owning BMW bike for years with no issues ever this R1200 GS WC TE, has been a nightmare.
Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
Various corrosion issues all passed of by the dealer as being normal and that I should paint myself. Electrical issues and switches inoperative. Paint issues on tank lacquer peeling off. Complete engine failure and knocking noise, metal in oil when drained by the dealer, as yet not resolved.
Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
The new GS has a habit of eating rear tyres and Michelin has assisted in providing tyres Pilot Road 4 (brilliant road grip in the wet or dry) to address the issue, maximum milage achieved has been 2700 and as low as 1400, I've had four sets of tyres in 8 months of riding. Fuel consumption leaves a lot to be desired, its not economical with varied riding all distances of 50-600 miles. Servicing is astronomical from BMW with seemingly no fixed costs.
Equipment
1 out of 5
GPS and electrical glitches continue, gear selector failure.
Buying experience

Very poor the bike I ordered was built wrong and recalled, the replacement from a UK dealership has been a suspect bike from the start. The dealer was not at fault, BMW customer service is appalling.

2 out of 5

Poor build quality and they corrode for fun

14 January 2017 by Craig Sterling

I bought this bike brand spanking new in June 2014 and believed that I was buying a quality motorcycle from a premium manufacturer. As we all know, they are not cheap and all the press reviews raved about how well they ride. The motorcycle... Read more journalists are not equipped with a crystal ball and can't tell you what it's really like owning the big GS in the real world. The corrosion (rust) issues started to manifest themselves on my bike when it was around 8 months old. The bike had been treated professionally with ACF50 within the first few weeks of my ownership and was washed twice a week using SDOC100 gel cleaner. I would then top up the ACF50 with a hand spray about once a month. I started to notice that the front and rear wheels were stained and that this staining seemed to be coming from the spoke apetures. The frame started to show tiny specks of rust and I noticed that the coating of the shaft drive housing was beginning to oxidise. A thorough inspection of the bike revealed that the engine was also starting to corrode and the coating was peeling off due to the oxidisation. The main stand was also suffering and was more red than black due to the rust. I alerted the franchised dealer (Chester Motorrad) and it was agreed that they would look at the issues when the bike came back in for the big service. By the time the big service was due the bike had a number of other issues such as the rear brake pedal sticking on causing the rear disc and pads to wear out and the left hand Adventure lamp flashing and then packing in. The dealer at first decided that the majority of these issues were my fault and that I had neglected the bike, stating that I wasnt using the bike properly (How do you not use a bike properly?) After getting a bit shirty with them they eventually caved in and agreed to raise these issues with BMW Motorrad using the internal PuMA system. I'm going to cut a very long story short by saying that after a fair bit of tooing and frowing, the bike went into the dealers in October 2016 and was rebuilt using the following new parts. Wheels front and rear. Engine and complete frame. Rear drive unit external and internal (it had rusted inside) Main stand. Rear disc and pads. I went to collect the bike after about 5 weeks and was told that all of the warranty work had been completed and that the bike had been properly tested and was now good to go. After about 3 miles I realised that the bike was not quite right and returned to the dealers. The front tyre was only partially inflated and the rear shock absorber had thrown its hand in. So much for the thorough testing? I little more discussion took place with the dealer and they consulted BMW UK and eventually agreed to replace the defective unit as part of the warranty claim. I was then told by Chester Motorrad to bring the bike back for the first oil change and that they would deal with any further issues that had resulted from the rebuild of the bike. I contacted the dealer last week to book the bike in and told them that the rear brake pedal has siezed solid again, the front tyre would not hold pressure for more than a few days, the adventure fog lamp had done the flickering thing and then had thrown its hand in and finally one of the LED's in the rear indicator had decided to stop working. All of these things had manifested themselves in the space of a few weeks. They sealed the front tyre, did the oil and filter change,but have insisted that the other issues are again down to me neglecting the bike and that they would require me to pay for any subsequent parts and labour.I flatly refused this and rode the bike home. I'm going to give BMW one final chance to sort this out and if they don't then my only option is to put the matter in front of a court. The bike is fantastic and it rides really well but the quality issues are appalling. I wouldnt recommend this model of bike to anyone.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Superb ride quality and handles really well with bags of performance. A great tourer even with a pillion passenger.
Engine
5 out of 5
Plenty of grunt and bags of tourque.
Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
Please see above
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
The bike does around 50MPG. main agent servicing costs are steep.
Equipment
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

List price from a franchised dealer.

5 out of 5

30 August 2016 by Iain

After having numerous bikes over the years a friend introduced me into the GS world. I had never even considered one thinking there not for me. But one ride on my first GS adventure changed everything. They truly are a bike for all seasons. They... Read more forgive, inspire confidence, eat the miles and are great fun on the twistys!!! Get one and you will not be sorry.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Outstanding ride and handling. Had lots of fun dusting sports bike round Austria. Brakes are pin sharp and the telelever suspension is outstanding, allowing for some aggressive braking into corners...if required. Long distance, then the seat needs works. BMW take note my bum suffered! Th ride though is superb 300-400 mile day....easy!
Engine
4 out of 5
Granted the engine is a little noisy and agricultural, but it pulls like a train and loaded up it with panniers and pillion it still eat the miles.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Had 4 never had a single failure or breakdown.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
They are an expensive machine. So be sure it what you want.
Equipment
5 out of 5
What more bells and whistles could you want? well if i am being really choosy then maybe the screen having electric adjustment. That about it.
Buying experience

Williams BMW Motorad Manchester. Top dealership end of!

3 out of 5

not what it should be for the price

08 August 2016 by stuart

Long legs, but too ungainly and very uncomfortable for a long distance tourer. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
The brakes are excellent and cant be faulted. The ride quality and comfort however are poor. The engine vibrates at an unacceptable level and can be very fatiguing on a long journey. The seat is hard and too thin and the suspension is too stiff even on the softest settings
Engine
4 out of 5
Plenty of power handles all situations with ease. But, very agricultural, fuelling needs some work ,and there is a lack the refinement you would expect at this price point.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Cheap flimsy plastics, very poor quality paintwork, poor attention to detail and and finish where the manufacturer things you wont see it!
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Bmw service is very expensive and im sorry to say can be very poor these days. In the last 18 months ive had the engine substantially overfilled with oil twice! And the bike dropped and damaged!
Equipment
4 out of 5
Plenty of bells and whistles which is nice, but not all that neccesary.
Buying experience

Agreed a price with the bmw dealer. For the bike but on the day of collection the price went up by £139. Not not a pleasant experience.

5 out of 5

nabu

05 August 2015 by nabu

I have ridden this bike from Germany to Sri Lanka across twelve countries and it performed unbelievably great in all areas. Read more

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
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5 out of 5

13 July 2015 by Watty

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Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
-
Engine
5 out of 5
-
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
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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.

Read all 7 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £12,850
Used price £11,500 to £17,400
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £540
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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