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MCN overall verdict rating is 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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

BMW R1200GS Adventure (2014-current)

Detail Value
New price £12,600
Dealer used prices
£13,770 (2014) - £15,010 (2014)
Private used prices
£12,390 (2014) - £13,510 (2014)
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Engine size 1170 cc
Power 125 bhp
Top speed 135 mph
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Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 0
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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!

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

Insurance

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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

Specifications

Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 125 bhp
Max torque 92 ft-lb
Weight 260 kg
Seat height 890 mm
Fuel capacity 30 litres
Average fuel consumption 46 mpg
Tank range 350 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 1170 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v boxer twin
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment BMW Telelever, adjustable spring preload
Rear suspension adjustment BMW Evo Paralever, fully adjustable rear shock
Front brakes 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

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