Entering a BMW showroom can be a confusing affair. These are bikes sold with myriad options and each has its own bamboozling acronym. But there is a way to simplify the whole process - just tick the box marked 'TE'.
The R1200GS TE is the range-topping model and as such gains just about everything you could possibly need. It costs £3000 more than a stock GS, but you get what you pay for and aside from spoked wheels and a comfort seat, it is delivered with all the factory fit options. And for 2017 the TE (now called the TE Exclusive) has been further enhanced through engine, electronics and styling upgrades. But at an eye-watering £15,565, is the new model significantly better than a lightly used 2016 R1200GS TE for £2000 less? If you're struggling to tell the difference, the red one is the 2016 model.
We tested both models head to head, and you can read the full test in the May 17 issue of MCN, out now.
2017 BMW R1200GS TE Exclusive, £15,565
123bhp • 244kg
Comes with every factory-fit option (except spoked wheels) as standard. New for 2017 are updates to the drivetrain and BMW's 'next generation' Dynamic ESA.
2016 BMW R1200GS TE, £13,495
123bhp • 238kg
This used bike is fully loaded and even has keyless ignition and Gear Shift Assist, which were optional extras in 2016 but are now included on the 2017 model.
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