BMW R1200GS Exclusive (2017-on) Review

Published: 27 February 2017

Euro 4 compliant GS with next generation ESA and DTC, plus new colours and cosmetic tweaks

BMW R1200GS Exclusive (2017-on)

Euro 4 compliant GS with next generation ESA and DTC, plus new colours and cosmetic tweaks

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

The next generation ESA and DTC both increase comfort and safety, while the automatic pre-load adjuster will make a huge difference if you’re always adding luggage or a pillion. Just when you think the GS can’t get any more advanced, it does. BMW have improved on perfection, and made their flagship GS smoother and more refined then ever.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

For 2017 BMW have added clever self-levelling next generation ESA and improved the DTC. Previously you could change the damping on the move to soft, medium and hard but now the damping is adjusted automatically, adapting to your riding by reading numerous sensors such as lean angle, brake pressure, speed, pitch and more. In basic terms the ESA is always re-adjusting automatically and keeping the bike level. Brake heavily into a turn and it will increase damping at the front; accelerate hard and it will increase damping on the rear. Over bumps and imperfections the ride is truly impressive.

However, if you ride hard enough, the ESA makes it hard to feel the tyres working in corners. But you soon learn to trust the cornering ABS or excellent DTC, which is now lean angle sensitive.

Engine 4 out of 5

The partially water-cooled Boxer motor remains unchanged for 2017 despite now being compliant with Euro 4. This mean peak power is still 125bhp@7700rpm with peak torque of 92.2 ftlb@6500rpm. 

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Re-sale values are high because BMW’s reliablity and servicve is top level. The new GS continues this high level of quality. 

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

At just over £15,500 the GS TE Exclusive comes fully loaded and the new styling and colours give an even greater impression of sophistication.

Insurance group: 13 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

At £15,564 the TE Exclusive comes fully loaded with a new style package, Dynamic Traction Control, Dynamic ESA, LED headlights, keyless ignition, daytime riding lights, hill start control, on-board computer, shift assist, Dynamic riding modes, GPS preparation, chrome exhaust, heated grips, tyre presure conrol, cruise control, hand guards, LED indicators, ABS Pro and fairing fastners. 

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £15,565
Used price £12,000 to £17,400
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Max power 125 bhp
Max torque 92.2 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 190 miles
Engine size 1170cc
Engine type Air/liquid-cooled, 4v boxer twin, shaft drive, six gears
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 850mm
Bike weight 244kg
Front suspension Telelever monoshock with ESA
Rear suspension Paralever single shock with ESA
Front brake 2 x 305mm discs, 4-piston radial calipers, ABS
Rear brake 276mm disc, twin piston caliper, ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 19
Rear tyre size 170/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

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