BMW R1200GS Rallye (2017-on) Review

Published: 27 February 2017

Hugely capable off-road and on with new advanced rider aids

BMW R1200GS Rallye (2017-on)

Hugely capable off-road and on with new advanced rider aids

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

The new BMW R1200GS Rallye takes the fear out of off-roading and bridges the gap between the standard GS and the big Adventure. It goes as well as it looks, is superbly purposeful and looks set to be hugely popular with adventure riders. The new ESA (electronic suspension) and DTC (dynamic tracion control) are a genuine step forward, but in full spec it’s an expensive bike to risk riding over rocks. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

You have two choices: the standard road version or the off-road version, which means opting for off-road biased rubber. You can then add sports suspension, with increased spring rate, longer struts and extended travel that push the seat height to 900mm, 20mm higher than standard.

The taller Rallye with sports suspension increases the ride height and improves the bikes off-road abilities. You have to make allowances for the off-road rubber and tall stance on the road, but it makes perfect sense off-road. The new self-leveling ESA suspension means all the damping is done automatically and pre-load is automatically adjusted (at a standstill). Off road the new GS Rallye compliments the average rider while more inexperienced riders can rely on the clever off-road biased rider aids. 

Engine 4 out of 5

The partially water-cooled Boxer motor remains unchanged for 2017 despite now being compliant with Euro 4. This means peak power is still 125bhp@7700rpm with peak torque of 92.2 ftlb@6500rpm. With its excellent fueling and drive BMW made a big step with the Boxer engine when they updated it in 2013. 

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Re-sale values are high because BMW’s reliablity and service are top level. The new GS continues this high level of quality, feeling robust and secure. 

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The base Rallye starts at £12,730, which is good value for money, but our test bike was priced at a staggering £18,318 – that’s an expensive bike to bounce over rocks. 

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

Equipment 4 out of 5

The standard bike comes with radiator and frame guards, wide enduro pegs, single seat, sports windscreen, cross spoked wheels, riding modes, ASC, hand guards and fairing fastners.

Ths Sport comes with additional Dynamic tracton control, LED headlights, daytime riding lights, hill start control, addional dynamic riding modes, chrome exhuast, heated grips, tyre presure control, LED indicators and ABS Pro.

Our Rallye test bike had also been ridden through the accessories catalogue and was equipped with the additional premium package (£1645) which includes Dynamic ESA, keyless ignition, on board computer Pro, GPS bracket and cruise control. Furthermore the sports suspension adds £290 and the lovely sounding Akrapovic exhaust adds another £860. Then add the engine protection (£322), cylinder head covers (£188), headlight guard (£87), adjustable back brake lever (£111), milled HP levers up front( £95 each) and it’s starting to look pricey.

The standard model starts at a more palatable £12,730 but our test bike was spec’d to the value of £18,318!  

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £12,370
Used price £12,000 to £17,600
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost -
Max power 125 bhp
Max torque 92.2 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
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

2017: Model introduced

Other versions

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