MCN’s Adam Child is once again enjoying the delights of sunny Spain testing BMW’s new pair of 2017 R1200GS models – the ‘Exclusive’ and ‘Rallye’.
BMW had already made the GS Euro4 compliant at the tail end of 2016, without losing any peak power or torque. While the GS was on the workbench BMW also made some small cosmetic changes, updated the clocks, made useful revisions to the drivetrain – including an anti-judder damper on the transmission and output drive, and modifications to the selector drum and transmission shaft.
We’ve already tested the improved super-smooth Euro4 compliant GS against the previous model, and it was a tanible step forwards in refinement. New for this year is the addition of optional self-levelling suspension – the next step in ESA – meaning the suspension automatically adjusts for luggage, pillion or both by delivering the optimal pre-load settings.
Cosmetically there are few minor changes, plus the changes compared to the early 2016 mentioned above. Today’s test will start with the new Exclusive GS, recognisable most easily by its ‘Iced Chocolate Metallic’ paintjob. The fuel tank side trim panels are finished in ‘Monolith Metallic Matt’ and feature bold R1200GS decals on each side. The frame is powder-coated in Agate Grey metallic matt, while the drivetrain is all finished in black, with gold-coloured brake calipers.
If the new Exclusive doesn’t get your taste buds going, the Rallye might. The more off-road biased Rallye is a like a halfway house between the standard GS and the GS Adventure. The Rallye gets some nice little touches, too – including an HP-style blue frame, shorter seat, sports windshield, radiator and frame guards, and wider enduro footrests. Suspension upgrades are also available if you want to really go tonto off-road. The Rallye comes on dual-purpose rubber as standard, but you can spec knobblies at the point of ordering, and BMW have fitting off-road rubber to the new spoked wheels for our test, so we can take full advantage of the Rallye’s off-road skills.
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Here's how our MCN'er is getting on so far:
- R 1200 GS - OTR 12,250
- R 1200 GS Rallye - OTR 12,730
- R 1200 GS TE - OTR 15,295
- R 1200 GS TE Exclusive - OTR 15,565
- R 1200 GS Adventure - OTR 13,200
- R 1200 GS Adventure XE - OTR 15,425
- R 1200 GS Adventure TE - OTR 16,015
- R 1200 GS Adventure Triple Black - OTR 16,285
Check back later today for further updates, and read the full report in MCN on Wednesday Feb 1.