MILAN SHOW: BMW R1200GS just got even better
The R1200GS is enjoying an odd two-stage transition into 2017. Already available in dealers is an updated GS which boasts a few visual nips and tucks, as well as drivetrain revisions with an anti-judder damper on the transmission output drive, and modifications to the selector drum and transmission shafts. The bikes have also been made Euro4 compliant.
Now BMW have revealed the full 2017 version with a raft of further dynamic improvements, plus two new versions to pick from in the model line-up. A base model is available, as are three package options (Dynamic, Comfort and Touring), and now you can also pick between new Rallye or Exclusive models. The existing R1200GS Adventure continues in 2017, but we don’t expect a full model update until 2018.
- Two new factory options
- Drive train modifications
- Optional next-gen Dynamic ESA
- Seat height 850/870mm
The Exclusive model is the road-focused version of the new duo, aimed at riders who want a GS because it delivers a superb everyday riding experience, exceptional touring capability, and has the versatility to go anywhere when the road (or lack of one) demands.
It’s also aimed at riders who want all the GS sophistication without being too shouty in terms of colours, or Action Man add-ons that hint at global travel pretentions.
At the core of this subtle approach is the ‘Iced Chocolate metallic’ paintjob. The fuel tank side trim panels are finished in ‘Monolith metallic matt’ and also 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 providing a flash of contrast.
There are no other special parts with this version, meaning that it’s effectively a bit of blank canvas for owners to spec to their taste – from Pro rider modes through to the new self-leveling next-generation Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension, and myriad luggage and protection add-ons.
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While the new Exclusive option doesn’t add a great deal to the model line-up in terms of diversity, the new Rallye really does. The R1200GS aftermarket catalogue has always been big enough to exceed a pannier’s weight limit, meaning that you could build pretty much whatever version you want, but this new version panders to those who wanted the stock GS blended with some of the more off-road focused cues from the GS Adventure – without having to buy the more imposing GSA.
The GS Rallye comes on cross-spoke laced rims for improved off-road capability and versatility, and while they still come on road tyres, you can spec it to arrive on knobblies. Owners can also remove the luggage bridge and passenger footrests, blanking off the resultant holes with covers that are provided with the bike.
The Rallye also gets a raft of little touches to differentiate it further, including a Rallye seat, sports windshield, radiator and frame guard, and wider enduro footrests. Suspension upgrades are also available if you want to really go tonto off-road.