The 2004-?? R1200GS

R1200GS January 2004 in South Africa, BMW had presented a completly new GS oilhead, the R1200GS. The main changes regarding the R1150GS are:
  • the weight!!! that new bike is around 30kg lighter!
  • new engine (lighter, bigger, with equilibration weight,...) with sophisticated electronics;
  • new gearbox with helical gearing (that seems to be "the softest bike gearbox ever made");
  • new frame;
  • cast alloy wheels (spoked ones are optional);
  • smaller tank;
  • a paralever swingarm with parallelogram bar in upper position;
  • and off course, the dress.
Here the official presentation text:

The new R 1200 GS - The fascination of freedom.
25 years ago BMW Motorrad founded the travel enduro segment and has been its clear leader ever since. Now it's time to set new standards again - with the BMW R 1200 GS. This motorbike continues the tradition of being the truly ideal on and off-road bike. At the same time it launches a completely new era of dynamic performance. The BMW R 1200 GS differs considerably from the previous model: weight has been reduced by a tangible 12% and engine output has been increased by 15%. Combined with numerous new features such as the new BMS-K engine electronics, Single Wire System and Info Flatscreen it will easily become the best BMW travel enduro of all time, just as it will easily reach the very remotest corners of the earth. It's precisely controlled power output makes it shine off-road. On-road, its agility will take your breath away. Experience freedom with no compromises - on a test ride.

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The presentation spec sheet

The new R 1200 GS: The fascination of freedom
Type Air/oil-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke Boxer engine, one camshaft and four valves per cylinder, central compensation shaft
Bore / stroke 101 mm x 73 mm
Capacity 1170 ccm
Rated output 74 kW (100 bhp) at 7000 rpm
Max. torque 115 Nm at 5500 rpm
Compression ratio 11.0:1
Mixture control / engine management Electronic intake pipe injection/digital engine management: BMS-K with overrun fuel cut-off, dual ignition
Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter
Performance / fuel consumption
Maximum speed Approx. 208 km/h
Fuel consumption over 100 km at constant 90 km/h 4.5 l
Fuel consumption over 100 km at constant 120 km/h 6.0 l
Fuel type Unleaded premium, octane rumber 95 (RON), can also be operated with minimum octane number 91 (RON) due to automatic knock control.
Electrical system
Alternator 600 W three-phase alternator
Battery 12 V / 12 Ah
Power transmission
Clutch Single-disc dry clutch, hydraulically operated
Gearbox Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gearing
Drive Shaft drive
Frame Three-section frame consisting of front and rear section, load bearing engine-gearbox unit
Front wheel location / suspension BMW Motorrad Telelever;stanchion diameter 41 mm, central spring strut, spring pre-load 9-times mechanically adjustable
Rear wheel location / suspension Die-cast aluminium single-sided swinging arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable to continuously variable levels by means of handwheel, rebound damping adjustable
Travel front / rear 190 mm / 200 mm
Wheelbase (in normal position) 1,520 mm
Castor (in normal position) 110 mm
Steering head angle (in normal position) 62.9
Wheels Die-cast aluminium wheels (spoked wheels available as optional)
Rim front 2.50 x 19
Rim rear 4.00 x 17
Tyres front 110/80 ZR 19
Tyres rear 150/70 ZR 17
Brake front EVO brake system with dual disc, floating brake discs, 305 mm diameter, four-piston fixed caliper
Brake rear Single disc brake, diameter 265 mm, double-piston floating caliper
ABS Special equipment BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral), disengageable
Dimensions / Weight
Length 2,210 mm
Width (inc. mirrors) 915 mm
Height (not inc. mirrors) 1,430 mm
Seat height, unladen weight 840 / 860 mm
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 225 kg According to guideline 93/93/EEC with all operating fluids, fuelled with to least 90% of usable tank capacity
Dry weight 199 kg Unladen weight without fluids
Permitted total weight 425 kg
Payload (with standard equipment) 200 kg
Usable tank volume 20.0 l
Reserve Approx. 4.0 l
Suggested Retail Price (in Germany): 11,500€

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Updated 25 March 2004