Tuesday, October 02, 2012

2013 BMW R1200GS unveiled at the Intermot

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Lo and behold! The 2013 BMW R1200GS in all its adventure touring glory!

The much-awaited 2013 BMW R1200GS has finally been unveiled and the machine that kick-started the whole ‘adventure touring’ motorcycle segment has been given some pretty significant updates this time around. With over 170,000 units of the R1200GS sold over the last nine years, the bike is the world’s best selling adventure-touring machine and BMW are doing their best to make sure things stay that way.

For starters, the 2013 R1200GS gets an all-new liquid-cooled boxer engine with integrated 6-speed gearbox and cardan shaft drive. The new engine produces 125 horsepower and 125Nm of torque and the bike weighs 238 kilos dry. The new R1200GS also gets ride-by-wire throttle control (BMW call it an “electromotive throttle actuator”), which is said to improve throttle response. Electronic cruise control is optional as is an electronic stability control system with five riding modes – rain, road, dynamic, enduro and pro.

Another interesting option on the new BMW R1200GS is the company’s dynamic ESA semiactive suspension, which monitors the vertical movement of the front and rear wheels and adapts damping automatically, according to the speed and riding conditions. Magical, eh?

The bike rides on 19-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels, shod with 120/70 and 170/60 tyres respectively. The tubular steel chassis is also new, while the Telelever front and Evo Paralever rear suspension has also been updated and improved. Uprated brakes with radial-mount Brembo monobloc brake calipers at the front and integral ABS are standard. And a new LED headlight is supposed to be much more effective in the dark than the earlier unit.

The 2013 R1200GS also benefits from new and improved fully adjustable windshield, rider’s seat, handlebars and footpegs, and the bike gets an ‘anti-hop’ clutch, new instrument cluster with optional on-board computer and new paint finishes – white, blue, red and gray. Does look like BMW have done enough with the R1200GS to make sure the bike continues to lead the adventure touring segment…

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To mark the launch of the new R1200GS, BMW are sending the bike on a world tour of five continents before the official market launch. The 'ONE WORLD. ONE GS' Tour will go from New Zealand, via Laos/Asia, Botswana and South Africa, New Mexico/USA and back to Europe. The new R1200GS will be ridden by five of its fans for the first time. If you want to be one of those five, head over to www.bmw-motorrad.com/gs and register. Applications will be accepted until 30 November 2012

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