BMW GS1200 R Adventure Test Review 2014
BMW GS 1200 R has become an exceptional motorbike, a bike with a thirst for adventure and that automatically relates great journeys. Currently comes the turn know more jacket version of this roadster, Said by CEO “BMW has made the R1200GS Adventure more comfortable, easier to ride and even more accomplished. It might be more refined and luxurious than ever but crucially it’s still the ultimate go-anywhere tourer and will comfortably hoover-up miles of tarmac, mud and whatever else you decide to throw at it” An Adventure, a bike that you can go wherever you want, the limit you put it. It arrives on February 1 but we have already tested it, are you going to mislay?
In Spain the segment trail of more than 900 cc had sales last year of 2020 units which, nothing more and nothing less than 65 percent were BMW. Furthermore 59 percent were GS 1200 GS and the remaining 6 percent of its Adventure version. The ‘GS’ not only has become a name, if you think of trail, you think of a GS but if you think of great voyages, heist you to mind the image of a GS with suitcases of aluminum in the middle of the desert dunes or not?
Nearby are also those who have a huge GS to go to work and give a little back from time to time, do not believe that all the ‘geeseros’ are guys get it tanned at Arabian Adventures to the length and breadth of the world. What is clear is that the big trail has a huge hole in the market thanks to their good skills cruisers and the possibility of rolling over very broken roads or off the road.
The BMW GS 1200 R ‘ water’ presented last year now broadens its range with the Adventure, a motorcycle with best qualities off road version and also Matt cruisers that will be available in white, green or blue matte with a price of 23978 US Dollar.
The happened with the BMW GS 1200 R Adventure 2014
The Adventure differs from the normal version basically by having a higher suspension, a bigger deposit and smoked rims, however we see in detail this bike.
They suspensions are 20 mm higher, its characteristic duck-billed has grown in size to improve aerodynamics, the back is tilted forward giving a more dynamic touch to the image of the bike, the aluminium tank holds 30 liters capacity (3 less than the old but as you spend less, service autonomy), rims black (also bushings) and motor-spoke also in that color. In addition the windscreen is larger (adjustable with a rotary knob) and has a couple of side deflectors to protect us even more wind, water and dirt that stalk us along the way. A curious detail is the small compartment with lid on the tank in which we can leave things you are going to use often in our route as the card to refuel or simply the parking ticket.
The engine receives changes, is not exactly the same as that of the ‘normal’ GS. The crankshaft has gained weight 900 grams to improve softness to casualties turns (thinking slowly move tip of gas per field) and added a vibration damper at the tip of the cardan required by the new angle of this piece. It maintains the 125 HP and 125 Nm of torque.
As in the new BMW R 1200 RT (see contact probe), the engine has two modes (Road and Rain) series but optionally expands to five with the Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro. In Dynamic is intended for when we want to unleash our power hungry, Enduro modifies not only the delivery of power, also working the ABS to move overland and Enduro Pro also switches off the rear wheel ABS for crossing the bike with brake. This last mode cannot be selected without connecting a plug of safety under the seat, is not only to prevent select it by accident and to remind us that we must take mounted wheels of tacos. By the way, when you buy the Adventure can choose tire type, if you want it to be mixed very asphalt or taco.
The Adventure has 15 mm more headroom than the GS ‘to dry’ of aluminum and footrest without rubber motor protector. The seat height is 890 or 910 mm, is a high bike but it now has the low seat option that reduces the height to 840/860 mm. Also there is a car Rally with fixed height seat 895 mm.
Mechanical facts BMW GS 1200R Adventure 2014 and the dynamic testing
Here we go, to travel about 80 kilometers from curves, some straight and also land with the new Adventure. The truth is that this bike impresses, you see her parked and without luggage or anything, imposes respect. Weighs 260 pounds, 22 more than normal and only one more than the old Adventure, but the new has ABS series and the other not, so that this is lighter with a water cooled engine. Then besides weight is its volume, it is high and large in general. Good thing that we are about ‘machotes’ and it not daunted or GS Adventure and water that behind heavy rains falling on the asphalt.
‘We acquired ‘ the adventure, the truth is that stopped and no load does not move wrong the wide handlebar has much guilt. It is more narrow waist and seat somewhat lower makes you get much better on the ground. With 1.85 heights / normal seat in high position, came with both feet supporting plants completely.
We are underway and the weight seems to evaporate at times. The driving position is real ‘boss’, about the Adventure you think powerful with your back straight, arms open, relaxed legs and at great height, look up above the roof of the SUVs. Only that is the reason why it is a bike that’s cool.
The extra weight of the crankshaft is not appreciable when you open the tap, if you download a GS and upload to an Adventure probably yes you appreciate more of laziness to up returns, but I made a month or so sampled last the normal GS and not what I feel. What can be seen in town and field is a touch smoother engine, less harsh when you go to low returns. But nothing else, the boxer of the Adventure ‘plugs’ as nice when you retraces you ear and, most importantly, the part cycle is up to and not take a runaway Colt.
Our units were equipped with Adaptive suspension that (optional and highly recommended) system. You can’t afford the luxury of roll at a pace on twisty roads that a priori seems unthinkable for a bike of its features with these suspensions. You cannot forget your weight and volume, but is left to do and it does not frighten you, although I must say it, after the retorcidisima path to pace ‘gladly’ noticeable fatigue in the arms and legs. The important thing is that little nod despite having those extra-long suspensions and, although prefer to let it run in curves, if there is to be stopped not decomposes and engine has to give and give, in fact Dynamic mode is even a little rough if the road is much cut and open or is very bumpy.
We went to the field, with a bike as this would be sacrilege not to do so. Yes, I know, there will be more than one and more than two that his life will not leave the asphalt, but we cannot resist the temptation of tainting us clay. Things clear: talk about a bike of 260 kilos so it is incomparable with smaller bikes or enduro, forget. With the Adventure can do things, but to a certain extent. During the test the ground was muddy and motorcycles did not knobby tires so I had to walk with eye.
I’m not going to lie, nothing but leave the asphalt and to stand in the Adventure got a little ‘Funk’ and I remembered a phrase of film “the danger is very real, but the fear is an option”. Therefore I gave reset in my head and I started to find myself more comfortable on the bike, to the point of rolling down the track with confidence to 80 Km/h. This asphalt tires says much of the BMW.
We reach the point of photos and playing fun or gamble depends of as cast it. For me it is fun, I love the mud and, with prudence and without trust me a hair from the front wheel, we made our first steps with this mega-trail. I spotted clay, I wetted, and on more than one occasion we had to release the brake and let the straight bike because the tires were not for more, but what fun! It seems incredible to me that a bicharraco as large as this move as well. If you leave it connected to controls, the motorbike slows down and, although moves slightly back, is easily controllable. As you can imagine the first photo it is made with the traction control off, it is impossible to cross it as well with it since, but it is not recommended to do this because this is how quickly we come back to reality and discover how much weighs this bike and the bunch of horses that you have in the right fist.
Assumption- That if the adventure do not vacillate, is your motorbike. However if you are looking for travel quiet besides, because it is very comfortable and is very good aerodynamics. It is clear that for that there is the tourism segment, but the trail will allow you to leave the asphalt, and no mistake, saw, their aesthetics with the aluminum bags full of stickers.