The BMW R 1200 GS – the icon of all travel adventure bikes. For 32 years “the GS” has been defining its segment and has proven to be the trusty companion on any motorcycle journey. BMW Motorrad is now embarking on a new chapter of its success story and is yet again perfecting the iconic R 1200 GS.

One R 1200 GS. One Feeling – Power in every situation.
Powerful, refined, and high revving. The R 1200 GS is powered by a new opposed twin engine design delivering 125 hp. Based on a new concept of combined air and liquid cooling and vertical flows through the cylinders, the engine operates efficiently, reliably, and with high torques at all times. Further improvements like the new wet clutch with antihopping feature, the electromotive throttle actuator E-Gas, and the optional “riding modes” make the opposed twin engine the perfect drive solution at the heart of the new R 1200 GS.

One R 1200 GS. One Emotion – Supreme control
The new R 1200 GS is ready for any terrain, thanks to the greater rigidity of its main frame and its enhanced Paralever and Telelever for even greater steering accuracy. The optional Dynamic ESA configures the suspension automatically to the terrain and load conditions. The GS provides even more functions with the optional “riding modes”, a set of four different configurations that can be selected at the push of a button.

One R 1200 GS. One Impression – Strong individuality.
At first glance, the “new one” too is a genuine GS: robust, dynamic, and full of character. New body panels with a perfect finish underscore its high quality character. The new cooling concept was integrated seamlessly into the distinctive design, and the visual emphasis moved to the front. The new R 1200 GS now gives the impression of more balance and power. Thanks to its extensive range of options, the R 1200 GS is absolutely unique. With an innovative, unique LED headlamp, cross spoke wheels, and a wide choice of options and packages, everyone can convert this machine into “his” or "hers" GS.

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Air/liquid-cooled 4-stroke flat twin engine with balancer shaft, four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshaft, wet sump lubrication

Bore x stroke

101 mm x 73 mm


1,170 cc

Rated output

125 hp (92 kW) at 7,750 rpm

Max. torque

92 lb-ft (125 Nm) at 6,500 rpm

Compression ratio

12.5 : 1

Mixture control / engine management

Electronic fuel injection with ride-by-wire throttle system

Emission control

Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3

Performance / fuel consumption


Maximum speed

Over 125 mph

Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h

57 mpg at a constant 55 mph (4.1 l)

Fuel type

Premium Unleaded

Electrical system



Three-phase 510 W generator


12 V / 11,8 Ah, maintenance-free

Power transmission



Multi-plate wet clutch, hydraulically operated


Constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical cut gears


Shaft drive 2.91:1

Chassis / brakes



Continuous tubular steel bridge-type frame

Front wheel location / suspension

BMW Telelever, Ø 37 mm, central spring strut

Rear wheel location / suspension

Cast aluminum single-sided swing arm with BMW EVO Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) via handwheel, rebound damping adjustable via handwheel

Suspension travel front / rear

7.5" / 7.9" (190 mm / 200 mm)


59.3" (1,507 mm)


3.9" (99.6 mm)

Steering head angle



Cast aluminum wheels

Rim, front

3.00 x 19"

Rim, rear

4.50 x 17"

Tyres, front

120/70 R 19 

Tyres, rear

170/60 R 17

Brake, front

Dual floating disc brakes, 4-piston fixed calipers, diameter 305 mm

Brake, rear

Single disc brake, diameter 276 mm, dual-piston floating caliper


BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral, can be switched off)

Dimensions / weights



87.0" (2,210 mm)

Width (incl. mirrors)

37.5" (953 mm)

Height (excl. mirrors)

55.9" (1,412 mm)

Seat height, unladen weight

33.5" / 34.3" (580 / 870 mm; adjustable seat height) Standard; variable seat heights available between 31.5" (800 mm) and 35.8" (910 mm) (available as accessories and/or factory options, see an authorized BMW Motorrad dealer)

Inner leg curve, unladen weight

73.6" / 75.2" (1,870 / 1,910 mm; adjustable seat height) Standard; variable inner leg curve (inseam) between 68.9" (1,750 mm) and 76.8" (1,950 mm) (seats available as accessories and/or factory options, see an authorized BMW Motorrad dealer)

Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1)

525 lbs (238 kg)

Permitted total weight

992 lbs (450 kg)

Payload (with standard equipment)

467 lbs (212 kg)

Usable tank volume

5.3 gal (20 l)


Approx. 1 gal (4.0 l)