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BMW R1200GS Adventure

First ride: 2014 BMW Adventure review

BMW BROKE decades of tradition in 2013 by its first liquid-cooled boxer on the R1200GS. Until then all been air/oil-cooled.

For 2014, the has put the same liquid-cooled engine in the off-road focussed R1200GS It also gets the GS’s electronics package, which in was derived from that of flagship sports bike, the

It means that, as well as the new engine, the Adventure variant of the big GS now has traction control system, Automatic Stability Control, optional semi active

There are two modes as standard, and ‘Rain’, plus a further optional modes for more riding and off-roading: ‘Dynamic’, and ‘Enduro Pro’. ABS is standard but the modes feature ‘Enduro specifically for off-road.

That’s scratching the surface of the options and available on the model. It’s stuff. Fortunately, riding it is straight forward.

The beauty of BMW boxer-twin engines is they are hugely tractable, a not broken by this 1,170cc plant. It pulls from

The Adventure is heavy. It’s heavier than the basic GS of that is extra fuel in the which has a 30-litre capacity of 20). Some weight has saved by replacing the old Adventure’s 8kg tank with a new, aluminium one weighing 4kg.

the bike is 260kg fuelled, the aluminium panniers are added.

But it can power out of corners from 3,000rpm. As with the other in the boxer range, the R1200RT and R nineT retro …, it you can leave it in a high gear as you from one bend to the next.

when you hit a straight the power smoothly but urgently toward new 125hp peak. It’s more than the old Adventure and the latest version significantly to the territory of KTM’s 140hp Adventure and Ducati’s 150hp both on paper and in practice.

With the traction control set to mode there’s a more throttle response, whereas and ‘Rain’ are smoother and more Either way, shown a the new Adventure is fast by nearly standards. BMW say the new steering damper is because flat-out the bike 6mph faster than the old

I didn’t test the claim.

not shabby in corners either. BMW it in Spain alongside the new R1200RT That’s only 14kg than the Adventure, and riding the two shows how nimble big adventure can be for their size. The RT hides its well most of the time but can a bit of a handful as bends tighten up on mountain roads. The GS feels at home on the same snaking easier to point in and out of the corners.

The brakes have masses of The GS, RT and R nineT all share the same Monobloc calipers, requiring a input on the lever.

Meanwhile the offers nearly as much comfort as the RT. With the electronic set to ‘Soft’, uneven surfaces are absorbed. Switch to ‘Hard’ and less pitch under and braking, and more composure high-speed bumps, while the also remains completely

BMW has made the seat narrower but it seem to be at the expense of luxury. I was comfortable after hours of The change has made it slightly to reach the ground without lowering the seat height. 5’9 and could only the ground with tiptoes on the old Now, with the seat at the of two settings, I can just about on the balls of my feet.

It’s a small but useful It’s when getting on and off the height can still seem If the side-stand points downhill, slightly, getting the machine requires effort, using body to counter its weight.

The taller screen is just my eye-level at its highest setting. Any and I’d be looking through it. possible to adjust its height riding by slackening and sliding a

However, because the knob is to the of the screen, this entails taking your hand off the or reaching over with the so it’s probably best not to.

behind that screen, the wind quietened, my back lots of leg room, hands on high, straight bars, I like I could ride miles, and have some fun on the way.

BMW R1200GS Adventure

This is what big adventure do so well. They offer to almost rival a dedicated but with more agility and a bit of utilitarian off-road character.

As BMW had thrown the options catalogue at the they gave to journalists on the The base version of the Adventure, costs £11,650, already like a quality product. that twiddly knob for the screen to the cigarette packet-sized atop the tank, nothing to let it down.

It all feels as sturdy and designed as you’d expect at price. Extras included grips (£230), the three riding modes (£275), control (£390) and semi-active (£740).

All of which, while lends to the impression that is a bike to do anything and everything on. It be a quick high-speed run. It be the school-run.

It could be conquering new frontiers.

a bike that makes you to ride around the world, if not off-road, then at least by routes, and maybe without a

Model tested: BMW R1200GS

Price: from £11,650

Wet 260kg

Torque: 92lbft

height: 890/910mm

Colours: blue, olive

BMW R1200GS Adventure
BMW R1200GS Adventure
BMW R1200GS Adventure


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