BMW R1200GS Adventure Bike Overview
The flagship GS, the R1200GS Adventure, takes the original go anywhere GS attitude and super-sizes it with a bigger fuel tank, longer-travel suspension for the roughest roads, larger serrated off-road style footrests and a whole host of rider comfort features.
If you’re after the ultimate long-range bomber that’s tougher than a Tonka toy, this is it.
The boxer-twin powered GS has been around in various guises since 1980 so large, rugged dual-purpose bikes are well ingrained in the GS DNA.
It’s a long evolution that has resulted in a bike that while unique to ride has a massively broad appeal with all manner of riders favouring the GS, from dispatchers to commuters, to touring types and fire-road fanatics. Along with the standard GS, it’s been dubbed the ‘two-wheeled Range Rover’ with good reason.
A 300+ mile tank range means London to Edinburgh in one hit is feasible, and with a plethora of high quality luggage solutions available from brands such as Touratech as well as genuine BMW options, this really is a bike built to live up to its name with a pedigree like no other adventure bike.
Some of the GS’s success is doubtless thanks in part to the inspirational televised exploits of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman and the duo’s the epic Long Way Round and Long Way Down adventures, but in the main the sheer ability of this rugged German has won it a lot of fans, all over the world.
Models have evolved over the years with liquid-cooling from 2013 and ever-increasing electronic rider aids finding their way onto later bikes.
Early Adventures have aged well, both in terms of condition and styling with 15-year-old bikes still looking good and running well. Expect to pay around £5,500 for a high-mileage early model up to around £15,000 for a fully-loaded year-old machine.
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BMW R1200GS Adventure Bike Spec
- Top speed120mph
- Average fuel consumption36mpg
- Seat height850mm
- EngineFour stroke, 4v
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Great for long rides, great riding position.
Stops on a sixpence.
Superb power delivery handling.
High oodles of power on command wrung rings round sportier bikes.
Servicing at main dealer is a bit on the expensive side.
Very easy in corners even with luggage and passengers
Fuel level information
Good German job
The GSA is heavy when stationary but is so well balanced that at times it feels like a super moto in the twisty's. Various suspension modes allow you to adjust to find your preference.
Lots of torque and never felt lacking in power, the engine remap modes are useful at times. Gear box is industrial but not enough that it detracts from the bike.
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I have heard mixed opinions from others but I always look after and maintain my bikes and cannot fault the quality or the support of the BMW brand.
Brakes are Brembo and are first class even when coming down the side of a mountain fully loaded.
Electronic suspension, set it up and just ride
125bhp more than enough
The satnav months obscures the Speedo and taco, also the Speedo is difficult to read
No problems at 2 years old, still looks nice and shiny
Good breaks, but you do need to change the OEM tyres as the Michelin Anike 3s are crap in the wet
Love the quick shift up and down saves a lot of messing around in London traffic
1200cc fast enough for a commuting bike
Maybe cheaper service costs, as I do high miles and it's serviced every 6k soons adds up.
No problems as yet...
8k of the back brake pad and still on the same front from new at 11k
Better rust protection for the frame.
The frame has a tendency to rust and needs painting
A little bit more load carrying capacity.
Comfort all the way
Speedo could be clearer. Gears a bit clicky to begin with.
Good but not as good as Honda
Stops every time
It's a heavy bike... until it's moving. Then it is light, agile and can climb mountains. The clutch is amazingly light.
All the horses you can use.
Honestly, I can't think of anything I would change! I really love this bike.
Have only had the clutch slave cylinder replaced under warranty. BMW have been brilliant.
Brembo brakes with superb stopping power. It inspires confidence.
BMW optional tank bag is poor compared to previous model. It is not waterproof.
Will be nice to have a bit more power. As well, sometimes I feel that has an hesitation when you accelerate.
Power. The 08 adv is not as power full as the new ones. A bit of more ph will be nice to have