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2013 BMW R1200GS: Voted Cool

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:58 pm

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2013 BMW R1200GS

One R 1200 GS. One Mission – The best GS of all times.
The BMW R 1200 GS – the icon of all travel enduros. For 32 years “the GS” has been defining its segment and has proven to be the trusty companion on any motorcycle adventure. 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 enduro 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 enduro into “his” or "her" GS.

One World. One R 1200 GS – The tour of your life.
At the launch of the new R 1200 GS, BMW Motorrad will be setting a unique test ride in motion. In the “One World. One R 1200 GS.” event, BMW Motorrad will be sending five enduro adventurers on the redefined icon R 1200 GS on five tours all around the world. The first of its kind in the world, this project will be putting “the new one” to a gruelling test – and, with a little luck, give you too the opportunity for the tour of your life.


2013 BMW R1200GS - USA Specifications/Technical Details
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Engine
Capacity cc 1,170
Bore/stroke mm 101/73
Output kW/bhp 92/125 at engine speed rpm 7700
Torque Nm 125 at engine speed rpm 6500
Type air/water-cooled 2-cylinderboxer engine
No. of cylinders 2
Compression/fuel 12.5:1 / Premium unleaded (95 RON)
Valve actuation DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4
Ø Intake/outlet mm 40/34
Ø Throttle valve mm 52
Carburetion BMS-X
Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter

Electrical system
Alternator W 620
Battery V/Ah 12/12 maintenance-free
Headlight W H7 / LED (SA)
Starter kW 0.9
Power transmission - gearbox
Clutch Anti-hopping wet clutch
Gearbox Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox
Primary ratio 1.65
Transmission ratios I 2.438
II 1.714
III 1.296
IV 1.059
V 0.943
VI 0.848
Rear wheel drive cardan shaft
Transmission ratio 2.91

Chassis
Frame construction type Tubular steel bridge frame, engine self-supporting
Suspension, front BMW Telelever
Suspension, rear BMW EVO Paralever
Spring travel, front/rear mm 190/200
Wheel castor mm 99.6
Wheelbase mm 1507
Steering head angle ° 64.5
Brakes front Hydraulically actuated twin disc brake, Ø 305 mm
rear Single-disc brake Ø 276 mm
BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (standard, part intergal, disengageable)
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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:59 pm

Brand new from BMW for 2013
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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by High_Side » Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:27 am

Posted a few hours later than normal as the boss is away....

Enjoy!

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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by dr_bar » Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:29 am

Aahhh!!! I was wondering what had happened...
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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:58 am

I voted Uncool. As always, the Enduro segment just doesn't impress me, especially in this context of a vast backwoods trek. Better to go with a true dirt bike, rather than something with turn signal stalks and mirrors that will hamper your options.

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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:38 am

Different tools for different tasks. I don't think these bikes (the GS in particular) are designed for "vast backwoods treks" at all (although I suppose more than a few owners do have those fantasies). You're right, if the point is to ride dirt, use a dirtbike (or at least, a much lighter dualsport).

I think of the liter+ adventure bikes more as lightweight tourers that are meant to go on long trips that are 80%+ pavement, and if there's a poorly surfaced or unpaved road (the key word being road, or at worst, a light trail) that's getting in the way of points A and B, at least you've got the ground clearance and suspension to sort of deal with it.

That said, I guess I'd give this GS a cool vote, nothing more. I'm sure it's an awesome bike, but there are just so d@mned many of them out there. I think 30% of the guys I ride with have the current 1200GS or GS Adv. It's a bit like a song that you used to love, but got tired of because it's overplayed.
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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by HYPERR » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:59 pm

I love the BMW Boxer engine of any incarnation. I love the way the GS looks too! Also kudos to BMW for retaining the iconic Boxer engine look while switching to liquid cooled. No other way to vote other than awesome!
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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:00 pm

High_Side wrote:Posted a few hours later than normal as the boss is away....

Enjoy!
Thanks for moving this over to the Cool Wall while I was on vacation! Much appreciated. :D

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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by Hanson » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:23 am

I love this bike and it invokes dreams of epic journeys such as a ride up the Dalton Highway to Deadhorse Alaska. Any motorcycle that intrudes regularly into my REM sleep top 10 video play list gets an Awesome rating.
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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by storysunfolding » Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:07 pm

I went with Cool but almost didn't write anything.

The BMW 1200GS is truly the flagship of the adventure touring market. It's sleek look, amazing power, technology, robust aftermarket support and rideability unequivacally designate this machine as the point of comparison for all other players in the market. There are only two reasons that this misses the awesome mark in my book. The first, undeniably, reason centers on this machine being a beast. It's certainly the Range Rover SUV that "could" do offroad, but very few riders will have the ability or the inclination to take it too its limits. Unfortunately, offroad those limits are hit fairly early even compared to other machines in this segment (Versys, Vstrom, Tiger).

The second reason is the price. I got my "last years" model 2006 V-strom off the Showroom floor in January of 2007 for ~$5500 out the door. The BMW, which admittedly is not out of the norm for pricing, starts at $17500 out the door from my local dealer. Call me thrifty but that price range takes a star off in my book.
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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:10 pm

I voted: Cool.

The reason is the weight, engine size and the price. $18,350 USD and 564lbs fully fueled isn't the type of bike I would want to ride off-road or leave in many parts of the 3rd world. As storysunfolding suggested above, a V-Strom would be less than 1/2 the price new (1/3 or less newly used!), and I'd take that myself. But on a basis of quality, performance, style and ultimate reliability, the BMW would be an excellent choice, it just depends on what you like. :D

I have always had a hard time with the look of the boxer engine.

Cool but not awesome.

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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by HYPERR » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:55 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote: I have always had a hard time with the look of the boxer engine.
That's the one thing that I really love about the Boxer engines. :kicking:
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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:59 am

HYPERR wrote:
totalmotorcycle wrote: I have always had a hard time with the look of the boxer engine.
That's the one thing that I really love about the Boxer engines. :kicking:
LOL... No worries, that's why they make 31 different flavors at Baskin Robbins. :D I do have to admit that the boxer engine look is unique and the design really works for smoothness. It's also quite easy to adjust the valves on too.

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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by sunshine229 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:12 pm

The BMW adventure bikes are the original pioneer for the class and because of this I can give it a cool. Due to it's weight and price there is no way this could be awesome. Just my two cents!
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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by madjak30 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:35 pm

I do like the look of the bike, and I'm sure it would be a great addition to the garage, but when I could have a VStrom & keep my bike for less money...

I voted: Cool...

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Unread post by Wrider » Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:13 am

Uncool due to the weight and price. It's outgrown the adventure touring class, but isn't quite to luxury touring class.
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Re: This week: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:10 pm

And now for the exciting results!

Your Coolness Factor of the 2013 BMW R1200GS is...

Awesome 25%
Cool 56%
Uncool 9%
Fail 9%

Overall, people seem to like the new BMW R1200GS and the GS series, but has BMW created too many GS' and has so many now offered by other manufacturers watered down the market for them? Especially an expensive one? Time will tell... the question is, what is the next "new" tread going to be with bike design? I'm betting it is the comeback of the mid sized bike. What do you think?

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Re: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Voted Cool

Unread post by storysunfolding » Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:21 pm

tread=trend?
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Re: 2013 BMW R1200GS: Voted Cool

Unread post by montanalifter » Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:37 pm

Voted cool, would be awesome but the price is a bit high.

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