2014 BMW R1200GS Adventure First Look

October 7, 2013
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Bashing away at the MotoUSA keyboard for nine years now, Madson lends his scribbling and editorial input on everything from bike reviews to industry analysis and motorcycle racing reports.

BMW Motorrad has given its liquid-cooled R1200GS the expected Adventure treatment for the 2014 model year. The R1200GS Adventure follows tradition, as the GSA builds off the base GS with enduro-based upgrades and ergonomic changes, as well as a larger fuel load.

The 2014 GSA makes use of the liquid-cooled Boxer Twin and adds off-road accessories like engine guards as standard kit.
BMW Motorrad gives its liquid-cooled R1200GS the expected Adventure treatment for the 2014 model year.
BMW Motorrad gives its liquid-cooled R1200GS the expected Adventure treatment for the 2014 model year, with off-road friendly standard upgrades and ergos, as well as a 7.9 gallon fuel load.

The GS Adventure sources the liquid-cooled Boxer Twin that debuted on the 2013 GS – the revamped Boxer turning MotoUSA’s dyno up to 110.83 peak horsepower and 80.23 lb-ft of torque (2012 GS registered 98.31 hp and 76.01 lb-ft). Engine alterations for the Adventure model include a heavier flywheel mass, up 2.1 pounds, to smooth engine operations at low revs for better off-road performance. A vibration damper has also been added between the gearbox output and shaft drive.

ABS and BMW’s Automatic Stability Control (ASC) come standard. The ride-by-wire throttle also includes variable engine maps and optional cruise control. Two riding modes – Rain and Road – come standard, with three more modes – Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro – available as factory options. The latter modes, offered in the Ride Modes Pro feature upgrade, also offer special enduro settings for the ABS and ASC.

Chassis upgrades for the Adventure model include an extra 0.8 inches of suspension travel for BMW’s proprietary Telelever front (8.3 inches) and Paralever rear (8.7 inches). The Adventure gains an extra 0.4 inches of ground clearance as well. Like the standard GS, the GSA offers semiactive suspension and Dynamic ESA as factory options. The factory upgrades further adjust the suspension settings with the aforementioned Ride Modes Pro features.

Another chassis update for the Adventure is a steering damper, which makes its way onto the GS Adventure as standard kit.

The GSA makes use of a larger windscreen  but retains the GSs convenient hand knob adjustability.
Off-road friendly tweaks for the GS Adventure include wider footpegs and reinforced  adjustable foot controls.
The GS Adventure sources a taller windscreen, as well as wider footpegs and reinforced, adjustable foot controls.

Ergonomic changes include a 1.5 inch-taller seat height – the two-position settings at 35.0 and 35.8 inches. The Adventure also sources a larger windscreen and handguards as standard fitment.

Off-road friendly tweaks include wider footpegs and reinforced, adjustable foot controls. Crash protection is enhanced as well, with sizable engine guards enshrouding the front end.

That front end is broader too, with the GS Adventure carrying a 7.9-gallon fuel load, 2.6 more than the standard GS. The extra fuel and other GSA add-ons jack the claimed curb weight up to 573 pounds – 48 more than the standard GS.

Perhaps overshadowed by the standard R1200GS, which is BMW’s all-time best selling motorcycle, the GSA is an important model as well. At the 2013 R1200GS press launch, BMW representatives were keen to highlight the GS Adventure as its second-highest selling model in the Motorrad lineup.

MSRP for the US market and availability date is still to be determined. The R1200GS Adventure will be offered in different colorways, including Olive matt, Alpine White and Racing blue metallic matt.