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2013 BMW R1200GS First Ride Photo Gallery

Catch up with Motorcycle USA in South Africa as we take the 2013 BMW R1200GS for a spin. See photos from the excursion in the 2013 BMW R1200GS First Ride photo gallery.

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The GS test route included off-road sections as well, allowing us to test the 2013 R1200s skill in the dirt and gravel.
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Despite being over 500 pounds, the 2013 BMW R1200GS provides smooth, steady handling in the dirt.
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BMW representatives insisted we keep the Enduro/ABS engaged during our first off-road jaunt and the linked braking proved incredibly effective.
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The 2013 BMW R1200GS proved an able and willing mount off-road.
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The GS has an adjustable perch as well as a new seat shape to help accommodate riders of different sizes.
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The 2013 BMW R1200GS is a ready touring mount as well, with improved ergonomics and new components that help to make long trips much more enjoyable.
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The newly designed Boxer engine combines liquid "precision-cooling" with exposed heads which dissipate up to 65% of the heat from the engine.
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The adjustable windscreen that can be altered on the fly helps add to the touring capabilities of the 2013 BMW R1200GS.
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The GS's instrument console has a host of features, including gear position indicator, Ride Mode and ESA displays, a clock, trip meters, ambient temperature and much more.
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Foot pegs were repositioned 10mm lower than previous models, giving the 2013 R1200GS a roomier feel.
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Five engine maps, optional semi-active electronic suspension, ABS and ASC mean the 2013 BMW R1200GS can suit nearly any riding style.
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Wider tires adorn the GS in 2013, with 120/170 instead of the previous 110/150.
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Though we didn't get to test the effectiveness in the dark, the 2013 BMW R1200GS comes equipped with an LED headlight and daytime running light.
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GS bikes have long been a favorite at the MotoUSA offices, the 2013 BMW R1200GS only increases our admiration.
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U.S. price has yet to be determined for the 2013 R1200GS.
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Though there have been challengers to the GS's position as class leader, the 2013 R1200GS will help bolster Beemer's spot at the top.
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We got the chance to test an Enduro Pro GS kitted with Metzler's knobby tires (left) for some of the technical off-road sections.
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The 2013 BMW R1200GS far exceeds its predecessors.
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The 2013 BMW R1200 GS has a newly designed liquid-cooled 1170cc horizontally-opposed Twin Boxer engine.
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BMW engineers were charged with making one of the brands most popular mounts even better. The result? The 2013 BMW R1200GS and its laundry list of upgrades.
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The new Boxer engine sounds racier and puts out a claimed 15 horsepower more than its predecessor.
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It took a bit to get used to BMW's proprietary front end, but the GS quickly inspired faith with its composed handling.