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Combine ideas of adventure and motorcycling and the BMW R1200GS is the motorcycle that comes to mind. The R1200GS is BMW Motorrad’s best-selling model and has been carrying world travelers across the globe for decades as it has developed into the industry standard that it is.
The BMW R1200GS owns the adventure touring motorcycle division. Riders who can afford it will appreciate the comfort and abilities of the BMW R1200GS.
The BMW R1200GS is powered by BMW’s horizontally-opposed Boxer Twin, the most recent version seeing displacement bumped up to 1170cc in 2006. Celebrities and average riders alike have used the 1200GS and its powerful Boxer to rack up countless comfortable miles on every continent across the globe. Most notably Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman saddled a pair of BMW R1200GS Adventures for their popular Long Way Round and Long Way Down documentaries.
Known for its Paralever and Telelever suspension, the BMW R1200GS is exceptionally proficient on the pavement and items like 19/17-inch wheels show a trend leaning towards the tarmac. Going off-road on such a large motorcycle is daunting, but the R1200GS Adventure model adds some components for extra dirt-worthiness and greater fuel capacity to take the BMW motorcycle farther. A single-sided swingarm and shaft drive are low-maintenance as is the air-cooled engine – an important selling point for riders who want to tour the world. BMW offers ABS brakes as optional equipment for the R1200GS, and a good one at that considering the 504 claimed pounds for the standard GS model.
The BMW R1200GS is large and in charge of the adventure touring division. Riders who can afford it will appreciate the comfort and abilities of the BMW R1200GS Adventure.
BMW R1200GS Reviews
2013 BMW R1200GS First Ride
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Redesigned from top to bottom, the 2013 BMW R1200GS takes a great bike and makes it even better. We flew to South Africa to get our hands on the Beemer for some GS adventuring.
2012 BMW R1200GS Comparison Review
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The BMW R1200GS has stood the test of time and weathered plenty of competition from other adventure bikes. Now it has to square off with another challenger.
2011 BMW R1200GS Comparison
Monday, September 19, 2011
The 2011 BMW R1200GS comes back to do battle as the aged veteran of the Adventure Touring class. Does this proven air-cooled motorcycle have what it takes to stay on top?
2010 BMW R1200GS Adventure Shootout
Monday, September 27, 2010
BMW is the defending champion in the Adventure Touring segment. The 2010 BMW R1200GS gets slight updates to the engine but is it enough to hold off the new challenger?
2010 BMW R1200GS Adventure First Ride
Monday, May 03, 2010
BMW Motorcycles has reworked the 2010 R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure with an updated engine. The Adventure Touring king still comes with the most sophisticated gadgets.
2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure First Ride
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
We ride BMW's best-selling motorcycles, the R1200GS and GS Adventure, for two days through a springtime Arizona desert.
2006 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Saturday, August 12, 2006
We put BMW's Adventure-Touring extraordinaire through the ringer, both on the road and off, on a trek to the Grand Canyon.
2005 BMW R1200GS
Thursday, April 22, 2004
BMW's class-defining adventure-touring bike takes lessons from the sportbike world, becoming faster, lighter and more powerful.
BMW R1200GS First Looks
2013 BMW R1200GS First Look
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
BMW updates the most prolific seller in company history, giving the R1200GS a long-awaited redesign – featuring the anticipated switch to a liquid-cooled Boxer engine.
Spy Shot: 2012 Water-Cooled BMW R1200GS
Friday, August 19, 2011
BMW spy shots reveal a water-cooled R1200GS prototype, confirming rumors that the 2012 R1200GS will utilize an all-new liquid-cooled version of the iconic Boxer Twin.
2011 BMW R1200GS Triple Black First Look
Monday, October 18, 2010
BMW adds some sinister flair to its adventure line with the 2011 BMW R1200GS Triple Black special edition. This ADV motorcycle comes with a premium package and a bad attitude.
BMW R1200GS Articles
BMW Recalls R1200GS for Fork Issue
Monday, April 29, 2013
BMW has issued a recall for its redesigned 2013 R1200GS, with concerns over the a loose fork locking bolt.
2013 BMW R1200GS Priced at $15,800
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
BMW announces surprising prices for its much-anticipated 2013 R1200GS – with the base $15,800 MSRP $350 less than its predecessor.
2012 BMW GS Trophy: South America
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
The seven-day 2012 BMW GS Trophy event in South America gave amateur adventure riders the chance to experience a world-class enduro contest complete with numerous special tests across the wilds of Patagonia.
Best Touring Bike of 2010: BMW R1200GS
Friday, December 31, 2010
Motorcycle USA comes clean with its votes for the 2010 Best of awards. Read more to see our pick for the best touring motorcycle of 2010.
Adventure Touring Mount Shasta
Thursday, September 23, 2010
McCloud Dual-Sport Adventures led us around Mount Shasta for three days of Adventure Touring in Northern California.
BMW Recalls R1200, G650 and F800 Models
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced BMW recalls for select G650X, F800GS and F650GS models, as well as the Bavarian marque’s extensive R1200 Boxer line.
30 Years of GS at BMW Motorrad Days
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Friends of the brand BMW Motorcycles celebrate the 30th anniversary of the GS models and BMW Motorrad celebrates the GS riders: at the "BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, guests' BMW GS models will be rated and awarded prizes in different categories.
Lost in Spain on the BMW R1200GS
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Executive Editor Atlas takes a two-up journey aboard BMW's legendary R1200GS Adventure, taking in all that Spain has to offer.
BMW Motorcycle African Adventure
Friday, August 28, 2009
Neale Bayly takes a ride in South Africa on the BMW R1200GS and brings back a great story and some amazing pictures.
Planet Desert BMW R1200GS Tour
Friday, August 28, 2009
Since 1991, motorcycle adventurer and desert expert Michael Martin has used BMW GS models as fast, robust and reliable partners on his long-distance travels. On this extreme motorcycle tour, he will travel to the most remote areas on the planet.
BMW R1200GS Special Editions
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The popular BMW GS gets two special edition treatments; one from a French dealer turning it into a hulking supermoto and another from BMW itself.
2012 BMW R1200GS AT Shootout Video
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