BMW’s flagship R1200GS returns for 2017 with a modest refresh and more optional features available. Updates to the Bavarian marque’s all-time best-selling model include Euro 4 updates for its Boxer Twin, styling revisions and several new electronic aides.The Motorrad folks also present a lust-worthy Rallye edition for hardcore off-road GS riders.
Boxer Meets Euro 4 Regs
The R1200’s iconic Boxer Twin returns with its familiar 125 hp / 92 lb-ft power claims. Revisions to the catalytic converter and engine management get the R1200 up to Euro 4 snuff without losing power, and those peak claims remain unchanged since the 2013 model update that added partial liquid-cooling. The Beemer’s transmission also got some tweaks to help things run smoother, including a judder damper added to the transmission output shaft.
Optional Riding Modes Pro Adds New Electronic Aids
The GS gets several new electronic doodads for 2017 as well, many of which have debuted on other recently updated Beemers, like the Boxer-powered RT and RS models, as well as the S1000XR. These electronic aids are included in the Riding Modes Pro option, which adds four ride modes to the standard Road/Rain settings. These include: Dynamic, Dynamic Pro, Enduro and Enduro Pro. Riding Modes Pro also includes Dynamic Traction Control and ABS Pro, which factor lean angle into handling equation. Yet another component of the Riding Modes Pro option is Hill Start Control, which was first sourced on the R1200RT.
Updated Dynamic ESA
BMW also updated its optional electronic suspension system for 2017, with this “next generation” Dynamic ESA. The updated system, which BMW press materials touts as “self-leveling,” automatically adjusts the rear preload. And riders are able to switch from this “Auto” mode to a “Min” or “Max” setting, which lowers or raises suspension accordingly, offering a lowered seat height or adding extra ground clearance for off-road conditions.
2017 R1200 GS Rallye
Speaking of off-road… While the majority of R1200GS purchases see very little mileage off-road, those GS-fanatics that do take ADV riding seriously will appreciate the new Rallye edition. BMW has released Dakar-inspired versions of its GS in the past, with this latest Rallye getting all gussied up with off-road specific accoutrements like engine guards, radiator guard and enduro footpegs. The Rallye also features stiffer-sprung suspension components for more aggressive off-road performance capabilities.
Modest changes to the GS styling include tweaks to the front fender and trim panels around the air intake and fuel tank. Designers also added winglets to improve aerodynamics, as well as reshaping area around the rider’s knee for ergonomic benefit.
American MSRP and the R1200GS’s US arrival date is still to be determined. (Don’t forget to check out BMW’s all-new baby GS with the G310GS which debuted alongside its 1200 kin at the EICMA Milan Bike Show.)