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The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« on: October 02, 2012, 07:14:24 pm »
BMW Motorrad Germany has unveiled the water cooled Boxer for the new 2013 R1200GS at the Intermot show in Cologne Germany. The current R1200GS was launched in 2004 and will make way for a completely new model with lots more power and technology. The important changes are highlighted below. Launch date, pricing and spec for SA is not confirmed and speculation for launch is the begining of the 2nd quarter 2013.
















The R1200GS, which enters its ninth year of production in 2013 and is the top-selling enduro with over 170,000 units sold, receives loads of upgrades, including the newly designed air/water-cooled boxer engine with vertical through-flow, integrated gearbox and left-hand cardan shaft drive.
The new opposed-boxer twin engine produces 93kw @ 7700 rpm compared to 81kw of the last year's model, and 125 Nm. of torque @ 6600 rpm.
The performance aspired to, as well as adherence to future anticipated requirements in terms of noise and exhaust emissions, is ensured among other things by a change in the cooling system. The boxer engine in the new R 1200 GS continues to use air/liquid cooling, however, the coolant oil has been replaced by a glycol-water mixture. This ensures a high level of heat absorption capacity of the cooling liquid for more efficient heat dissipation.
So-called precision cooling (a principle similar to that used in Formula 1) involves only those engine elements being cooled with coolant, which are particularly exposed to thermal stress. The engine still continues to use air cooling, thereby preserving the characteristic appearance of the opposed twin boxer engine. The two radiators are small and inconspicuously integrated.
The through-flow is now vertical instead of horizontal for improved filling, and the engine housing integrates the 6-speed gearbox as well as a wet clutch with anti-hopping function instead of the dry clutch as was used previously. What is more, the secondary drive now runs via the well-established cardan shaft on the left-hand side.
Besides the enhanced power, the European-specific R1200GS also had some weight shaved, and arrives in 2013 with a dry weight of 238kg.
Following are the highlights of the 2013 BMW R 1200 GS, which are further explained beneath the bullet points:
   Completely newly designed engine for top-level riding dynamics within the travel enduro segment.
   Capacity 1170 cc, rated output 93 Kw at 7700 rpm and a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6500 rpm.
   Cylinder heads with vertical through-flow for increased efficiency and performance.
   Compact air/water cooling for optimum heat management.
   Basic engine with compact, light and yet rigidity-optimized crankshaft.
   Vertically separated case in open deck construction.
   6-speed gearbox integrated in engine housing, including wet clutch with anti-hopping function and reduced lever operation force.
   New intake system for optimum output and torque with 52 mm throttle valve diameter.
   E-gas for improved ridability, running smoothness and special functions.
   Innovative exhaust gas system with electronically controlled exhaust flap for optimum performance characteristics and an earthy boxer sound.
   Freely selectable riding modes "Rain", "Road", "Dynamic", "Enduro" and "Enduro Pro" with three different electromotive throttle actuator settings in conjunction with ASC (Automatic Stability Control), ABS and ASC settings for off-road riding as well as different mode-specific Dynamic ESA settings (option ex works).
   New suspension with torsionally stiff tubular steel bridge frame and bolt-on rear frame.
   Optimized lightweight cardan shaft drive now running on the left-hand side.
   Newly developed and optimized Telelever at front and EVO Paralever at rear for an even more precise ride feel.
   Refined master chassis geometry data and long swing arm for excellent traction.
   Optimized seating width and position, and adjustable handlebars for even greater comfort.
   Optimized ground reach for rider (inner leg length).
   Tire/wheel dimensions of 120/70 R19 at front and 170/60 R17 at rear as a world first, tailored specially to the R 1200 GS.
   Revised BMW Motorrad brake system with radially mounted Brembo Monobloc brake calipers at front and 2-piston floating caliper with enlarged brake disc at rear ( 276mm, previously 265mm).
   BMW Motorrad Integral ABS as standard.
   Semi active suspension Dynamic ESA (ex works option).
   Main headlight with optimized light efficiency and LED daytime running light (ex works option).
   World's first motorcycle with LED main headlight featuring integrated daytime running light (ex works option).
   New vehicle electrical system with partitioning of functions.
   Extended electric switch units.
   Electronic cruise control (ex works option).
   Preparation for navigation unit with Multi-Controller to operate the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV (ex works option).
   Windshield with one-hand operation for excellent wind and weather protection.
   Seat with multiple adjustment functions for perfect ergonomics.
   Number plate carriers quick to dismount for off-road riding.
   Increased ground clearance (+ 8 mm)
   New instrument cluster with on-board computer as standard. PRO on-board computer as an option.
   Four main paint finishes to choose from: Alpine White, Racing Red, Blue Fire and Thunder Grey Metallic.
E-gas and cruise control
An electromotive throttle actuator is now used for the first time in a GS motorcycle. Here, rider commands are passed on directly by the sensor in the accelerator twist grip to the engine control system; this then regulates the throttle valve electronically. The use of the E-gas system provides a significant improvement in terms of controllability and response. What is more, the rider can adapt engine characteristics to the situation on the road by means of five modes (optional extra). It was also possible to include an electronic cruise control function (optional extra).
ASC and riding modes as an optional extra: five freely selectable modes - "Rain", "Road", "Dynamic", "Enduro" and "Enduro Pro"
For optimum adaptation to the rider's individual needs and purpose, the new R 1200 GS now offers five freely selectable riding modes for the first time: these are an ex works option and feature three different E-gas settings and with varying engine characteristics. Linked to this is Automatic Stability Control ASC with a special enduro configuration. If this option is chosen, BMW Motorrad ABS, ASC and - if installed - the semi active suspension are all adapted to the respective profiles of these five modes
Semi active suspension: BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA for optimum riding dynamics in every situation as an ex works option
The new semi active suspension BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) taps into a whole new range of possibilities as well as providing maximum riding safety and performance. Dynamic ESA monitors the vertical movement of front and rear wheel control as well as other parameters by means of a spring travel sensor in each position, and adapts the damping automatically to the situation depending on riding conditions and the manoeuvres being carried out. Damping adjustment at front and rear is effected by means of electrically controlled regulation valves.
New chassis with tubular steel bridge frame and specially adapted wheel/tire dimensions of 120/70 R19 at front and 170/60 R17 at rear as a world first
The chassis of the R 1200 GS uses a completely newly developed tubular all-steel bridge frame with a bolt-on rear frame. Along with the newly designed Telelever at the front and the EVO Paralever at the rear, this has resulted in a further significant increase in torsional stiffness and hence ride stability and steering precision. Optimised handling qualities are the result of refined master geometric chassis data, and a longer swing arm provides further improved traction - especially when riding over rough terrain.
A globally unique feature of the new R 1200 GS are the tires in the sizes 120/70 R19 at the front and 170/60 R17 at the rear, specially adapted to improve performance.
Revised brake system with radially mounted Brembo Monobloc brake calipers and BMW Motorrad Integral ABS as standard
The brake system of the R 1200 GS has been extensively revised, too. There are now radially mounted Brembo Monobloc brake calipers at the front and a larger brake disc at the rear.
In line with the BMW Motorrad principle "Safety 360" the new GS is also fitted as standard with the BMW Motorrad ABS, here in the part integral version.
The first motorcycle in the world with LED main headlight including integrated daytime running light for even greater safety when riding during the day and at night as an ex works option
Even in its standard trim the new R 1200 GS has a main headlight with optimised light efficiency. In order to be seen even better during the day, BMW Motorrad also offers a daytime running light as an ex works option. For excellent road illumination and therefore even greater safety both day and night, an LED main headlight with integrated daytime running light is fitted in a motorcycle for the first time ever. It comprises innovative LED technology with a sophisticated cooling and decondensation concept.
Electrical system with new vehicle power supply and Multi-Controller for the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV
The new R 1200 GS has the innovative new vehicle power system with altered function partitioning as already used in the 6-cylinder models K 1600 GT and GTL. As before, CAN bus (Controller Area Network) and LIN bus technology (Local Interconnect Network) enables significantly reduced wiring as compared to a conventional system. The previous central vehicle electronics has been partitioned into two separate control units.
The Multi-Controller, newly available for the GS, allows fast and convenient operation of the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV. It is located on the inside of the handlebar grip. This means that selecting functions is much less distracting than pressing buttons and does not require hands to be removed from the handlebars.
Aerodynamically optimised windshield with one-hand operation and optimum ergonomics
The newly developed windshield of the R 1200 GS offers further improved wind and weather protection while also reducing wind noise. Adjustment is simple: an easily accessible and ergonomically optimised selection wheel is operated using one hand.
The new R 1200 GS has extended adjustment options for optimum seating comfort. The rider's seat can now be adjusted in height and tilt angle and the passenger seat can be shifted longitudinally to obtain the ideal distance between rider and passenger. The new handlebars can easily be turned upwards and, together with the optimised knee grip in the fuel tank area, they ensure an even better standing position for off-road riding. The improved knee grip can be clearly felt when seated, too. A high and a low seat, as well as an adjustable footrest system and adjustable foot controls, round off the program of special accessories offering individual adjustment facilities.
« Last Edit: October 16, 2012, 01:32:55 pm by Dirt Junkie »
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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2012, 07:30:05 pm »
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Will there be an adventure model?
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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2012, 07:43:39 pm »
Fundemental differences is the offset split centre line, wet clutch at the front, a difference in fundemental engineering :o
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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2012, 08:35:16 pm »
I am now seriously considering to buy a 1150 GSA again, as I don't understand even half the electronic abbreviations in the text, let alone use, find a fault or repair any of them !
 I do believe however that it will be a brilliant bike for tar and gravel travel. I'm just a bit of a tradionalist at heart I suppose.
Love to take one for a spin though !

 

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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2012, 08:54:09 pm »
And the turning indicator paddles disappeared....  Wonder why?  Just to be like everyone else?
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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2012, 09:08:47 am »
And the turning indicator paddles disappeared....  Wonder why?  Just to be like everyone else?

Yeah not a fan of the "one switch system" but other than that I think this would be an awesome ride .

They going to have come out with an adventure model!! we shall wait and see
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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2012, 09:20:23 am »
Sjo...

It's weird how the shaft and 'zorst' that's been swapped make it look different (I'm looking at it and it feels 'wrong')
Petty I know.

I liked how they changed the input/output to top/bottom from 'back/front' to ease the plumbing needed for the liquid cooling.

Also don't like the front beak (yet), but for the rest I'm thinking - Yeah baby!

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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2012, 09:23:57 am »
It can go through deep water with the air-box sitting that high
 

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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2012, 09:24:55 am »
Sjo...

It's weird how the shaft and 'zorst' that's been swapped make it look different (I'm looking at it and it feels 'wrong')
Petty I know.

I liked how they changed the input/output to top/bottom from 'back/front' to ease the plumbing needed for the liquid cooling.

Also don't like the front beak (yet), but for the rest I'm thinking - Yeah baby!



It has got a sort of a  triumph explorer look to it now with the swopped zorst and shaft.
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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2012, 09:34:19 am »
1170cc ?? I thought it was going to be a 1250 ???
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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2012, 09:36:56 am »
Does not look bad, will make up my mind once I can see and ride it, and the GSA version.
 

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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2012, 09:56:46 am »
These Germans know how to re-engineer! Well done!

I would have thought that incorporating the gearbox in the engine will save alot of weight, but compared to the 2012 GS its actually 4kg heavier. (234kg vs 238kg - Unladen road ready)

Making the throttle bodies stand vertical makes the engine side look more rounded and clean. But I agree with Garfield - will make up my mind when I see it for real.
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« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2012, 11:51:12 am »
Brilliant...but to me, forever the pessimist :), seems like too many drastic changes at once for a design that is so so so tried and tested...

Cosmetically gorgeous....although that bodywork will need some serious protection.
 

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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2012, 08:44:44 am »
Same route as KTM - more power instead of shedding kg's!!!   :dousing: ???
 

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« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2012, 08:49:50 am »
I hope they make the GSA more off-road capabil with 21 inch front wheel...
 

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« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2012, 11:17:55 am »
I hope they make the GSA more off-road capabil with 21 inch front wheel...

Even KTM is going the other way, so I won't hold my breathe...

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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2012, 12:39:13 pm »
Ek laaik dit kwaai.  :thumleft:

Die heritage is vir my nog daar maar geklee in n Star Trek masker. Ek gaan die flikker skakelaar set-up mis as al die amper air heads (1200's) op gery is en ek is gevorseer om oor te skakel na die water monster.  :peepwall:

Meskien moet ek nog so vyf nuwe oil cooled boxers aanskaf. Dit behoort my nog so n miljoen km's te gee. Maar dan weer, teen 2060 is alles seker lithium powered en dan het ek uitgemis op die laaste van die brandstof aangedrewe watermonsters.  :dousing:

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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2012, 12:01:12 pm »
I also like the look of the new engine.  It seems as if there are enough counter spinning components to neutralise torque effects although nothing of that is mentioned.  Further, I will have to get use to those sideburns hanging down the front fork.  Somehow it looks a bit weird and out of place but obviously covering something.

What are those bulges next to the inlets that seem to be part of the spark plug covers??  They are not on the pictures of the naked engine but visible on the bike pictures.

I guess it will take another year or two before the adventure models appear, ten to one more aggressive looking but with little added  offroad functionality.  But the wider tank and screen helps (a lot) in bad weather, at least on the current models.

I wonder what the clutch and gear change feel like now.  I am by now so use to the Massey Furgesson feel that I may even miss it.

All in all it may be a totally different bike but the changes are, at least from a visual point of view, still fairly conservative.  Perhaps not to lose the rabit boxer following.  It is still very much a boxer with similar looks and layout.  But I also think there is a convergence in many design aspects of the litre+ DS bikes.  They seem to look more and more alike.
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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2012, 12:18:38 pm »
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Re: The water cooled BMW R1200GS has been unveiled !
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2012, 12:24:39 pm »
:drif:

Will there be an adventure model?
not yet all other aircooled bmw models will remain as is for now.
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