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BMW Motorrad Unveils 2013 R1200GS

BMW Motorrad unveiled the highly anticipated replacement for their ever popular R1200GS at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany earlier today. The 2013 model, powered by a 125 hp, 1,170 cc water-cooled four stroke flat twin engine, comes equipped with ABS and Dynamic ESA, as well as a new LED headlamp with integrated daytime running light.


 The 2013 BMW R1200GS will be available in four colors: Racing Red, Alpine White, Blue Fire and Thunder Grey Metallic.

Three different equipment options will be available for the 2013 BMW R1200GS: Touring, Dynamic and Off-Road.


The Touring package is aimed at riders who enjoy every kilometre on asphalt or chippings and would prefer not to get off their R1200GS at all. These options have been put together for comfortable touring with minimal fatigue on the R1200GS. 


The new R1200GS demonstrates its dynamic character not only through impressive agility in every riding situation, but also visually in the form of the new BMW LED headlamp with integrated daytime running light and LED indicators. In addition, the suspension features ASC, Dynamic ESA, and the riding modes for pure riding pleasure on a fast weekend trip.


This package was compiled specifically for those who want to enjoy their R1200GS pure, but do not intend to ignore those practical extras. The daytime running light presents a clear advantage for visual appeal and safety, and ASC and disengageable ABS provide adequate traction particularly on loose surfaces.

Specifications for the 2013 BMW R1200GS:


Type - Air/liquid-cooled four stroke flat twin engine, double overhead camshaft, one balance shaft

Bore x Stroke - 101 mm x 73 mm

Capacity - 1,170 cc

Rated Output - 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm

Max. torque - 125 Nm (93 lb/ft) at 6,500 rpm

Compression Ratio - 12.5 : 1

Engine Management - Electronic intake pipe injection / BMS-K+ digital engine management with electromotive throttle actuator

Emission Control - Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3


Maximum Speed - Over 200 km/h (125 mph)

Fuel Type - Unleaded super, octane number 95 (RON)

Electrical System

Alternator - Three-phase alternator 580 W (nominal power)

Battery - 12 V / 11.8 Ah, maintenance-free


Clutch - Oil lubricated clutch, hydraulically operated

Gearbox - Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth

Drive - Shaft drive


Frame - Two-section frame, front- and bolted on rear frame, load-bearing engine

Front Suspension - BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 37 mm, central spring strut

Rear Suspension - Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable at handwheel

Suspension Travel  - 190 mm (front) / 200 mm (rear)

Wheelbase - 1.507 mm

Castor - 99.6 mm

Steering Head Angle - 64.5°

Wheels - Cast aluminium wheels

Rim, front - 3.00 x 19"

Rim, rear - 4.50 x 17"

Tires, front - 120/70 R 19

Tires, rear - 170/60 R 17

Brake, front - Dual disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 305 mm, 4-piston radial calipers

Brake, rear - Single disc brake, diameter 276 mm, double-piston floating caliper

ABS - BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral), can be switched off

Dimensions / Weight

Length - 2.210 mm

Width  - 953 mm (37.5 inches)

Height - 1.450 mm (57 inches)

Seat Height33.46 / 34.25 inches (low seat: 32.28 / 33.07 inches) (lowered suspension: 31.10 / 31.88 inches)

Unladen Weight - 238 kg (524 lbs)

Payload - 212 kg (467 lbs)

Fuel Capacity - 20 l (5.28 gallons)


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Comments (10)

At sixty years old I think I'll keep my lighter 2008 GS1200!

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I hope those ridiculous plastic front sidepieces are removable (I mean, they look amazing, but I'd sure hate to drop this thing).

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Bring back the Airhead and I'll buy a new BMW. This is an abomination.

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Will there be an ADV model with the big tank, I don't want to carry that much extra fuel. And I think the higher crash bars with that much "Pretty" plastic will be needed. It sure looks nice though.

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When they go back to a reliable 87 octane burning engine then I'll think about calling them real touring bikes. My 06 has been one of my best bikes,

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BMW has scored another knock out blow. Compared to the R100GS, the new GS is 60 pounds heavier but has more than twice the HP at 60 vs. 125. To top it off, I'm lucky to get 40 mpg on my '88 R100GS but routinely achieve 49 mpg on my '08 R1200GS, both fully equipped. They are both superb handling bikes with great brakes, etc., but the new technology is the deal clincher.

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I'll wait until the new GSA hits the market before I trade the old one off. I'm sure this bike will be a huge hit!

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Anyone notice the steel wire spoke wheels on bike in the video, but not on any photos above? My understanding is that there is an "Adventure" version with spokes and a "Non-Adventure" version with mag rims. Confused yet??? Is this true and any differences? Beemers website is of no help which does not impress me.

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Barry what are you talking about? Spoke wheels were always an option on 1200GS. My 1200GS has spoke wheels and ain't Adventure.

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When I first saw the 1200 I was very disappointed. My 2010 TripleBlack was better looking and that flimsy front nose didn't appeal to me. Then I was given one for 2 weeks riding from Germany to Austria and Italy. Fully loaded with panniers, topbox and a pillion, this bike handled like there was nothing on it. It was light, agile, predictable and smooth, yet popping wheelies at random happened all the time because I wasn't use to the power. But the real eye opener was when I got back, and taking my beloved TripleBlack to work obe morning, I was gobsmacked at how clumsy and top heavy it felt all of a sudden. And it didn't get better as I rode of the next few days... My new Dinamic 1200 innracingnred is on order. Speaking of which - why is there such a loooong wait ?!

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