2014 BMW R1200GS Adventure RevealedMon, 07 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700
BMW has updated its R1200GS Adventure for 2014, giving it similar updates introduced on the R1200GS including the liquid-cooled 1170cc boxer engine. The more off-road capable version of the GS now has more power than ever before, as well as the option of coming with BMW’s semi-active suspension.
The new engine has the same peak output as the base GS, claiming 123 hp peak output at 7750 rpm, an upgrade over the previous air-cooled engine’s claims of 110 hp. This was achieved by the precision cooling system which applies liquid cooling directly to the components that are most exposed to thermal stress. For the GS Adventure, BMW developed a flywheel that is 950 grams heavier than on the regular GS. The R1200GS Adventure also receives an additional vibration damper.
As with the R1200GS, the Adventure model has its cardan-shaft drive respositioned to the left side of the wheel. Also new are the six-speed transmission integrated into the engine housing and the wet clutch.
The R1200GS Adventure comes standard with two ride modes, Rain and Road, while an optional upgrade offers three more modes: Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro. The different riding modes affect the engine’s characteristics as well as the ABS and traction control settings to suit the rider’s needs.
For improved off-road use, the R1200GS Adventure offers 0.4 inches more ground clearance than the base GS. Both front and rear suspension travel have also been increased by 0.8 inches while BMW’s semi-active suspension is available as an optional add-on. The GS Adventure also features a 7.9 gallon fuel tank that’s 50% larger than the regular GS’ tank.
Other features include a tubular steel space frame, modified trailing arm geometry, a larger adjustable windscreen, a tilt-adjustable seat, engine and tank guards, wide enduro footrests and adjustable foot controls.
U.S. availability and pricing have yet to be announced.
By Dennis Chung
See also: WSBK 2013: Magny-Cours Race Report, WSBK 2013: Laguna Seca Race Report, Íhlins USA Suspension Cirkus of Speed Tomorrow, September 28.