The 2014 BMW R1200GS, still the best bike on the planet for long-distance adventure touring. It's a bit porky, yes, but with 125bhp on tap...
BMW have released the first official pics and details of the 2014 R1200GS, the one motorcycle that continues to set new benchmarks for the adventure-touring segment. The latest iteration of the “Long Way ’Round” bike is powered by a 1170cc liquid-cooled Boxer-twin that produces 125 horsepower at 7,750rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and power is transferred to the rear wheel via a low-maintenance cardan-shaft drive system that operates via a single-sided swingarm.
The new BMW R1200GS Adventure features a tubular steel spaceframe, 30-litre fuel tank (10 litres more than the standard GS!) and a full complement of electronics – anti-lock brakes (ABS), automatic stability control (ASC), and two selectable riding modes – rain and road. Enduro ABS, Enduro ASC and semi-active suspension with dynamic electronic suspension adjustment are all optional.
Along with its revised styling, the 2014 BMW R1200GS Adventure gets increased ground clearance, an added 20mm of spring travel, larger windshield with hand-wheel adjustment, additional air flaps and hand protectors, wider endure-spec footrests, adjustable and reinforced foot-operated levers. A wide range of accessories is available for the bike, which make it even more suited to long-distance on/off-road long-distance riding.
We’d still much rather have a brand-new BMW HP4 but for dedicated long-distance touring types, the new R1200GS is probably the best motorcycle on the planet.