FIRST LOOK: 2008 BMW R 1200 GS ADVENTURE

A summary of the main features of the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure:

  • Even more dynamic drive and improved traction.
  • Reworked transmission and short first gear if required.
  • Even more universal use through optional Enduro ESA.
  • Reworked design emphasizing the off road and world travel character.
  • Perfect, tried and tested series equipment for extreme tours.
  • Color options: Magnesium metallic matt, plain red.
  • Special equipment and tailor-made accessories in accordance with
    the familiar BMW standards.

More powerful, better for offroad use – the world-trip enduro in a new trim.

With the new R 1200 GS Adventure, BMW Motorrad is now presenting the third version of the ultimate long-distance enduro for globetrotters and adventurers. The reworked basic model was already characterizedby a unique mixture of sporty handling and suitability for touring and off road use, but the Adventure also wins hearts and minds with improved perfor-mance and traction, additional offroad qualities and a level of long-distance comfort that has been enhanced even further. These unique qualities combine with the very extensive range of series equipment to make the new R 1200 GS Adventure suitable for world trips the moment it leaves the factory.

 

More dynamic drive and improved traction.

The new, even more dynamic drive of the R 1200 GS Adventure even manages to outstrip the 1170 cm3 engine of its predecessor model, which provided confident propulsion in any conditions. With 105 bhp at 7,000 rpm, a maximum engine speed of 8,000 rpm and an even broader engine speed range, it provides the perfect conditions for confident riding whatever the conditions, in line with the special demands that an adventure-tourer has to meet.Reworked transmission and short first gear if required.

Like the basic R 1200 GS version, the R 1200 GS Adventure places its trust in a completely reworked 6-speed transmission which, with its shortened transmission ratios and a shorter  secondary ratio, provides clearly improved
traction and acceleration. Combined with the reworked engine, the R 1200 GS Adventure is much more lively and dynamic in the upper half of the engine speed range, while still providing more traction in the lower ranges.With enlarged bearing diameters and changed shaft distance,

Reworked transmission and short first gear (if required)

The completely revised six-speed transmission takes account of the often extreme demands made of an adventure-tourer. In addition, a shorter first gear is offered for the R 1200 GS Adventure as a special option – this gives additional advantages when riding over very confined, difficult terrain.Even more universal usage through the optional Enduro ESA. In terms of the frame, the R 1200 GS Adventure, which is fitted ex factory with spring travel that is 20 mm longer, also benefits from the new Enduro ESA, available, as with the R 1200 GS, as a special option; this allows the springing and shock absorption to be modified to all sorts of different operating conditions and load states simply by pressing a button.With the additional electro hydraulic adjustment of the spring base at the front suspension strut, the Enduro ESA is also taking account, for the first time, of the specific requirements of a travel enduro, providing greatly improved impact safety during offroad travel without any of the associated disadvantages-tages on the road, such as reduced negative spring travel or higher seat height. The Enduro ESA distinguishes between various road and off-road modes, within which the rider can also make further modifications in line with the particular requirements by selecting particular springing and shock absorption modes.

Revised design emphasizing the offroad and world travel character.


With its sturdy,  masculine language and emphatically enduro attributes, the new R 1200 GS Adventure continues the successful design concept of its predecessor model. While the tank section has been taken over without change from its predecessor, the newly designed upper fenders at the front, the modified fin to the cooling air guide and the white LED rear light and white indicators combine with the new colors and surfaces to make this bike look even tougher.
Power and sportiness, dynamics and technical elegance in equal measures characterize the R 1200 GS Adventure through a deliberate contrast between black components and two new color variants. Magnesium metallic matt underlines the technical character of the R 1200 GS Adventure, while a strong plain red emphasizes the sporty side. The color-coordinated seat is another clear difference from the standard model.

 

Tried and tested, perfect standard equipment for extreme touring.

Compared with the standard R 1200 GS version, the R 1200 GS Adventure is appearing on the market with the much expanded standard equipment taken over from its predecessor model. Its 33 liter tank, for example, allows the rider to ride for much longer stages. At a constant speed of 90 km/h, the theoretical range is around 750 kilometers. In this way, the new R 1200 GS Adventure can cover far greater distances than any of its competitors.

On fast stretches, the windscreen of the new R 1200 GS Adventure deflects air flow past the rider largely without any turbulence, thus effectively reducing the burden on the head and upper body at high speeds in particular. Additional specially shaped flaps attached behind the windscreen also reduce drafts in the lower back area. The angle of the windscreen can be adjusted, providing outstanding wind and weather protection for riders of all sizes. Wide enduro footrests and adjustable levers for the foot brake and gear shift lever take account of the often changing requirements in offroad use in particular and can be adjusted both to personal riding styles and habits and to different styles of shoes. The rough conditions on long-distance trips and over extreme terrain away from surfaced roads are taken into consideration by the new, double-butted handlebar in aluminum, which can be mounted in two positions, depending on the intended purpose, and new hand protectors, now mounted directly on the handlebar.

As previously, a stable, sturdy tube structure made from high-grade steel protects the tank and frame effectively from the consequences of accidental contact, especially over land. In addition, high-quality aluminum covers protect the valve covers against tough impacts.
As in the predecessor model, tough, practical luggage fixing devices are provided by the spacious, stable luggage bridge, made from high-grade steel, which will also take the aluminum topcase, available on request.
The two-part bench seat, which can be adjusted to two heights in the rider section, gives an optimum seat position, as previously. In the upper position, at 915 mm seat height, it offers the rider the comfort of a continuous seat surface without level changes and allows the necessary freedom of movement over land too. In the lower position, the seat height of 895 mm gives good ground reach and a stable position. This is also supported by the special design of the bench seat, which is particularly narrow in the front section.

The main features of the new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure in comparison with the standard BMW R 1200 GS version.

  • 33-litre tank.
  • Larger windscreen.
  • Tank, engine and valve cover protection.
  • High-grade steel luggage bridge.
  • Adjustable bench seat with off-road ergonomics.
  • Hand protectors.
  • Longer spring travel for improved off-road suitability.
  • Spoked wheels.
  • Wide rider footrests, adjustable gear shift and braking levers.

 

 

Special equipment and special accessories.

In line with its extremely wide range of applications, a wide range of equipment, tailored both to the vehicle and to specific customer requirements, is available for the new R 1200 GS Adventure. Special equipment is supplied ex factory; special accessories are installed by the local BMW motorcycle dealer.

Special equipment.

  • Enduro ESA.
  • BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (partly integral, can be switched off).
  • RDC.
  • ASC
  • Off-road tires (no extra cost).
  • On-board computer including oil level warning.
  • Theft alarm with remote control.
  • Chromium-plated exhaust.
  • Heated grips.
  • Short first gear.
  • Aluminum case luggage holder.
  • Additional headlights.
  • On-board computer.

 

 

Special accessories.

  • Aluminium case.
  • Luggage holder for aluminium case.
  • Aluminium topcase.
  • Topcase carrier.
  • Back cushion for aluminium topcase.
  • Practical inside bag for aluminium suitcase and topcase.
  • Carrying handle for aluminum case (for 1 case or topcase).
  • Softbag Sport large, 51 l.* and Softbag Sport small, 19 l.*
  • Baggage roll 53 l, watertight.*

 

Design

  • Front wheel mudguard Carbon.*
  • Splash protection rear Carbon.*
  • Telelever and fork brace.*
  • BMW badge for fork brace.*
  • LED indicator lights.*/ **
  • White indicator lights.*
  • Sport silencer by Akrapović ®.*
  • Handlebar cross strut.*
  • Padding for handlebar cross strut.*
  • Tinted windscreen.*
  • Low driver seat (820 mm) black or grey.
  • High driver seat, adjustable (915/895 mm) black or grey.
  • LED light for onboard socket 410 mm.*
  • Additional socket.*
  • Heated grips.*/ **

Navigation and communication

  • BMW Motorrad Navigator.*
  • Holder for BMW Motorrad Navigator.
  • Function Navigator Bag.*

Safety

  • Large top spoiler for hand protection.*
  • Cylinder protection.
  • Heavy-duty enduro aluminium under body protection.*
  • Extra headlight.*
  • Holder for extra headlight.
  • Off-road protective shield (for off-road use only).


 

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