2008 BMW R 1200 GS ADVENTURE

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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.

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 emphasising the offroad 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.

The reworked basic model was already characterized by a unique mixture of sporty handling and suitability for touring and offroad 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, 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.

BMW R 1200 GS ADVENTURE

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 electrohydraulic 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 disadvan-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 emphaticaly 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.

BMW R 1200 GS ADVENTURE

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 attched 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 footbrake 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 alumnum, 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 continous seat surface without level changes and allows the necessary freedom of move-ment over land too. In the lower position, the seat height of 895 mm gives good ground reach and a stable postion. 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-liter tank.
  • Larger windscreen.
  • Tank, engine and valve cover protection.
  • High-grade steel luggage bridge.
  • Adjustable bench seat with off-road ergnomics.
  • Hand protectors.
  • Longer spring travel for improved off-road suitability.
  • Spoked wheels.
  • Wide rider footrests, adjustable gear shift and braking levers.

 


Equipment for the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure.

BMW R 1200 GS ADVENTURE

 

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.
  • Aluminium case luggage holder.
  • Additional headlights.
  • On-board computer.

 

Special accessories.

BMW R 1200 GS ADVENTURE

Storage space program.

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

 

Design.

  • Front wheel fender Carbon.
  • Splash protection rear Carbon.
  • Telelever and fork brace.
  • BMW badge for fork brace.
  • LED indicator lights.
  • White indicator lights.

 

Sound.

  • Sport silencer by Akrapović

 

Ergonomics and comfort.

  • Handlebar cross strut.
  • Padding for handlebar cross strut.
  • Tinted windscreen.
  • Low seat (820 mm) black or grey.
  • High 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 aluminum underbody protection.
  • Extra headlight.
  • Holder for extra headlight.
  • Offroad protective shield (for offroad use only).
  • Theft warning with remote control.
  • RDC.

 

Maintenance and technology.

  • Paddock stand.
  • Set of on-board service tools.
  • Add-on on-board tools.
  • Safety screw, oil filler nozzle.
  • Emergency kit, cylinder head.

 


Specifications

BMW R 1200 GS ADVENTURE

 

Engine  

Capacity(cm3):  1170
Bore/lift(mm):  101/73
Power: 77kw/105HP @ 7500 RPM
Torque: 85 lbs/ft @ 5750 RPM
Design:  Boxer
No. of cylinders: 2
Compression/fuel: 12.0/S
Valve/gas control: HC (high camshaft)
Valves per cylinder: 4
Diam. inlet/outlet(mm): 36/31
Throttle valve diameter(mm): 47
Mixture preparation: Electronic manifold injection BMS-KP
Exhaust purification: Regulated three-way catalyst
  

Electrical systems  

Generator(W): 720
Battery(V/Ah): 12/14 maintenance-free
Headlights(W): H7
Starter(kW): 1,1
  

Power transmission/gears  

Clutch: Single-disc dry coupling Ø 180 mm
Gears: dog-coupled six-gear transmission
Primary transmission: 1,737
Transmission, gear stages:

  •  2,375
  • II  1,646
  • III   1,296
  • IV  1,065
  •  0,939
  • VI  0,848

Rear wheel drive: Cardan shaft
Transmission: 2,91
  

Frame

BMW R 1200 GS ADVENTURE

Frame design: Steel tubular frame, carrying the engine
Front wheel suspension: BMW Telelever
Rear wheel suspension: BMW Paralever
Spring travel front/rear(mm): 210/220
Castor(mm): 97.6
Wheel spacing(mm): 1511
Headset angle(°): 63,8
Brakes:

  • -front:  Double disc brake, Ø 305 mm
  • -rear:  Single disc brake Ø 265 mm
  • -if required: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (partly integral, can be switched off)

Wheels: Spoked wheel

  • -front:  2,5 x 19
  • -rear:  4,0 x 17

Tires:

  • -front:  110/80 R 19
  • -rear:  150/70 R 17

  

Dimensions and weights  

Total length(mm): 2 250
Total width with mirrors(mm): 980
Handlebar width without mirror(mm): 950
Seat height(mm): 915/895
Dry weight(kg):  223
DIN tare, full tank(kg): 256
Perm. total weight(kg): 475
Tank capacity(l): 33
  

Travel data  

Fuel consumption 90 km/h(l/100 km): 4,6
Fuel consumption 120 km/h(l/100 km): 6,1
Acceleration 0–100 km/h(s): 3,9
Maximum speed(km/h): >200


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