The BMW R1200GS has a long history behind it as is around for almost 32 years. The German manufacturer decided to improve it even more for 2013 and the new version is the most capable R2100GS of all times.
The 2013 BMW R1200GS is powered by a new opposed twin engine which delivers a maximum output of 125 hp. The engine has received a set of improvements such as a new wet clutch with antihopping feature, electromotive throttle actuator and optional “riding modes”. BMW says that its new R1200 GS offers a top speed of over 200 km/h.
The engine is mounted on a strong frame which is combined with a set of sporty suspensions which are able to adjust automatically to various terrains and load conditions.
The 2013 model is also offered with new body panels, cooling system, wheels and a unique LED headlamp.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 BMW R1200GS.
One R 1200 GS. One Mission – The best GS of all times.
The BMW R 1200 GS – the icon of all travel enduros. For 32 years “the GS” has been defining its segment and has proven to be the trusty companion on any motorcycle adventure. BMW Motorrad is now embarking on a new chapter of its success story and is yet again perfecting the iconic R 1200 GS.
One R 1200 GS. One Feeling – Power in every situation.
Powerful, refined, and high revving. The R 1200 GS is powered by a new opposed twin engine design delivering 125 hp. Based on a new concept of combined air and liquid cooling and vertical flows through the cylinders, the engine operates efficiently, reliably, and with high torques at all times. Further improvements like the new wet clutch with antihopping feature, the electromotive throttle actuator E-Gas, and the optional “riding modes” make the opposed twin engine the perfect drive solution at the heart of the new R 1200 GS.
One R 1200 GS. One Emotion – Supreme control
The new R 1200 GS is ready for any terrain, thanks to the greater rigidity of its main frame and its enhanced Paralever and Telelever for even greater enduro steering accuracy. The optional Dynamic ESA configures the suspension automatically to the terrain and load conditions. The GS provides even more functions with the optional “riding modes”, a set of four different configurations that can be selected at the push of a button.
One R 1200 GS. One Impression – Strong individuality.
At first glance, the “new one” too is a genuine GS: robust, dynamic, and full of character. New body panels with a perfect finish underscore its high quality character. The new cooling concept was integrated seamlessly into the distinctive design, and the visual emphasis moved to the front. The new R 1200 GS now gives the impression of more balance and power. Thanks to its extensive range of options, the R 1200 GS is absolutely unique. With an innovative, unique LED headlamp, cross spoke wheels, and a wide choice of options and packages, everyone can convert this enduro into “his” or "her" GS.
One World. One R 1200 GS – The tour of your life.
At the launch of the new R 1200 GS, BMW Motorrad will be setting a unique test ride in motion. In the “One World. One R 1200 GS.” event, BMW Motorrad will be sending five enduro adventurers on the redefined icon R 1200 GS on five tours all around the world. The first of its kind in the world, this project will be putting “the new one” to a gruelling test – and, with a little luck, give you too the opportunity for the tour of your life.
Air/liquid-cooled four stroke flat twin engine, double overhead camshaft, one balance shaft
Bore x stroke
101 mm x 73 mm
92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm
92 lb-ft (125 Nm) at 6,500 rpm
12.5 : 1
Mixture control / engine management
Electronic intake pipe injection / BMS-K+ digital engine management with electromotive throttle actuator
Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3
over 200 km/h
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h
57 mpg at a constant 56 mph (4.1 l)
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h
three-phase alternator 580 W (nominal power)
12 V / 11,8 Ah, maintenance-free
oil lubricated clutch, hydraulically operated
Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth
Two-section frame, bolted on rear frame, load-bearing engine
Front wheel location / suspension
BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 37 mm, central spring strut
Rear wheel location / suspension
Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) via handwheel, rebound damping adjustable via handwheel
Suspension travel front / rear
7.5 in/7.9 in (190 mm / 200 mm)
59.3 in (1.507 mm)
3.9 in (99.6 mm)
Steering head angle
Cast aluminium wheels
3,00 x 19"
4,50 x 17"
120/70 R 19
170/60 R 17
Dual floating discs, diameter 305 mm, 4-piston radial calipers
Single disc, diameter 276 mm, double-piston floating caliper
Standard BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral), can be switched off for off road riding
87.0 in (2.210 mm)
Width (incl. mirrors)
37.5 in (953 mm)
Height (excl. mirrors)
57.1 in (1.450 mm)
Seat height, unladen weight
33.5 / 34.3 in (low seat* 32.3 / 33.1 in, lowered suspension* 31.1 / 31.9 in) *OE
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1)
525 lbs (238 kg)
Permitted total weight
992 lbs (450 kg)
Payload (with standard equipment)
467 lbs (212 kg)
Usable tank volume
approx. 1 gal
Cycleworld ---- "With a new LED headlight and a more protective and easily adjustable windshield, the new—revolutionary, even—engineering in the R1200GS is not all visible, but the boxer retains its signature adventure-bike look. Maybe more importantly for GS fans and BMW, it retains the key elements of BMW-ness created nearly a century ago by Max Fritz. Nobody mistook the R32 for anything else on the road, and nobody will mistake the latest R1200GS for anything else, either."
Motorcycle-usa ---- "The boxer engine in the new R 1200 GS continues to use air/liquid cooling, however, the coolant oil has been replaced by a glycol-water mixture. This ensures a high level of heat absorption capacity of the cooling liquid for more efficient heat dissipation. "
asphaltandrubber ---- "Using “precision cooling” derived from Formula 1, the 2013 BMW R1200GS only uses liquid cooling on the parts of the motor that need the additional heat exchange, thus allowing the engine still to use a high-degree of air-cooling, which BMW says helps justify the continued use of the boxer-twin motor design. Other changes include a wet slipper clutch and left-hand side cardan shaft drive. As we reported earlier, power is 123hp and 92 ft•lbs of torque at 6,500 rpm, while the curb weight is 525 lbs (238 kg) without fuel."