61 high-res photos of the 2013 BMW R1200GS

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As the 2013 BMW R1200GS, probably the highest profit motorcycle being shown at Intermot today, ramps up for its official unveiling, here’s an early look at its high-res photo material. Evolution, not revolution as power grows just 14bhp and weight is up 20lbs, but it appears as if BMW has neatly integrated liquid-cooling into its epochal ADV bike without fundamentally changing the recipe.

Update: full press release. We’ll be refining and updating all this as we process the info.

Here’s a link into the gallery.

  • Trev

    Wow, I think this is the first R-series bike that I really do like. I doubt i’ll ever buy one or afford one; but this one seems pretty cool.

    • BMW11GS

      Try used Trev. And I think you need to ride a few of the earlier ones.

      • Trev

        Earlier ones, such as the Airheads? Or the Oilheads? If I am ever really in the market for one, i’ll give them a shot.

  • http://www.BrewSmith.com.au dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    Gahhh!! Who writes these press releases? So many words, so little meaning.

  • Charlie

    Inexorably better…but at least in pics not working for me aesthetically. Looking like a dolled up 650 GS thumper. Maybe the next RT will have the water cooled lump and they will hit the mark on styling. Naked 1000RR spy shots looks mediocre. The cruiser will be another 1200c – an unfortunate experiment. I think BMW is firing a few blanks.

  • Nick

    Styling ok for me, but from the original spy shots I was expecting the radiators to be mounte more in parallel to the bike, a la rc51…these look like they stick out pretty much perpendicular…right where I normally used to drop my GS…

  • Kevin

    The BMW R1200GS, goes everywhere a KLR650 does at 4 times the price.

    ;)

    • http://www.TroyRank.com Troy R

      and at 4 times the bike

      • BMW11GS

        +1

    • ike6116

      Except, you know, the highway.

    • KLR_Pilot

      Except by the time you get finished farkling the KLR, it’s only about half the price:

      Happy Trails Panniers, Mounts, NERF bars ($$$$)
      Big Moose Bash plate ($)
      Pro-Taper Bars ($$)
      Jet Kit ($$)
      Air box mod ($)
      Laminar Lip windscreen ($$)
      MSR Brush Guards ($)
      Halogen Headlights ($)
      LED Tail lights ($)
      SuperTrapp Exhaust (x3) ($$$)
      Doohickey Replacement ($)
      Moose Racing Off-Road Foot Pegs ($)
      Stainless Brake lines ($$)
      Cogent Dynamics MOAB Shock ($$$$)
      Progressive Springs in the front forks ($$)
      Schnitz Racing 685cc kit (and associated machine work) ($$$$)
      Rear sprocket change ($)

      I got tired of chasing silver bullets for the KLR and went out an bought an R12GSA. Still like the KLR but the comparison with the GS stops at two wheels and a motor.

  • markbvt

    So they’ve finally joined the rest of the world and gotten rid of those stupid flappy-paddle turn signals. About time.

    And is it just me, or is that the most half-assed liquid cooling system ever? Hey, at least it doesn’t require a huge radiator…

    Also, I love how proud they are of the “unique, world-first” 120 and 170 tire sizes… so unique that KTM announced those same tires on the 1190 Adventure a week or two ago. Odd that the spoked wheels are sized for those tires too; no knobbies to choose from. Smart move, BMW.

    • BMW11GS

      Everyone who lives with the “flappy paddle turn signals” ends up liking them better than the standard type. They are really ergonomically superior if you stop to think about it.

      • A Green

        +1

      • wwalkersd

        BS. Everybody I know with them, including me, has honked the horn at least once while intending to cancel the turn signal. Having activation split between the two grips, but cancellation on only one side, messes with the brain. After 50,000 miles on my RT, I still much prefer the Japanese style single switch – which is what all the new BMWs have.

        • http://vtbmwmov.org Eben

          So, on a Japanese bike, do you normally hit the starter by accident when you’re trying to honk the horn? Do you pull in the clutch when you mean to brake? Do you hit your rear brake when you mean to downshift? Do you know your left from your right?

          • wwalkersd

            No, no, no and yes. None of those cases have the same issue.

            • BMW11GS

              Maybe you need a Kissan Signal Minder, wwalkersd?

              • wwalkersd

                I’ve got one. I still prefer to cancel my signals manually, since not all the bikes I ride have signal cancellation. Thanks to the SM, I can cancel a signal by pushing again on activation switch, ala H-D signals. The problem with that, of course, is that now the switching is state dependent. Get out of sync via a missed button push, and you can end up turning a signal off when you meant to turn it on, or vice versa. Bottom line: I never have a signaling problem with the Japanese-style switch on my V-Strom. I occasionally (rarely) have a problem with the BMW switches.

  • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

    I’d hit it.

  • Mugello Fire

    Looks really great. I would say the best looking GS ever, if you like the GS type of bike.

    We have to see the first reviews, but I guess the bike will be the benchmark for his class.

    • Mugello Fire

      And certainly Triumph is working already on a copy…..

      • markbvt

        That’s funny, a number of people seem to be thinking that the new GS has borrowed several styling cues from the Tiger Explorer…

        • Aaron

          Bmw designer ” Make it look like the Explorer, but with an ugly front end, I want a duck bill with teeth!!”

          • Mugello Fire

            A copy from a rip off… you guys are funny. We all know most of the Triumphs are BMW wannabes these days.

  • Roman

    Not my cup of tea, but loved the youtube ad. Very classy and evocative.

    • http://www.TroyRank.com Troy R

      I totally agree. It’s a return to the old BMW advertising. For a while the videos were lackluster. This really ads some flavor again!

      • Julian

        Gänsehaut! (goose flesh)

  • Ian

    Is that a wet clutch? Accessible from the front? Blasphemy!

    • http://www.TroyRank.com Troy R

      I guess that means you won’t totally destroy the clutch when the rear main seal leaks… That’s a plus!

      • A Green

        Good thing mine was under warranty…

      • Ian

        I was thinking more about being able to drag the clutch without it burning up. That’s the smell of regret.

  • Aaron

    I like the video, but where are the shots of the overweight middle aged guys at the coffee shop, talking about how much crap they have put on their bike for the 2 hour ride once a week :)

    • BMW11GS

      I think you should join a offroad GS club to see where these things go.

    • wwalkersd

      I’ll be sure to mention that to my GS-riding friend Paul, who’s on his way home to Maryland via North Carolina from a trip to California and Utah. And my GS-riding friend Ron, who rode from Chicago to Utah and back. And my GS-riding friend Larry, who rode from Texas to Seattle (via lots of interesting places), then to Utah (where I saw them all) and back to Texas. And those are just a few of the GS riders I know. Not too many of them do a lot of off-roading, but they rack up a lot of miles.

  • BMW11GS

    I think this is amazing piece of technology. I have been following the boxer design since I was born, and the amount of packaging and technological expertise that went into this most recent boxer shows bmw is not fooling around. Very neat!

  • Kerry

    No telelever?

    • Ian

      “… newly designed Telelever at the front, and the EVO Paralever at the rear…”

  • wwalkersd

    I see some big changes to the engine besides the addition of water cooling, that bring it up to late 20th Century practice: wet multiplate clutch vs. dry single-plate, gear-driven vs. belt-driven alternator, integral transmission. Ooh, and the Paralever torque arm is now on TOP of the swingarm! :)

    • http://vtbmwmov.org Eben

      I’m pretty sure the arm has been on top of the swingarm since the first version of the R1200GS. It is on the 2007, anyway.

      • wwalkersd

        Yeah, you’re right. I was thinking of the 1150. But hey, they moved the swingarm from the right side to the left!

  • http://respectthetrade.tumblr.com/ KR Tong

    R1200GS… in a field…. in a field with a windmill…. at the pump… with a chicken… in another field…