Just Unveiled: 2014 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

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BMW has revealed the first photos and specs on the new 2014 R 1200 GS Adventure for miles of touring comfort and solid off-road chops featuring newly redesigned bodywork throughout. Consistently the top selling bike over 125cc in the U.K, the new 2014 Adventure offers improved aerodynamics and a weightier flywheel that maintains a class-leading 51 mpg via a 30 liter (7.9 gal) fuel tank. It’s 1170cc liquid/air-cooled Boxer twin engine makes 125 bhp and creates 92 lb.-ft. of torque.

The newly engineered trailing arm allows for sharper handling, while reduced vibration dampers increase ride quality. BMW has also given the R 1200 GS Adventure an increase of 20mm in spring-travel both front and rear that contribute to an extra 10mm of ground clearance to help tackle whatever nature throws at you.

Debut features on the R 1200 GS Adventure are switchable ABS, traction control and both Road and Rain modes that come as standard. Buyers can also select BMW’s Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension system as an upgrade while enjoying the taller screen, wider bench seat and new endurance footrests that are all adjustable and standard. Pricing for the 2014 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure will be announced on November 26, 2013 with a wide range of options available.

What do you think of the new bodywork on the 2014 R 1200 GS Adventure? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • http://www.lonewolfexpeditions.com/ Chad Berger

    The GSA has never been a beauty queen, but I think this one is a little uglier than previous models.

    • http://ericrshelton.com/ Eric R. Shelton

      I’m with you. I liked the looks of the older GS and GSA as a kind of “form follows function” aesthetic. It was ugly in the right way, because it had a purity of purpose. This one seems a little over-designed to achieve a certain look. I don’t care for it.

    • Eric Shay

      I really dig the exoskeleton.

  • grb

    I have never liked the idea of riding a giant heavy bike, its not what i look for, but regarding the design, I really like how this bike looks, it just looks awesome, makes me wish it wasnt SO wide and and heavy, then it would be great… guess I’ll just enjoy looking at it

  • Robert Glover

    It’s a huge BMW. It’s ugly. They have been ever since they went to that weird headlight design. The old 1150GS wasn’t bad looking. But it’s still a BMW. I will never own one. Too many issues with these bikes (especially the shaft drive and electrical systems), and there are better choices now-a-days anyway. Besides, this is the ultimate Poser bike just like their cars. People buy them for status and never come close to using them for their intended purpose.

    • Jonathan Berndt

      didnt the sub frame snap off of one of them in “Long way around”?

      • Generic42

        Pretty sure any bike with that much gear on the back might have had the same issue. That said, Long Way Round/Down taught me that lighter bikes are better

      • Daniel Ooms

        Just finished Long Way Round and the sub frame on two of the bikes snapped. One from a crash and the other from weight/abuse.

  • pete bloggs

    This bike is the biggest selling bike in the UK above their learner 125cc class and I just don’t know why, It does nothing for me. I’m sure it’s a capable machine but it looks like it fell out the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

    • Stuki

      Where in the UK do people even remotely need offroad capability? The same spots they need Range Rovers, I presume….

      • Mark D

        …Scotland? Wales?

  • pete bloggs

    New UK sales data just out today showing September sales and there it is again in its usual spot. Biggest selling adventure bike for the month, biggest selling bike over 1000cc. I check this out often and it’s there month after month. BMW must be making a killing out of the UK sales.


    • Geert Willem van der Horst

      It’s a small market, so it doesn’t account for much. But the GS is also the biggest selling bike in The Netherlands for some years now. Bar none…

      I like it by the way. It so ugly that is beautiful.

    • Khali

      Biggest selling bike (non-scooter, >125cc) in Spain too, for many years past, and many years to come.

  • Markkit

    Holy moly, what is the world coming to? How much crap is hanging off this bike? I think it could do with another air duct. I’m sure it will be added on the next generation. I guess it just shows how little its intended to be taken off road. Maybe it should be called R 1200 P-GS for Pseudo :))

  • victorz21

    I just finished BMW’s Off Road Skills course in Wales (last weekend), riding the new water-cooled 1200GS. I’m a V-Strom rider myself (so have no off-road skills whatsoever), but still, the course was kind of a revelation – you realise just how insanely capable these big, heavy machines can be (at least in the right hands). The new ABS, in particular, was extraordinary – it’s the first time they’ve left ABS switched on for the course, and once you try it, you see why. You just feel total confidence squeezing the brakes to scrub a little speed on steep inclines.

    The traction control also flatters the rider hugely – you’ll be blasting along a gravel fire-road at 45mph, mess up a gear change, and see the little orange light blink on, to let you know the bike’s sorting out the mess you’ve made. But the bike feels composed at all times.

    It’s not like I’ll be rushing to trade in my Strom – but I definitely came away with an appreciation for what BMW has accomplished with the new 1200GS. These are bikes that make you look *way* better at off-road riding than you really are…

    • WalterFeldman

      Bosch ABS 9, developed in Japan. Same as the Super Tenere comes with…

      • victorz21

        Interesting. Presumably they’re using a different (worse) ABS module on the current F800GS? Because the 800′s ABS is a liability off-road, if you’re foolish enough to forget to turn it off. (Ahem… don’t ask how I know…)

  • Brian

    I was looking at the press shots of this bike on another website, and the one of it head on just reveals how freaking wide and huge this monster really is. It is kinda ridiculous looking in a way. Also makes it look like a lot of weight is higher ( in terms of center of gravity) than the previous generation. I assume you guys are going to compare/check into that when you go to the press release ride of it?

    • runnermatt

      If I’m remembering correctly the regular blend 2013 R1200GS has a lower center of gravity than the previous bike. I think it had to do with the way the engine and transmission were mounted.


  • Justin McClintock

    Am I seriously reading that torque number right? 125 lb-ft?!! Most large displacement cruisers don’t make anywhere near that. Heck, most bikes PERIOD don’t make anywhere near that. I think my last CAR didn’t have that much torque!

    • Justin McClintock

      Article needs updating. It makes 125 N-m of torque, NOT 125 lb-ft. BIG difference. Although 92 lb-ft ain’t exactly bad either.

      • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

        Thanks for the catch!

      • http://www.RideApart.com/ Jen Degtjarewsky

        Hi Justin – Thanks for the catch. All fixed. ~Jen

  • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

    I can see the purpose, and have friends with previous versions of this bike.

    But damn, yo. I’ll stick to my scruffy little sportbike with a topcase.

  • Julian

    It really looks like the “end of the world” bike, if it comes to that i’ll sell my Thruxton and finally give this a try.
    I agree with some of you, the design seems a bit overdo.

    • Justin McClintock

      End of the world, I’ll take something I can fix on the roadside with a rock…like a KLR or a DR650.

      • Julian

        haha you’re right
        but maybe we won’t even have time to fix anything if it comes to that ;)

    • Gareth Hill

      Come the end of the world and the supermarket trucks stop running you will need bow saw blades, lots of them, not a bike! no fuel…

      • Julian

        i guess we have to define how long will last the “end of the world” haha.

  • appliance5000

    At a certain point you have to look in the mirror and say “It’s time for a Goldwing”. There – now that it’s over you feel better.

    • Randy S


      I can see where you’re coming from for sure: they’re so complicated and plush, they’re almost nothing like the old, badass R 80s. However, many people underestimate how fun the big GS can be if you’re in to touring.

      For instance, I’ve got an ’04 1150 GSA and I find it to be a fantastic all-day touring bike that weighs less than it appears it does, has a good amount of low end torque, handles better in the turns that it looks like it should, can do any back road in almost any condition with plenty of range, can do all this while 2-up with my wife, and still be extremely comfortable for that dreaded 3-4 hour Sunday evening slog back home that I just set us up for by going too far from home yesterday when the weather was better and the next Monday at work was still 24+ hours away … :(

      IMO, the problem with the bike is really around perceptions and marketing. Over the years It’s definitely become a poseurs’ bike as BMW has had success marketing it as some sort of off-road boss that it is definitely NOT. It’s too heavy and complicated for that purpose, period. I don’t care how many PIAA lights you clamp on the crash bars or how many dents you put in your Touratech bags in the Starbucks parking lot.

      Because of this, I’m sure that amongst those who know motos well, occasionally, I might be assumed to be a tool while riding it … even though I’m awesome. However, most folks like me don’t care how they look on their touring bikes anyway because it’s about the ride and exploring and getting away from people. For that purpose it’s a fantastic bike.

  • Paul B

    I think it’s just the front increased by 20mm. The rear stays the same, hence the 10mm rise

    • Generic42

      20MM more travel, that’s 10 up and 10 down, hence only a 10mm rise

      • Paul B

        I see you’re right… I don’t know how my brain can just read what it wants to some times.

  • Mr. White

    I’ll keep my Tiger 800XC, thank you very much.

  • Richard Gozinya

    These things always remind me of Hummers and Range Rovers.

  • Gareth Hill

    Heavy, expensive, huge, complicated I run with a Yamaha TW200 Trailway, go anywhere, cheap, easy to fix, low insurance, frugal on fuel, light and fun.

    • Piglet2010

      Other nice thing about the TW200 is you do not have to look at the speedometer on rural 2-lane highways – the handlebars on mine start “tingling” at an indicated 56 mph.

      • Gareth Hill

        Yo there Piglet, if you add metal bar end plugs the tingleing waits `til 60 mph…

        • Piglet2010

          Yeah, but at 60 mph the seat starts to tingle.

          • Gareth Hill

            Yum Yum,,,

  • HollywoodRider

    Yes it’s big and wide, but did you see the crashes on Long Way Around, with some touratechs on either side and the crash bars up front you’re pretty darn protected in a crash. I’ll wait till they get the new Bosche MSC.

  • Dahveed

    The nearly 8 gallon fuel tank will be nice. While claims of 51 mpg are made, but my 2013 R1200 GS regularly gets in the high 30s, so this GSA will have a 300 mile range. That extra range is nice, but the rest of the Adventure stuff isn’t really worth it to me.

  • jonoabq

    I can see myself stuck underneath it far out in the desert…

  • disqus_5EirA2YLy8

    Personally, I think it looks good: Chunky curves, sharp edges that flow together. The Asymmetry.. Its a lot of design; it works for me. The futuristic/hyper functional chic aesthetic is lost with the hard bags. It should come with a soft bag system.
    As things stand now, I’ll be infirm before I have the money and/or experience to ride this. Haha.