The R1200GS is an integral part of BMW's off-road GS series. It is a versatile motorbike that is equally as proficient on the racetrack as it is on an epic voyage around the globe both on and off road. The 1,170cc flat-twin engine provides flexible, punchy power that, alongside the bike's excellent comfort and off-road ability, places this vehicle in the higher echelons of the current motorcycle market. It also comes with the added bonus of superb German reliability. What is more, they are everywhere which is the best endorsement any bike can have!
There is a price to be paid for all that quality and engineering that goes into a BMW R1200GS motorcycle and that price is £10,595. Although a more expensive prospect than some class-competitors, you can rest assured you are getting a solidly built and accomplished all-round motorbike for your money.
The chassis is just superb although there is no actual recognized frame and once you've gained confidence behind the wheel, the BMW R1200GS can be pointed and steered with confidence both on and off road. Its suspension appears to cope effortlessly with smooth motorway surfaces, bumpy 'B' roads as well as hard and soft off road terrain. In reality, its working its socks off yet the R1200GS rider remains totally oblivious to all this. Just as it should be.
The flat twin cylinder engine revs easily with the red zone set above 8,500rpm, making this an exciting bike to ride. The seating position is high with a low centre of gravity, giving the rider agility and panoramic vision when negotiating tricky terrain.
The servo assisted brakes and ABS assist in bringing the R1200GS to a stop with ease and the dual-purpose tyres cannot be faulted. Once you've ridden this bike you can quickly understand why it has become such a firm favourite within the biking community.
The BMW R1200GS is a motorbike worthy of the Bavarian manufacturer's reputation and the faith that so many riders have put in it.
The GS is a model that exudes class and can flawlessly transform from an agile race bike into a comfortable long-distance cruiser. The engine is just superb giving the rider an involving and comfortable ride. You would be hard-pressed to find a better two-wheeler for a long journey.
At £10,595 the R1200GS represents a substantial investment but if you're planning a long journey, you can't put a price on reliability and comfort?
Another important factor to consider is BMW motorbikes and the GS in particular always maintain a very high value on the second-hand market.
Being one of the most ubiquitous bikes on our roads today, enough said.