BMW’s all-conquering R 1200 GS adventure bike turns up the heat with their 2017 model update – new Exclusive and Rallye models mean there's now a GS for all tastes.
Talk about the BMW R 1200 GS and the epic 2007 Long Way Down trip with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s springs to mind. It was a TV series that kick-started the adventure bike market again, giving riders from all walks of life the nudge to get out on an adventure of their own.
For 2017 BMW has given the 1200 a spruce up and introduced two new variants – the Exclusive and the Rallye, retailing at £15,565 and £12,730 respectively.
Styling changes freshen up the look, with a slimmer feel and narrower side panels to keep them safe when you get a little too adventurous. The new Dynamic ESA – semi-active suspension adapts to the road and your speed as you ride. Forget the technical wizardry, just select comfortable ‘Road’ option or the sporty ‘Dynamic’ setting and ride.
The GS Exclusive pushes the road capabilities, while the Rallye takes the 1200’s off-road ability to a whole new level. With a tall, flat seat, low screen, big off road footrests and wire-spoked wheels, the Rallye looks tough. Really tough. With the optional Sport suspension package fitted it’s tall too. On the trails it comes alive – spraying gravel for mile after happy mile. BMW has been refining the 1200 GS year after year and this latest version is the result of generations of development.
The Exclusive feels tighter and more composed than ever before and is the bike adventure tourers will love. For those who like their adventures a little muddier, the Rallye has the ability to climb mountains, jump gulleys and launch off rocks; nobody needs to know if you only ride it 15 miles across London every morning.