BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, RT - at last

2014-02-28 07:23

PRETORIA - BMW unveiled the latest versions of two of their most popular models, the R1200Gs Adventure and the 2014 R1200RT, at Bavarian Motorcycles in Pretoria on February 26.

The Adventure version has been eagerly awaited since the launch of the standard GS in 2013 and now South African adventure bikers can place their orders.

GALLERY: R1200GS Adventure and 2014 R1200RT

BMW Motorrad’s marketing manager Greg Coetzee saaid: “The new R1200 GS Adventure continues the tradition of rugged, reliable machines, building on the dynamic performance characteristics and excellent off-road and touring capabilities of the R1200 GS to provide the ultimate solution for globetrotters, travel enduro aficionados and touring riders with a passion for off-road action.”


Like the R1200 GS, the Adventure is also built around a robust and torsionally resistant tubular steel space frame. However, it has a 30-litre tank (10 more than the R 200 GS) for greater range, and the tank is now made of  aluminium.

The bike also comes with ABS, stability control and two riding modes, “Rain” and “Road”, which enable the riding characteristics to be adapted to most road conditions.

Three more modes can be added by ordering the optional Pro feature, which comes with Enduro ABS and Enduro ASC for off-road riding. The three extra riding modes, Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro (which can be activated with a coding plug), make it possible to adjust the settings of both ASC and ABS and, if fitted, the semi-active suspension Dynamic ESA (electronic suspension adjustment) to suit the requirements of off-road operation.

The R1200 RT has been on the receiving end of a redesign, the frontal aspect now looking much more like its bigger sibling, the K1600 GTL. The new model comes with a mill derived from the boxer unit on the BMW R1200 GS and makes 92kW at 7750 rpm and 125Nm at 6500rpm.


Like it’s all-road sibling, RT has two riding modes, as well as stability control. “Rain” and “Road” allow the RT to be adapted to most road conditions, while the optional Pro package includes “Dynamic”, as well as a hill-start assistance. “Dynamic” mode allows the rider to take full advantage of RT’s sporty nature, while hill-start, well, helps with hill starts - though we are a little worried about anybody who can't handle a hill on a bike actually being aboard one.

Wheels24 will have in-depth reviews of each of the newcomers as soon as possible.