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New BMW R1200GS

And it's not a 1250 after all.



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Ah, I might consider one if BMW would ship me and the bike to Kenya for a month and then bring me back home. I'd even take a lot of really nice marketing photos for them (as if the needed them).

I don't suppose I could convince BMW to ship me and my Versys with the same provisions. Nah, I don't think so.

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So is the radiator in between those angled side panels?

It's marginally less ugly than previous GS's and, judging by the audio, sounds marginally less like a blender.

Bet they sell a lot of them.

EDIT: I've been looking at news reports from the Intermot show and that GS is really starting to grow on me. It's unmistakably a GS, but it looks like it was designed as an integrated concept instead of slapped together by a committee. More techno wizardry than I'd probably want, but nice. Well, except maybe for the beak. Can we please stop putting beaks on motorcycles?


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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-02-2012, 02:37 PM
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Like they say: "It's not about the money, it's about the money."
My question is, what do our globe trekking friends do for premium fuel?
I've barely been out of the USA but surely you have to fill up with some pretty rank stuff on your journey. Retard the spark/fuel additives?
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So the new TX1200 is about 15k and this new BM1200 is about 15K?

I do not feel good still have the dam swine flew!



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I almost bought a GSA...but I didn't have the $200.00 cover charge to get into the showroom.

Too much of everything to beat to death off road to me. I almost cry every time my KLR "Takes a Nap" off road. And the GSA if almost 6 times as much and parts...well I'd have to sell Granny AND her rocker to fix it.

Heck my Versys isn't going off road it's my ST not my Bush Beater.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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Looks like they're trying to break away from the "tractor" rep and show it's as road worthy as the multistrada.

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< A Bike to Take You to the Far Ends of the Earth, or the Supermarket >

"Collectively known as adventure bikes, these motorcycles evince a Euro-butch aesthetic that slots somewhere between an espresso machine, an oil refinery and a mountain bike. "

"As with Cialis, divers' watches and submarine-launched thermonuclear devices, it is not necessarily what you do with what you have, it's what you — and others — imagine you could do that counts. "

"So it is with adventure bikes. You want the bike that can go anywhere, even if there's no real chance you'll actually go there"

"Though these bikes are theoretically engineered for hard-hitting off-road exploration, only a tiny percentage will ever go more than a few miles off-piste. As any real dirt-bike rider knows, the next-to-last thing you want while traversing real mud, sand, rocks or water is a sharp-edged, $20,000, 500-pound motorcycle. The last thing you want is to find yourself alone, trapped underneath one."

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My question is, what do our globe trekking friends do for premium fuel?
I've barely been out of the USA but surely you have to fill up with some pretty rank stuff on your journey. Retard the spark/fuel additives?

The r1200gs has a knock sensor i think?

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Going back to the GS someday....

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Going back to the GS someday....

I have to say that my 12GS was possibly the best bike I've ever owned, bar the reliability issues. It was so easy to ride and plenty quick enough on the road. Unfortunatly, it was the whole 'when, not if' was it going to expensively break down and leave me stranded mentality that got into my noggin that spoiled it for me. I'll wait and see how this one performs over the next year or two before I think about going back. Otherwise, it'll be a Honda Crosstourer that will be sitting in my garage.

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