2017 BMW R1200GS Preview

Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick

New packages, Rallye and Exclusive, for BMW's best seller

For 2017 BMW is offering its ultimate ADV bike with two new packages, Rallye and Exclusive, that come in some very eye-catching livery. The new GS also meets Euro 4 emissions standards while maintaining the same engine performance.

Powered by the same 1170cc air/liquid-cooled boxer Twin as the 2016 model, the 2017 GS now has an altered catalytic converter for meeting the latest EU4 requirements while still outputting a claimed 125 hp at 7,750 rpm and 92 lb.-ft. f torque at 6,500 rpm (real-world numbers from MotoGP Motorwerks’ dyno were 105 hp at 8,300 rpm and 77 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,800 rpm during our 2016 Wire-Wheel Adventure Shootout).

Previously announced for all 2017 R1200 models is the addition of judder dampers on the transmission output shaft (formerly standard equipment for just the R1200GS Adventure), along with revised selector drum actuators, transmission shafts and transmission shaft bearing.

The R1200GS Rallye comes outfitted with a rallye seat, sports windshield, radiator and frame guards, wide enduro footrests, cross-spoke wheels, stiffer suspension, knobby tires are optional. The Rallye model is dressed in Lupine Blue metallic, with clear over-painted deco elements on the fuel tank, a Cordoba Blue frame, and black drivetrain.

The new R1200GS comes with two standard riding modes Rain and Road as well as Automatic Stability Control (ASC). Optional for 2017 are Riding Modes Pro with additional Dynamic and Dynamic Pro, Enduro and Enduro Pro riding modes as well Dynamic Traction Control (DTC). Hill Start Control, and ABS Pro (cornering ABS) are also a part of the Riding Modes Pro upgrade.

Optional Dynamic ESA Next Generation not only automatically adapts to the situation depending on riding condition and aggression, but now features an automatic self-levelling function. BMW says there are also ergonomic options by way of numerous seat heights and seat variants.

The R1200GS Exclusive features fuel tank side trim panels in Monolith metallic matt with clear over-painted deco elements, a front wheel splash guard and central fuel tank cover in Iced Chocolate metallic, a frame finished in Agate Grey metallic matt, a black drivetrain, and gold-finished brake calipers.

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Tom Roderick
Tom Roderick

A former Motorcycle.com staffer who has gone on to greener pastures, Tom Roderick still can't get the motorcycle bug out of his system. And honestly, we still miss having him around. Tom is now a regular freelance writer and tester for Motorcycle.com when his schedule allows, and his experience, riding ability, writing talent, and quick wit are still a joy to have – even if we don't get to experience it as much as we used to.

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