BMW R1200GS Specifications by Year

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Last updated: 14-Jan-2008

"Standard" R1200GS

The basic R1200GS was introduced in '04 as a 2005 model, with the first production units being built in January of 2004. The initial production runs (at least for the US market) all had ABS, plus a variation of options including one or more of: hand guards, heated grips, saddlebag mounts, and an anti-theft system. Initially, there was no Adventure variant.

— Feature — — Model Year Details —
Engine 2004 / 2005 2006 2007 2008
Type Air/oil-cooled flat twin ('Boxer') 4-stroke,
one camshaft and four valves per cylinder
...0 ...0 ...0
Bore x stroke 101 mm x 73 mm ... ... ...
Displacement 1,170 cc ... ... ...
Rated output 74 kW (100 hp) at 7,000 rpm ... 74 kW (100 hp) at 7,250 rpm 77 kW (105 hp) at 7,500 rpm
Max. torque 115 Nm (85 ft/lbs) at 5,500 rpm ... ... 115 Nm (85 ft/lbs) at 5,750 rpm
Compression ratio 11.0 : 1 ... ... 12.0 : 1
Valve Gear Chain-driven, high cam, OHV,
with adjustable rocker arms
... ... ...
Valves / cylinder 2 x 36 mm intake
2 x 31 mm exhaust
... ... ...
Mixture control / engine management Electronic intake pipe injection/BMS-K digital
engine management with overrun fuel cut-off,
twin spark ignition
... ... ...
Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter,
emission standard EU-3
... ... ...
Engine oil capacity 4 liters (4.2 US quarts) ... ... ...
Performance / Fuel 2004 / 2005 2006 2007 2008
Maximum speed 208 km/h (129 mph) Over 200 km/h (125 mph) ... ...
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.4 sec. ... ... 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.3 sec.
Fuel consumption per 100 km
@ constant 90 km/h (56 mph)
4.3 liters (55 mpg1) ... ... ...
Fuel consumption per 100 km
@ CONstant 120 km/h (75 mph)
5.5 liters (43 mpg1) ... ... ...
Fuel type Unleaded super, 95 RON4 (91.5 AKI5),
automatic knock control permits operation
with as low as 91 RON4 (87 AKI5).
... ... ...
Fuel capacity 20 liters (5.3 US galons)
including 4 liters (1 US gal) reserve
... ... ...
Fuel tank black HPDE plastic,
with internal pump & filter
... ... ...
Electrical system 2004 / 2005 2006 2007 2008
Charging system three-phase alternator 600W at 14V ... ... 720W at 14V
Battery 12V / 14 Ah, AGM maintenance-free ... ... ...
Drivetrain 2004 / 2005 2006 2007 2008
Primary drive 1 : 1.823 ... ... 1 : 1.737
Clutch Single 180 mm dry plate clutch,
hydraulically operated
... ... ...
Gearbox Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with
helical gear teeth
... ... ...
Gear ratios:
  1st
  2nd
  3Rd
  4th
  5th
  6th

2.28 : 1
1.58 : 1
1.26 : 1
1.03 : 1
0.90 : 1
0.81 : 1
... ...
2.375 : 1
1.646 : 1
1.296 : 1
1.065 : 1
0.939 : 1
0.848 : 1
Drive Enclosed shaft drive w/2 universal joints ... ... ...
Final drive ratio 2.82 : 1 ... ... 2.91 : 1
Chassis / brakes 2004 / 2005 2006 2007 2008
Frame Two-section frame consisting of front and rear
sections, load- bearing engine-gearbox unit
... ... ...
Front Suspension BMW Motorrad Telelever; 41 mm fork tubes,
central spring strut, spring pre-load with 5-position
mechanical adjustment
... ... ...
Rear Suspension Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm
with BMW Motorrad Paralever;
WAD strut (travel-related damping),
spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable
(continuously variable) at handwheel,
rebound damping adjustable
... ... ...
Suspension travel front 190 mm (7.5")
rear 200 mm (7.9")
... ... ...
Wheelbase 1,507 mm (59.6") ... ... ...
Castor 101 mm (4") ... ... ...
Steering head angle 64.3° ... ... ...
Wheels Cast aluminium, 5 double spokes ... ... Cast aluminium, 5 single spokes
Rim, front 2.50 x 19" ... ... ...
Rim, rear 4.00 x 17" ... ... ...
Tyres, front 110/80R19 tubeless ... ... ...
Tyres, rear 150/70R17 tubeless ... ... ...
Brake, front Twin disc, floating brake discs,
305 mm diameter, four-piston fixed calipers
... ... ...
Brake, rear Single disc, diameter 265 mm,
double-piston floating caliper
... ... ...
ABS Optional extra: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral),
can be switched off
... ABS II
(without "servo" assist)
...
Dimensions / weights 2004 / 2005 2006 2007 2008
Length 2,210 mm (87.4") ... ... ...
Wheelbase 1,507 mm (59.3") ... ... ...
Width (incl. mirrors) 915 mm (36.0") ... ... 940 mm (37")
Height (excl. mirrors) 1,430 mm (56.3") ... ... ...
Ground clearance 185 mm (7.3") ... ... ...
Seat height, unladen weight 840/860 mm (33" / 33.9")
high seat: 880/900 mm (34.6" / 35.4")
low seat: 820 mm (32.3")
... ... 850 mm (33.5") /
870 mm (34.2")
Inner leg curve,
unladen weight
1,860/1,900 mm (73.2"/74.8")
high seat: 1,940/1,980 mm (76.4"/78")
low seat: 1,820 mm (71.7")
... ... ...
Unladen weight, road ready,
fully fuelled 2
225 kg (495 lbs)
[excluding options and accessories]
... ... 229 kg (503 lbs)
Dry weight 3 199 kg (438 lbs)
[excluding options and accessories]
... ... ...
Permitted total weight
(GVWR)
435 kg (957 lbs) ... ... 440 kg (968 lbs)
Payload
(with standard equipment)
210kg (462 lbs) ... ... ...
Usable tank volume 20.0 liters (5.3 US Gal) ... ... ...
Reserve approx 4.0 liters (1 US Gal) ... ... ...
Colors Rock Red
Ocean Blue Metallic
Desert Yellow
... Rock Red Metallic
Night Black
Desert Yellow
Granite Gray Metallic
Tanzanite Blue
Dark Slate Metallic
Namibia Orange
Titanium Silver Metallic
Options ABS, Anti-theft alarm,
Hand guards,
Heated handgrips,
Saddle bag mounts,
Saddlebags
... Anti-theft alarm, ASC
Black side cover,
Chrome exhaust pipe,
Clear turn signal lenses,
Cross-spoke wire wheels,
Gray seat,
Gray side cover,
Hand guards,
Heated handgrips,
Integral ABS II, Low seat,
On-board computer (w/oil level warning),
Saddlebag mounts,
Saddlebags,
Tire pressure monitoring (TPM)
ABS II, Additional headlights,
Additional power socket, Adjustable footbrake lever,
Akrapovic sport silencer, ASC,
Carbon front fender, Carbon rear splash protector,
Case holder, Chrome plated exhaust,
Crashbars, Cross-spoked wire wheels,
Cylinder head emergency kit, Cylinder protection,
Enduro aluminum bash plate, Enduro ESA,
Hand guards, Handlebar cross-strut,
Heated grips, High seat (880/900 mm),
Holder for Navigator, LED indicators,
LED light for onboard socket, Low seat (820 mm),
Luggage roll, Navigator GPS,
On-board computer (w/oil level warning), On-board service tools,
Optimized Navigator holders, Paddock stand,
RDC, Softbag sport (large),
Softbag sport (small), Tankbag,
Tankbag (small), Telelever and fork brace cover,
Theft alarm w/remote control, Tinted windscreen,
Topcase, Valve cover guards,
Vario cases, Wide enduro footrests
Notes:
  1. ... = same as previous model year
  2. US gallons
  3. According to guideline 93/93/EWG with all fluids, fuelled with at least 90% of usable tank volume — this is probably a standard model with no ABS and no options (add about 9 kg or 20 lbs for ABS)
  4. Unladen weight without fluids
  5. RON = "Research Octane Number" [used outside the US & Canada]
  6. AKI = "Anti-Knock Index" or (R+M)/2 [used in the US & Canada]

 
R1200GS Adventure

The Adventure variant is a standard R1200GS with a larger gastank (34 liters vs 20 liters), a larger alternator (720W vs: 600W), a different seat, cross-spoke wire wheels, and a handful of other accessories which are options on the standard model (such as heated grips). It is somewhat bigger, both in appearance and in weight (564 lbs vs: 495 lbs). It also has different saddlebags (aluminum vs: plastic on the std.).

— Feature — — Model Year Details —
Differences from Std. R1200GS 2004 / 2005 2006 2007 2008
Fuel capacity n/a 34 liters (8.7 US galons)
including 4 liters (1 US gal) reserve
... ...
Charging system n/a three-phase alternator 720W at 14V ... ...
Suspension travel n/a front 210 mm (8.3")
rear 220 mm (8.7")
... ...
Steering head angle n/a 65.2° ... ...
Wheels n/a Cross-spoke wire wheels ... ...
Length n/a 2,250 mm (88.6") ... ...
Wheelbase n/a 1,511 mm (59.5") ... ...
Width (incl. mirrors) n/a 955 mm (37.6") ... ...
Ground clearance n/a 241 mm (9.5") ... ...
Seat height, unladen weight n/a 894 mm (35.2") ... ...
Unladen weight, road ready,
fully fuelled 2
n/a 256 kg (564 lbs)
[excluding options and accessories]
... ...
Dry weight 3 n/a 224 kg (492 lbs)
[excluding options and accessories]
... ...
Permitted total weight
(GVWR)
n/a 475 kg (1045 lbs) ... ...
Colors n/a Alpine White
White Alumium Metalic
... Plain Red
Magnesium Metallic
Options N/a Aluminum cases
Anti-theft alarm
ASC
Chrome exhaust pipe
Fog lights
Integral ABS II
Off-road tires
On-board computer (w/oil level warning)
Saddlebag mounts
Aluminum cases
Anti-theft alarm
ASC
Chrome exhaust pipe
Fog lights
Integral ABS II
Off-road tires
On-board computer (w/oil level warning)
Saddlebag mounts
Tire pressure monitoring (TPM)
...
Notes:
  1. ... = same as previous model year
  2. US gallons
  3. According to guideline 93/93/EWG with all fluids, fuelled with at least 90% of usable tank volume — this is probably a standard model with no ABS and no options (add about 9 kg or 20 lbs for ABS)
  4. Unladen weight without fluids
  5. RON = "Research Octane Number" [used outside the US & Canada]
  6. AKI = "Anti-Knock Index" or (R+M)/2 [used in the US & Canada]

 
HP2 Enduro

The HP2 is billed as a "monster dirt bike". Though it shares the engine, transmission and Paralever final drive with the standard R1200GS and Adventure variant, it is really quite a different bike. It has conventional forks, an air-shock on the rear, no provision for windscreen, luggage or passengers. It is really a big, expensive, powerful dirt bike! Note: the specs below represent the differences from the standard R1200GS.

— Feature — — Model Year Details —
Differences from Std. R1200GS 2004 / 2005 2006 2007 2008
Rated output n/a 78 kW (105 hp) at 7,000 rpm ... ???
Battery n/a 12V / 12 Ah, AGM maintenance-free ... ???
Fuel capacity n/a 11 liters (2.9 US galons)
including 4 liters (1 US gal) reserve
... ???
Frame n/a Tubular steel trellis frame ... ???
Front forks n/a WAD upside-down forks, 45 mm ... ???
Suspension travel n/a front 270 mm (10.6")
rear 250 mm (9.8")
... ???
Wheels n/a Cross-spoke wire
Front: 1.85 x 21 (90/90 tubeless)
Rear: 2.5 x 17 (140/80 tubeless)
... ???
Front brake n/a Single disk, 305 mm ... ???
Length n/a 2,350 mm (92.5") ... ???
Wheelbase n/a 1,610 mm (63.4") ... ???
Width n/a 879 mm (34.6") ... ???
Ground clearance n/a 320 mm (12.6") ... ???
Steering head angle n/a 60.5° ... ???
Front wheel trail n/a 127 mm (5") ... ???
Seat height, unladen weight n/a 920 mm (36.2") ... ???
Unladen weight, road ready,
fully fuelled 2
n/a 197 kg (433 lbs)
[excluding options and accessories]
... ???
Dry weight 3 n/a 177 kg (389 lbs)
[excluding options and accessories]
... ???
Permitted total weight
(GVWR)
n/a 381 kg (838 lbs) ... ???
Colors n/a Indigo Blue Metalic ... ???
Options n/a Can be ordered without the street
wheel kit at a significant savings
... ???

 
Timeline (approximate)

Some of the significant model and feature changes occurred at approximately these dates. Note that these are production dates, and do not necessarily correspond to model years. BMW generally names the current production as next years model. The production date is shown on the bike's VIN sticker.

  Mar 2003 Initial R1200GS production begins (according to parts fiche)
  Mar 2004 Initial R1200GS deliveries begin world-wide
  Mar 2005 R1200GS Adventure introduced
  Oct 2005 HP2 enduro introduced
  Jan 2006 Center stand and pivot point change
Fuel gauge design change (?)
  Sep 2006 ABS II introduced, "servo" brake feature dropped
  Sep 2007 Final drive gets a drain plug, maintenance recommendations modified
to call for final drive fluid change at 1,000 km (600 mile) service
  Nov 2007 2008 models unveiled, with stylistic changes, 5% horsepower increase,
redesigned transmission w/different gear ratios,
optional Enduro Suspension Adjustment, 720W alternator,
new design cast wheels, and other changes


Note: These tables were put together from various sources, mostly from official BMW Websites and parts fiches. However, I'm sure there are mistakes and discrepancies. If you know of any, please email me with the changes. I'd appreciate it, and so would the readers...


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