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post May 26 2008, 08:17 PM
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2008 BMW R1200GS

It's your planet. Ride it.

True two-wheeled adventurers know that when it comes to epic riding that crosses continents, there's only one choice: the unstoppable, all-conquering R 1200 GS Adventure. And for 2008, the world's most rugged adventure tourer features enhancements that make it even more adept at reaching the unreachable. A 5% increase in horsepower kicks its engine output to 105 HP. Combined with a taller windshield, adjustable seat, extra wide foot pegs, optional ABS and an 8.7 gallon fuel tank, even the longest days in the saddle are a breeze. Add Enduro ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) and you can customize both front and rear suspension settings to fit off-road or on-road riding conditions with the flick of a switch. No wonder it was Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's choice for their trans-Africa odyssey in the upcoming “The Long Way Down” and their epic journey from London to New York in "The Long Way Round."

SPECIFICATIONS:

Engine
Type Air-cooled/oil-cooled Boxer twin-cylinder
Bore x Stroke 101.0 mm x 73.0 mm
Displacement 1170 cc
Horsepower 105 bhp @ 7500 rpm
Torque 85 lb/ft @ 5750 rpm
Compression Ratio 12.0 :1
Valve Gear Chain-driven, high cam, OHV, w/adj. rocker arms
Valves 2 x 36 mm intake / 2 x 31 mm exhaust
Valves / Cylinder Four
Engine Oil Capacity 4.2 quarts
Engine Management BMW Engine Controller - BMS K
Fuel Requirement Premium Unleaded
Fuel Tank HDPE, internal pump and internal filter
Fuel Capacity 5.3 U.S. gallons including 1 gallon reserve
Charging System 720 Watts @ 14 Volts
Battery 12 Volts 14 Amps/hour maintenance-free
Cooling System Air and thermostatically controlled oil cooling

Drivetrain
Primary Drive 1:1.737
Clutch 180 mm dry, single plate with hydraulic actuation
1st Gear Ratio 2.38:1
2nd Gear Ratio 1.65:1
3rd Gear Ratio 1.30:1
4th Gear Ratio 1.07:1
5th Gear Ratio 0.96:1
6th Gear Ratio 0.84:1
Final Drive System Enclosed driveshaft with two universal joints
Final Drive Ratio 2.91:1
Frame and Suspension
Frame Tubular steel trellis frame
Front Suspension BMW Telelever
Front Travel 7.5 inches
Rear Suspension BMW EVO Paralever
Rear Travel 7.9 inches

Brakes
Brake System BMW
Front Brakes Two, four-piston fixed calipers
Front Rotor 12.0 inch Dual Rotors
Rear Brake Single, two-piston floating caliper
Rear Rotor 10.4 inch single, fixed rotor
Actuation Method Hydraulic, DOT 4 fluid type
Wheels and Tires
Front Wheel 2.50 x 19 cast aluminum
Rear Wheel 4.0 x 17 cast aluminum
Front Tire 110/80 x 19 tubeless
Rear Tire 150/70 x 17 tubeless

Dimensions
Overall Length 87.0 inches
Overall Width 36.6 inches
Wheelbase 59.3 inches
Ground Clearance Info. Unavailable
Seat Height 33.5 inches
Steering Angle 64.3 degrees
Front Wheel Trail 4.0 inches
Weight - Dry Info. Unavailable
Weight - Wet 504 lbs. excluding options & accessories
Maximum Load 968 lbs. GVWR

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post May 26 2008, 08:20 PM
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post May 26 2008, 08:34 PM
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2008 BMW R1200GS ADVENTURE

SPECIFICATIONS:

Engine
Type Air-cooled/oil-cooled Boxer twin-cylinder
Bore x Stroke 101.0 mm x 73.0 mm
Displacement 1170 cc
Horsepower 105 bhp @ 7500 rpm
Torque 85 lb/ft @ 5750 rpm
Compression Ratio 12.0 :1
Valve Gear Chain-driven, high cam, OHV, w/adj. rocker arms
Valves 2 x 36 mm intake / 2 x 31 mm exhaust
Valves / Cylinder Four
Engine Oil Capacity 4.2 quarts
Engine Management BMW Engine Controller - BMS K
Fuel Requirement Premium Unleaded
Fuel Tank HDPE, internal pump and internal filter
Fuel Capacity 8.7 U.S. gallons including 1 gallon reserve
Charging System 720 Watts @ 14 Volts
Battery 12 Volts 14 Amps/hour low maintenance
Cooling System Air and thermostatically controlled oil cooling

Drivetrain
Primary Drive 1:1.737
Clutch 180 mm dry, single plate with hydraulic actuation
1st Gear Ratio 2.37:1
2nd Gear Ratio 1.64:1
3rd Gear Ratio 1.29:1
4th Gear Ratio 1.06:1
5th Gear Ratio 0.93:1
6th Gear Ratio 0.84:1
Final Drive System Enclosed driveshaft with two universal joints
Final Drive Ratio 2.91:1

Frame and Suspension
Frame Tubular steel trellis frame
Front Suspension BMW Telelever
Front Travel 8.3 inches
Rear Suspension BMW EVO Paralever
Rear Travel 8.7 inches

Brakes
Brake System BMW
Front Brakes Two, four-piston fixed calipers
Front Rotor 12.0 inch Dual Rotors
Rear Brake Single, two-piston floating caliper
Rear Rotor 10.4 inch single, fixed rotor
Actuation Method Hydraulic, DOT 4 fluid type

Wheels and Tires
Front Wheel 2.50 x 19 cross-spoke
Rear Wheel 4.00 x 17 cross-spoke
Front Tire 110/80 x 19 tubeless
Rear Tire 150/70 x 17 tubeless

Dimensions
Overall Length 88.6 inches
Overall Width 37.6 inches
Wheelbase 59.5 inches
Ground Clearance Info. Unavailable
Seat Height 35.2 inches
Steering Angle 63.8 degrees
Front Wheel Trail 3.8 inches
Weight - Dry 492 lbs. excluding options&accessories
Weight - Wet 564 lbs. excluding options&accessories
Maximum Load 1045 lbs. GVWR

Standard Colors
Code Price Description
N15 N / C Magma Red
N32 N / C Magnesium Metallic

Standard Equipment
771 N / C Cross-Spoke Wheels

BMW motorcycles have a similar pass-along pattern when some new electronic wizardry is introduced on a particular model, but it's more like trickle-down than hand-me-down. In the case of the 2008 R1200GS and GS Adventure, finally getting what all your mates had is good; getting an even better version is great. Along with a myriad of refinements – some minor, some substantial – the bike(s) that many consider to be top dog in adventure-touring now have, for the first time, an enhanced version of BMW's ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) as available equipment. It's called Enduro ESA, and it's ready for the ruggedness of the world. Also, this would be our first opportunity to sample BMW's ASC (Automatic Stability Control) on an R1200GS.

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In case you're not familiar with the GS and GS Adventure, think of them as the Humvee of the motorcycle world. They've developed a reputation of being the bike to have for taking the "long way 'round" on two-wheeled trips that span continents, if not the entire globe. Both bikes have the same basic platform of an air-oil-cooled 1,170cc OHV four-valve Boxer Twin as a stressed member in a tubular-steel trellis frame riding on a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel. Suspension is the German bike maker's unique Telelever up front and Paralever out back.

Key to differentiating between the two models is the Adventure's cavernous 8.7-gallon fuel tank –a full 3.4 gallons more than the GS – 0.8 inch more suspension travel, 1.7-inch taller adjustable seat height (35.2"-low; 36"-high), spoked wheels, hand guards (two-tone color for '08), larger windscreen, off-road style wide-platform footpegs and crash guards for the fuel tank and cylinder heads. Clearly, then, the Adventure is ready for what its name implies. Maybe that's why Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman opted for a pair of them on their transcontinental Long Way Down jaunt.

Though the GSA is more ready than the GS for the long-haul over the rough stuff, both bikes received a revised mill good for a 5-percent boost in power with a claimed 105 hp at 7,500 rpm, an unchanged 85 ft-lbs at 5,750 rpm (up 250 rpm), and a new 8,000-rpm redline, up from 7750 rpm. Despite BMW staff referring to it as an "all-new" engine, they weren't talking specifics, either in person or in press materials, but at least were willing to generalize, saying that pistons, cams, airbox, exhaust and engine management, to name a few items, were new or updated.

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What they were touting, however, was a stiffer 6-speed gearbox borrowed from the HP2 Sport. The GS has slightly shorter transmission ratios to capitalize on increased engine output as well as a slightly shortened secondary gear ratio. The Adventure also received shorter gear ratios and has as an "enduro" gearing option; first gear is 10-percent shorter to better enable slow-speed crawling, allowing you to modulate the throttle without having to constantly feather the clutch to pick your way around and through technical terrain. Additional tranny improvements include enlarged bearing diameters and changed shaft distance. The standard GS also has a new shift shaft for smoother, more precise action.

The look of the bikes changed a wee bit as well. I'd call them refinements rather than big changes. The fender was tarted up a bit, the material on the leading edge, or guard, of the GS' fuel tank is now aluminum, and the cylinder heads and Paralever tubes have a magnesium color (black on the GSA) for greater contrast with the colors of painted surfaces. Grrr! It's supposed to look tougher. Other changes include a new aluminum conical handlebar with new adjustable clamps; the more forward of the two positions aids aggressive stand-up off-road riding. More foam has been added to the front portion of the GS' saddle, and it now enjoys the same 720-watt alternator as on the GSA. Finally, both bikes have LED tail lamps and indicators. That's the gist of the technical updates to the GS and GSA for '08. Now for the goodies.

BMW motorcycles are known for durability, reliability and, in the past several years, for a multitude of electronic gadgetry. From heated seats and grips to electronic tire pressure monitoring, Beemers can be loaded with optional tech-ie treats. These two inspirational motorcycles now enjoy the same trick ESA as an available option for many street-only models, but it's even more robust in this version. Called Enduro ESA, the push-button suspension has settings for pavement, and are displayed in the same manner as the street-oriented ESA. Load options are solo rider, rider with luggage, and passenger with three damper modes (Sport, Normal, and Comfort). Note that in all its street settings the front spring preload is always at the minimum. And like on the street bikes, there are little helmets and suitcases on the LCD portion of the dash to indicate your selections. Where the Enduro ESA takes one step further is with settings specifically for rugged terrain.

The Enduro portion of ESA has what are called Medium Reserves and Maximum Reserves - a small "mountain range" symbol in the LCD indicates the former, a larger symbol for the later. After choosing between Reserves, your next job is to select from Soft, Norm and Hard. In the Medium setting, front and rear preload will be increased to 50% of its adjustment. In the Maximum setting front and rear preload is 100%. Ground clearance in Maximum mode is approximately 20mm higher than in the solo rider on-road mode. When it's all said and done, a total of 15 suspension settings are possible with Enduro ESA.

I found my best experience with the Enduro ESA in the Medium Reserves setting with either a Norm or Hard selection depending on how gnarly the terrain. Conversely, the same selections in Maximum reserves often resulted in damping too harsh for my tastes and limited dirt experience.
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post May 26 2008, 08:38 PM
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2008 Models have many new options.. Even has tyre pressure monitoring system... I WAN WAN!!!
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post Jun 24 2008, 03:28 PM
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(IMG:http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2008models/2008-BMW-R1200GS-Adventurec-small.jpg)

Looks like someone in our team had already picked up One...
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with the full option..
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post Jun 24 2008, 03:30 PM
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QUOTE(spectrum @ Jun 24 2008, 03:28 PM) *

(IMG:http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2008models/2008-BMW-R1200GS-Adventurec-small.jpg)

Looks like someone in our team had already picked up One...
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with the full option..


adventure model?
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post Jun 24 2008, 10:19 PM
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This bike ar, if you are suay, you may get one with the key ring antenna problem i.e. EWS error. Once you get this error, the whole bike cannot start at all! A friend of mine got this problem 3 times over a span of only 3 months I think. The first time it occured was on the 2nd day after collecting the bike.

http://www.r1200gs.info/forum/showthread.p...=461&page=2

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=245456
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post Jun 24 2008, 10:34 PM
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Don't worry...
even in the Dakar-Paris Rally..
Middle of Desert..
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BMW mech will be fly there & start your bike.. Ha ha..
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post Jun 24 2008, 10:43 PM
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QUOTE(spectrum @ Jun 24 2008, 03:28 PM) *

(IMG:http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2008models/2008-BMW-R1200GS-Adventurec-small.jpg)

Looks like someone in our team had already picked up One...
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with the full option..


who ah who ah?? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/icon-confused2.gif)
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post Jun 24 2008, 11:53 PM
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who getting one with full options??!!

Abt the EWS, i havent got this problem b4 in 2 yrs, so "touch wood"!! Guess i will tok to the service manager abt this prob.. Thanks for highlighting..
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Should be riding to our next mtg...
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Let's see.. Surprise - surprise...
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QUOTE(spectrum @ Jun 26 2008, 07:29 PM) *

Should be riding to our next mtg...
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Let's see.. Surprise - surprise...


Should be The One whom has been trying on other people's dual purpose bikes lah.... who ar?

Maybe Mr Vladmir Yarets is back, with a fully sponsered beemer... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/icon-cheerleade.gif)
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QUOTE(bikeyroo @ Jun 24 2008, 10:19 PM) *

This bike ar, if you are suay, you may get one with the key ring antenna problem i.e. EWS error. Once you get this error, the whole bike cannot start at all! A friend of mine got this problem 3 times over a span of only 3 months I think. The first time it occured was on the 2nd day after collecting the bike.

http://www.r1200gs.info/forum/showthread.p...=461&page=2

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=245456

I know who. I know who. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/icon-touguecheeky.gif)
But as Alan says, the service recovery for BMW is (IMG:style_emoticons/default/icon-thumbsup.gif)
Definately a dream bike for me.
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post Jul 26 2008, 09:46 AM
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Hi guys,

Is it true that BMW bikes can only use mineral engine oil?

in my F800ST manual it states to use oils with API classification SF thru SH...
... n not to use oils with additives as it will affect the clutch workings. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)

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QUOTE(realdean @ Feb 4 2009, 11:54 PM) *

Hi guys,

Is it true that BMW bikes can only use mineral engine oil?

in my F800ST manual it states to use oils with API classification SF thru SH...
... n not to use oils with additives as it will affect the clutch workings. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)

Can someone enlighten pls? Thanks (IMG:style_emoticons/default/helmet.png)

For R1200GS they use mineral engine oil, as for F800GS they will be using semi-synthetic oil.

Want to know more PM me will do.
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QUOTE(bikeyroo @ Jun 24 2008, 10:19 PM) *

This bike ar, if you are suay, you may get one with the key ring antenna problem i.e. EWS error. Once you get this error, the whole bike cannot start at all! A friend of mine got this problem 3 times over a span of only 3 months I think. The first time it occured was on the 2nd day after collecting the bike.

http://www.r1200gs.info/forum/showthread.p...=461&page=2

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=245456

Hey Hey The person happen to be me! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)

Anyway this EWS problem was some problem I had when I just got my bike now this issue is over "which is a good thing but still got PPL say my bike can't start lor" anyway I find a way to over write this problem when the EWS problem is back again. "Hope not la"

After all this bike had bring me around 50K KM of ride last year. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/goodjob.gif)
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