2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
Developed in conjunction with BMW Australia on BMW Safari Enduro events
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye

The unique concept of the R 1200 GS with its down-to-earth character and powerful high-torque engine thrills a large number of motorcycle fans all over the world. It is not for nothing that this motorcycle is the top-seller within the BMW Motorrad model range.

2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye

With the new R 1200 GS, BMW Motorrad expands the GS portfolio not only in the form of additional optimisations but also by further broadening of the motorcycle’s properties, with the special Rallye version, developed in conjunction with BMW Motorrad Australia, following feedback from several years of the BMW Safari and BMW Safari Enduro events. 

For the first time, customers can give a BMW GS a more marked touch of enduro or alternatively distinguished style to suit its preferred area of use by ordering the style packages Rallye and Exclusive.

2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye

The R 1200 GS has now been optimised in a wide range of areas, designed for even greater versatility than before, tapping into a previously unknown breadth of properties, ranging from dynamic performance to comfort and off-road suitability.

This is due to selective improvements, numerous new features and not least a much-expanded program of optional equipment and optional accessories.

For information on the standard 2017 BMW R 1200 GS and the BMW R 1200 GS Exclusive see here.

Standard 2017 BMW R 1200 GS features
  • Boxer engine with new catalytic converter and adapted data status to meet EU4 requirements and an unchanged output of 92kW (125hp) at 7750rpm.
  • New appearance with visually enhanced robustness.
  • More marked styling and attractive colour variants.
  • Even more ergonomics options with numerous seat heights and seat variants.
  • Significantly wider spread of model variations in relation to the basic version, from the refined R 1200 GS Exclusive through to the R 1200 GS Rallye for riders with off-road aspirations.
  • R 1200 GS Rallye – new version with additional product substance: Rallye seat, sports windshield, radiator and frame guard, wide enduro footrests and cross-spoke wheels as well as a professional sports suspension and optional studded tyres.
  • Innovative functions provided by the latest generation of Dynamic ESA: automatic damping mode and automatic self-levelling suspension for a new riding experience.
  • Riding Modes Pro with DTC, Hill Start Control and the new customisable modes Modi Dynamic Pro and Enduro Pro as optional equipment items ex works.
  • New optional accessories such as cylinder protection bracket, topcase for two helmets and off-road protection parts as well as radiator guard and frame guard.
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye X – equipment loadout
  • Rally passenger package: Standard seats/windshield, centre stand.
  • Rally seat, extra high (seat height 890 mm).
  • Sports suspension.
  • Studded tyres.
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye

The optionally available Rallye X package allows the new R 1200 GS to be optimised for more ambitious off-road use. Here, an increase in manoeuvrability and traction is combined with a very slight reduction in comfort and directional stability on the road.

The increased spring rate (“harder suspension”), longer spring struts and longer spring travel lead to a significant enhancement of ride stability for off-road use, which is especially noticeable over gravel passages.

2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye

This sports suspension benefits experienced off-road motorcyclists who know when to convert suspension reserves into more performance without overtaxing the motorcycle or themselves.

Heavy and tall riders will appreciate the advantages of this spare capacity due to the tighter suspension set-up, especially when riding off-road. This optional equipment item, only available in conjunction with Dynamic ESA “Next Generation”, also includes all the new automatic damping functions and riding position compensation.

Optimised with new suspension geometry, the GS is now considerably more agile when it comes to carrying out tricky off-road manoeuvres. Increased ground clearance (approx. 20mm) and the resulting additional seat height will be appreciated by experienced enduro riders who configure their GS precisely in this way for this type of riding.

2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye

Proficient riders know how to move dynamically over rough terrain on a travel enduro bike fitted with studded tyres, too, allowing for the weight of the motorcycle.

The off-road character of the new R 1200 GS is particularly emphasised in the Rallye version. The colouring in Lupine Blue metallic, the over-painted decor elements on the fuel tank sides reminiscent of the BMW Motorsport colours.

In particular the frame powder-coated in Cordoba Blue go together with the black drivetrain and gold-finished brake calipers to create the sportiest standard GS of all times, even from a purely visual point of view.

2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye

Functionally speaking, the new R 1200 GS Rallye underscores its claim to be the sportiest GS with numerous refined details.

These include the Rallye seat, which features perfect ergonomic shaping for maximum freedom of movement while still offering excellent seating comfort – for two if necessary.

As before, a low-cut sports windshield provides a clear view of rough terrain to the front while offering increased freedom of movement when the bike is ridden standing up.

2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye

In addition to the radiator trim in robust stainless steel, a radiator guard protects the radiator from stone chip. Wide enduro footrests ensure a firm foothold and a special frame guard protects the section of the suspension in the boot area from unwanted scrape marks.

The new R 1200 GS Rallye rolls on cross-spoke wheel with off-road capability: alternatively these can be ordered with studded tyres as an ex works optional equipment item.

Off-road enthusiasts can also opt for the sports suspension ex works. If the new R 1200 GS Rally is to be ridden in purist form, i.e. with the luggage bridge removed and without passenger footrests, these elements can be neatly covered with caps that are included.

2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS features

Powered as before by the air/liquid-cooled boxer with an output of 92kW (125hp) at 7750rpm and a maximum torque of 125Nm at 6500 rpm, the new R 1200 GS now has an altered catalytic converter and a new data status for the engine management to meet the latest EU4 requirements and already saw the addition of a judder damper on the transmission output shaft and a revision of the selector drum actuator and transmission shafts.

For individual adaptation to rider preferences, the new R 1200 GS offers the two riding modes “Rain” and “Road” as standard in conjunction with Automatic Stability Control ASC for optimum traction.

2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye

As an optional equipment item ex works, the new R 1200 GS can be fitted with “Riding Modes Pro” featuring the additional riding modes “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro”, “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” as well Dynamic Traction Control DTC, which enables even more efficient and safe acceleration especially in banking position.

The riding modes “Dynamic Pro” and “Enduro Pro”, activated by means of a coded plug, also offer customisation options which allow the character of the motorcycle to be adapted.

Other elements of “Riding Modes Pro” are the new set-off assistant Hill Start Control for convenient hill starts, ABS Pro for even greater safety when braking, even in banking position, and the dynamic brake light which is even more effective in drawing attention to the fact that the motorcycle is braking.

2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye

A whole new dimension of riding safety, performance and comfort is harnessed with the optional BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA “Next Generation” (Electronic Suspension Adjustment). Here, the damping automatically adapts to the situation depending on riding condition and manoeuvres, and there is also an automatic self-levelling function to compensate all load states.

While the underlying design architecture of the R 1200 GS has been preserved in the new version, optimised ergonomics in the knee area ensure further improved off-road qualities.

Details have also been optimised on the front mudguard and at the centre of the front wheel cover, while small slipstream deflectors known as winglets add a touch of aerodynamic perfection.

The trim of the air intake and the side fuel tank trim panels have been newly designed, too. New styling has now also been applied to the cooling air ducts and radiator trim elements, which either feature a galvanised surface or are made of stainless steel (Rallye and Exclusive).

2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye
2017 BMW R 1200 GS specifications
Excludes Rallye/Executive features
  • Engine – Air/Water-cooled, two-cylinder, opposed-twin, 1170cc, 101 x 73mm bore x stroke, DOHC, four-valves per cylinder
  • Power output – 92kW(125hp) @ 7750rpm
  • Torque – 125Nm @ 6500rpm
  • Wet weight – 244kg
  • Fuel capacity – 20L
  • Clutch – Anti-hopping, wet
  • Gearbox – Constant-mesh, Six-speed
  • Final drive – Universal shaft
  • Frame – Tubular steel bridge, self-supporting engine
  • Front suspension – BMW Telelever, 190mm travel
  • Rear suspension – BMW EVO Paralever, 200m travel
  • Front brakes – BMW ABS, Dual 305mm rotors, Brembo calipers
  • Rear brake – BMW ABS, Single 276mm rear rotor, Brembo caliper
  • Wheels & Tyres – Light alloy cast wheel, 3.0 x 19in, 4.5 x 17in, 120/70 R19, 170/60 R17
  • Wheel castor – 99.6mm
  • Wheelbase – 1507mm
  • Steering head angle – 64.5°
  • Total length – 2207mm
  • Total width – 953mm
  • Seat height – 850/870mm