The sportiest New BMW HP2 Sport Motorsport Edition continues to be powered by the familiar flat twin engine equipped with double overhead camshafts delivering 133 hp at 8750 rpm, but emulating the look of the BMW Motorrad Motorsport factory racers, featuring fairing, fuel tank, seat bench, front mudguard and engine spoiler painted in the BMW Motorsport colours Alpine White, Lupine Blue metallic and Magma Red.
Outstanding race results are inexorably linked with BMW Motorrad’s flat twin “Boxer” models. So it is an obvious step to build a high-end version! The result is the BMW HP2 Sport: the uncompromising realisation of the 24-Hour Endurance racer as a road machine. 100 per cent motor racing genes, licensed for the road. An exclusive sports machine by BMW Motorrad for motor racing connoisseurs and 2-cylinder enthusiasts which puts racing expertise into serial production - with power and authenticity. With an incredible air/oil-cooled 133 bhp and 115 Nm - a unique performance for a serial production “Boxer”!
The BMW HP2 Sport caused quite a stir with its race track appearances - rarely has a 2-cylinder flat twin bike caused the competition so much trouble, it even outdistanced many a 4-cylinder bike. In the last 24-hour race at the Oschersleben Speedweek, both machines entered in the race finished in the overall top 10. One reason for this performance is the DOHC cylinder head*, which is being used for the first time in this fascinatingly engineered enthusiast’s motorcycle.
Features and Specifications:
The main features of the new BMW R 1200 GS and the
new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure at a glance:
• New, even more dynamic drivetrain now with two overhead camshafts per
cylinder and valves in radial arrangement.
• Increase in engine output by 5 per cent to 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,750 rpm and
maximum torque to 120 Nm (88 lb-ft) at 6,000 rpm.
• Increase in maximum engine speed from 8,000 to 8,500 rpm with an even
wider range of useful engine speed.
• Signifi cantly better acceleration, torque and pulling power.
• Electronically controlled exhaust fl ap for even more muscular sound.
• Colour variants of the R 1200 GS: Alpine White non-metallic,
Magma Red non-metallic, Ostra Grey matt metallic, Sapphire Black metallic.
• Colour variants of the R 1200 GS Adventure: Smoke Grey matt metallic,
Brilliant Yellow metallic.
• Optional extras and accessories tailored to each model with BMW’s usual
high level of quality.
• New additional headlight in LED technology for the R 1200 GS (accessory).
New, even more powerful drivetrain with extra torque for even
greater driving dynamics both onroad and offroad.
Introducing the new BMW R 1200 GS and the new R 1200 GS Adventure,
BMW Motorrad is opening up yet another chapter in the story of highly
successful GS models which, for almost three decades, have been the epitome
of the large-capacity grand touring enduro.
Moving on from the former generation of the R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure,
which already offered supreme power and performance as well as a very
broad range of practical riding qualities for long tours combined with supreme
pleasure on winding country and mountain roads, BMW Motorrad is now
enhancing this standard, as impressive as it already is, to an even higher level.
In its construction principle and fundamental layout, the new fl at-twin power
unit is the same as the DOHC engine on the BMW HP2 Sport. But marking the
new generation, the engine has been carefully updated and optimised for the
R 1200 GS and the R 1200 GS Adventure, tailored to the specifi c requirements
of a grand touring enduro.
With the 1,170-cc Boxer engine on the former models already ensuring
supreme power under all conditions and in all situations, the new R 1200 GS
and R 1200 GS Adventure have even more to offer in virtually every respect:
Delivering maximum output of 110 hp, reaching top engine speed up by 500 to
8,500 rpm, and with an even broader range of engine speed, the new GS
models are even more dynamic, powerful and muscular in terms of both torque
and acceleration throughout the entire speed range, thus setting the standard
once again for the grand touring enduro also in terms of riding dynamics.
New DOHC cylinder heads for even more effi cient cylinder charge.
Designed and built from the start for higher engine speed, the new fl at-twin
power unit in the R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure, like the power unit
featured in the BMW HP2 Sport, comes with two overhead, chain-driven
camshafts (DOHC) per cylinder. The valves are operated by very light rocker
arms able to cope with even very high engine speeds through their low weight
alone. Radial arrangement of the four valves is ensured by the very compact
combustion chambers. Like on the former models, the fuel/air mixture is ignited
by two spark plugs (HP2 Sport: one spark plug), and the compression ratio of
12.0:1 is also the same as before.
Thanks to effi cient knock control, both models are able to run on premium
(plus) fuel with an octane rating of 95-98 RON (maximum output is measured
at 98 RON). Under certain conditions there may be a very small loss of torque
and a slight increase in fuel consumption as soon as knock control cuts in. On
long tours where the rider might be required to use inferior fuel, the engine may
also run on 91 RON regular fuel, using specifi c running data available as special
equipment free of charge straight from the factory.
Horizontal arrangement of the camshafts in the direction of travel gives the
new fl at-twin power unit two particular technical features: Each camshaft
controls one intake and exhaust valve and, due to the radial arrangement of
the valves, the cams come with a conical profi le. To increase both output and
torque, gas throughput has been increased throughout the entire speed range
by increasing valve plate diameter over the former models from 36 to 39 millimetres
(1.42–1.54") on the intake side and 31 to 33 millimetres (1.22–1.30") on
the exhaust side.
Intake and exhaust timing on the two camshafts has been optimised in particular
for supreme power at low and medium engine speeds and for even faster,
free-revving engine performance throughout the entire range. To increase the
free valve cross-section, valve lift is up by 10.54 mm (0.415") on the intake and
9.26 mm (0.365") on the exhaust side to 10.8 mm (0.425") on both sides. Valve
clearance is compensated by light semi-hemispherical shims.
More power and extra torque throughout the entire speed range.
The existing ratio of bore and stroke of 101:73 millimetres (3.98 : 2.87") remains
the same as before, as does the engine’s cubic capacity of 1,170 cc. Other
features likewise carried over from the former power unit are the crankshafts
and connecting rods as well as their mounts and bearings, while the two new
cast-aluminium pistons have been re-designed to match the change in combustion
Interacting with the upgraded intake system now featuring black instead of silver
throttle butterfl y manifolds as on the former models measuring 50 mm (1.97")
instead of formerly 47 mm (1.85") (HP2 Sport: 52 mm/2.05") opening clearance
and with newly designed intake air funnels and an air fi lter element with higher
throughput, the engine now develops maximum output of 81 kW/110 PS
at 7,750 rpm and peak torque of 120 Nm/88 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm. An oil cooler
ensures stable thermal conditions even when riding to the extreme.
In all, the modifi cations to the drivetrain provide a signifi cantly more homogeneous
fl ow of power and torque throughout the entire speed range. In this process
of technical development, the engines now feature magnesium-coloured
cylinder head covers with two instead of formerly four fastening bolts and come
in new, even more dynamic design. A valve cover guard made of aluminium
or plastic as well as a chrome-plated aluminium cylinder head cover may be
retrofitted as special equipment.
Electronically controlled exhaust fl ap for even more muscular sound.
Moving on to the exhaust system, the two manifolds are the same as before in
their design, length and diameter, while a modifi ed interference pipe caters for
the change in vibration conditions in the exhaust system.
Featuring an exhaust fl ap controlled by an electric motor as well as opening
and closing cables, both the new BMW R 1200 GS and the new R 1200 GS
Adventure provide a particularly throaty boxer sound naturally in full compliance
with legal standards. And to reduce ram pressure and improve the sound of the
engine even further, the rear silencer remaining the same in design as on the
former models comes with a completely new interior structure.
Ideal transmission of power through six-speed gearbox and drive shaft.
Power is transmitted as before by the proven six-speed gearbox with larger
bearing diameters and a modifi ed distance between the individual shafts already
upgraded technically for the 2008 model year. In the process the gear ratios
were once again adjusted and the secondary transmission has been modifi ed
from i = 2.82 to i = 2.91.
In conjunction with the new, even more powerful engine, this once again
means signifi cantly more torque and pulling force throughout the entire range
of engine speed.
The new R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure also benefi t from optimised
shift kinematics with an optimised power/travel curve for precise gearshift and
clear feedback at all times.
The maintenance-free drive shaft to the rear wheel also remains unchanged,
relieving the rider of annoying and time-consuming maintenance requirements
particularly on long tours.
Proven running gear and high-performance brakes with Integral ABS.
Like their predecessors, the new R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure offer an
almost perfect synthesis of offroad and onroad riding qualities. As in the past,
the stiff and torsionally-resistant suspension, front wheel guidance with the
unique BMW Telelever, and the rear wheel incorporating the BMW Paralever
guarantee fi rst-class and absolutely safe riding qualities also with the new
engine offering even more power and torque.
In conjunction with optional BMW Motorrad Integral ABS, extremely powerful
brakes serve additionally to provide maximum safety even in critical situations.
Optimum environmental compatibility, fi nally, is ensured also on the new boxer
engine through the most advanced exhaust gas management with a fullycontrolled
three-way catalytic converter.
Enduro ESA as special equipment for optimum electronic adjustment
of the running gear for every purpose.
Designed and built for the specifi c requirements of a grand touring enduro, Enduro
ESA Electronic Suspension Adjustment available also on the latest version of
the R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure as an optional extra straight from the
factory allows adjustment of the running gear under all kinds of running conditions
and with virtually any load level, simply by pressing a button. An important feature
is that Enduro ESA offers both an onroad and offroad mode within which the
rider, choosing specifi c settings for the spring base and damping, is able to adjust
the suspension even more precisely to specifi c needs and requirements.
As usual, Enduro ESA meets the particular requirements made of a grand touring
enduro by additional electrohydraulic adjustment of the spring base on the front
spring strut. When riding offroad, this ensures a far smoother ride without the
wheel breaking through, and without the disadvantages otherwise experienced
onroad such as shorter negative spring travel or greater seat height.
Optimum ergonomics and even more practical features.
Made of a heat-treated aluminium tube, the high-quality and sophisticated
handlebar, interacting with two asymmetrically mounted clamps turning by
up to 180o, as on the HP2 Enduro Sports, may be fitted in two ergonomically
different positions. While the rear handlebar position for riding onroad and in
less demanding terrain ensures optimum ergonomics particularly for the shorter
rider, the front handlebar position offers advantages in particular when standing
up on the machine in rough terrain.
The hand protectors available as special equipment for the R 1200 GS are
fitted as standard straight from the factory on the R 1200 GS Adventure. In the
process of technically upgrading the successful R 1200 GS models, the instrument
cluster has received a new dial in new design. And last but not least, the
windshield now comes with larger hand-bolts with even better grip for adjusting
its position with greater ease.
Optional extras and accessories tailored to both the rider and the
As a genuine, fully-fl edged systems supplier, BMW Motorrad has developed a
wide range of optional extras and special equipment for further customisation of
the new R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure. One particularly important new
feature is the additional headlights in LED technology.
Optional extras come directly from the factory and are fitted during production
at the Berlin Plant, accessories and special equipment are fitted subsequently
by the BMW Motorcycle Dealer.
• Enduro ESA.
• BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (semi-integral, on-demand).
• Exhaust system chrome-plated.
• Heated handles.
• Hand protectors (Adventure: standard).
• Case holder (Adventure: case support for aluminium case).
• Cross-spoke wheels (Adventure: standard).
• On-board computer with oil level warning.
• Low rider’s seat (R 1200 GS).
• Lowered suspension (R 1200 GS).
• Anti-theft warning system with remote control.
• LED direction indicators.
• Offroad tyres (Adventure).
• Enduro transmission (short fi rst gear) (Adventure).
• Additional halogen headlight (Adventure).
• Power reduced to 98 hp.
• 91 RON.
• Vario case (GS) / aluminium case (Adventure).
• Case holder (GS) / case support for aluminium case (Adventure).*
• Vario Topcase (GS) / Aluminium Topcase (Adventure).
• Topcase fastening elements replacing passenger seat (R 1200 GS).
• Topcase support.
• Inner bags for vario and aluminium case/Topcase.
• Back padding for vario and aluminium Topcase.
• Carrier handle for aluminium case.
• Watertight tank bag.
• Watertight tank bag, small (R 1200 GS).
• Softbag 2, large, 51 litres.
• Softbag 2, small, 19 litres.
• Cylinder head covers chrome-plated.
• Wheel cover, front, in carbon.
• Splashguard, rear, in carbon.
• HP Carbon cover for engine housing.
• Headlight protector (for offroad use only).
• Cap for Telelever and fork bridge.
• Additional LED headlight.
• Holder for additional headlight.
• LED direction indicators.*
• Akrapoviæ sports muffl er.
Ergonomics and Comfort.
• Windshield, tinted.
• Wide enduro footrests (Adventure: standard).
• Adjustable footbrake lever (Adventure: standard).
• Handlebar cross reinforcement.
• Padding for handlebar cross reinforcement.
• Rider’s seat, low (820 mm/32.3") in Black* or Grey (R 1200 GS).
• Rider’s seat, Grey (R 1200 GS).
• Additional power socket.
• Heated handles.*
Navigation and Communication.
• BMW Motorrad Navigator IV.
• Holder for BMW Motorrad Navigator.
• Navigator function bag.
• Hand protectors (Adventure: standard).*
• Spoiler guards, large, for hand protectors.
• Aluminium cylinder head cover protection (Adventure: standard).
• Plastic cylinder head cover protection.
• Engine protection hoop (R 1200 GS).
• Enduro underfl oor protection, aluminium.
• Frame guard.
• Safety bolts for oil fi ller manifold.
• Anti-theft warning system with remote control.*
Maintenance and Technical Equipment.
• Reduction in power to 98 hp.*
• Paddock stand.
• On-board toolkit/service kit.
• LED light for on-board power socket, 410 millimetres/16.1".