Following the unveiling of the new BMW R 1200 GS at Cologne Intermot earlier this week, the organizers at the Motorcycle Live have revealed the prize for this year’s competition will be this exquisite motorcycle:
Called the “perfection of an icon”, the new R 1200 GS represents the top technology in the German manufacturer’s 32-year history of defining and dominating the Adventure Sport market.
The new version is robust, dynamic, and full of the enduro character essential for a bike equally at home either on or off road.
At first glance, the new R 1200 GS too is a genuine GS: robust, dynamic, and full of character. Virtually all surfaces were revised, and all materials provided with a better finish. The two-cylinder opposed twin engine merges harmoniously into the unmistakable GS flyline.
A new feature for the R 1200 GS is the water-cooled boxer engine. This has allowed BMW to sculpt revolutionary vertical contours – a masterpiece of lightness and aerodynamics. With its 125 hp (92 kW) and 125 Nm torque, the two-cylinder opposed twin engine promises power in every situation. Based on a new concept of combined air and liquid cooling and vertical flows through the cylinders, the engine operates efficiently, reliably, and with high torques at all times. Further improvements like the new wet clutch with anti-hopping feature and the electromotive throttle actuator E-Gas make the opposed twin engine the perfect drive solution at the heart of the new R 1200 GS.
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What can you expect to see on display at the NEC for Motorcycle Live, which takes place from November 24th to December 2nd?
The Caponord is a 1,200cc V-twin developed from the Dorsoduro 1200. The bike is directed more at the Ducati Multistrada, road-biased end of the sector and comes with a semi-active suspension option similar to Ducati’s.
This will be BMW’s first liquid-cooled boxer engine. This is as important as when Porsche switched to liquid cooling with its 996-series 911 in 1998.
Ducati Diavel Strada
This will be the touring version of Ducati’s extraordinary Diavel performance cruiser.
The new 821cc version of Ducati’s liquid-cooled Testastretta engine. It comes with an unique touring seat, screen, luggage and other extras. ABS is included in all versions as well as traction control while the high-spec SP version, which also gets the new engine, adds Marchesini wheels, Öhlins and Marzocchi suspension and a smattering of carbon-fibre panels.
Ducati Panigale R
Carbon-fibre for a high price of around £30,000ish.
Honda CB500F, X and R
This is Honda’s new family of twin-cylinder middleweights, exceptionally economical (76mpg). All versions share the same steel tube frame and the new, 471cc parallel twin engine.
Honda has added “Big Piston” forks, refined rear suspension, updated bodywork with a 6.5% reduction in drag and improved agility. They haven’t changed the engine, but added new electronic management.
Upgraded with an overbore to 800cc and various other engine differences aimed at improving reliability and efficiency. The chassis remained unchanged and the styling has been modernised.
KTM 1190 Adventure
Highly capable with a 148bhp engine for a body of 212kg – the greatest power-to-weight ratio in the same class with the Ducati Multistrada.
Other models to be launched:
- KTM Duke 690R and 390BMW F800GT
- Moto Guzzi California 1400
- MV Agusta Brutale 800
- Piaggio Vespa 946
- Suzuki C1500T
- Triumph Daytona 675
- Triumph Street Triple
- Yamaha FJR1300A
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TICKETS AND OTHER INFORMATION
Advance tickets for Motorcycle Live 2012, which takes place from November 24 to December 2, cost £16 per adult, £10 for seniors and £6 per child. These include free access to the Ramp’d Up Freestyle Motocross Arena.
To book, call 0844 581 2345 or visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk. The closing date for advanced tickets is 5pm on November 23.
The NEC, by the M42 east of Birmingham, is signposted from the M40, M42 and M6. It is connected to Birmingham International station by covered walkway.