R1200 GS

R1200GS in Triple black livery

Monday 06/11/2017 saw delivery of a 2012 R1200GS Adventure with 12,000 miles on the clock. The bike is in great condition for the year and is a welcome addition to the stable. The triple black colour scheme fits well, and although the bike looks a bit quirky, it has to be one of the best designed motorcycles of the century. BMW leave no stone unturned in getting the best out of all the components resulting in a combination of handling, performance and comfort which is really second to none.

First job is remove that yellow reflective sticker from around the panniers and topbox, Monday night saw careful use of a hot air gun and the sticker on the topbox was removed. Tuesday 7/11 saw the yellow day-glow stickers removed from the panniers. Starting to look the part now.


R1200 without day-glow yellow pish

Wednesday saw the bike taxed for a year £85 the robbing bastards, put the bike onto the multi-bike policy and thats it legal and ready for the road.
Nice wee trip to France and back and its reached service time again, this is a nice bike to service, simple straight forward. Sourced the parts on Ebay
1 x 164 K&N Oil filter, choose this to get a filter with a nut on the end, makes changing it a breeze
1 x BM1204 Air Filter
4 x MAR8B-JDS NGK Spark Plugs
4 x Litres Motul 15w 50 7100 Engine Oil
1 x Litre Castrol Syntrax 75w 90 Gearbox and back end Oil
I use a BMW Diagnostic tool GS-911 from https://www.hexcode.co.za/ this sets the TPS and allows fault code finding etc
Can also reset the service schedule warning as well

The spring clip mod

The spring clip that holds headlight bulb in fell off its mounting when changing the bulb. There is little space to work and you cannot see when your hands are in the way. Grrrr. Removed the light cluster in order to make a spring clip modification. .

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Light cluster

The mod is nothing more that a slightly larger washer to retain the spring clip in its groove when opened. Making stress free road side bulb changes possible.

Wunderlich is Wunderbar

It is fair to say that while the Adventure has a 400 mile tank, it has a 100 mile seat. Why BMW don’t fix this obvious flaw is a mystery. After much deliberation I chose to replace the standard seat with a Wunderlich from Nippy Normans.

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Two immediate observations, my feet are now flat on the ground, as the seat height is 20mm lower. So far my seating position is more comfortable and the posture the seat forces is a big improvement.


General information and specifications:
Model: BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
Year: 2012
Category: Enduro / offroad
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 1170.00 ccm (71.39 cubic inches)
Engine type: Two cylinder boxer, two-stroke
Engine details: Radially aligned valves
Power: 48.00 HP (35.0 kW)) @ 7750 RPM
Torque: 120.00 Nm (12.2 kgf-m or 88.5 ft.lbs) @ 6000 RPM
Compression: 12.0:1
Bore x stroke: 101.0 x 73.0 mm (4.0 x 2.9 inches)
Fuel system: Injection. Electronic intake pipe injection/BMS-K digital engine management with overrun fuel cut-off, twin spark ignition
Fuel control: Double Overhead Cams/Twin Cam (DOHC)
Lubrication system: Dry sump
Cooling system: Oil & air
Gearbox: 6-speed
Transmission type,
final drive:
Shaft drive (cardan)
Clutch: Single dry plate clutch, hydraulically operated
Fuel consumption: 4.60 litres/100 km (21.7 km/l or 51.13 mpg)
Greenhouse gases: 106.7 CO2 g/km. (CO2 – Carbon dioxide emission)
Emission details: Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Frame type: Two-section frame consisting of front and rear sections, load- bearing engine-gearbox unit
Rake (fork angle): 24.8°
Trail: 89 mm (3.5 inches)
Front suspension: BMW Motorrad Telelever
Front wheel travel: 210 mm (8.3 inches)
Rear suspension: Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever
Rear wheel travel: 220 mm (8.7 inches)
Front tyre: 110/80-R19
Rear tyre: 150/70-R17
Front brakes: Double disc. Optional integral ABS. Can be switched off.
Front brakes diameter: 305 mm (12.0 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc. Optional integral ABS. Can be switched off.
Rear brakes diameter: 265 mm (10.4 inches)
Wheels: Cross-spoke wheels
Seat: Two section dual seat with variable height rider´s seat
Physical measures and capacities
Dry weight: 223.0 kg (491.6 pounds)
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 256.0 kg (564.4 pounds)
Power/weight ratio: 0.2152 HP/kg
Seat height: 890 mm (35.0 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Alternate seat height: 765 mm (30.1 inches) If adjustable, highest setting.
Overall height: 1,525 mm (60.0 inches)
Overall length: 2,240 mm (88.2 inches)
Wheelbase: 1,510 mm (59.4 inches)
Fuel capacity: 33.00 litres (8.72 gallons)
Reserve fuel capacity: 4.00 litres (1.06 gallons)
Other specifications
Color option: Triple Black
Starter: Electric
Electrical: 12 V / 14 Ah, maintenance-free battery.
Top Speed: 125 + mph
0 – 60: 3.0 seconds
Standing Quarter: 11.2 seconds

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