MCN BMW R1200GS Adventure Review
2006 BMW R1200GS Adventure review by
|MCN ratings||Owners’ ratings|
|Ride & Handling|
|Quality & Reliability|
Compare the 2006 model R1200GS with the latest 2010 model:
MCN BMW R1200GS Adventure Review (2010-current)
MCN overall verdict
This is the last word in round-the-world can do. With a monstrous 33-litre tank, grunty motor, shaft-drive and excellent reliability in all climes and conditions the R1200GS Adventure redefines the giant trailie class. And it is a giant – at nearly a quarter of a ton fully-loaded and with a lofty 910mm seat only the brave or foolish will venture far from the tarmac.
The new 1170cc, Boxer twin SOHC motor is taken from the company’s best-selling R1200GS. It’s powerful, torquey and well-geared for effortless cruising at motorway speeds. The gearbox is pretty indifferent; clunky, with the odd false neutral, especially from second to first. Sixth is no longer the overdrive it was on the older 1150GS Adventure, instead the ratio is a normal accelerative gear.
Ride and Handling
On the road the Adventure belies its weight and height and handles lightly and surely, though it takes a while to get used to the slightly detached feeling the front Telelever suspension produces. The servo-powered brakes are too powerful off-road, but work well on it, providing you swap the Continental Twinduro tyres to more road-biased items like Bridgestone’s Battlewing.
As stock the Adventure already drips with off-road protection like bash plates, hand guards and crash bars. There’s ABS, a sat nav system and heated grips as optional extras along with a selection of hard and soft luggage.
Quality and Reliability
Apart from an early recall over a faulty ABS switch the Adventure seems blessed with the same indefatigable reliability as its predecessors. The exhaust is fully stainless, the motor unstressed, the shaft drive is hassle-free and BMW owners tend to keep their bikes in good condition and regularly serviced.
There’s no such thing as a cheap GS and you can look forwards to high prices and high residuals for a very long time.
1999: R1150GS – 85bhp, 229kg, six-speed gearbox, twin headlights.
2002: R1150GS Adventure released – 253kg, bigger tank, taller suspension.
2004: R1200GS – 100bhp, 199kg, more powerful Boxer motor, new chassis.
2006: R1200GS Adventure – new model.
|1/4-mile acceleration||12.5 secs|
|Fuel capacity||33 litres|
|Average fuel consumption||41mpg|
|Tank range||300 miles|
|Engine specification||8v Boxer twin, 6 gears|
|Frame||Tubular steel trellis|
|Front suspension adj||Preload|
|Rear suspension adj||Preload, rebound|
|Front brakes||Twin 300mm discs|
|Rear brake||Single Disc, ABS Optional|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55 x 17|