Buyers Guide BMW 2016 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure | Buyer's Guide

2016 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure | Buyer’s Guide

2016 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure | Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide

2016 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure price
2016 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

In the world of adventure riding, the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is the gold standard. 2016 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure | Buyer’s GuideThis model takes the standard GS boxer, with its air-/liquid-cooled 1170cc powerplant, and gives it more suspension and enough fuel to take you over 400 miles between gas stops.

There is no shortage of technological help to get you to your destination, including two ride modes (“Rain” and “Road”), with more choices as an option. ABS is can be switched off for dirt riding, and the shaft drive system combines reliability with minimal maintenance.

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2016 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Specs:


  • Type: Air-/liquid-cooled, DOHC, flat twin
  • Bore x stroke: 101 x 73mm
  • Displacement: 1170cc
  • Maximum power: 125 horsepower @ 7750 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 92 ft/lbs @ 6500 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 12.5:1
  • Engine management: EFI w/ ride-by-wire
  • Emissions control: Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converters, emission standard EU-3


  • Maximum speed: 125+ mph
  • Fuel consumption: 55 mpg at a constant 55 mph
  • Fuel: Premium


  • Alternator: 3-phase, 510 watts
  • Battery: 12 V / 11.8 Ah, maintenance-free


  • Clutch: Multi-plate wet, hydraulically operated
  • Gearbox: Constant mesh 6-speed w/ helical gear teeth
  • Drive: Shaft


  • Frame: Continuous tubular steel bridge-type

    Front suspension: BMW Telelever 37mm forks w/ central spring strut; 8.3 inches of travel

  • Rear suspension: Cast aluminum single-sided swingarm w/ BMW EVO Paralever, WAD strut, spring-preload and rebound damping adjustable; 8.7 inches of travel


  • Wheel type: Wire cross-spoke
  • Front rim: 3.00 x 19″
  • Rear rim: 4.50 x 17″
  • Front tire: 120/70 R 19
  • Rear tire: 170/60 R 17
  • Front brakes: Dual floating 305mm discs w/ four-piston fixed calipers
  • Rear brake: 276mm disc, with dual-piston floating caliper
  • ABS: Standard (defeatable)


  • L x W x H: 88.8 x 38.6 x 57.1 inches
  • Wheelbase: 59.4 inches
  • Rake: 24.5°
  • Trail: 3.9 inches
  • Seat height: 35.0 and 35.8 inches (standard choice); various optional seats available
  • Curb weight: 573 pounds
  • Fuel capacity: 7.9 gallons

2016 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Color:

  • Ocean Blue Metallic Matte
  • Racing Red Matte
  • Light White

2016 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Price:

  • MSRP From $19,695

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Don Williams
Don Williams
With 50 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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