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

2016 BMW R 1200 GS | Buyer’s Guide

2016 BMW R 1200 GS | Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide

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

The latest version of the big BMW R 1200 GS boxer still utilizes air cooling, and has authentic cylinder fins to show for it, but water is used to strategically cool the hottest portions of the motor—the cylinder heads and parts of the cylinders.

Shift Assistant Pro and Keyless Ride are options, joining the optional dynamic suspension system. Traction control and various engine mapping options are standard.

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2016 BMW R 1200 GS 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: 57 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
  • Suspension
    Front: BMW Telelever 37mm forks w/ central spring strut; 7.5 inches of travel
  • Rear: Cast aluminum single-sided swingarm w/ BMW EVO Paralever, WAD strut, spring-preload and rebound damping adjustable; 7.9 inches of travel


  • Type: Cast aluminum
  • Rims
  • Front: 3.00 x 19″
  • Rear: 4.50 x 17″
  • Front: 120/70 R 19
  • Rear: 170/60 R 17
  • Brakes
  • Front: Dual floating 305mm discs w/ four-piston fixed calipers
  • Rear: 276mm disc, with dual-piston floating caliper
  • ABS: Standard (defeatable)


  • L x W x H: 87.0 x 37.5 x 55.9 inches
  • Wheelbase: 59.3 inches
  • Rake: 25.5°
    Trail: 3.9 inches
  • Seat height: 33.5 and 34.3 inches (standard choice); various optional seats available
  • Curb weight: 525 pounds
  • Fuel capacity: 5.3 gallons

2016 BMW R 1200 GS Colors:

  • Black Storm Metallic/Black/Agate Grey
  • Light White
  • Frozen Dark Blue Metallic
  • Racing Red

2016 BMW R 1200 GS Price:

  • MSRP From $16,495

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Don Williams
Don Williams
With 45 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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