The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure and its base brother, the R 1200 GS, have continually topped the sales sheets across the BMW Motorrad lineup.In 2016, during BMW’s sixth-straight year of record-breaking sales, the R 1200 GS models accounted for nearly 47,000 of the 145,032 motorcycles sold. The 125-horsepower boxer ADV arrives as a carryover for 2018, but with some unique upgrades.
The biggest news for both the base and Adventure GS is the new optional equipment available:
LED auxiliary headlights in new design
The Connectivity option with its full-color TFT 6.5-inch display is BMW Motorrad’s highlight of 2018 optional features. Connectivity was designed to provide fast and clear information for the rider with the least possible distraction from what is happening on the road, BMW reports.The rider can access motorcycle and connectivity functions quickly with a great level of comfort thanks to the advanced BMW Motorrad multi-controller and the integrated approach. In addition, the new TFT display combines the familiar “classic” display of data such as rpm and speed with new technology that provides an enormous range of features, BMW says.Prices have yet to be released for any 2018 R 1200 GS model.Also for the 2018, the R 1200 GS will be available in three new colors:
Racing Red: Red paint, black frame, black brake calipers, silver fuel tank
Style Rallye: Light white/Cordoba blue paint, Cordoba blue frame, gold brake calipers, Cordoba blue fuel tank with large logo, Rallye seat, radiator and frame protection, short windshield
Style Exclusive: Black storm metallic/Dark slate metallic matte/Achat grey paint, frame Achat grey, gold brake calipers, Dark slate metallic fuel tank with large logo
For 2018, Racing red matte and Light white are no longer available.Following are the optional features available for the 2018 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure:
Pro riding modes with additional “Dynamic” and “Enduro” riding modes. Using a coding plug, the “Dynamic” mode is changed to “Dynamic Pro” and the “Enduro” mode to “Enduro Pro” mode. The Pro riding mode continues to feature ABS Pro, dynamic brake light, Dynamic Traction Control DTC as well as Hill Start Control HSC
Dynamic ESA next generation with automatic damping adjustment and automatic self-leveling function
Keyless Ride as a new component of the Touring Package
Shift Assistant Pro as a new component of the Dynamic Package
Passenger package with standard windshield and standard seat
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
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