As expected, the BMW R1200GS is getting some updates for the 2017 model year. Beyond the anticipated engine refresh for Euro4 compliance – which sees the 2017 BMW R1200GS continuing to make 125hp at 7,750 rpm, thanks to a new catalytic converter and modified ECU settings – other improvements have also been made to this iconic machine.
The changes run the gamut, and include visual changes to the bodywork, mechanical updates for better operation, ergonomic refinements to the controls, and electronic upgrades to the standard and optional equipment.
BMW Motorrad has also made several model variations available of the 2017 BMW R1200GS, shown here is the very tasty BMW R1200GS Rallye, which shows an off-road focus with its rally seat, sport windshield, radiator and frame guards, wide enduro foot pegs, and spoked wheels with optional studded tires.
For the visual enhancements that BMW has made to the R1200GS, the Germans started out by optimizing the front fender. Winglets have also been added to improve wind deflection around the rider, while the trim for the air intake, cooling ducts, and radiator have been revised as well.
Mechanically, the 2017 BMW R1200GS sees the addition of a judder damper on the transmission output shaft, along with a revision of the selector drum actuator and transmission shafts. This should make for smoother shifts through the gears, and less wheel-hop and lash, especially on abrupt downshifts and hard throttle applications.
Lastly, electronic changes come to the 2017 BMW R1200GS line. Most notable is the “Riding Modes Pro” option, which brings the addition of the “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro”, “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” modes, as well as the Dynamic Traction Control, which uses an IMU to help tailor the rear-wheel power application.
Hill Start Control and ABS Pro have also been added to the Riding Modes Pro option, with the prior being exactly what it sounds like, and the latter being an implementation of Bosch’s cornering ABS package.
A dynamic brake light has also been added to the R1200GS, which helps draw attention to the fact that the rider is braking the motorcycle. The latest iteration of the Dynamic ESA includes not only an automatic damping mode, but also a self-leveling suspension for when riding over uneven terrain.
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