First Look of the Water-Cooled 2013 BMW R1200GS

10/01/2012 @ 12:58 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

Getting spotted a day ahead of schedule, the 2013 BMW R1200GS has broken cover with most of its water-cooled glory, sort of. The good folks at managed to get onto the show floor at INTERMOT, and grabbed a few photos of the BMW kiosk displays for the new GS.

Visually similar to the current R1200GS, the new water-cooled 1,170cc BMW R1200GS makes 123hp and 92 lbs•ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. That makes for a noticeable bump over the current model’s 110hp and 88 lbs•ft of torque. That added power comes with some added weight though, as the the 2013 BMW R1200GS tips the scales at 525 lbs at the curb, roughly 20 lbs heavier than the outgoing model.

We will have to wait until tomorrow to get the full details and official photos of the 2013 BMW R1200GS, but this should whet your adventure-touring appetite until then. Has the king retained its crown? More photos after the jump.


  • Looks just as bad as the air cooled version…

  • Bellini

    Looks awesome! I dig the new stock can… :)

  • RJ

    So they lost all that weight between the 1150 and the 1200 just to gain it back again now?!? That’s pretty pointless IMHO. The adventure model should weigh as much as the moon…

  • Ken

    Ugh! What is that shape on the front of the beak? It looks like Gonzo from the muppets. And the radiator shroud treatment? There will be a lot of those on Ebay when the aftermarket comes up with a better looking one. I’ll stick with my Air-cooled GSA. The seat looks a little better than the current one though.

  • Andrew Culpepper

    The uglier the better?

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  • MikeD


    The Rabbit calling the Donkey “Big Ears” ?


    LOL. Is ok, put on your paper bag helmet and no one will ever know about it.

  • MikeD

    I think it looks better than the A/C model.
    Wouldn’t mind owning one.
    525 lbs ? Baahh, that ain’t shit. My old GS1100G was pushing close to 550 lbs+.
    These new emissions laws are kicking everyones butt. Just look at that muffler…it looks like a small apartment for a family of 4.

    Ok, BMW, so you have bothered to include W/C and gaining weight, lowered your emissions ?, make your darling engine tighter (tolerances), run more consistent temps all around and probably quieter…

    and YET, u didn’t bother to go the whole way to 1200cc and reach KTM and Ducati power levels BECAUSE ? ………………………………………………………

    WTF BMW ? (O_O)

    @RJ: Brace yourself……….LMAO.

  • JHB1984

    so according to this pic … it as as options:
    – semi-active suspension
    – cruise control
    – enduro ABS/ASC

    and weights arounf 20kg less then the tiger … muahaha … BMW FTW ;o)

  • Ride4Fun

    Ok, so I buy a 2013 BMW R1200GS and it basically comes as a near technologically naked bike unless I also purchase the “optional” accessories like cruise control etc … which not only increases the price by up to almost 25-35% but also increases its weight.

    Thanks but I think the Super Tenere or Triumph will do nicely.

  • JHB1984

    even if there is a slight increase in wheight … you’ve still got a pretty big margin of ~30kg to the yamaha/triumph … so your only argument left is the price :o)