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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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  • spamtasticus

    Gorgeous! Specially with that smaller shield and other refinements. I almost want to buy another GS but then remember I preffer yachts with sails, while drinking dark and stormys.

  • Ryan Donahue

    Wow, that’s a pretty bike. And that’s first time I’ve said that of any GS/GSA bike.

  • Just_Ride_man

    Sort of blurs the line between the standard GS and the adventure, but at what price point.

  • Paul McM

    I put 700 miles on a 2016 R1200GS rental in Arizona. Decent bike, but really too big, too heavy, and engine is too vulnerable. Oh, and way too expensive. If you want to do 20% or more actual off-roading, get the Honda Africa twin. If you’re on asphalt 95% of the time there are a host of better bikes. I’d rather tour on my old ST1100, which is a 26 year-old-design for goodness sake! Flash graphics do not alter the fundamental flaws of todays R1200GS — just too darn big and heavy.

  • Gary

    Nice looking machine. Still, it makes me wonder how much longer BMW will hold on to the beak style treatment. At some point even the faithful will see it for the superfluousness that it is.

  • Paulo

    Kinda looks old and tired, lipstick on a pig. Still, it appeals to its core 50+ lawyers and doctors. It was cool but with all the other options……..it’s lost something, not to mention how expensive it is to buy and maintain.

  • Alam R

    That bike looks very very cool… I didn’t want to like it. But I do.

  • Just a KLR

    An Africa Twin with standard trans is less than 20 pounds lighter than a stock R1200GS, If the AT has the “dual clutch trans” it actually weighs MORE than a stock R1200GS. Start adding stuff to them and they BOTH go up accordingly. Saying an AT is better due to weight really isn’t a valid argument. As far as ‘vulnerable” there are aftermarket crashbars and skid plate sets that the skid plate mounts to the crashbars not to the bottom of the motor. As far as picking one up (remember very close to the same weight)… the AT will lay down flatter than a GS on GOOD crashbars so the ” vulnerability” might actually be actually a
    plus.

  • Mike S

    Africa Twin with MT wet is 49 lbs less than GS wet…DCT cuts the difference down to 26

  • Just a KLR

    You are looking at the GS Adventure which weighs more mostly due to increased fuel capacity and I think at least some crash bars. Check the weights again this time check the GS not the GSA