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BMW R 1200 GS Adventure 2006

Submitted by on March 29, 2012 – 11:26 pmNo Comment

Boasting a capacity of 8.7 gallons and a theoretical range of over 400 miles (should you be able to maintain 56 mph), the Adventure carries 3.4 gallons more petrol than the standard R 1200 GS. Next up are the two additional flaps behind the extra-large windscreen (located just behind the screen and flanking the instrument cluster area) which are said to help reduce buffeting in the “kidney area.” By most accounts, it seems to work. Following the function-over-form philosophy are the tank/engine/valve cover crash guards. Figuring that anyone purchasing a GS is probably inclined to carry a thing or two, a stainless steel luggage rack is bolted on. Presumably, a potential GS owner will want to add the optional, if pricey hard panniers and top box that will integrate nicely with said luggage rack. A two piece, adjustable seat comes on the hopped-up GS which allows the rider to lower the seat from its level (with the rear section) 36 inch position to a 35.2 inch saddle height. Standard on the Adventure but optional on the “regular” GS are hand protectors that are attached to an aluminum handlebar.

An extra 0.8 of an inch of travel has been added, for a total of 8.7 inches at the rear and 8.3 inches up front. Attached to those suspenders are the much esteemed cross-spoke wheels. Being adaptable is a hallmark of the Adventure, and to that end the gear shift and foot brake are adjustable via an eccentric pivot and a folding spacer, respectively. While in the vicinity of the gear shift and foot brake you’ll find much wider footrests, and thanks to a modified rear frame the side and center stands are relocated and easier to use. Last, but most certainly not least, is the high-output 720 watt alternator. It’s a full 120 watts more than the standard version’s 600 watts. Auxiliary lighting, here we come.

Although most of the disparities between the standard GS and the Adventure are primarily aimed towards convenience and comfort, greater are the changes from the original Adventure model variation found on the R 1150 GS. In 2004, as most everyone should know by now, the base GS increased from an 1150 to a 1200, but the Adventure version did not change until 2006.

Starting with the heart of the beast, BMW claims a 15 percent increase in horsepower over the previous Adventure, giving the updated model 100 hp at 7,000 rpm. Torque peaks at a claimed 85 ft. lbs at 5,500 rpm. The Beemer does this by increasing the stroke to 73mm while the bore remains at 101mm, which ultimately increases displacement to 1,170 cc, up from 1,150 cc. The compression ratio increases from 10.3 :1 to 11.0 : 1.

The “biggest news surrounding the R 1200 GS’s new engine”, according to BMW press material, is the gear-driven counter balancer. They claim this is the first time such technology has ever been used in one of their opposed-twin engines, all done in the name of smoothness. Additional revamps to the old 1150 mill include a two-spark-plug-per-cylinder set-up, a new engine management system, a new EVO-Paralever and Telelever suspension system, and a six-speed transmission. The end result is a GS Adventure model that is more powerful than the previous Adventure and 27 pounds lighter.

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