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BMW Group Malaysia has unveiled the all-new BMW R 1200 GS, the latest addition to the Gelande Sport or GS family after the F 800 GS and F 700 GS. With new full-LED headlight and redesigned boxer engine as main features, the new R 1200 GS is ready to set the benchmark further in the travel enduro segment. 

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Apart from the trademark ‘beak’ above the front wheel, the new R 1200 GS features a triple-section front panel carrier made of magnesium, resulting in a 60 percent weight reduction over previous model. Providing utmost comfort for both rider and pillion are the adjustable seats with two height and tilt angle options. The passenger seat can be moved closer to the rider while the increased gap from the topcase enables the pillion to lean back for a more relaxed ride.

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The new R 1200 GS is also the first motorcycle in the world to feature full-LED main headlight, which comprises of two LEDs for low and high beam, along with an additional four LEDs for the daytime running lights (DRL) and side lights. While the DRL comes as standard for both Dynamic and Touring package, the full-LED headlight is only available for the Dynamic package.

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The redesigned 1,170 cc flat twin engine is combined with a six-speed gearbox planted in the engine housing to produce 125 hp at 7,700 rpm and 125 Nm of maximum torque at 6,000 rpm. For the first time in a GS motorcycle, an E-gas system, which is an electromotive throttle actuator is fitted as standard. The system works by transferring throttle command directly to the engine control system via a sensor in the accelerator twist grip.

Dynamic ESA, a semi-active suspension system is fitted to monitor the vertical movement of both front and rear wheels. The sensor adapts the damping automatically while the Dynamic ESA adjusts the springs struts at both ends via electrically controlled regulation valves. This allows the bike to navigate through uneven off-road terrains steadily.

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Another new addition the R 1200 GS is a multiple wet clutch with eight friction discs, as opposed to the single-disc dry clutch used in the previous model. With an anti-hopping mechanism, the clutch system prevents hopping of the rear wheel under heavy breaking or during downshifting.

Apart from standard ABS and Automatic Stability Control (ASC), the R 1200 GS also comes with five riding modes, namely ‘Rain’, ‘Road’, ‘Dynamic’, ‘Enduro’ and ‘Enduro Pro’. Each mode features three different E-gas and ABS settings, and four ASC settings.

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With new 120/70 R19 (front) and 170/60 R17 (rear) tyre dimensions, the new R 1200 GS now offers a wider contact area for efficient cornering and traction. The weight-optimised 10-spoke alloy wheels are also enlarged by 3 inches at the front and 4.5 inches at the back.

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Available in Alpine White, Racing Red, Blue Fire and Thunder Grey Metallic, the all-new BMW R 1200 GS is yours at RM125,000 for the Touring Package and RM128,800 for the Dynamic Package, on the road without insurance.


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