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Topspeed review the BMW R1200GS Adventure Triple Black

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The BMW R1200 GS Adventure is already considered one of the coolest cross motorcycle in its class, but with the addition of a the special Triple Black version, the model became even cooler. Thanks to the Triple Black treatment the R 1200 GS Adventure Triple Black is without a doubt a true eye catcher.

The Triple Black model is finished in a tasty combination of sapphire black, granite grey and asphalt grey. Moreover, the seat of the R 1200 GS Adventure has a special and exclusive feature as it is available for the first time without the GS symbol.

The BMW R1200GS is powered by a flat twin (’Boxer’) 4-stroke engine, DOHC engine with a capacity of 1,170 cc. The engine is rated at 110 hp (81 kW) at 7,750 rpm and 89 ft-lb (120 Nm) of torque at 6,000 rpm.

Wherever you are, get ready for it: whether taking a quick trip to the nearest mountains or setting off for a different continent to discover faraway new cultures. Range is not a problem with a tank capacity of 8.7 gallons. Robustness? The G 1200 GS Adventure looks as if it had invented the term - and it certainly has defined it in the motorcycle world.

This is partly due to the range of features which have become almost as legendary as the bike itself. On this machine you can take potholes with 1" more clearance than on the R 1200 GS. Perfect ergonomics, optimum gearing for every terrain. And a chassis which - whether fully loaded or not - will allow you to thrill your pillion passenger as well as surprise anyone ahead of you. Stone chip? Falls? Protectors! Ride on! The special equipment features off-road ESA and ASC continue to be unsurpassed. Unstoppable is their motto.

The bike’s unstoppable character is further enhanced with the new DOHC engine*, which first displayed its impressive performance in the legendary HP2 Sport. For the R 1200 GS Adventure, torque was given higher priority than output in line with practical considerations. And you can feel it. 88 ft-lb of torque at the peak at 6000 rpm is one thing, but the consistently higher level of torque in the relevant range up to 5000 rpm can be fully experienced. The output has been increased to 110 hp at 7750 rpm.

The supreme riding pleasure is underscored by a powerful sound from the new exhaust system with exhaust flap which will everyone will love – so take a test ride now!

  • DOHC = Double Overhead Camshaft, two overhead camshafts per cylinder

Whether company car park or Bedouin village - the special model R 1200 GS Adventure Triple Black is not only at home everywhere in the world, it also guarantees an impressive appearance at all times. Three differing black tones make the look of the R 1200 GS Adventure Triple Black extra special.

The painted parts are finished in Sapphire Black metallic, and the fork and engine are anodised in black. The bike’s refined overall appearance is rounded off by the rear frame and wheel suspension in Asphalt Grey metallic, the cylinder head cover in Granite Grey metallic and silver knee protectors made of aluminium. The seat has a special premiere feature: it is available for the first time without the GS symbol.

The exclusive Triple Black design makes the R 1200 GS Adventure Triple Black a real eye-catcher as well as a highlight in the long enduro history of BMW Motorrad.

Engine Type Air/oil-cooled flat twin (’Boxer’) 4-stroke engine, two camshafts and four radially aligned valves per cylinder, central balancer shaft
Bore x stroke 101 mm x 73 mm
Capacity 1,170 cc
Rated output 110 hp (81 kW) at 7,750 rpm
Max. torque 89 ft-lb (120 Nm) at 6,000 rpm
Compression ratio 12.0 : 1
Mixture control / engine management Electronic intake pipe injection / BMS-K+ digital engine management with overrun fuel cut-off, twin spark ignition
Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3
Maximum speed over 125 mph (200 km/h)
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h 51 mpg, at a constant 55 mph
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h 51 mpg, at a constant 55 mph
Clutch Single dry plate clutch, hydraulically operated
Gearbox Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth
Drive Shaft drive
Alternator three-phase alternator 720 W
Battery 12 V / 14 Ah, maintenance-free
Fuel type Unleaded super and premium.
Frame Two-section frame consisting of front and rear sections, load- bearing engine-gearbox unit
Front wheel location / suspension BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 41 mm, central spring strut, spring pre-load with 5-position mechanical adjustment
Rear wheel location / suspension Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW
Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable
Suspension travel front / rear 8.2/8.6 inches (210 mm / 220 mm)
Wheelbase 59.4 inches (1,510 mm)
Castor 3.5 inches (89 mm)
Steering head angle 65.2°
Wheels Cross-spoke wheels
Rim, front 2.50 x 19"
Rim, rear 4.00 x 17"
Tyres, front 110/80 R 19
Tyres, rear 150/70 R 17
Brake, front Dual disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 305 mm, 4-piston fixed calipers
Brake, rear Single disc brake, diameter 265 mm, double-piston floating caliper
ABS Optional extra: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral), can be switched off
Length 88 inches (2,240 mm)
Width (incl. mirrors) 39 inches (990 mm)
Height (excl. mirrors) 60 inches (1,525 mm)
Seat height, unladen weight 35.0/35.8 inches (890/910 mm)
Inner leg curve unladen weight
Unladen weight road ready, fully fuelled 1) 564 lbs (256 kg)
Dry weight 2) 496 lbs (225 kg)
Permitted total weight 1,047 lbs (475 kg)
Payload (with standard equipment) 482 lbs (219 kg)
Usable tank volume 8.7 gallons (33.0 liters)
Reserve Approx. 1 gallon (4.0 liters)


Totalmotorcycle ---- "The exclusive Triple Black design makes the R 1200 GS Adventure Triple Black a real eye-catcher as well as a highlight in the long enduro history of BMW Motorrad"

Bikez ---- "Some journeys you can tell are going to be tough just by looking at the map - but the reality is always going to be tougher. And that´s where the new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure comes into its own. However far you have to go, whatever the terrain, this is a motorcycle that will never let you down."

Bikeglam ---- "a special model of the R 1200 GS Adventure Triple Black is not only a home anywhere in the world, provides a striking appearance at all times."

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