The BMW R1200GS Adventure is a legendary motorcycle that has reshaped the adventure touring segment. With its robust build, powerful engine, and advanced features, it has become a favorite among riders seeking thrilling off-road experiences. In this blog post, we will delve into a detailed review of the BMW R1200GS Adventure (2014-2017), highlighting its key features, performance, design, and overall riding experience.
BMW Motorrad has recalled approximately 14,626 of its 2014-2017 BMW R 1200 GS and BMW R 1200 GS Adventure motorcycles due to possible fork issues.
BMW Motorrad says the affected bikes may experience incidents of momentary extreme stress at the fork stanchions (top of the fork). If this happens, a gap could develop at the fork plug that connects the steering bar with the fork, causing stanchion failure.
The motorcycle fixed fork tube may separate from the pressed-in seal plug that secures the tube to the upper triple clamp. If the fork tube detaches from the sealing plug, the handling and stability of the motorcycle will be affected, increasing the risk of a crash, BMW reports.
The defect notice states, “Typically, a rattling noise will be heard and/or an oil leak will be noticed. The pressed-in seal plug can loosen in case of an incident with momentary extreme stress without notice of such damage to the user.”
Recall information states that “On March 2, 2016, an incident in Portugal was reported to BMW with a non-US 2015 BMW R 1200 GS being involved. The motorcycle was produced in December 2015 and had approximately 910 miles at the time of the occurrence. The customer was not injured. BMW Motorrad started an investigation.”
It goes on to reveal, in part, “Between March 2016 and June 2016, BMW received 105 non-US customer complaints of a gap at the front fork plug which connects the steering bar with the front fork, and 2 non-US customer complaints where the plug was completely separated. BMW requested the defective parts and analyzed them in the laboratory.
“Due to that analysis, additional damaged parts were requested and further analysis conducted. In parallel, new series parts were also tested. It was found that the damaged parts were produced with the correct material and geometry specifications and did not have any failures during parts production. It was also observed that the damaged parts had experienced plastic deformation as a result of incidents with momentary extreme stress.
“Between July 2016 and November 2016, BMW received three customer complaints from the US, and others worldwide of a gap. BMW was also made aware of one customer complaint from the US, and four others worldwide where the plug was completely separated. Further investigations were initiated. Because of these new complaints, a field analysis was requested.
“Testing concluded that the motorcycle needs to experience an extreme impact to initiate the gap. To enlarge the gap after the initial damage due to the momentary extreme stress incident, another impact with high stress is necessary (i.e., during off-road driving e.g., motocross by a highly skilled driver).
“On April 7, 2017, BMW released an improvement measure via a worldwide customer satisfaction program. In June, BMW reviewed this issue with non-US safety authorities, and on June 30, 2017, BMW decided, in an abundance of caution, to conduct a safety recall.”
On July 24, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that BMW North America issued a safety recall in the US affecting approximately 14,626 2014-2017 BMW R 1200 GS and BMW R 1200 GS Adventure motorcycles. Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) of affected units were not reported in the Safety Recall Report.
BMW has indicated it will notify owners, and dealers will add an additional fixed fork tube bush. A fork that is sufficiently damaged will be replaced with a modified new part. These repairs will be made free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin September 1, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
The NHTSA campaign number is 17V438000. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to
Design and Ergonomics
The BMW R1200GS Adventure boasts a rugged and muscular design that exudes dominance on the road. Its large front beak, tall windscreen, and high ground clearance contribute to its distinctive appearance. The bike features a comfortable and upright riding position, with a spacious seat and well-positioned handlebars, allowing riders to comfortably tackle long journeys and challenging terrains.
Equipped with a 1170cc air/water-cooled boxer engine, the R1200GS Adventure delivers an impressive amount of power and torque. With an output of 125 hp and 92 lb-ft of torque, this bike can effortlessly conquer any road or trail. The engine’s smooth power delivery and excellent throttle response make it a joy to ride, whether you’re cruising on the highway or tackling rough off-road conditions.
One of the standout features of the BMW R1200GS Adventure is its exceptional off-road capabilities. The bike’s long-travel suspension, generous ground clearance, and off-road specific tires enable it to handle even the most treacherous terrains with ease. The advanced traction control system and various riding modes further enhance its off-road performance, allowing riders to tailor the bike’s settings to match the conditions at hand.
Technology and Features
BMW has equipped the R1200GS Adventure with a range of cutting-edge technologies and features to enhance both its performance and rider comfort. Some notable features include:
- Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) system that allows riders to adjust the suspension settings on the go.
- Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) that optimizes traction and stability in different riding conditions.
- Cruise control for long-distance touring comfort.
- LED headlights and taillights for enhanced visibility.
- BMW’s proprietary ABS system that ensures safe braking in all situations.
The BMW R1200GS Adventure offers an exhilarating and immersive riding experience. Its powerful engine, responsive handling, and advanced suspension system provide a perfect balance between performance and comfort. Whether you’re embarking on a cross-country tour or exploring off-road trails, this bike offers a level of confidence and control that few others can match. The upright riding position and excellent wind protection also contribute to a fatigue-free experience, even during long hours on the road.
Maintenance and Reliability
BMW motorcycles are known for their exceptional build quality and reliability, and the R1200GS Adventure is no exception. Routine maintenance, such as oil changes and filter replacements, is relatively straightforward, and BMW’s extensive dealer network ensures that spare parts and service centers are easily accessible. Additionally, the bike’s robust construction and durable components make it highly reliable, even in demanding conditions.
Pricing and Value for Money
While the BMW R1200GS Adventure falls into the premium segment of motorcycles, it offers excellent value for money considering its performance, features, and build quality. The initial investment may be higher than some of its competitors, but the bike’s longevity and retained value make it a wise investment for serious adventure riders. Additionally, BMW’s warranty and customer support further enhance the overall ownership experience.
The BMW R1200GS Adventure (2014-2017) is a true icon in the world of adventure motorcycles. With its powerful engine, exceptional off-road capabilities, advanced features, and comfortable riding position, it provides an unmatched riding experience for enthusiasts seeking thrilling adventures on and off the road. While its premium price tag may deter some, the bike’s reliability, build quality, and long-term value make it a top choice for riders who demand the best. If you’re looking to take your adventures to new heights, the R1200GS Adventure is undoubtedly worth considering.