BMW R 1200 GS
BMW R 1200 GS Triple Black: Who’ll dare?
The Triple Black adventure bike is the latest from BMW.
The BMW GS is a modern two-wheeled icon. It single-handedly converted the motorcycle market from ’90s crotch rockets to something with a little more flair and practicality. While many purists bemoan the fact that ‘adventure’ bikes like these mostly see just a quick trip to Starbucks or your local coffee hangout, it cannot be doubted that the way the GS has transformed the motorcycle landscape is nothing short of extraordinary.
It is the bike of the noughties. When motorcycles took the leap into generic ‘do anything’ machines, the GS decided that ‘doing anything’ is a class of its own. Here is a bike that is equally at home on a twisty mountain road as it is on a twisty dirt trail or a highway cruise. That it’s a jack of all trades and master of, well, all, is part of what has made it so special to many people. Most enthusiasts don’t have many complaints about it apart from one thing—the industrial styling.
It has always had a polarizing design aesthetic. Some people swear by it, while others have never been a fan of the uniquely asymmetrical headlight and a design that put function over form. Riders, for the most part, love the bike; those who have more of a four-wheel inclination have mixed feelings on the design. It can be argued that the lines are too busy, that the looks belie the idea that a motorcycle should be a sleek machine carving the roads with aplomb. But this would be missing the point. The GS, which started the ‘beak’ craze in the adventure market, remains one of the purest expressions of two-wheeled adventure. Just a quick glance at all the details of the bike and one realizes how functional everything is. Even if you’re riding it for a quick trip to the shops, you still feel that, adding a bit of luggage, you’d be able to take a cross-country adventure into the unknown.
Surprisingly, though, despite a plethora of various combinations of colors over the years, the GS has never actually had a stealth option. Until now, that is.
BMW Motorrad Philippines has just introduced the R 1200 GS Triple Black. With a name that looks more suited for Scotch than for a motorcycle, this sleek combination of Blackstorm Metallic and Agate Gray will have anyone doing a double take at the sheer badassery of it all.
The aggressive look is achieved through the application of gray on the front and rear frames to provide contrast against the mainly black bike. The central fuel-tank cover, storage compartment lid, front mudguard, engine, gearbox, and swing arm are done up in either black or Blackstorm Metallic. The 850mm high seat comes equipped with an embossed ‘GS’ logo.
While the Triple Black generally has the same equipment as the regular R 1200 GS (it’s also powered by BMW’s signature 125hp 1,170cc twin-cylinder boxer engine mated to a six-speed gearbox), an overlooked difference is that it ditches the regular GS’s rims for spoked rims. Those in the know would realize that these spokes add oodles of off-road credibility to what is already a very capable motorcycle. In fact, these rims seem to have come off the much more expensive GS Adventure line of motorcycles, effectively putting the Triple Black on the middle ground between the regular GS and the Adventure in terms of specifications and equipment.
The Triple Black has a P30,000 premium over the regular R 1200 GS, bringing the list price to P1.445 million. On paper, this seems like a lot of money for what is mainly a cosmetic upgrade, but when your hard-earned cash can buy you what can only be described as attitude on wheels, then you know it’s money well spent. If the general rule is that money can’t buy you road presence, this here is one heck of an exception.
The GS’s intimidating stance is already enough for it to rule the road