BMW R1200GS

And this is BMW’S sump­tu­ously equipped ad­ven­ture tourer

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Stan­dard ma­chine gets a makeover

Like the Ral­lye the Ex­clu­sive TE has a Euro 4-com­pli­ant en­gine, a re­vised shaft drive and gear­box and, for 2017, clever self-lev­el­ling Dy­namic ESA and im­proved DTC – same as the Ral­lye.

Pre­vi­ously you could switch the GS’S damp­ing be­tween soft, medium and hard. Now the damp­ing ad­just­ment is done au­to­mat­i­cally, adapt­ing to your rid­ing by read­ing nu­mer­ous sen­sors mea­sur­ing such as lean an­gle, brake pres­sure, speed, pitch and so on. In ba­sic terms the ESA is con­tin­u­ally re-ad­just­ing and au­to­mat­i­cally keep­ing the bike level – ‘self-lev­el­ling’. Brake heav­ily into a turn and the sys­tem will increase the front’s damp­ing; ac­cel­er­ate hard and it will increase damp­ing on the rear. Over bumps and im­per­fec­tions it’s re­ally im­pres­sive, with no­tice­ably im­proved com­fort and ride qual­ity.

My only crit­i­cism is that the new ESA takes away the nat­u­ral feel­ing you get from the BMW’S front tyre. In ex­treme, hard-rid­ing sit­u­a­tions it’s hard to feel the rub­ber work­ing. But you soon learn to trust the cor­ner­ing ABS and ex­cel­lent DTC, which is now lean an­gle sen­si­tive.

The new ESA sys­tem changes the damp­ing on the move but not the spring preload, which is ad­justed au­to­mat­i­cally but only when sta­tion­ary. If a pil­lion jumps on the back the sys­tem quickly works this out and adds more preload on the rear.

The next-gen­er­a­tion ESA and DTC both increase com­fort and safety, and the au­to­matic preload will make a huge dif­fer­ence if you’re al­ways adding lug­gage or a pil­lion. Just when you think the GS can’t get any more ad­vanced, it does. BMW have im­proved on per­fec­tion.

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