BMW R1200GS Ral­lye

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1170cc | 224kg | 125bhp | 850mm Cash price £12,730 De­posit £2889.48 Mileage 5000pa Rate 9.9% APR Op­tional fi­nal pay­ment £7038.02

BMW have launched two vari­ants of the up­dated GS for 2017, the off-road bi­ased Ral­lye and the road-bi­ased Ex­clu­sive. The Ral­lye bridges the gap be­tween the stan­dard GS and the big Ad­ven­ture, and sets a new tone for the R1200GS fam­ily.

Those who buy a Ral­lye can go two ways: to the stan­dard road ver­sion or the even more off-road

fo­cused ver­sion, which in­cludes of­froad bi­ased rub­ber, Sports sus­pen­sion (£290), with an in­creased spring rate, and longer spring struts and ex­tended spring travel, which raises the seat height 20mm to 900mm.

Spec your bike to the max, and you can have the joys of the Pre­mium pack­age which, for £1645, in­cludes Dy­namic ESA self-lev­el­ling sus­pen­sion, key­less ig­ni­tion, on-board com­puter Pro, a GPS bracket, and cruise con­trol. An Akrapovic ex­haust adds an­other £860, while the en­gine pro­tec­tion kit adds £322, the cylin­der head cov­ers £188, the head­light guard £87, the ad­justable back brake lever £111 and milled HP levers at £95 each. All that would take the Ral­lye to a whop­ping £18,318, but you can just take the stan­dard for £149pm, and you’re un­likely to feel short on spec.

Rid­ing the Ral­lye on Span­ish lanes and trails, as well as on some proper off-road ter­rain, is an electronically en­hanced rev­e­la­tion. Se­lect­ing En­duro mode en­ables off-road ABS front and rear, while you have the DTC trac­tion con­trol con­trol­ling the rear. Con­sid­er­ing it’s 220kg of GS on dirt, you couldn’t feel safer or more se­cure.

The seat is thin­ner and the screen smaller than on a plain GS, while wide En­duro foot-pegs add ex­tra se­cu­rity.

The off-road ABS is hugely re­as­sur­ing. You can brake rel­a­tively hard on gravel or over rock and it seems to find grip with lim­ited jud­der­ing or fuss.

The DTC is equally im­pres­sive. You can dump the clutch mid-cor­ner to send the rear side­ways: it breaks slightly then the elec­tron­ics take over and pull it back in line, trans­form­ing you into an off-road god.

Most GS Ral­lye own­ers who opt for the off-road pack won’t have just re­turned from the Dakar and will sim­ply want some­thing easy to ride of­froad, and the new Ral­lye is just that. It flat­ters the av­er­age rider while be­ing a gen­uine big en­duro tool for ex­perts.

New Dy­namic ESA is very clever in­deed

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