BMW R1200GS Rallye
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