New BMW R1200GS Rallye Offers Improved Off-Road Performance
BMW to offer a new R1200GS Rallye package with more capability in the dirt.
In more news from EICMA this week, BMW announced a new addition to the GS portfolio, the R1200GS Rallye. For the first time, customers with off-road aspirations can give their BMW R1200GS an enduro edge with the all new ‘Rallye’ option package.
The R1200GS Rallye comes standard with a sports suspension that raises the motorcycle 0.8 inches (20mm) higher than stock for improved ground clearance. Stiffer spring rates and extended suspension travel increase the bike’s bump absorption, and provides greater stability and traction during more ambitious off-road use.
Also included in the Rallye Package are the same heavy-duty, cross-spoke, tubeless wheels (19″ front/17″ rear) from the R1200GS Adventure, fitted with optional knobby tires. In addition, a new one-piece bench seat gives the off-road rider better range of movement and is available in two colors with low, normal and high seat heights up to 35.4 inches (900 mm). Optimized ergonomics in the knee area for all 2017 models also further improve the off-road talents of the R1200GS Rallye.
The unique off-road character of the R1200GS Rallye is emphasized with Lupine Blue metallic paintwork, motorsports graphics on the fuel tank, a Cordoba Blue frame and black drivetrain. Additional off-road enhancements in the Rallye Package include wide enduro footrests, sports windshield, and stainless-steele radiator guards.
Other new options for 2017 that offer improved off-road capabilities are Hill Hold Control that helps prevent the bike from rolling backward on steep inclines and the addition of “ABS Pro” technology in “Enduro Pro” mode that utilizes lean angle data to determine the proper braking force to apply. Dynamic ESA also receives a self-leveling suspension function that automatically adjusts the suspension height depending on the bike’s load.
The new Rallye graphics look stunning and off-road enthusiasts will appreciate the performance enhancements that should make the R1200GS even more capable of handling rougher terrain.
Check out the video below to see the new R1200GS Rallye in action, plus more details about other updates for the 2017 R1200GS line.