BMW’s iconic R1200 GS continues to set the benchmark for “Gelande/Strasse”—German for off-road/road—motorcycles as the 2013 rendition of the biggest, baddest GS was unleashed last year. Last week, this trendsetting motorrad marked its official entry into the country as Philippine BMW distributor Asian Carmakers Corp. (ACC) released the latest model.

As of launch time, ACC said all the new GS models—with prices ranging from P1.295 million to P1.360 million—have been sold, with the bikes that have yet to arrive already spoken for as well.

And that isn’t actually difficult to believe because the new R1200 GS has increased overall touring and off-road performance, improved noise and exhaust emission levels, and has received better active and passive safety features, all without neglecting the model’s established virtues—the typical GS styling included.

It now packs a newly designed air- and liquid-cooled—this time around with a glycol-water mix that BMW said dissipates heat better—boxer engine that has a vertical through-flow. This twin-pot, outputting 125 horsepower at 7,700rpm and 125 Newton-meter of torque at 6,500rpm, propels 238 kilograms of machinery. It bolts on to a six-speed gearbox that sends grunt to the wheel through a cardan shaft drive located on the bike’s left side,

The latest GS also gets an “electromotive throttle actuator” dubbed E-gas, a first for the bike line, which is basically a ride-by-wire system. A completely new tubular all-steel bridge frame with a bolt-on rear frame cradles the bike. Its brakes have been extensively revised, too, with Brembo monobloc brake calipers in front and a larger disc at the rear—ABS-kitted, of course.

Along with a long—really long—list of options and rider equipment, the latest GS flaunts four fancy paintjobs to choose from, all of which suitably distinct enough to conquer the planet with.

But the biggest news is the new multi-mode selector that allows the GS five different riding personalities. It works with the three different E-gas settings that vary engine characteristics, and is linked to an Automatic Stability Control designed specifically for enduro use. To make full use of all these systems, a semi-active suspension adapts to the selectable profiles—Rain, Road, Dynamic, Enduro, Enduro Pro—of the five riding modes.

This motorrad has got multiple personalities.


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