2013 BMW R1200GS | US Specs & Photos

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Tom Wera
There is something about this new version of the 1200 that attracts my attention!  What do you think?
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2013 BMW R 1200 GS US Specifications

BMW Motorrad has released the official specs for its revamped 2013 R 1200 GS.

BMW’s top adventure-touring bike, which enters its ninth year of production as a 1200 model, has a wet weight of 525 lbs, and features the new 1170cc air/water-cooled boxer engine. This redesigned engine produces 125 horsepower at 7700 rpm, up 15 horsepower from the air-cooled 1170cc engine of 2012.

Other big changes include the switch to 120/70 R 19 front front tire and a 170/60 R17 rear tire (compared to 180/90 R 19 and 150/70 R17 on previous models), revised styling and a new instrument cluster, to name a few.

The photos above, which make for great wallpaper, highlight the 2013 BMW R1200GS, which is available in in four colors: Alpine White, Racing Red, Blue Fire and Thunder Grey Metallic.

2013 BMW R1200GS US Specs:


  • Type: Air/liquid-cooled four stroke flat twin engine, double overhead camshaft, one balance shaft
  • Bore x stroke: 101 mm x 73 mm
  • Capacity: 1,170 cc
  • Compression ratio: 12.5 : 1
  • Mixture control / engine management: Electronic intake pipe injection / BMS-K+ digital engine management with electromotive throttle actuator
  • Emission control: Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3
  • Alternator: three-phase alternator 580 W (nominal power)
  • Battery: 12 V / 11,8 Ah, maintenance-free
  • Gearbox: Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth
  • Clutch: oil lubricated clutch, hydraulically operated
  • Drive: Shaft drive

Chassis / Brakes:

  • Frame: Two-section frame, bolted on rear frame, load-bearing engine
  • Front wheel location / suspension: BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 37 mm, central spring strut
  • Rear wheel location / suspension: Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) via handwheel, rebound damping adjustable via handwheel
  • Suspension travel front / rear: 7.5 in/7.9 in (190 mm / 200 mm)
  • Wheels: Cast aluminium wheels
  • Rim, front: 3.500 x 19″
  • Rim, rear: 4.50 x 17″
  • Tire, front: 120/70 R 19
  • Tire, rear: 170/60 R 17
  • Brake, front: Dual floating discs, diameter 305 mm, 4-piston radial calipers
  • Brake, rear: Single disc, diameter 276 mm, double-piston floating caliper
  • ABS; Standard BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral), can be switched off for off road riding


  • Rated output: 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm
  • Max. torque: 92 lb-ft (125 Nm) at 6,500 rpm
  • Maximum speed: over 125 mph
  • Fuel consumption at constant 56mph: 57 mpg

Dimensions / Weights:

  • Wheelbase: 59.3 in (1.507 mm)
  • Castor: 3.9 in (99.6 mm)
  • Steering head angle: 64.5°
  • Length: 87.0 in (2.210 mm)
  • Width (incl. mirrors): 37.5 in (953 mm)
  • Height (excl. mirrors): 57.1 in (1.450 mm)
  • Seat height: 33.5 / 34.3 in (low seat* 32.3 / 33.1 in, lowered suspension* 31.1 / 31.9 in) *OE
  • Weight: road ready, fully fueled: 525 lbs (238 kg)
  • Dry weight: Payload (with standard equipment): 467 lbs (212 kg)
  • Permitted total weight: 992 lbs (450 kg)
  • Usable tank volume: 5.3 gal
  • Reserve: approx. 1 gal

Author: advgrrl

Avid ADV rider! This Blog is all about the adventure in adventure riding. Researching new bikes, routes, accessories, learning about other riders and hopefully a great place for others to comment and explore with me. PLUS, up and down's, wildlife, my dogs, my life!

2 thoughts on “2013 BMW R1200GS | US Specs & Photos”

  1. Love it, especially with the optional LED headlamp and its advantages for a life of vibration… definitely will consider when it comes time to part exchange my beloved F8 in a few year’s time. Spot the error in Ultimate’s report (hint—what a fat front wheel on the previous model!)

    BTW—off topic but forgot to update re Heidenau K60s which I got in the end… First 100 miles really squirrelly/unsettled, after that love love LOVE them, no noticeable difference in grip on wet/dry tarmac from the previous Pirelli Scorpions and about a million times better on dirt/mud/rocks. Excellent handling all round for my riding style (generally pretty relaxed but love a good hard muck-about now and then).

    1. Nice feedback about the K60’s. There is no perfect tire out there for every riding terrain but for everyday use this is our tire. We know we can wonder off without too many worries with this tire mounted. Even for commuting they do great in the rain and on pavement. They last so where can you go wrong? Great all purpose tire!

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