"MO" Sonderheft Review - From BMW Site
The namesake and successor of the well-known K 1200 GT inherits the drive and chassis concept of the K 1200 S - as befits the idea of ´Gran Turismo´:
"Comfort and power combined - this is the concept behind Gran Turismo. The new BMW K 1200 GT is nearer to this ideal than ever." The fact that it shares the name of its predecessor may seem confusing at first. "But on closer inspection it becomes clear that the new model is by no means a revision. (...) Technologically speaking, the new K 1200 GT is a K 1200 S optimised for long distance travel."
The innovative concept with transverse 4-cylinder engine and unique Duolever front wheel control is virtually identical to the older model. The nominal maximum output is capped in favour of a fuller torque curve, however. Instead of 167 bhp as in the S, the state-of-the-art injection engine still produces 152 bhp. "Anyway, 130 Nm maximum torque should be sufficient to accelerate this 280-kilo machine in road-ready condition with rider and passenger."
The official maximum speed "over 200 km/h" is modest: over 250 km/h would be realistic. A sophisticated aerodynamic design created in the wind tunnel keeps unavoidable turbulence under control while an electrically adjustable windshield enables individually optimised wind and weather protection. As compared to the K 1200 S the GT offers more ample trim, and the rear frame has been reinforced for frequent use with two people and luggage.
Other comfort features are the adjustment functions for seat and handlebars. A lower seat will be optionally available - even heatable on request. Panniers in body colour and ABS come as standard. The luggage system uses the well-established components already familiar from the R 1200 RT, with the addition of a top case and fuel tank bag.
A wide range of special equipment features and accessories offer many additional possibilities: "The familiar ESA is particularly recommended: it allows the suspension to be adjusted to load and riding style at the press of a button. The on-board computer with extended cockpit functions including oil level and ice warning function certainly looks good in a GT. The cruise control might be useful on long stretches of highly. And an interesting extra treat is on offer for the K 1200 GT too: blue and white xenon light. BMW colours for added prestige at night - priceless!
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