Water-Cooled BMW GS Revealed Next Month

Water-Cooled BMW GS Revealed Next Month

BMW Motorrad has confirmed the next generation water-cooled boxer engine will appear in the successor to the R1200GS with a world premiere scheduled for the upcoming Intermot show. The international motorcycle, scooter and bicycle fair will take place in Cologne, Germany from October 3-7, 2012.

“The ‘BMW GS’ concept has embodied riding pleasure and the desire for adventure for over 30 years,” says BMW Motorrad. “The unique integrated concept of the big travel enduro bike with boxer engine, complete with its authentic charm and a powerful, high-torque engine, is loved by legions of motorcycle fans all over the world. BMW now begins a whole new chapter in GS history: the most popular travel enduro in the world has been brought to perfection.”

Spy shots of the future water-cooled GS undergoing testing.


While we’ve been discussing the upcoming water-cooled boxer for the past two years (see Spring 2010 issue), the final displacement and name of the upcoming model are not known. From the photos of the engine castings (see Summer 2011) and spy shots, we can see the engine heads have been rotated with cylinder intake at the top and exhaust at the bottom. A radiator fan has been visible on the leading edge of the tank. Other changes include the shaft drive moved to the left side and radial brakes.

BMW will also premiere to the public their new on- and off-road parallel twins, the BMW F800GS and F700GS as well as their newest ‘high performance’ super bike, the BMW HP4.

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