BMW Updates The R1200 Range For 2017

Updates For The 2017 R1200R, R1200GS, & R1200RT

Updated August 13, 2018

If you’re after something from the R1200 range for 2017, you might want to take a look through these updates and upgrades first! Thanks to the new Euro4 regulations, you might find that an older model might be more to your tastes instead. BMW has recently announced the new upgrades and updates for their R1200 range for 2017. Like most manufacturers, BMW have had to make changes to their current model line up to bring them in line with the new, strict Euro4 regulations that will come in at the beginning of next year. The 2017 R1200R, R1200GS Adventure, R1200RT and R1200RS have all received changes to reduce their overall noise and emissions, and all of them have been fitted with side lights.

The real necessary technical updates include adding a new judder damper for the transmission shaft, an updated drum actuator, new transmission shafts and a new shaft bearing. The R1200 series will also have a new on-board display indicator (OBD) as per Euro4 instructions. That’s all for the “across the board” changes, but each individual model will also receive changes of its very own, but mainly in the form of color changes.

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The R1200GS and GS Adventure:

Both GS models will be fitted with a brand new instrument panel, and the Ocean Blue paint scheme will no longer be available from 2017 onward – however, the Triple Black will be added to the roster as a special edition model.

Interestingly, for GS enthusiasts, you can now pick up a Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde exhaust for your bike. While this isn’t a BMW update, it’s not a bad addition. The silencers come in Nomad Carbon Steel and Nomad Black versions; they’re simple to install, and add up to 5.4 hp at 5,500 rpm. They’re available for all R1200GS and GS Adventure machines from the model year 2010 to the present incarnation.

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The R1200 RT:

In terms of paintwork, the R1200 RT will lose the Ebony metallic and San Marino Blue metallic finishes, but Carbon Black metallic and Alpine White have been added to the roster. More importantly though, the R1200 RT now comes with more extras than before, including ABS-Pro, a dynamic brake light, and an optional Riding Modes Pro setting.

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The R1200 R:

The 2017 R1200R receives the same changes as mentioned above, but the color choices are changing. Cordoba Blue and Light White will be discontinued, but Racing Red will be a new option.

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The R1200 RS:

The R1200RS 2017 model will also get the ABS-Pro treatment, as well as the dynamic brake light. The Granite Grey paint option will also be discontinued.

So that’s the 2017 R1200 range in summary. If you’re happier without the ABS upgrades, or want a wider color choice, perhaps an older model is a better choice for you?


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