Rider's Manual
R 1200 GS
BMW Motorrad
The Ultimate
Riding Machine

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    Rider's Manual R 1200 GS BMW Motorrad The Ultimate Riding Machine...

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    Motorcycle data/dealership details Motorcycle data Dealership details Model Person to contact in Service department Vehicle identification number Ms/Mr Phone number Colour code Date of first registration Dealership address/phone number (com- Registration number pany stamp)

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    The right to modify designs, equipment and accessories is reserved. Errors and omissions excepted. © 2010 BMW Motorrad Not to be reproduced either wholly or in part without written permission from BMW Motorrad, After Sales. Printed in Germany.

  • Page 4: Fuel, Tyre Pressures

    2.2 bar, one-up, tyre cold 2.5 bar, two-up and/or with luggage, tyre cold Tyre pressure, rear 2.5 bar, one-up, tyre cold 2.9 bar, two-up and/or with luggage, tyre cold BMW recommends *01418520391* Order No.: 01 41 8 520 391 02.2010, 2nd edition *01418520391*...

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    We congratulate you on your choice of a motorcycle from We hope that you will enjoy rid- BMW and welcome you to the ing your BMW and that all your community of BMW riders. journeys will be pleasant and Familiarise yourself with your new safe.

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Standard warnings ..24 Equipment ....7 BMW Motorrad Integral Warnings issued by the on- Technical data .

  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Front-wheel stand ..124 Brake system with BMW Bulbs ..... . 125 Wheels and tyres .

  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    11 Service ....161 BMW Motorrad service ..162 BMW Motorrad service quality ..... 162...

  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    General instructions Overview ......6 Abbreviations and symbols ..6 Equipment .

  • Page 10: Overview, Symbols, Abbreviations And Symbols

    BMW optional ex- overview of your motorcycle. All tras originally ordered. Indicates the end of an maintenance and repair work on item of information.

  • Page 11: Equipment, Technical Data, Currency

    (DIN). Versions for individual items of custom equipment. This countries may differ. Rider's Manual describes option- Currency al extras (OE) offered by BMW and selected optional accessor- The high safety and quality ies (OA). This explains why the standards of BMW motorcycles...

  • Page 13: General Views

    General views General view, left side ....11 General view, right side ... . . 13 Handlebar fitting, left .

  • Page 15: General View, Left Side

    General view, left side Adjuster, spring preload, front ( Adjustment of windscreen Adjuster for headlight beam throw (underneath the instrument panel) Clutch-fluid reservoir 116) Type plate (on frame, be- hind side cover) Seat lock ( Power socket ( Adjuster for damping char- acteristic, rear suspension Engine oil level indicator 109)

  • Page 17: General View, Right Side

    General view, right side Adjuster for spring preload, rear ( Fuel filler neck ( Brake-fluid reservoir, front 114) Vehicle Identification Num- ber (VIN) (on steering-head bearing) Air filter (behind right side panel) ( 131) Engine-oil filler neck 110) Brake-fluid reservoir, rear 115)

  • Page 18: Handlebar Fitting, Left

    Handlebar fitting, left Control for the odometer Operation of the clock with on-board com- puter Operating the on-board computer ( with BMW Motorrad In- tegral ABS II Operating the ABS with Automatic Stability Control Operating ASC ( with Electronic Suspen-...

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    Headlight flasher and high- beam headlight (...

  • Page 20: Handlebar Fitting, Right

    Handlebar fitting, right Emergency off switch (kill switch) ( Starter button ( with heated handlebar grips Grip heating control Flashing turn indicators, right ( Hazard warning flashers Cancel button, flashing turn indicators ( Pushbutton, cancel hazard warning flashers (...

  • Page 21: Underneath The Seat

    Underneath the seat Rider's Manual Battery ( 135) Standard toolkit ( 108) Payload table (in tool tray) Tyre pressures table (in tool tray) Helmet holder (...

  • Page 22: Instrument Panel

    Instrument panel Speedometer Rev. counter Telltale lights ( Warning lights ( Multifunction display Ambient-light brightness sensor (for adapting the brightness of the instru- ment lighting) with anti-theft alarm (DWA) Anti-theft alarm telltale light (see the instructions for use for the anti-theft alarm) Control for the odometer Operation of the clock The instrument-cluster...

  • Page 23: Headlight

    Headlight Low-beam headlight High-beam headlight Side light...

  • Page 25: Status Indicators, Standard Status Indicat

    Status indicators Standard status indicators ..22 Status indicators with on-board computer ......23 Status indicators with tyre pressure monitoring (RDC) .

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    Standard status Telltale lights level, before the reading is up- dated. indicators Gear indicator Multifunction display The gear engaged or for neutral appears on the display. If no gear is engaged, the 'neutral' telltale light also lights up. Flashing turn indicators, Engine temperature gauge left reading...

  • Page 27: Board Computer, Status Indicators With

    1 is shown briefly consult a specialist workshop, serviced at a date in advance after the Pre-Ride Check com- preferably an authorised BMW of the forecast due date. If the pletes. In this example the read- Motorrad dealer.

  • Page 28: Standard Warnings

    Standard warnings Mode of presentation Status-indicator panel of Tyre-pressure readout the on-board computer The figures shown in the Warnings are indicated by the tyre-pressure readings are 'General' warning light 1 show- Status indicators temperature-compensated (see ing in combination with a warning with tyre pressure the section entitled "Engineering word, for example 2 or in com-...

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    The possible warnings are listed on the next page.

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    Warnings, overview Warning light Status indicators Meaning EWS ! Lights up yellow appears on Electronic immobiliser active ( the display FUEL ! Lights up yellow appears Fuel down to reserve ( on the display Lights up yellow Appears on the dis- Engine in emergency-operation mode play Flashes red...

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    Refuelling ( 85). placed, preferably by an au- mode. thorised BMW Motorrad dealer. You can continue to ride, but Engine in emergency- bear in mind that the usual en- Fuel down to reserve operation mode gine power might not be avail- The "General"...

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    BMW Motorrad Top up the engine oil. the engine or the ABS. This can dealer. result in dangerous situations. Possible cause: If possible, do not continue your Insufficient engine oil The engine-oil pressure is insuffi- journey. pressure cient.

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    The LED rear light must be with on-board computer replaced. Consult a specialist Bulbs defective workshop, preferably an author- The "General" warning light ised BMW Motorrad dealer. shows yellow. Front light bulb defective LAMPS ! appears on the dis- LAMPF ! appears on the dis- play.

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    Warnings, overview Warning light Status indicators Meaning Appears on the dis- Engine-oil level too low ( play Check Oil pears on the dis- play Appears on the dis- Ice warning ( play...

  • Page 35: Abs Warnings

    Seek the advice of a specialist ABS warnings workshop, preferably an author- The detailed descriptions relating ised BMW Motorrad dealer. Mode of presentation to BMW Motorrad Integral ABS with BMW Motorrad Integral start on page ( 90), and you Ice warning ABS II...

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    Warnings, overview Warning light Status indicators Meaning Flashes Self-diagnosis not completed ( Lights up ABS deactivated ( Lights up ABS fault (...

  • Page 37: Asc Warnings

    The detailed descriptions relating lead to an ABS fault ( 91). The ABS warning light to BMW Motorrad ASC start on Have the fault rectified as comes on. page ( 92), and you will find...

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    an overview listing the possible warnings on the next page.

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    Warnings, overview Warning light Status indicators Meaning Quick-flashes yel- Appears on the dis- ASC intervention ( play Quick-flashes yel- Appears on the dis- Off-road ASC intervention ( play Slow-flashes Self-diagnosis not completed ( Slow-flashes Self-diagnosis in off-road mode not completed ( Appears on the dis- ASC deactivated ( play...

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    The "General" warning light Pull away slowly. The ASC workshop, preferably an author- quick-flashes yellow. warning light must go out with- ised BMW Motorrad dealer. in a few metres. The off-road ASC symbol appears on the display. If the ASC warning light contin-...

  • Page 41: Rdc Warnings

    The rider has switched off the Have the fault rectified as ASC system. quickly as possible by a with Automatic Stability Con- specialist workshop, preferably trol an authorised BMW Motorrad Activating ASC function dealer. 61). RDC warnings ASC fault The "General" warning light...

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    The detailed descriptions relating to BMW Motorrad RDC start on page ( 94), and you will find an overview listing the possible warnings on the next page.

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    Warnings, overview Warning light Status indicators Meaning Lights up yellow Tyre symbol ap- Tyre pressure close to limit of permitted pears on the dis- tolerance ( play. The critical tyre pressure flashes. Flashes red Tyre symbol ap- Tyre pressure outside permitted toler- pears on the dis- ance ( play.

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    Measured tyre pressure is close Check the tyre for damage and authorised BMW Motorrad to the limit of permitted toler- to ascertain whether the mo- dealer. ance. torcycle can be ridden with the...

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    RDC specialist workshop, preferably toms. Under these circum- readings. Assume that a per- an authorised BMW Motorrad stances: manent fault has not occurred dealer. Have the fault rectified by a unless the 'General' warning...

  • Page 46: Anti-theft Alarm Warnings

    Seek the advice of a specialist ing light 1 showing after the Pre- workshop, preferably an author- Ride Check and relate to the ca- ised BMW Motorrad dealer. pacity of the internal battery that supplies power to the anti-theft alarm.

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    Warnings, overview Warning light Status indicators Meaning DWALO ! appears Anti-theft alarm battery weak ( on the display DWA ! Lights up yellow appears on Anti-theft alarm battery flat ( the display...

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    Seek the advice of a specialist proportion of its original capa- workshop, preferably an author- city. There is no assurance of ised BMW Motorrad dealer. how long the anti-theft alarm can remain operational if the motor- cycle's battery is disconnected.

  • Page 49: Operation

    Front and rear seats ....71 BMW Motorrad Integral ABS ..59 Helmet holder ..... . 73 Automatic Stability Control ASC .

  • Page 50: Lock

    Pre-ride check is performed. Electrically powered accessor- with topcase ies remain operational for a lim- If you wish you can arrange to with BMW Motorrad Integral ited period of time. have the cases and the top- ABS II The battery can be recharged case fitted with locks that can via the socket.

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    You can obtain replacement/extra unit has recognised the key as keys only through an authorised "authorised" for your motorcycle. BMW Motorrad dealer. The keys are part of an integrated security A spare key attached to system, so the dealer is under an...

  • Page 52: Clock

    Clock reading appears on the display. Setting clock with on-board computer Attempting to set the clock while riding the motorcycle with tyre pressure monitoring can lead to accidents. (RDC) Set the clock only when the mo- torcycle is stationary. Switch on the ignition. Press and hold down the but- without on-board computer ton until the hours number 3...

  • Page 53: Tripmeters

    Odometer and with on-board computer tripmeters with tyre pressure monitoring Select the readings (RDC) Switch on the ignition. without on-board computer without tyre pressure monitor- ing (RDC) Repeatedly press the button until the value you want ap- pears in panel 3. The following values can be dis- played: Press button 1.

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    without on-board computer with on-board computer without tyre pressure monitor- ing (RDC) with tyre pressure monitoring (RDC) The residual-range readout 1 in- dicates how far you can ride with the fuel remaining in the tank. This reading is not displayed until Press and hold down button 1 fuel level has dropped to reserve.

  • Page 55: On-board Computer, Tyre Pressure Monitoring

    The calculated range is an Ambient temperature approximate value. Con- sequently, BMW Motorrad re- commends that you should not try to use the full residual range before refuelling. On-board computer with on-board computer The following values can be dis- Select the readings...

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    drops below this threshold for Average consumption the first time. Average speed Press and hold down button 1 until the average-speed reading Average consumption 1 is cal- is reset. culated by dividing the distance covered since the last reset by Average speed 1 is calculated the corresponding amount of fuel on the basis of the time elapsed...

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    Range when the motorcycle is on the move. The calculated range is only an approximate reading. Consequently, BMW Motorrad recommends that you should not try to use the full range before refuelling. Oil level Press and hold down button 1...

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    In this Repeatedly press button 1 un- case, consult your authorised The readings mean: til the tyre-pressure readings BMW Motorrad dealer. : Oil level is correct. appear on the display. CHECK Tyre pressure : Check the oil level the next time you stop for fuel.

  • Page 59: Lights

    ing on the right is the rear tyre When the engine is not Parking light -- -- pressure. appears dir- running you can switch on Switch off the ignition. ectly after the ignition is switched the lights by switching on the ig- on, because the sensors do not nition and either switching on the transmit tyre pressures until the...

  • Page 60: Turn Indicators, Hazard Warning Flashers

    Turn indicators Operating flashing turn indicators Switch on the ignition. The turn indicators are can- celled automatically after you have ridden for approxim- ately 10 seconds, or covered a distance of about 200 m. Press left section of switch 1 Press button 2 to switch on to switch on the auxiliary head- the right flashing turn indicator.

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    Emergency off switch If you press a turn-indicat- or button with the ignition (kill switch) switched on, the turn-indicator function is activated instead of the hazard warning flashers, and remains active until you release the button. The hazard warning flashers recommence flashing as soon as the button is released.

  • Page 62: Operating Grip Heating

    is low, grip heating is switched off to ensure the battery's start- ing capability. Normal operating position The handlebar grips have two- (run) stage heating. Stage two is for heating the grips quickly: it is ad- Engine switched off. visable to switch back to stage You cannot start the engine Set switch 1 to the desired one as soon as the grips are...

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    Integral function ensures that comes on. the rear wheel is also braked and ABS control remains active for with Automatic Stability Con- with BMW Motorrad Integral the rear wheel. ABS control for trol ABS II the rear wheel is not deactivated...

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    ASC function The off-road ASC symbol Operation remains visible or continues Switch on the ignition. The BMW Motorrad ASC sys- to flash. You have the option of de- tem can be deactivated and ac- The off-road ASC function is...

  • Page 65: Seat Height

    Seat height To switch off ASC, press and The ASC symbol no longer hold down button 1 until the shows; if ASC self-diagnos- Adjusting seat height ASC symbol changes status. is has not completed the ASC Remove the front seat ( 72).

  • Page 66: Windscreen, Clutch

    Windscreen Clutch Adjusting windscreen Adjusting clutch lever If the position of the clutch fluid reservoir is changed, air can enter the clutch system. Do not twist the handlebar fitting or the handlebars. Attempting to adjust the clutch lever while riding the The front seat can work motorcycle can lead to accidents.

  • Page 67: Brakes, Mirrors

    Mirrors between the clutch lever and handbrake lever unless the mo- the handlebar grip. torcycle is at a standstill. Adjusting mirrors Turn adjusting screw 1 counter-clockwise to reduce the span between the clutch lever and the handlebar grip. The adjusting screw is easi- er to turn if you push the clutch lever forward.

  • Page 68: Handlebars, Spring Preload

    Slacken nut 2. workshop, preferably an author- Turn the mirror arm to the ap- ised BMW Motorrad dealer. propriate position. Tighten the nut to the spe- Spring preload cified tightening torque, while Setting...

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    It is essential to set spring pre- Spring preload at front load of the rear suspension to wheel suit the load carried by the mo- torcycle. Increase spring preload Spring preload at setting 3 when the motorcycle is heavily (For riding on gravel tracks loaded and reduce spring preload and similar and with load) accordingly when the motorcycle...

  • Page 70: Damping

    If you want to increase spring preload, turn knob 1 in the dir- ection indicated by the HIGH arrow. Basic setting of spring preload, rear without Electronic Suspen- sion Adjustment (ESA) You can ascertain the current Your motorcycle's hand- Turn the knob as far as it setting by counting the num- ling will suffer if you do not will go in the LOW direction,...

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    An increase in spring preload Adjust the damping character- Basic setting of rear-sus- requires firmer damping, a re- istic, using the tool from the pension damping charac- duction in spring preload re- on-board toolkit to turn adjust- teristic quires softer damping. ing screw 1.

  • Page 72: Justment Esa

    Electronic Suspension Calling up settings function display, and spring pre- load in panel 2. Adjustment ESA Switch on the ignition. with Electronic Suspension Ad- The setting shows briefly, then justment (ESA) disappears automatically. Possible adjustments Adjust the suspension damping Electronic Suspension Adjust- ment ESA provides a convenient Switch on the ignition.

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    Repeatedly press button 1 until then automatically disappears from the display. the setting you want to use appears on the display. Adjust spring preload If a road-riding mode has been Start the engine. selected the following can be displayed: You cannot adjust spring preload while the motor- COMF : comfort mode...

  • Page 74: Tyres, Headlight

    The riding modes you can select ling characteristics and increase Tyre pressure, front also change accordingly. the rate of tyre wear. Always check that the tyre pres- Predominantly smooth ter- sures are correct. 2.5 bar (two-up and/or with rain luggage, tyre cold) At high road speeds, tyre Uneven terrain valves installed perpen-...

  • Page 75: Front And Rear Seats

    BMW Headlight beam-throw Motorrad dealer. adjustment Headlight beam throw and spring preload Headlight beam throw is gener- ally kept constant when spring preload is adjusted to suit load. Spring preload adjustment might not suffice only if the motorcycle Neutral position is very heavily loaded.

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    Install the front seat Turn the key clockwise in seat Turn the key counter-clockwise lock 1 and hold it in this pos- in seat lock 1 and hold it in this Position the front seat with ition while pressing down the position while pressing down mounts 4 in holders 5 on left front part of rear seat 2.

  • Page 77: Helmet Holder

    Engage the rear seat in The helmet catch can mounts 6. scratch the panelling. Press down firmly on the front Make sure the lock is out of the of the rear seat until it engages way when you hook the helmet with an audible click.

  • Page 79: Riding

    Riding Safety instructions ....76 Checklist ......78 Starting .

  • Page 80: Safety Instructions

    When riding over with case the year. Your authorised BMW kerbs and similar obstacles, bear Ensure that the case volumes Motorrad dealer will be glad to in mind that your motorcycle's on the left and right are equal.

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    with tank rucksack Settings of the spring-strut and Payload of cases shock-absorber system Note the maximum permissible Imbalanced load payload of the tank rucksack and the speed limit for riding Loose clothing see label in case with a tank rucksack on the Insufficient tyre pressure Maximum permissible motorcycle.

  • Page 82: Checklist

    Risk of poisoning Stop the engine immediately if Tampering it misfires. Exhaust fumes contain carbon Tampering with motor- Use only unleaded fuel. monoxide, which is colourless cycle settings (e.g. elec- Comply with all specified main- and odourless but highly toxic. tronic engine management unit, tenance intervals.

  • Page 83: Starting

    BMW Motorrad Integral slightly when starting the engine. the side stand. ABS II At ambient temperatures below ABS self-diagnosis is 0 °C, disengage the clutch after...

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    ABS II The engine starts. CHECK! appears on the dis- BMW Motorrad Integral ABS per- Consult the troubleshooting play. forms self-diagnosis to ensure its chart below if the engine re- operability. Self-diagnosis is per- If the 'General' warning light does fuses to start.

  • Page 85: Running In

    The ABS warning light ASC self-diagnosis BMW Motorrad ASC performs completed flashes. self-diagnosis to ensure its op- erability. Self-diagnosis is per- The ASC symbol no longer ABS self-diagnosis formed automatically when you shows. completed switch on the ignition. If an indicator showing an ASC...

  • Page 86: Off-roading

    Enduro reading 0...200 km) tend stopping distance by a attachment kit available from significant margin. <6500 min (Odometer your authorised BMW Motorrad Apply the brakes in good time. reading 200...400 km) dealer. <7500 min (Odometer Tyres Rims reading 400...600 km)

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    After off-roading The brake pads will wear Air filter element more rapidly if you ride fre- BMW Motorrad recommends Engine damage due to quently on unsurfaced tracks or checking the following after riding clogged air filter element. poor roads. the motorcycle off-road:...

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    ABS II situations: To optimise stopping distance, Riding in the rain or through BMW Motorrad Integral ABS pre- apply the front brakes rapidly and puddles of water. vents the front wheel from lock- keep on increasing the force you ing up.

  • Page 89: Parking Your Motorcycle, Refuelling

    Parking your Refuelling On a gradient, the motorcycle should always face uphill; se- motorcycle Fuel is highly flammable. A lect 1st gear. naked flame close to the Side stand fuel tank can cause a fire or ex- Centre stand Switch off the engine. plosion.

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    onto the road surface. This could Recommended fuel cause a fall. grade Do not overfill the fuel tank. Premium plus unleaded Leaded fuel will destroy the 98 ROZ/RON catalytic converter. 91 AKI Use only unleaded fuel. Refuel with fuel of the grade alternative fuel grade stated below;...

  • Page 91: Transportation

    Usable fuel capacity approx. 20 l Reserve fuel approx. 4 l Press the fuel tank cap down The motorcycle can topple Risk of damaging compon- firmly to close. and fall on its side. ents. Remove the key and close the Make sure that the motorcycle Take care not to trap protective cap.

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    At the rear, secure the straps to the rear footrests on both sides and tighten the straps. Tighten all the straps uniformly; the motorcycle's suspension should be compressed as tightly as possible front and rear.

  • Page 93: Engineering Details

    Integral ABS ......90 Electronic engine management with BMW Motorrad ASC ....92 Tyre pressure monitoring RDC ..94 Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA .

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    Do not attempt burn-outs. is maintained irrespective of the with BMW Motorrad Integral condition of the road surface. How does ABS work? ABS II What are the effects of...

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    Motorrad Integral ABS? tual circumstances, the system pulled. Within the limits imposed by reacts instantly and adjusts brak- physics, the BMW Motorrad In- Rear wheel lift ing force accordingly to achieve tegral ABS ensures directional optimum braking. Under very severe and sudden stability on any surface.

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    Motorrad ASC of maintenance. iary stand, engine idling or with In order to ensure that the BMW with Automatic Stability Con- a gear engaged. Motorrad Integral ABS is always trol...

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    Self-diagnos- Motorrad ASC? ity for assessing road and traffic is has to complete before fault BMW Motorrad ASC is designed conditions and adopting his or messages can be issued. as an assistant system for the her style of riding accordingly.

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    15 minutes after the The BMW Motorrad ASC is un- tyres, with the result that ASC motorcycle comes to a stop. able to control a situation of this...

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    In order to ensure rapid adjust- The tyre-pressure readings the value in the table. ment at ambient temperatures shown by the multifunction below 0 °C, BMW Motorrad re- display are temperature- commends adjusting the sus- compensated; the reference tyre pension to the setting for two-up...

  • Page 100

    Off-road settings um. It can be used, for example, The Enduro ESA developed spe- in terrain where the likelihood of cially for the R 1200 GS incor- having to negotiate bumps and porates the road-riding modes holes in the ground necessit-...

  • Page 101: Accessories

    Accessories General instructions ....98 Power sockets ..... . 98 Case .

  • Page 102: General Instructions, Power Sockets

    BMW motorcycles Power sockets are shut down proved by BMW for this purpose. without constituting a safety haz- automatically under the following Genuine BMW parts and ac- ard. Country-specific official au-...

  • Page 103: Case

    remains operational if the igni- Opening cases tion is subsequently switched off. The power sockets are switched off approximately 15 after the ig- nition is switched off, in order to prevent overloading of the on- board electrics. Cable routing The cables from the power sock- Push yellow button 4 down ets to the auxiliary devices must and at the same time open the...

  • Page 104

    Adjusting case volume Remove the cases Open the case and remove all its contents. Closing the carry handle while the case lock is in Turn key 1 in the case lock to line with the forward direction of right angles with the forward travel can result in damage to the direction of travel.

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    Take a firm grip of the handle and lift the case out of the holder. Installing cases Open locking lever 4. Fully open latching flap 6, if ne- cessary pulling up red release lever 5. Open locking lever 4. Pull red release lever 5 up. Latching flap 6 pops up.

  • Page 106: Topcase

    carriers 7, noting the locking Opening topcase lever at the side. Close locking lever 4. Close the carry handle. Turn key 1 in the topcase lock Turn the key parallel with the to the vertical position. Push latching flap 6 down as direction of travel and remove.

  • Page 107

    Closing the carry handle while the topcase lock is horizontal can result in damage to the locking tongue. Make sure that the topcase lock is vertical when you close the carry handle. Close carry handle 3. The handle engages with an Push yellow button 4 forward Engage pivot lever 1 at the audible click.

  • Page 108

    Removing topcase Installing topcase Pull red lever 4 back as far as it will go. Turn key 1 in the topcase lock Fully open latching flap 5, if Latching flap 5 pops up. to the vertical position. necessary pulling red release Fully open latching flap 5.

  • Page 109: Luggage Carrier

    Luggage carrier Extra-large luggage platform By removing the luggage carrier with the rear seat removed and cases (OA) installed, you have a large, flat luggage platform to which you can secure bulky items of luggage in various ways. Engage the topcase in front Push latching flap 5 fully When loading, make sure that holders 6 of the topcase carrier...

  • Page 110

    Remove screws 1 on left and Place the luggage rack in posi- right. tion. Remove screw 2. Install screw 2 with the sleeve and the washer and tighten to Remove the sleeves and wash- the specified torque. ers. Install screws 1 with the Remove the luggage carrier.

  • Page 111: Maintenance

    Maintenance General instructions ....108 Toolkit ......108 Engine oil .

  • Page 112: Toolkit, General Instructions

    Some of the work calls for spe- plain tips cial tools and a thorough know- Replacing turn indicat- ledge of motorcycle technology. or bulbs, front and rear If you are in doubt consult a spe- 128). cialist workshop, preferably your authorised BMW Motorrad deal-...

  • Page 113: Engine Oil

    Extension for hook wrench Switch off the engine when it is Hook wrench BMW Motorrad has assembled at operating temperature. Adjusting spring preload a tools service set that is ideal Make sure the ground is level for front wheel ( 65).

  • Page 114

    110). If the oil level is above the MAX mark: Have the oil level corrected by a specialist workshop, preferably an authorised BMW Motorrad dealer. Check the oil level in oil-level Wipe the area around the filler indicator 1. neck clean.

  • Page 115: Brake System

    0.5 l (Difference Have the brakes checked by a between MIN and MAX) specialist workshop, preferably an authorised BMW Motorrad Checking engine oil level dealer. 109). Install the cap of the oil filler Check the front brake pad neck.

  • Page 116

    Have the brake pads replaced by a specialist workshop, preferably an authorised BMW Motorrad dealer. Visually inspect the brake pads Brake-pad wear limit, Checking rear brake pad to ascertain their thickness.

  • Page 117

    Have the brake pads replaced by a specialist workshop, preferably an authorised BMW Motorrad dealer. Shaft 1 with three marker rings 2 Brake-pad wear limit, Brake-pad wear is between the brake pads.

  • Page 118

    MIN mark. (Brake-fluid reservoir horizontal, motorcycle up- right) If the brake fluid level drops be- low the permitted level: Have the defect rectified as quickly as possible by a spe- cialist workshop, preferably an authorised BMW Motorrad dealer.

  • Page 119

    (for example replacing brake pads or changing brake fluid). Consult a specialist workshop, preferably an authorised BMW Motorrad dealer.

  • Page 120: Clutch

    If the pressure point is not clearly perceptible: Have the clutch checked by a specialist workshop, preferably Check the clutch fluid level in Brake fluid level, rear an authorised BMW Motorrad reservoir 1. dealer. Wear of the clutch causes Checking clutch fluid level DOT4 brake fluid the fluid level in the clutch fluid reservoir to rise.

  • Page 121: Rims And Tyres

    Do not attempt to top up the wear marks. an authorised BMW Motorrad system with fluids of any kind. dealer. Tyres have wear indicators Have the defect rectified as...

  • Page 122: Wheels

    Tyre recommendation calculations. Any change in these (RDC) For each size of tyre BMW influencing variables, caused for Motorrad tests and classifies example by a switch to wheels as roadworthy certain makes.

  • Page 123

    Remove securing screws 2 of sensor. Be sure to draw the rim that could be scratched in the left and right brake calipers. attention of the authorised BMW the process of removing the Motorrad dealer or specialist brake calipers. workshop to the fact that the wheel is fitted with an RDC sensor.

  • Page 124

    BMW Motorrad Integral ABS II Release axle clamping screw 2. Remove spacing bushing 4 from the left-hand side of the Remove quick-release axle 3, front-wheel hub. while supporting the wheel. Remove screw 1 and remove the ABS sensor from its bore.

  • Page 125

    Roll the front wheel into posi- with BMW Motorrad Integral threads can suffer damage. tion between the front forks. ABS II Always have the security of the fasteners checked by a specialist workshop, preferably an author- ised BMW Motorrad dealer.

  • Page 126

    Make sure that the sensor bedded. cable is routed correctly. with BMW Motorrad Integral Make sure that the sensor ABS II cable is routed as shown here. Install securing screws 2 on...

  • Page 127

    Parts of the exhaust system The wheel studs for the ised BMW Motorrad dealer. can be hot. cross-spoked wheel (op- tional extra) and the cast alumini- Do not touch hot parts of the Seat the rear wheel on the um wheel differ in length.

  • Page 128: Front-wheel Stand

    BMW Motorrad Centre the front-wheel stand Tightening sequence: tight- front-wheel stand. relative to the front wheel and en in diagonally opposite push it against the front axle.

  • Page 129: Bulbs

    Bulbs in the section entitled "Technical data". General instructions A warning appears in the multi- Replacing low-beam/high- function display if a bulb is de- beam headlight bulb fective. If the brake or rear light The positions of the plug, fails, the symbol is accompan- the spring retainer and the ied by the 'General' warning light, bulb might not be as illustrated...

  • Page 130

    cover 2 by turning the cover Replace the defective bulb. counter-clockwise. Do not touch the glass of new bulbs with your fingers. Use a clean, dry cloth to hold the bulbs when handling them. Dirt deposits, in particular oil and grease, interfere with heat radi- ation from the bulb.

  • Page 131

    Replacing parking-light bulb Make sure the ground is level and firm and place the motor- cycle on its stand. Switch off the ignition. Turn the handlebars all the way to the right Install plug 3. Pull the bulb out of the bulb socket.

  • Page 132

    Bulb for parking light W5W / 12 V / 5 W Install bulb carrier 1 in the Remove screw 1. headlight housing. Replacing turn indicator bulbs, front and rear Make sure the ground is level Install the bulb in the bulb and firm and place the motor- socket.

  • Page 133

    Bulbs for flashing turn indicators, front RY10W / 12 V / 10 W with LED turn indicators LED / 12 V Bulbs for flashing turn indicators, rear Turn bulb 2 counter-clockwise Working from the inboard side, and remove it from the bulb insert the glass into the bulb RY10W / 12 V / 10 W housing.

  • Page 134

    LEDs. Consult a specialist workshop, preferably an authorised BMW Disconnect plug 2. Replace fuse 4 for right head- Motorrad dealer. light or fuse 5 for left headlight, as applicable.

  • Page 135: Air Filter

    Air filter Remove the air filter Make sure the ground is level and firm and place the motor- cycle on its stand. Remove the front seat ( 72). Connect plug 2. Remove screw 1. Remove two screws 2. Pull the side panel at 3 out of the retainer and remove.

  • Page 136

    Installing air filter Push out both retainers 1 by Position the air intake pipe on pressing at rear. the air filter housing and push it Insert air filter 3 into the air fil- into holder 2. Pull the intake air pipe out of ter housing at the top.

  • Page 137: Jump Starting

    Hold the fuel-tank cover in po- Push side cover 1 into the two Cylinders not synchronised. sition and install two screws 5. mounts. Make sure the throttle-valve Install the front seat ( 72). cable is correctly routed. Check that the throttle-valve Jump starting cable is seated in guide 4 of The wires leading to the...

  • Page 138

    A short-circuit can res- The spring-strut screw can ult if the crocodile clips be used as an alternative to of the jump leads are accident- the battery's negative terminal. ally brought into contact with the Run the engine of the donor motorcycle.

  • Page 139: Battery

    If you switch on the igni- BMW Motorrad has de- tion and the multifunction Compliance with the points be- veloped a float charger spe- display and telltale lights fail to...

  • Page 140

    Remove the front seat ( 72). electrics. with your motorcycle's electron- Remove the rider's manual, if Use BMW chargers with the ics. If this happens, disconnect applicable. part numbers 71 60 7 688 864 the battery from the on-board (220 V) or, as applicable, systems and connect the charger 71 60 7 688 865 (110 V).

  • Page 141

    If you want to have the date set Then remove the protective consult a specialist workshop, Engage the retainer at the bot- cap and disconnect positive preferably an authorised BMW tom, push it over the battery lead 1. Motorrad dealer. and install screw 3.

  • Page 142

    Slip the holder underneath the tank cover and install screws 1. Insert the rider's manual, if ap- plicable. Install the front seat ( 72). Setting clock ( 48).

  • Page 143

    Care Care products ..... 140 Washing motorcycle ....140 Cleaning easily damaged compon- ents .

  • Page 144: Care Products, Washing Motorcycle

    Apply the brakes in good time Washing motorcycle until the brake discs and brake BMW Motorrad recommends pads have dried out. that you use BMW insect re- mover to soften and wash off insects and stubborn dirt on...

  • Page 145: Components

    Do not use cleaning agents. agents, the surfaces can be dam- aged. Chrome Do not use cleaning agents that Use plenty of water and BMW contain alcohol, solvents or ab- shampoo to clean chrome, par- Use only proprietary motorcycle rasives to clean plastic parts.

  • Page 146: Paint Care, Protective Wax Coating, Laying Up Motorcycle

    BMW Motorrad recommends ever, as otherwise the paint can Take care not to bend the fins applying only BMW car wax or be affected or become discol- when cleaning the radiator. products containing carnauba oured. Substances of this nature wax or synthetic wax.

  • Page 147

    BMW Motorrad dealer. Com- bine work for laying up/restoring to use with a BMW service or inspection. Restoring motorcycle to use Remove the protective wax coating.

  • Page 149: Technical Data

    Technical data Troubleshooting chart ... . . 146 Riding specifications ....159 Threaded fasteners ....147 Engine .

  • Page 150: Troubleshooting Chart

    Troubleshooting chart Engine does not start or is difficult to start Possible cause Remedy Emergency off switch (kill switch) Kill switch in operating position Side stand Retract the side stand ( Gear engaged and clutch not disengaged Select neutral or pull clutch lever ( Clutch pulled before ignition was switched on Switch on the ignition, then pull the clutch lever No fuel in tank...

  • Page 151: Threaded Fasteners

    Threaded fasteners Front wheel Value Valid Brake caliper to slider tube M8 x 32 - 10.9 30 Nm Clamp screw of quick-release axle M8 x 35 19 Nm Quick-release axle in axle holder M24 x 1.5 50 Nm Rear wheel Value Valid Rear wheel to wheel carrier...

  • Page 152

    Mirror arm Value Valid Mirror to adapter Locknut, M10 x 1.25 - 4.8 22 Nm Mirror adapter to clamping block M10 x 14 - 4.8 25 Nm Frame Value Valid Luggage carrier to rear frame M6 x 35, Replace screw 8 Nm Micro-encapsulated...

  • Page 153: Engine

    Engine Engine design Four-stroke opposed twin, air-cooled with oil- cooled exhaust ports, installed longitudinally, two overhead camshafts and four radially positioned valves per cylinder, electronic engine manage- ment. Displacement 1170 cm Cylinder bore 101 mm Piston stroke 73 mm Compression ratio 12.0 : 1 Nominal output 81 kW, at engine speed: 7750 min...

  • Page 154: Fuel

    Premium unleaded (slight power- and consumption-related restrictions) 95 ROZ/RON 89 AKI with regular unleaded (RON 91) Regular unleaded (power- and consumption-re- lated restrictions) 91 ROZ/RON 87 AKI Usable fuel capacity approx. 20 l Reserve fuel approx. 4 l BMW recommends BP fuels...

  • Page 155

    Engine oil Engine oil, capacity max 4.0 l, with filter change of products recommended by BMW Motorrad and generally admissible viscosity classes Castrol GPS SAE 10W-40, API SG / JASO MA ~-20 °C SAE 5W-40, API SF / ACEA A2, or better ~-20 °C...

  • Page 156: Transmission, Clutch

    Clutch Clutch type Single-plate dry clutch Transmission Gearbox type Helical 6-speed gearbox with integral reaction damper, claw-action shift by sliding sleeves Gearbox transmission ratios 1,737, Primary transmission ratio 2.375 (38:16 teeth), 1st gear 1.696 (39:23 teeth), 2nd gear 1.296 (35:27 teeth), 3rd gear 1.065 (33:31 teeth), 4th gear 0.939 (31:33 teeth), 5th gear 0.848 (28:33 teeth), 6th gear...

  • Page 157: Rear-wheel Drive, Running Gear

    2.910 (32:11 teeth) Running gear Front wheel Type of front suspension BMW Telelever, with anti-dive top fork bridge, leading link pivot-mounted on engine and tele- scopic forks, central spring strut supported by leading link and front frame Spring strut, front, type Central spring strut with coil spring and twin-tube gas-filled shock absorber;...

  • Page 158

    Rear wheel Type of rear suspension Cast-aluminium single swinging arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever Type of rear suspension Central spring strut with coil spring, adjustable re- bound damping and hydraulically adjustable spring preload with Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) Central spring strut with coil spring, electrically...

  • Page 159: Wheels And Tyres

    Wheels and tyres Recommended tyre sets You can obtain an up-to-date list of approved tyres from your authorised BMW Motorrad dealer or on the Internet at "www.bmw-motorrad.com". Front wheel Front wheel, type Cast wheel with 5 double spokes, MT H2...

  • Page 160: Electrics

    Electrics Electrical rating of on-board socket with extra socket max 5 A, Total for all sockets Fuses Electronic fuses protect the circuits. If an elec- tronic fuse trips and de-energises a circuit, the circuit is active as soon as the ignition is switched on after the fault has been rectified.

  • Page 161: Frame

    Bulb for tail light/brake light LED / 12 V Bulbs for flashing turn indicators, front RY10W / 12 V / 10 W with LED turn indicators LED / 12 V Bulbs for flashing turn indicators, rear RY10W / 12 V / 10 W with LED turn indicators LED / 12 V Frame...

  • Page 162: Dimensions

    Dimensions Length of motorcycle 2210 mm, Across luggage carrier Height of motorcycle 1450 mm, To top of windscreen when lowered, at DIN unladen weight with lowered suspension 1420 mm, To top of windscreen when lowered, at DIN unladen weight Width of motorcycle 940 mm, Across handlebars Front-seat height 850...870 mm, At unladen weight...

  • Page 163: Weights, Riding Specifications

    Weights Unladen weight 229 kg, DIN unladen weight, ready for road 90 % load of fuel, without optional extras Permissible gross weight 440 kg Maximum payload 211 kg Riding specifications Top speed >200 km/h...

  • Page 165: Service

    Service BMW Motorrad service ... . 162 BMW Motorrad service quality ..162 BMW Motorrad mobility services - roadside assistance ....162 BMW Motorrad service network .

  • Page 166: Bmw Motorrad Service, Quality, Ance

    To ensure that your BMW is al- BMW Motorrad mobility ably an authorised BMW Motor- ways in optimum condition, BMW rad dealer.

  • Page 167: Network, Maintenance Work

    BMW Service place to look after you and your vice is approaching, on the basis The BMW Service is carried out motorcycle in more than 100 of the programmed values. once a year; the extent of servi- countries.

  • Page 168: Ance Work

    Confirmation of maintenance work BMW Pre-delivery BMW Running-in Check Check Completed Completed Odometer reading Next service at the latest or, if logged beforehand, Odometer reading Stamp, signature Stamp, signature...

  • Page 169

    BMW Service BMW Service BMW Service Completed Completed Completed Odometer reading Odometer reading Odometer reading Next service Next service Next service at the latest at the latest at the latest or, if logged beforehand, or, if logged beforehand, or, if logged beforehand,...

  • Page 170

    BMW Service BMW Service BMW Service Completed Completed Completed Odometer reading Odometer reading Odometer reading Next service Next service Next service at the latest at the latest at the latest or, if logged beforehand, or, if logged beforehand, or, if logged beforehand,...

  • Page 171

    BMW Service BMW Service BMW Service Completed Completed Completed Odometer reading Odometer reading Odometer reading Next service Next service Next service at the latest at the latest at the latest or, if logged beforehand, or, if logged beforehand, or, if logged beforehand,...

  • Page 172

    BMW Service BMW Service BMW Service Completed Completed Completed Odometer reading Odometer reading Odometer reading Next service Next service Next service at the latest at the latest at the latest or, if logged beforehand, or, if logged beforehand, or, if logged beforehand,...

  • Page 173: Confirmation Of Service

    Confirmation of service The table is intended as a record of maintenance and repair work, the installation of optional accessories and, if appropriate, special campaign (recall) work. Item Odometer Date reading...

  • Page 174

    Item Odometer Date reading...

  • Page 175

    Position on the motorcycle, 17 Accessories Overview, headlights, 19 General instructions, 98 Warning, charge current, 28 Replacing auxiliary-headlight Air filter BMW Motorrad service, 162 bulbs, 130 Installation, 132 Brake fluid Replacing fuses for auxiliary Position on the motorcycle, 13 Reservoir, front, 13...

  • Page 176

    Electrics Frame Case Technical data, 156 Technical data, 157 Operation, 99 Emergency off switch (kill Front-wheel stand Checklist, 78 Installing, 124 switch), 16, 57 Clock, 22 Fuel Engine Adjusting, 48 Filler neck, 13 Starting, 79 Control, 14, 18 Fill-level indicator, 22 Technical data, 149 Clutch Refuelling, 85...

  • Page 177

    Telltale lights, 22 High-beam headlight Lights Control, 14 Auxiliary headlights, 55 Underneath the seat, 17 Switching on, 55 Headlight flasher, 55 Grip heating Control, 16 Telltale light, 22 Parking light, 55 Horn, 14 Switching on high-beam headlight, 55 Handlebar fittings Switching on low-beam General view, left side , 14 Idle...

  • Page 178

    Mirrors Seat Parking, 85 Adjusting, 63 Adjusting seat height, 61 Parking light, 55 Mobility services, 162 Lock, 11 Power socket, 11 Motorcycle Removing and installing, 71 Notes on use, 98 Laying up, 142 Service, 162 Pre-ride check, 80 Service-due indicator, 23 Restoring to use, 143 Side light Multifunction display, 18...

  • Page 179

    Topcase Table of tyre pressures, 17 Technical data Operation, 102 Technical data, 155 Brakes, 154 Torques, 147 Top speed, 77 Bulbs, 156 Transmission Clutch, 152 Technical data, 152 Dimensions, 158 Vehicle identification number, 13 Transportation Electrics, 156 Lashing, 87 Engine, 149 Troubleshooting chart, 146 Warning lights, 18 Engine oil, 151...

  • Page 180

    Installing rear wheel, 123 Remove the front wheel, 119 Removing rear wheel, 122 Technical data, 155 Windscreen Adjuster, 11 Adjusting, 62...

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