Bike magazine, the UK’s best-selling monthly motorcycle publication, has named the 2013 BMW R1200GS the ‘Bike of the Year’. The R1200GS – the UK’s best-selling motorcycle over 125cc – won the magazine’s top award and saw off competition from over 50 new motorcycles from around the world.
Bike magazine said: “Making the ‘Bike of the Year’ selection is tough. More than 50 new bikes were launched this year. This isn’t just a pick of our favourites, it’s the bikes that appear to make the biggest leap, which re-invigorate a stale market sector and which surprised us most.”
In addition to pitching the R1200GS against rival machines in group tests, Bike magazine have completed over 12,000 miles (19,000 km) on a long-term test motorcycle, giving them the perfect opportunity to challenge it in every imaginable condition. Editor Hugo Wilson marked the award by taking the GS loaded with camping gear on a 1,000-mile ride to the Isle of Skye.
“The old R 1200 GS was brilliant, but the new one is more powerful, more agile, better equipped and more user-friendly. This latest, water-cooled model is the most radical reinvention of the 90-year-old BMW boxer line since the introduction of the oil/air cooled eight-valve engine in 1992. At a glance it looks similar to the previous model. In fact, it’s completely new.
“For dual carriageway drudgery the GS is stable, comfortable, reassuring. And brisk. On fast, flowing A-roads, it’s a treat: quick, agile, involving and utterly capable. It soaks up road irregularities and wafts along at a giddying pace. It’s not just the 125bhp that the BMW produces which is handy; it’s the way it produces. It responds to throttle like no previous boxer twin.
Adrian Roderick, General Manager for BMW Motorrad UK, said: “It is a fantastic accolade that the UK’s biggest motorcycle magazine has recognised the quality of the new R 1200 GS. Even more important is the recognition of the public, who have made the first water-cooled GS the UK’s best-selling motorcycle over 125cc so far in 2013. The new GS is a true successor to over three decades of BMW’s unstoppable adventure-sports motorcycles.”