2013 R1200 GS (Water Cooled)
August, 2019: I no longer own this bike
July 2013: on the ride home from the dealer
The farkling started before the new bike arrived. Here’s the list of things obtained/modifications made to date. The list is in date sequence, newest entry at the top.
2019-05-02Replacement bar risers
2014-08-04Side stand foot extension, 2nd try
2014-05-27Custom cordura bags
2014-05-10Hyperpro Steering Damper
2014-01-25Garmin Montana GPS wiring
2014-01-02Mountain Sun Tank Pannier Comparison
2013-12-24BMW special tools
2013-12-08Wunderlich tank kneepads
2013-11-14Touratech Passenger Seat Bag
2013-10-16Hornig Radiator Protection
2013-08-22Mt Sun Tank Panniers
2013-08-16Bending the sidestand tang
2013-08-05Sidestand Foot Plate
2013-08-04BMW Enduro Brake Pedal
2013-08-04Shift lever adjusted
2013-08-02BMW Enduro Footpegs
2013-07-31Touratech Luggage Rack Extension
2013-07-30Enduro Pro mode enabled
2013-07-24Personalized license plate assigned to bike
2013-07-20Alaska Leather Buttpad
2013-07-18Fuzeblock and Hella Fog lights
2013-07-17More wiring for electical farkles
2013-07-17Touratech handguards Also shows old GPS mounted on the handlebars.
2013-07-16Touratech under rack tail bag
2013-07-15Wiring for electrical farkles
2013-07-11License plate storage area
2013-07-05Headlamp Protection Film
2013-07-02Skene Design P3 Lights
2013-06-08SW Motech Light Bar
2013-05-20Hepco & Becker Crash Bars
2013-05-17Holan Nomada Panniers
2013-04-23Wunderlich Handlebar Bag
I’ve created a Service checklist for things that need doing on this bike during the 6K and 12K service periods. I am not 100% sure it is accurate. I’m making it available in pdf format. link
New rear tire
New front tire
42,000 miles service
2018-09-15 [41,150 miles]
2018-03-31 [38,034 miles]
New rear tire
2017-11-04 [36,473 miles]
2017-09-20 [36,152 miles]
36,000 mile service
2017-09-19 [36,152 miles]
2017-04-19 [32,612 miles]
Steering damper repair
2017-03-07 [31,875 miles]
Clutch switch issue
2016-09-22 [29,884 miles]
30,000 mile service
2016-07-08 [27,589 miles]
New front tire
2015-11-23 [24,096 miles]
24,000 mile service
2015-09-23 [23,080 miles]
2015-09-14 [22,348 miles]
New rear tire
2015-06-26 [20,797 miles]
Weeping water pump
2015-06-18 [20,602 miles]
replace fog lamps
2015-04-26 [18,716 miles]
replaced headlamp, patched rear tire
2015-03-25 [17,808 miles]
18,000 miles service and new front tire
2014-07-31 [13,072 miles]
New rear tire
2014-07-08 [12,462 miles]
Gearbox seal ring recall complete
2014-07-02 [12,372 miles]
Cam timing adjustment
2014-06-20 [12,072 miles]
12,000 mile service
2014-06-19 [12,072 miles]
Recall Notice (pdf)
2014-05-28 [10,525 miles]
2014-03-22 [7,644 miles]
2014-01-11 [6,164 miles]
6000 mile service
2013-12-19 [5,666 miles]
Replace left combo switch and fuel filler cap (warranty)
2013-09-11 [2,327 miles]
Drive shaft to final drive boot replaced (warranty)
2013-07-23 [685 miles]
600 mile service by dealer
2013-07-10 [8 miles]
New bike prep by dealer
Thursday, July 11 2013 [8 miles]
Eight miles were on the odometer when I left the dealer parking lot. There were 60 miles on the odometer by the time I pulled into the garage. Tomorrow I’ll mount the panniers and then ride some more, time permitting. I’ve already scheduled the first service for the 23rd. I’ll probably wait until after the first service before installing the crash bars.
More farkles have been ordered.
New bike ordered
Sometimes called an R1200GSW by BMW. The W is for Water Cooled
That’s a BMW press photo of a 2013 R1200 GS in Alpine White. Mine will look similar—I’ve ordered wire wheels this time around.
On March 28th I took a test ride on the new water cooled GS. There was nothing wrong with my ‘05 model save that it was 8 years and almost 80,000 miles old. If I didn’t like the test ride I could always keep the ‘05. Not that I expected that to happen. The ride was about an hour long covering city streets, twisties, and a few miles of interstate. The route was Mountain View to Page Mill to Skyline to 84 to Sand Hill to I280 and back to Mountain View.
throttle response: Wow. No hesitation or delay. First time I blipped the throttle to down shift I discovered that it doesn’t take much wrist action to generate lots of RPM.
torque and power. The engine pulls. It pulls down low and it pulls up high. Well, as high as I took the test bike, anyway. This bike doesn’t need a booster plug or accelerator module to behave at low RPM.
overall feel. The bike may be 15-20 lbs heavier but it felt lighter than my current GS. This is not a fair comparison as I probably had 50 pounds of farkles on the ‘05 GS.
windshield. It seems to work. Adjustability is nice.
riding position. Comfortable. My knees fit better than they do on the current bike. Not a big difference, but noticeable. I might not need risers with this bike.
LCD pannel. The information is easier to read than my ‘05 GS and there is more info. Not sure how it will be in bright sun, though.
cruise control. It works. It’s all electonic (like the throttle) so it doesn’t add any extra friction to the throttle.
turn signal switch gear. I much prefer the old style paddles; the kind the press has been railing about since they were first introduced.
speedo. The layout of the speedo is such that only 90º of arc are used to cover 0-60 MPH. That puts the numbers close together which requires a smaller font than I’d like. Tach is OK.
shift lever/side stand. There is a tang on the side of the side stand to make deployment easier. My big feet hits the tang when I try to bring my foot in close to get under the shift lever. What works is to point my toes in and down to get them under the shifter without getting the side of my foot too close. I may be able to adjust the lever/pegs to minimize this. Or I can bend the tank out of my way.
heated grip control. Would be nicer if it was in a different location. I think I went from 30 MPH to 50 MPH (in a 25 MPH zone) accidently twisting the throttle to reach the control. Related: It is hard to go only 25 MPH on this bike.
highbeam control. The location of the control had me inadvertantly turning on the high beam when I turned off the cruise control.
The dislikes are mostly minor things that I’ll get used to. Minor enough that an order was submitted to BMW with just the options I wanted. The bike I ordered will be built sometime in May… 8 years to the month after my ‘05 GS. All I have to do now is wait (and start creating my farkle list).
What I ordered
- 2013 BMW R1200GS in Alpine White
- Cruise Control
- Enduro ASC and Riding Modes
- Saddle Bag Mounts
- Wire wheels
- Dynamic ESA
- Heated Grips
What I didn’t order
- On Board Computer Pro
- Hand Protection
- Chrome Exhaust
- GPS Preparation
- Tire Pressure Monitor
- LED Headlight
R 1200 GSW Order Timeline
- Jul 11 — Picked up bike from dealer
- Jul 2 — Dealer has been invoiced for the bike. Should be here soon.
- Jun 24 — Bike arrives in New Jersey
- Jun 11 — Bike leaves Bremerhaven on a container ship
- May 30 — Still in “150 - Production Started” status; I have the VIN
- May 11 — Dealer reports that the bike I ordered is in production.
- Mar 31 — First farkle ordered (aluminum panniers)
- Mar 28 — Bike ordered