BMW Motorrad Philippines formally launched the ots most rugged adventure bike yet, the BMW GS R1200 Rallye during the 4th Ilocos Sur Invitational Ride last December 1 at the Heritage City of Vigan.
The Rallye is one of two packages for the R1200 GS optimized for more rugged off-road use. The Exclusive package, on the other hand, is tailored more for road use and will be offered later in the year.
This latest GS Rallye is the product of 35-years of dominance in the adventure riding market by BMW. It integrates the advances in motorcycle technology all put together in one perfect ride 'anywhere' bike.
A good many new features were put onto this “most capable GS to date.” The GS Rallye distinguishes itself with paintwork in Lupine Blue metallic. Over-painted deco elements on the fuel tank sides are in BMW Motorsport colors and the frame in hued in Cordoba Blue. Finally, the black drivetrain serves to contrast the colors to create the sportiest series production GS of all time.
In addition to the riding modes like Dynamic, Dynamic Pro, Enduro and Enduro Pro as well as Dynamic Traction Control, the new Hill Start Control prevents the GS from rolling backwards on gradients.
The new GS Rallye is geared more towards off-road ridability. Off-road performance is significantly improved with modifications to the spring rate (“for harder-riding suspension”), longer spring struts and extended spring travel. Besides the chassis changes, this is also evident from the sport low-cut windshield to the Rallye seat, down to the wide enduro footrests; bendable brake and shift pedals and knobby tires; high-quality stainless steel radiator guards and cross-spoked wheels.
Finally, the new GS Rallye is also made safer with the new dynamic brake function. The light warns traffic behind with normal brake lights, but automatically activate the hazard lights when the bike comes to a full stop. These remain active until the vehicle accelerates back up to a speed of at least 20 km/h.
One of the first units of the new R1200 GS Rallye was presented to the event’s host, former Congressman and avid motorcycle enthusiast, Ronald Singson, by BMW Motorrad Philippines Director, Gil Balderas, in celebration of his birthday last November.
The new R1200 GS Rallye will be offered at an introductory SRP of PhP 1.480M for the Standard Suspension version; PhP 1.495M for the Low Suspension option and PhP 1.540M for the Sport Suspension package. The final price may still vary depending on additional options and customizations you wish to install.