THE ALL NEW 2016 BMW R1200GS TRIPLE BLACK

BMW announced a number of updates for its liquid-cooled boxer models. The R1200R, R1200RT, R1200RS and R1200GS all return with some minor changes while the R1200GS Adventure is also back, now with a new special edition Triple Black variant.

For 2017, all R1200 models receive judder dampers on the transmission output shaft (formerly standard equipment for just the R1200GS Adventure), along with revised selector drum actuators, transmission shafts and transmission shaft bearing. As well, 2017 models receive a new on-board diagnostics indicator light as per Euro 4 requirements.  

In the most minor of updates, the 2017 GS models receive an updated instrument panel. Apart from the new OBD indicator light, the panel has different trim and a blue line going around the inside of the speedometer and tachometer. The layout is otherwise identical to the instrument panel on previous models.

The 2017 R1200GS also gets new optional crash bars and cylinder guards similar to those found on the GSA. As for the Adventure model, it loses the Ocean Blue metallic matt color option.

It does, however, gain a Triple Black version. The central fuel tank cover, storage compartment lid and front fender are painted Blackstorm metallic, while the fuel tank side panels are a Dark Slate metallic. Topping it off is the technically not-black Agate Grey frame, and black engine, gearbox and swingarm.

Chris Glaspell

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