For the first time in its 30 plus year history the R1200’s venerable boxer engine will now be water cooled. And that’s not the only ace up BMW’s sleeve for 2013.
A new bike requires new protection, so AltRider completely redesigned the crash bars for the new water boxer motor. A step up from years past, they utilize 1.25“ (31.75 mm) O.D. stainless steel tubing making them the largest diameter bars on the market. The decision to increase the diameter came from years of research and production results. The West Coast BMW Off-Road Training School has been outfitting their bikes with AltRider gear for the past 3 years. This real world testing yielded much insight on how much damage large bikes can do during crashes. The 1” bars (25.4 mm) allow a significant amount of flex during a crash, creating the need to space them farther from the bike. The stout 1.25” bars allow a tighter profile while still providing real protection. Available in shot peen satin or black powder coat finish, you’ll never have to worry about rust whether you’re riding the liquid cooled GS across the highway or across a river.