It is that time of the year when motorcyclists across the globe stop riding for awhile and instead, log onto the web to find out what new two-wheeled goodies await them at the Intermot. This year's motorcycle fiesta begins today and will go on till the 7th of this month. If you're loony about motorcycles and scooters, and happen to be in Germany, head down to Cologne at the earliest.
You definitely will not be disappointed, for the show will be the venue of the debut for a lot of motorcycles planned for 2013. As of today, these three have got our complete attention:
BMW's liquid cooled R1200 GS
The buzz about this one has been around for some time now and the spyshots were flying around on the internet. The bike has finally been unveiled and true to the hearsay, this GS is now water-cooled. Cooling an engine by a liquid, as opposed to an air-cooled motor, requires various hardware including a pump, hoses and of course, a radiator.
That could be one of the reasons for the weight increase of the new GS, which stands at nearly 20 pounds. Another increase, which we're happier about, is that the power output has gone up by 15 ponies, now totaling 125 bhp. Other tweaks include the relocation of the shaft drive to the left of the bike and an electronically controlled flap on the exhaust is claimed to improve performance and provide for a meatier soundtrack. Electronic gadgetry includes 5 rider-selectable modes which alter the automatic stability control, ABS and ASC settings.
The chassis has been touched upon and the company claims that this GS is more rideable than ever before, with the seating design now providing an easier time for riders short on the inseam, despite the increase of the ground clearance by 8mm.
The tyre sizes have been altered too, and now stand at 120/70 R19 at the front with a 170/60 R17 at the ear. The ex-works version also features an LED headlight, which BMW claims to be a first of its kind in the world. Yep, no guessing that this one might need you to break the bank!