Motorcycle Daily reports on their first ride of the new BMW R1200GS. They really liked it, especially the new engine’s astonishingly wide power band.
Meanwhile, Motorcycle USA was along for that trip, too, and they note:
or not you opt for the Special Edition or an upgraded package on either model, both machines are phenomenal in their performance. They’re the same old lovable Adventure Touring bikes we’ve come to expect from the propeller gang. We wish we could say the new motor is a vast improvement over the old version, but the circumstances and the time gap in our memory make that difficult. While we couldn’t readily detect a difference in engine performance (that’ll have to wait for dyno testing or a dry back-to-back evaluation) the German crew certainly hasn’t taken a step back.
Motorcycle.Com was also an hand, concluding:
The good news is the GS is still very much what the previous bike was, and that’s, well, good.
All in all, despite being unable to compare the older and new models side by side, everyone seems happy with it.