The new BMW R 1200 GS named 2013 Pirelli Bike of The Year in South Africa


With just two months on the local market, the new BMW R 1200 GS has  been named the 2013 Pirelli Bike of The Year. The announcement took  place last weekend during the official opening of the AMID Motorcycle  Lifestyle Show in Nasrec, South of Johannesburg.

amid motorcycle show

Sponsored by Pirelli and organised by Mat Durrans as well as Harry  Fisher of Ignition TV’s The Bike Show, and involving thirteen members  of the South African motorcycling media as well as professional  motorcyclists, the competition pitted 16 new-for-2013 motorcycles  against each other for the overall title. The judges voted for their  top six bikes, best first, and then points were awarded in the order  10, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 for first to sixth place. These points were totalled  and a winner declared.

“We are very delighted to receive this accolade. The BMW GS concept  has embodied riding pleasure and the desire for adventure for over 30  years and the new R 1200 GS is living up to that legacy with its new  technology and overall features,” said Rob Holder, General Manager of  BMW Motorrad in South Africa.

The new BMW R 1200 GS features a completely redesigned engine with  1170cc, 92kW of power and 125Nm of torque. New features include the  vertical-flow cylinder head and the compact air and water cooling.  Other features worthy of mention are the first semi active suspension  in a travel enduro bike called Dynamic ESA, five riding modes with  Enduro ASC and Enduro ABS as well as the first full LED headlamp with  integrated daytime running lights.

BMW R 1200 GS

The competition’s judging process took part over two days in Gauteng.  Day one was at Midvaal Raceway and a track venue was used – not to see  how fast the bikes could lap the circuit – but as a controlled  environment where each member of the judging panel could ride every  bike and assess it over the same piece of tarmac.

Day two saw the bikes being ridden on the open road from the Vaal dam  to Magaliesburg where a 10km loop of open roads had been marked out  for further assessment.

Pirelli Bike of the year 2013

The 16 finalists were chosen from nominations by the official  importers in South Africa and were as follows;

  1. Triumph Trophy SE,
  2. Triumph Daytona 675R,
  3. BMW R1200GS Liquid-Cooled,
  4. KTM 1190 Adventure,
  5. MV Agusta Brutale 800,
  6. Kawasaki Z800,
  7. Aprilia Caponord 1200,
  8. Moto Guzzi California 1400,
  9. Suzuki Inazuma 250,
  10. Honda Integra DCT,
  11. Honda NC700 DCT,
  12. Yamaha FJR1300,
  13. Yamaha XJ6 Diversion,
  14. Victory Boardwalk,
  15. Hyosung 650GT and
  16. The Benelli 600.