On his return to Cologne ‘Intermot it’s time to breathe a bit ‘sums on the exhibition German, who dictated much of the market drivers 2012. In anticipation of the innovations that will be unveiled at EICMA in a month, we try to compare the two bikes that have divided the scene in Germany, the long-awaited BMW R 1200 GS and the KTM 1190 Adventure.
So let us look a little ‘closer to capture the commonalities and differences, waiting to try them as they become available.
More ‘Road for all
The first thing that strikes the eye is looking at the BMW that the KTM is that both denote an attitude right from the start more road than previous models. And if this aspect is evident in the Austrian, which dresses for the first time with a 19-inch front wheel, is a bit ‘more difficult to observe on the German. But also, if we judge by the tires, proves to be more inclined to travel on asphalt as the front wheel goes from a 110/80 on a brand new 120/70 mm, the rear and leave the 150/70 in favor of a 170 / 60. These measures, however, are entirely shared by KTM, denounce depressions more prone to driving on the road, so both bikes are expected to on-road performance even better than those of the progenitor.
Engine:150 or 125 hp?
Let us go forward with the numerical analysis of the technical data stated. As is well known architectures motorsport BMW and KTM are very different although the displacement unit are similar. The boxer has the Bavarian longitudinal shaft which continues to be the best solution when you want a shaft drive, while the V2 75 ° Austrian cross shaft and chain drive, more appropriate use of off-road. The measures characteristics are the part immediately clarifies the differences between the two engines: BMW maintains a bore and stroke of the previous model of 101.0 x 73.0 mm, while the KTM offers the same measures of sports RC8R of 105.0 x 69.0 mm. Reading the data is immediately clear that BMW will keep delivery docile and very low torque, while the KTM is definitely more lively and willing to turn up.
The comparison of the data of pure power lays obviously in favor of the motion orange, but on the other hand, we tend to think that this kind of motorcycle counts more clean delivery of more horses.
On the transmission was the BMW to reach out to almost all of today’s engines abandoning the single dry plate clutch to adopt a more compact multi-disc oil bath. Both bikes are equipped with a slipper clutch system, it is necessary not just to unplug the limit, but to improve stability and comfort under braking even with a passenger.
Electronics…standard or a payment?
Sifting carefully the technical characteristics of the two queens Intermot find assistive technology very similar to each other, that are becoming must-have bikes in this category.
We start from the safety both bikes are fitted with ABS combined electronically. The difference between the two systems is that the KTM are provided standard with two modes: road and off-road, while the BMW you can change the operation of the ABS on three levels but only in part by purchasing the optional package “Asc and driving mode ”.
This means that the traction control, which is standard on the KTM and adjustable to four positions, the BMW is charged extra and is included in the package listed above (four settings in this case).
Suspension: ESA or EDS?
On the front suspension the two motorcycles are significantly different, but also in this case the last-minute technology tends to approach a bit ‘.
The basic mechanics provides upside-down forks for KTM and the BMW Telelever, and this might suggest the German use on the road and in the off sull’austriaca. At the rear there is a single arm with shock driven directly to the BMW and a dual-sided with progressive leverage for KTM.
The electronics comes once again to upset the tables: KTM will be available exclusively with electronically controlled suspension, subject to a first batch of motorcycles that will be lacking and will be offered at a price significantly lower.
BMW, however, offers the brand new Dynamic ESA, the semi-active suspension control system that continuously adjusts the hydraulic according to driving conditions.
The EDS KTM, on the other hand, is a more simple device electric adjustment of the hydraulic braking system and so it is not a active. Here, too, the decision is up to the customer: simple and standard, or more advanced fee?
Ergonomics and design
Intermot we took the opportunity to jump in the saddle by the two off-road across the Alps. The BMW is found immediately comfortable riding position that has always characterized the GS, the triangulation handlebar / seat / footrest is very similar to the previous one and the height of the seat is still the same.
Climbing the KTM, however, there is a substantial difference from the model “old.” The handlebar is closer to the body but above the saddle is much lower than before.
For both remains the possibility to adjust both the position of the handlebar that the height of the saddle, along with that of the windscreen. KTM then declares that it is also possible to adjust the footrest, but in all honesty the bikes we saw at Intermot did not seem to provide this feature, but they were probably of pre.
Before closing some consideration of aesthetics. Both motorcycles live are more interesting in photography: the KTM puts in forms that are slowly moving away from the canons Gerald Kiska no compromise which we have become accustomed in recent years. The 1190 Adventure is therefore more “traditional” than its predecessor, and this is a sign of how the Austrian manufacturer is trying to reach out to an audience perhaps less jaded, but more open-minded.
BMW, however, reiterates and emphasizes the design concepts that have made it famous, continuing to flaunt cylinders and heads prominently trellis frame and discovered even more than the last. The arrival of the cooling liquid has required the presence of the two side covers that become part of the design and follow the same pattern of the visual lines opened with the F 800 GS 2013 presented a few months ago.
In short, BMW and KTM next year are close in the intrinsic characteristics, both devoting more road use. This also means that neither BMW nor KTM remained insensitive to the market success of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 and therefore wants to remind its customers that in terms of pure performance, their bikes are up to the rival Bologna.
And for the hardcore off-road? Well, KTM has thought of them and has also unveiled the 1190 Adventure R, which maintains the combination of 21-inch wheels in front and 18 inches in the rear. BMW traditionally launches version of the GS Adventure at a distance of one year from the normal … that is experiencing the wheel 21-inch?