AC Schnitzer R 1200GS


Make Model.

AC Schnitzer R 1200GS


Four stroke, two cylinder horizontally opposed Boxer air/oil-cooled, 4 valves per cylinder


1170 cc / 71.4 cu in

Bore x Stroke 101 x 73 mm
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Cooling System Air/oil cooled





Max Power

72 kW / 98 hp @ 7000  rpm

Max Torque

115 Nm / 11.73 kgf-m / 84.8 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm


6 Speed

Final Drive


Front Suspension

Telelever, stanchion diameter 41mm, central spring strut, spring preload 9 times mechanically adjustable.

Front Wheel Travel

190 mm / 7.5 in

Rear Suspension

Die-cast aluminium single-sided swinging arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever, WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable to continuously variable levels by means of handwheel, rebound damping adjustable. 200mm wheel travel

Rear Wheel Travel

200 mm / 7.9 in

Front Brakes

2 x 304 mm discs,  4-piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 265 mm disc, 2-piston caliper

Front Wheel

3.5 x 17

Rear Wheel

5.5 x 17

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre


Fuel Capacity 

20 Litres /  5.3 US gal

Overview AC Schnitzer

The German firm "AC Schnitzer" is well know for it's beautiful accessories for the BMW models.

In co-operation with WP Suspension, the German firm developed a BMW R1200GS in the colors of WP Suspension.

The Bike has the electrical adjustable EDS system mounted in it's frame.

It also features special parts of AC Schnitzer, like:
AC Schnitzer side cover
AC Schnitzer front mudgard (carbon)
AC Schnitzer cockpit trim
AC Schnitzer V-Performance wheels (3,5/5,5 x 17")
AC Schnitzer Remus Revolution silencer
AC Schnitzer connection section without pre-silencer
AC Schnitzer cover cap

The acoustic signals are provided by the AC Schnitzer Revolution silencer - with EC type approval - which further emphasises the motorsport heritage of the R 1200 GS. The silencer is fitted with a removable "DB-Killer". In addition a decat sports manifold is available without pre-silencer, specially developed for long-distance riders.

The GS becomes a cornering machine par excellence thanks to the V-Performance wheelset. These wheels come in size 3.5" at the front and 5.5" at the rear, with tyres size 120/70-17 at the front and 180/55-17 at the rear. With the new drive train, cooling opening in the hub and the 5-hole fixing, this wheel was difficult to design.

The exposed back of the instrument panel - still unusual for BMW drivers - is blocked by the new AC Schnitzer cockpit trim. The impressively strong front part is emphasised even further by this component which can painted in body colour. 

As a little eye-catcher, the cover cap of turned anodised aluminium with the AC Schnitzer smooth insert fits over the frame bearing journals. 

Source AC Schnitzer

BMWS R1200GS has the deserved reputation of being genuine all-rounder. Despite its bulk it will handle trail-ways, decimate motorways and can, if an owner gets the urge, cheerfully mix it with sports bikes on twisting A-roads. But what if you want to retain the GSs excellent traits of comfort, high seating and load carrying but give it a more sports-biased look and handling? The answer comes with this R1200GS Special Edition from German BMW tuning company AC Schnitzer.

As a rolling example of AC's wares, the obvious difference is the ditching of the 19in front and 17inrear narrow, wire-spoked wheels to AC's own 17in forged ally options. This not only gives the bike a more planted feel while retaining the agility given with the taller stock rims, but gives a wider choice of sports compound tyres.

Altering a trail bikes lines into something more flowing isn't easy but AOs use of one-piece, quick-release fairing side panels has managed it The single-seat converter isn't everyone's stein of Pilsner although it's QD and still allows the use of luggage boxes. Completing the styling is a front mudguard to suit the new, lower front wheel and more stylish dash fairing. As is the norm for AC gear, the panels are perfectly aligned and solid with no skin-ripping sharp edges thanks to formed lips on the panel edges.

Small details like the shaft drive's crash protector pad and swingarm pivot covers are easily lost on first looks -the exhaust system isn't, though. The high level aluminium silencer is married to AC manifold pipes without the catalytic converter; it not only looks good and sounds good but gives the bike extra low down punch.

The bike also wears WP suspension units front and rear. Not your usual high quality shocks, but high quality shocks with WP's EDS system, where damping and preload rates can be altered electronically via a handlebar mounted switch. In terms of brilliance this simple but very effective method of using stepper motors to what is otherwise dirty work is 10,000-wattrated. It works in the same way as BMW ESA system, as available for its touring and sport models, and allows the rider to compensate for pillion, luggage, solo use etc and is available for the 1150-1200 GS range. You can't see it work; you might hear it work; but you will feel the difference. In sports mode the GS can be hushed as easily as a large retro bike.