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BMW R 1200 GS – Louis Special Conversion

Fully equipped: The Louis conversion turns the R 1200 GS into an all-round feel-good package for touring bikers.

bmw r 1200 gs louis special conversion
bmw r 1200 gs

BMW R 1200 GS

It really deserves to be called the "Dominator", having set the benchmark for touring enduro motorcycles for years.

Boxer champion – BMW R 1200 GS (2004-2012)

Germany's favourite kingsize all-rounder still comes from Bavaria. The R 1200 GS has been the undisputed champion in terms of annual registrations for many years. Despite its imposing size, the powerful BMW still impresses with its sheer rideability, fully adjustable suspension and stunning road performance, both for everyday riding and on tour.

Speaking of the “grand tour”, our luxury ride is perfectly prepared with a case system from SW-MOTECH or Hepco & Becker. Spacious and sturdy aluminium cases with anti-theft device, along with a tank bag adapted to the shape of the tank (from SW-MOTECH or a slightly larger model from HELD) are not just functional features, but also a perfect match for the bike's looks. Should you need even more storage space, you can expand the cases' capacity with extra bags. The SW-MOTECH tank bag is secured on the tank ring, without the need for straps, and can be removed at any time. An adjustable MRA Vario shield protects the rider from the weather and airstream – a big help when covering long distances.

bmw r 1200 gs louis special conversion
bmw r 1200 gs louis special conversion
bmw r 1200 gs louis special conversion
bmw r 1200 gs louis special conversion
bmw r 1200 gs louis special conversion

Plenty of practical goodies for touring bikers and all-weather riders

All-weather riders will love the small but powerful auxiliary headlights from SW-MOTECH. Hand guards, tank and engine crash bars, along with guards for the cylinders, headlights, oil cooler, forks, swing arm and engine case, all protect against whatever the weather and the road may throw at you.

A rear wheel splash guard prevents the shock absorber from being regularly covered in mud. One small but important feature is the larger sidestand foot from SW-MOTECH, which gives the heavy bike improved protection against toppling over when parked on unpaved ground.

bmw r 1200 gs louis special conversion

Installing the handlebar requires some skill and patience

A sturdy, double-butted handlebar suits the beefy Bavarian bike. But installation is less straightforward because the cables for the heated grips need to be routed and the handlebar drilled precisely for the fastening bolts. Torx keys are essential here, as they are when working on the newer BMW models in general. The SW-MOTECH hand guards come with a mounting set for the internal thread of the original handlebar. On the LSL handlebar, which does not have this internal thread, an Acerbis fastening set is required, along with an M8 x 70 screw.

To make our BMW look even classier, we equipped it with a range of elegant trims and covers from BOXER-DESIGN. These fit the look of the GS so perfectly, you'd think it came off the assembly line looking this good. Our special adapters (10 x 1.5 mm right-hand thread) allow a wide range of auxiliary mirrors, in particular from magazi, to be used on the BMW. Another eye catcher in the cockpit area is the machined adjustable hand levers from LSL. We found the short version sits most comfortably in the hand.

Go to the products of the BMW R 1200 GS

All parts at a glace

brand specific
adapter for side carrier

Rating : 4.12 out of 5

from 19.95

Easy to change
Set of 2

Rating : 3.37 out of 5


For elegantly bridging
Matt black finish

Rating : 5 out of 5


Efficient remodelling
of your front mudguard.
Silk-matt black

Rating : 4.02 out of 5

instead of 29.99

from 24.99

For all popular models
Illustrated with photos
In German

Rating : 4.47 out of 5

from 19.90

High-strength aluminium
For various models
Increased protection

Rating : 5 out of 5

from 29.95

Carrying Handle for
Hepco&Becker Aluminium
Side Case Xplorer


Anodised alum. covers
for brake and
clutch fluid reservoirs.

Rating : 3.25 out of 5


Useful and shapely
cylinder guard
Supplied in pairs

Rating : 3.25 out of 5

from 114.95

Keyed Alike system for
TraX aluminium cases

Rating : 2.75 out of 5

from 7.95

Shaply designed from
abrasionresistant plastic
Easy to install

Rating : 5 out of 5

from 49.95

Superbly engineered
fork tube
covers made of aluminium.

Rating : 2 out of 5


Additional eye-catcher
for an even better look
CNC machined from alu

Rating : 2.33 out of 5

from 49.95

Telelever cap
made of aluminium.


For greater comfort
Easy to install
Top quality


Practical accessory for
aluminium Xplorer cases
Easy to install


Practical accessory for
aluminium Xplorer cases
Easy to install

Rating : 4 out of 5


Hepco & Becker Aluminium
luggage rack for topcases
and bags

Rating : 3.46 out of 5

from 81.50

For easy securing
of luggage on the
Xplorer Top Box lid


Fast mounting/dismounting
sidecase-carrier system

Rating : 3.05 out of 5

from 203.99

Best in test

Extremely rugged
Anodised aluminium
High-impact plastic

Rating : 3.5 out of 5

from 298.99

Best in test

Extremely rugged
Anodised aluminium
High-impact plastic

Rating : 2.9 out of 5

from 308.99

Useful accessory for
Xplorer alumin. side case
30/40 litres

Rating : 5 out of 5


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Headlight mounting
for vehicle-specific
mounting points

Rating : 5 out of 5

from 39.95

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6-position adjustment
Top design

Rating : 4.49 out of 5

instead of 99.95

from 49.95

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6-position adjustment
Top Design

Rating : 4.23 out of 5

instead of 99.95

from 79.95

Best in test

Counteracts annoying
Extreme flexural strength

Rating : 4 out of 5


Lightly grey-tinted
mirror glass

Rating : 4.57 out of 5


Suitable for all magazi-
mirrors to mount on many

Rating : 1 out of 5


Best in test

Clear touring shield with
spoiler, 7x adjustment.
Reduces turbulence

Rating : 4.33 out of 5

instead of 127.90

from 99.99

High-quality oil filler
plug made of aluminium.
With BMW logo.

Rating : 3.85 out of 5


Visually attractive
oil cooler guard.
High-strength aluminium

Rating : 4.66 out of 5


Specially developed for
BMW or Triumph

Rating : 3.62 out of 5

from 189.99

brand specific
adapter plates

Rating : 3.74 out of 5

from 29.99

For Quick Lock (+Evo)
Safe and sound
Sold in pairs

Rating : 3 out of 5


Side racks made from
shapely oval tubing
-closer to the bike!

Rating : 3.98 out of 5

instead of 219.95

from 179.99

Best in test

Enhanced, now fits
perfectly on other
sloping tank shapes

Rating : 4.42 out of 5

from 179.95

Practical, innovative
and easy to use
Available for many bikes

Rating : 4.35 out of 5

from 29.95

Aluminium CNC machined
Shapely sidestand extens.
For various models

Rating : 4.05 out of 5

from 39.95

steering head cap
made of aluminium.

Rating : 4 out of 5


Best in test

High-strength aluminium
luggage racks

Rating : 4.2 out of 5

from 59.95

Best in test

Design meets ruggedness
The new aluminium
case TraX EVO

Rating : 2.5 out of 5

from 279.95

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With side protection
Extremely robust
Absolute precision fit

Rating : 4.23 out of 5

from 39.95

Carrying Strap System for
SW-Motech Aluminium
Side Case

Rating : 5 out of 5


For BMW R 1200 GS
Top quality
For better protection

Rating : 5 out of 5

instead of 189.95

from 149.95

Sale %

Best in test

Maximum protection
Excellent value for

Rating : 4.11 out of 5

from 69.95

Great accessory for TraX
37/45 l Alu Side Cases


For mounting on the
footrest bracket
With type approval

Rating : 3.93 out of 5


Best in test

Not only an eye candy
but also give
optimal hand protection

Rating : 3.71 out of 5

from 99.95

swing arm cover
made of aluminium

Rating : 5 out of 5

from 49.90

Small but extremely
effective part
Easy to install

Rating : 4.66 out of 5

from 39.95

For many enduro models
Reliable protection

Rating : 4.08 out of 5

from 149.99

Telelever caps
made of aluminium.

from 49.90

Elaborately finished

Rating : 5 out of 5


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