An in-depth look at news of the new BMW R 1250 GS and GS Adventure models for 2021.
Without doubt, the ultimate travel Enduro, the BMW R 1250 GS has always stood for the perfect combination of riding dynamics as well as touring and off-road capability. This update firmly strengthens that stance.
We take a look in detail to give you a quick breakdown of what’s new.
The R 1250 GS and GS Adventure both come in 4 flavours:
– (Base) Icegrey uni
– Edition “40 Years GS”
– Rallye and
– Triple Black
Carried over is the 1,254 cc boxer with the existing EU5 vehicle type approval it retains 100 kW (136 HP) of power and develops a maximum torque of 143 Nm. As before, due to BMW ShiftCam technology for varying valve control timing and valve lift on the intake side, it provides superior power across the entire speed range, extremely smooth and quiet running and outstanding consumption and emission values.
Suspension remains unchanged with the BMW Telelever at the front and the BMW Paralever single-sided swinging arm at the rear ensuring high riding stability and optimum handling characteristics.
Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) comes with a new “Eco” riding mode as standard. The Pro riding modes with riding mode preselection and dynamic engine brake control are optional equipment although standard on higher specification models in some countries. The Dynamic Engine Brake Control is a new component of the Pro riding modes. Used to safely avoid unstable driving conditions such as coasting overrun or when downshifting due to excessive brake slip at the rear wheel.
Electronic Dynamic ESA is listed as “Next Generation” with fully automatic load compensation.
BMW’s Integral ABS Pro is now standard across the range.
Hill Start Control (HSC) now standard on all models with a Pro version with advanced functionality as a factory option. This may be standard on some models in some markets.
There is a new full-LED “adaptive headlight” with additional lighting functions including cruising light and function-integrated turn indicators as an option ex works. The adaptive swivelling LED headlight illuminates the road ahead at an angle based on lean into corners providing more light in the direction of travel. This improves both visibility and safety.
Cruising Light (in some markets) allows the turn indicators to “glow” increasing the visibility of the bike for safety. With Headlight Pro, as you can see in our photo the headlight has an X-shaped light icon that functions as a striking daytime riding light when the function is activated. When the dipped beam is switched on, it illuminates with reduced brightness.
The new convenience lighting functions include a “Welcome” function, a “Good bye” function and the “Follow me home” function for convenience and orientation.
A 12 V vehicle voltage socket and a USB-A socket with 5 V power supply are now standard.
An M Lightweight Battery is now a option which is around 3 kg lighter than the standard battery.
Heated seats now an option or available as standard on some models in some markets.
At launch there are three optional factory specified Billet Packs available; Classic, Shadow and Storm.
A fully spec’ed bike in most markets will include Keyless ride, Chrome exhaust manifolds, Heated grips, Navigation device preparation, Cruise control, Hand protectors, Pannier mountings, Riding mode pro, Dynamic ESA, Shift assistant Pro, Adaptive headlight, Daytime riding light, Multifunctional indicator lights, Cruising light, Headlight Pro.
You can still order a base bike without the majority of options above.
The 40 Years GS edition replicates the colour scheme of the BMW R 100 GS in Black storm metallic. It includes the yellow, low Rallye motorcycle seat in the 40 Years GS styling, golden cross-spoked wheels, yellow hand protectors, knee pads, shadow cylinder head covers, a yellow tinted sport screen and a short luggage carrier in stainless steel.
If the 40 Years GS edition isn’t reason enough to update your existing GS then the list of standard inclusions and advancements in safety, convenience and comfort certainly are on any of the models.
The new 2021 BMW R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure arrive with even more sophistication and innovation for you to enjoy off-road, touring and wherever your adventures take you.
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