With the official debut of the much-awaited new R 1300 GS, BMW Motorrad, the well-known German bike manufacturer, has yet again raised the standard in the adventure touring segment. For thrill-seekers all over the globe, the recently revealed model guarantees to give a riding experience that is even more exhilarating and convenient. The R 1300 GS builds on the roots of the R 80 G/S, which pioneered the touring enduro niche more than 40 years ago and is packed with cutting-edge features, equipment, and comfort that, according to the bikemaker, will take adventure motorcycling to new heights. Here's all you need to know about the R 1300 GS from the house of BMW Motorrad.
BMW R 1300 GS: Variant, Platform, and Design Details
There are several variants in the range, such as the standard model with its uncluttered and muscular looks, dressed in a Light White solid colour scheme. Then, there is a classic TripleBlack variant sporting robust styling. The Option 719 Tramuntana variant with Gold cross-spoke wheels, an Aurelius Green metallic paint finish, and machined aluminum parts, as well as the GS Trophy model in Racing Blue metallic finish with Red and White highlights suggest sporty off-road capability.
The platform of the new G 1300 GS is made of a new steel sheet-metal frame, which, the automaker claims, allows for enhanced stiffness while being more compact. The bolt-on subframe has been replaced with a shorter, thinner, more sturdy die-cast aluminum unit. The new R 1300 GS's styling combines contemporary design with the rugged charm of an adventure tourer. It now has a flatter fuel tank made of aluminum, a split-seat design that can be customised, and a redesigned headlight with an X-shaped matrix LED and four LED DRLs. As a whole, the motorcycle's design has improved to make riding an adventure motorcycle even more enjoyable.
BMW R 1300 GS: Engine Specs
An air and liquid-cooled 1,300cc boxer engine powers the new BMW R 1300 GS. Compared to the previous BMW R 1250 GS's 134bhp and 143Nm of torque, this unit generates 149Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm and 143bhp of maximum power at 7,750rpm. The motor is more fuel-efficient, has greater torque under heavy load, and is smoother when cruising thanks to its larger bore and longer stroke, bigger valves, and redesigned cams that include BMW's ShiftCam technology. The 6-speed gearbox is now housed underneath the engine. It has led to decreasing weight, a shorter transmission shaft, and mass closer to the brand-new model’s centre of gravity. Compared to the previous model, the bike is now 12 kg lighter.
Speaking of the riding modes on offer, there are a total of four included as standard on the motorcycle, including "Rain" and "Road" for adjusting to various road conditions. There is an "Eco" mode intended for maximising fuel efficiency and range, as well as an additional "Enduro" mode designed to improve the off-road riding experience with specific settings. Furthermore, additional modes like "Pro" can be had as extras.
BMW R 1300 GS: Features
In terms of the extensive feature set, the new R 1300 GS has the latest tech to improve the convenience and safety of the rider. An enhanced version of BMW's Dynamic ESA, adaptive cruise control, a 6.5-inch full-colour TFT display brimming with connected capabilities and information, keyless ignition, and more are now included with the motorcycle. Full Integral ABS Pro, engine drag torque control, ride-off assistant, a USB port, and an additional 12 V are just a few of the other standard features offered by BMW Motorrad. With the R 1300 GS, the rider has the option to add a Riding Assistant with Active Cruise Control, Front Collision Warning, and Lane Change Warning.
Although the rider must pay extra for a heated seat, heated grips are now standard. To accommodate different riders, the firm is offering a variety of seats with various seat heights. Additionally, a handlebar riser that raises the handlebars by 30mm is also available.
BMW R 1300 GS: Cycle Parts
The suspension kit on the new R 1300 GS is an upgraded version of the one on the old model. A new EVO Telelever arrangement is now installed at the front of the motorcycle, and a new EVO Paralever setup has been positioned at the back. With the new, upgraded design, the setup offers superior steering precision, increased rigidity, and stability, as per the company. By dynamically adjusting the damping and spring preload, the optional Dynamic Suspension Adjustment takes the place of the Dynamic ESA. The technology will alter the front and rear damping to provide a smoother ride based on the ride mode, the terrain, and the riding style.
BMW R 1300 GS: Rivals
The brand-new R 1300 GS will soon get a price announcement from the manufacturer. Expect the India launch to take place next year after the bike arrives in overseas markets. The Triumph Tiger 1200, the Ducati Multistrada range, as well as the Honda Africa Twin, are some of the models that the R 1300 GS competes against in India.