BMW has announced changes to its flat-twin boxer-powered GS and RT models with the unveiling of the new R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT. Both bikes get a revised engine with a bump in displacement and ShiftCam variable timing, plus updates to various electronics and rider aids such as Riding Modes, Dynamic ESA (electronic suspension), full-color TFT displays and new Dynamic Brake Control.
BMW ShiftCam technology allows for variable valve timing and valve stroke on the intake side, and intake camshafts open asynchronously for more effective combustion. Along with the bump from 1,170 to 1,254cc, a new toothed chain driving the camshaft, twin-jet injection valves, a new exhaust system and a knock sensor system, BMW claims the new engine makes more power (136 horsepower vs. 125) and more torque (105 lb-ft vs. 92), but with reduced emissions, greater fuel economy and smoother operation.
Standard equipment on both models will now include two riding modes, ASC (stability control), Hill Start Control and ABS Pro (cornering ABS). Riding Modes Pro will be available as an option, adding the Dynamic riding mode and Dynamic Traction Control. On the R 1250 GS, it also adds three additional riding modes, Dynamic Pro, Enduro and Enduro Pro. Finally, optional Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) prevents unintentional acceleration when braking.
“Next Generation” Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) will be an option for the RT, as will an LED headlight (the LED headlight is standard on the GS; an LED DRL will be optional on both). Both bikes get a full-color TFT display; 6.5-inch on the GS and 5.7-inch on the RT. The RT’s is supplemented with an analog speedometer and tachometer.
The 2019 BMW R 1250 GS will be available in two basic colors and two special variants, including the off-road HP version shown in these photos. Pricing starts at $17,695, and they arrive in dealerships in late 2018.
The 2019 BMW R 1250 RT will come in one basic color, two style variants and two Option 719 Spezial versions. Pricing starts at $18,645, and they arrive in dealerships in late 2018.