BMW Motorrad has unveiled the new R 1250 GS – the replacement model for the iconic outgoing R 1200 GS. The new adventure-tourer offering is an important product for the German brand, as the R 1200 GS is BMW’s highest-selling motorcycle, globally. The R 1200 GS made its debut back in 2004 and the last update the motor received was in 2013, with added of water-cooling.


The 2019 BMW R 1250 GS will be equipped with a larger 1,245cc boxer motor replacing the 1,170cc engine seen on its predecessor. As expected, power figures have gone up, with the motor now producing 136hp at 7,750rpm and 143Nm of torque at 6,250rpm; the older engine delivered 125hp and 125Nm of torque. The inclusion of VVT (Variable Valve Timing) tech – which BMW calls ‘ShiftCam’ technology – is another interesting addition to the powerplant.

 The R 1250 GS is the first production BMW motorcycle to feature VVT technology and BMW claims that it results in more efficient combustion, an increased refinement and more power across the rev range – especially in lower rpms. Other additions include a new camshaft drive – which now employs a toothed chain instead of the previous roller chain – an optimised oil supply, twin-jet injection valves and a new exhaust system
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