BMW R1250 GS Adventure Bike Overview
It’s not even twenty years old, but the GS Adventure is already an institution, marked out as one of the true greats of motorcycle design. The original R1150 GS Adventure of 2001 set out the recipe: an even more aggressive design, with added dirt ability, extended bodywork and massive fuel tank. And the various R1150, 1200 and now 1250 versions have progressively honed the design ever since, giving us this, the very latest and best heavyweight Adventure GS ever.
The base of the 1250 GSA is the excellent 1250 ShiftCam Boxer engine, which is a frankly awesome powerplant. BMW overhauled its flagship boxer engine for 2019, adding the cunning ‘ShiftCam’ variable valve timing setup on the intake side, and increasing the capacity by around 80cc, up to 1,254cc from 1,170cc. Other detail mods to the cooling system and a new clutch rounded off the engine mods. It now makes around 135bhp, with over 100ft lb of torque, and is a really sharp, strong unit. It’s kept in check by a cutting-edge set of rider aids, with IMU-assisted traction and ABS control systems, up and down quickshifter, rider power modes and a load of other optional extras.
The 30 litre fuel tank will carry you for half a day across countries, with a 400 mile range before fill-ups, while the hardcore engine and crash bars give protection in a spill and add loads of style. Add cruise control, hard luggage, hot grips and taller windscreen, and you have an incredibly capable mile-munching mega tourer.
The optional-for-2018 colour LCD ‘informatics’ dash is now a stock fitment, so the clocks are right out of the top drawer. The switchgear is packed with controls for the cruise control, driving lights, ABS, dashboard menus, and BMW’s clever settings dial on the left hand bar. You can quickly flip through all the options for riding modes, suspension adjustment, trip computers and more, and all the info you need is clearly displayed.
BMW R1250 GS Adventure Bike Spec
- Seat height890mm
- Engine8v boxer flat twin, DOHC, variable valves, liquid cooled
- Top speed135mph
- Average fuel consumption-
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BMW have carried on the epic round the world all day comfort adventure bike. Two up with full luggage you can both still ride until the tank empties in the next country over.
So far so good and if the older bikes are anything to go by, then there should be nothing major to worry about.
Stopping quarter of a ton is no easy job but these brakes do just fine.
The GSA is a big beast I wont like but as soon as you get moving all the weight disappears. As soon as you're on bumpy twisty B roads prepare to embarrass even the best sports bikes with the speed these drop in and carry through bends.
The new shift cam technology makes the great engine even better with masses of torque on demand from really low down in the rev range.
Great on fuel but the initial cost, or monthly depending on how you buy it, is expensive. Build quality dealer backup and residuals make this easier to swallow though.