BMW R1250GS Ad­ven­ture ready to take on the world

O R1250GS Ad­ven­ture un­veiled

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Hot on the heels of BMW’S new R1250GS comes this Ad­ven­ture ver­sion. The Ger­man mar­que typ­i­cally waits 12 months be­fore un­veil­ing the Ad­ven­ture vari­ant, but with the new 1250 Shift­cam en­gine now com­mon across all R mod­els, they’ve saved us the wait.

That new 1254cc boxer twin from the GS means a 9% boost in power (to 134bhp) and 14% more torque (92ftlb), mak­ing it the most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion boxer ever.

It also has the same Shift­cam tech­nol­ogy which varies the tim­ing and stroke of the in­take valves to in­crease the spread of power across the range as well as re­duc­ing fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sions. The re­sult is a 4% re­duc­tion in fuel con­sump­tion while also fu­ture-proof­ing the en­gine for forth­com­ing emis­sions stan­dards.

ASC and Hill Start Con­trol are stan­dard but you can also add DTC, ABS Pro, HSC Pro as well as Rid­ing Modes Pro. If you add ABS Pro you can also add Dy­namic Brake Con­trol, which in­ter­venes in the en­gine con­trol and shuts the throt­tle au­to­mat­i­cally un­der heavy brak­ing – even if you don’t. HSC Pro also of­fers the op­tion to have Auto HSC, which au­to­mat­i­cally ap­plies a park­ing brake on a gra­di­ent to as­sist with hill starts.

Other newly-stan­dard­ised fea­tures in­clude LEDS all-round, a 6.5in full-colour TFT screen with Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity for mul­ti­me­dia and nav­i­ga­tion.

Where the GSA dif­fers is in its ad­ven­ture po­ten­tial. It has a 30-litre fuel tank, giv­ing a the­o­ret­i­cal range of 390 miles, plus 220mm of sus­pen­sion travel for more ca­pa­bil­ity off-road.

The trade-off is a high kerb weight and a trouser-burst­ing 890/910mm seat height.

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