RIDE’S month in bikes

New tech and new cus­tomi­sa­tion pro­gramme for next year

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BMW HAS AN­NOUNCED the key updates, facelifts and new tech­nol­ogy that will form the core of next year’s range. The big­gest news is the new choice of op­tional ex­tras for the 2018 R1200GS and GS Ad­ven­ture. Both can now be fit­ted with a 6.5-inch colour TFT dash, re­plac­ing the cur­rent twin di­als and LCD panel. Known as a ‘Con­nec­tiv­ity op­tion’, the new dash can link to your smart­phone and crash hel­met via Blue­tooth to let you make or an­swer phone calls us­ing the bike’s switchgear, con­trol mu­sic and even dis­play turn-by-turn ar­rows from a phone nav­i­ga­tion app. The dash is a £595 ex­tra on new GSS only.

BMW’S ‘In­tel­li­gent Emer­gency Call’ fea­ture, seen pre­vi­ously on the K1600GT tourer, will now be of­fered on both R1200GSS and the R1200RT. In case of an ac­ci­dent, it au­to­mat­i­cally con­tacts the emer­gency ser­vices and re­ports the bike’s lo­ca­tion us­ing GPS. It can also be trig­gered by the ‘SOS’ but­ton on the right han­dle­bar. Emer­gency Call will be a £295 ex­tra.

The 2018 R1200GS Ad­ven­ture also gains a cou­ple of op­tional fea­tures pre­vi­ously only avail­able on the stan­dard GS. This in­cludes the lat­est Dy­namic ESA sus­pen­sion that au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs rear preload to com­pen­sate for ex­tra weight. Hill Start Con­trol is an op­tion too. Prices for the 2018 R1200GS Ad­ven­ture start at £13,400 (up from £13,200), or £17,120 in loaded TE guise (from £16,015). The Ad­ven­ture will also be avail­able in a new Ral­lye ver­sion with a blue-and-white paint scheme, blue frame, short screen, crash bars and a smaller seat. The Ad­ven­ture Ral­lye starts at £13,860 and TE spec is £17,670.

BMW also re­vealed a new cus­tom bike scheme called BMW Mo­tor­rad Spezial. Cus­tomers de­sign a per­son­alised bike us­ing an on­line con­fig­u­ra­tor, with ac­cess to a range of ac­ces­sories, ex­tras and paint schemes, then the fac­tory builds it as a one-off. BMW is rolling it out on the R ninet, R1200RT and K1600GT ranges, with oth­ers doubt­less due to fol­low. MARTIN FITZ-GIB­BONS

New Ad­ven­ture Ral­lye with fresh paint and short seat

6.5in TFT screen can dis­play smart­phone nav app di­rec­tions

Tour­ers and R ninet can be cus­tomised

Emer­gency Call sys­tem with man­ual trig­ger fa­cil­ity

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