Slicker price stick­ers

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Two Wheels - CRAIG DUFF

A SUB-$20,000 sports­bike head­lines BMW’s new prices for four ma­chines ar­riv­ing in the first half of this year.

Prices start at $18,990 for the naked S1000 R and top out at $29,990 for the R1200 RT.

BMW Mo­tor­rad Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager Tony Sesto pre­dicts the first ship­ments will be sell­outs.

“In 2013 BMW Mo­tor­rad achieved the high­est sales fig­ure ever, both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally,” Sesto says.

“With th­ese four great new mod­els we are look­ing to carry that mo­men­tum into 2014.”

The first ar­rivals will be two R-Se­ries bikes next month. The flag­ship RT’s up­grades in­clude stan­dard dy­namic sus­pen­sion ad­just­ment, heated seats, cruise con­trol, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing and au­dio with Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity.

The RT will also roll out in Aus­tralia with the rid­ing mode pro as stan­dard fit.

This adds a dy­namic mode to the road and rain en­gine- map­ping soft­ware and has a hill start as­sist func­tion.

The hard-core GS Ad­ven­ture, with a $24,300 sticker, comes with heated grips, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing, pan­nier rails and LED aux­il­iary lights.

Op­tions in­clude cruise con­trol, prepa­ra­tion for a GPS de­vice, dy­namic sus­pen­sion ad­just­ment and a “tour­ing pack­age” that in­cludes day­time rid­ing light, LED head­light and the rid­ing mode pro soft­ware.

The S1000 R (pic­tured) and R nineT are sched­uled for April touch­down.

The road­ster will cost $20,950 be­fore own­ers start to cus­tomise the bike — and that’s the premise of the ma­chine, mean­ing it will prob­a­bly climb into the mid$20Ks for most buy­ers.

The naked ver­sion of BMW’s su­per­bike will in­clude sta­bil­ity con­trol, quick­shifter, cruise con­trol and the rid­ing mode pro setup with dy­namic trac­tion con­trol as ba­sic fit.

Dy­namic damp­ing con­trol and heated grips are op­tions.

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