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BMW MO­TOR­RAD HAS UN­VEILED THE 2019 R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT mod­els. The R 1250 GS is the ad­ven­ture fo­cused of the two while the R 1250 RT is geared to­wards tour­ing. The two mo­tor­cy­cles are pow­ered by flat-twin boxer en­gines. How­ever, the en­gine ca­pac­ity has gone up to 1254cc, up from the 1170cc of the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion thanks to a 1.5mm larger bore and a stroke that is longer by 3mm. BMW has also in­tro­duced its ShiftCam tech­nol­ogy(vari­able tim­ing for the in­take valves). The ad­di­tion of the ShiftCam, BMW claims, has made the bikes smoother at idle and has given them a wide spread of torque across the rev range. Power out­put has gone up to 136bhp, an in­crease of 11bhp over the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion and torque has gone up by 18Nm to 143Nm. The R 1250s will re­place the cur­rent R 1200s when launched.

There is now oil jet cool­ing for the pis­ton un­der­sides, new fuel in­jec­tors, as well as a gear­box de­sign with an up­dated slip­per clutch. The two mo­tor­cy­cles re­ceive a new 6.5-inch full-colour TFT dis­play and a new dig­i­tal en­gine man­age­ment sys­tem.

A num­ber of rider aids in­clud­ing Hill Start and sta­bil­ity con­trol are stan­dard. The 2019 BMW R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT will also fea­ture semi­ac­tive elec­tronic sus­pen­sion with au­to­matic load com­pen­sa­tion. There is also the op­tion of Rid­ing modes Pro, fea­tur­ing ad­di­tional rid­ing modes, dy­namic trac­tion con­trol, ABS Pro, Hill start con­trol Pro and Dy­namic Brake As­sis­tant DBC. De­tails to fol­low in the com­ing months.

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