BMW R1250GSA

More power from clever en­gine tech

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Just when you think that BMW have evolved their GS to per­fec­tion, they add an­other dose of je ne sais quoi to eke out its ad­van­tage and tempt own­ers to upgrade.

The changes might not make a very long list for 2019, but the head­line one is piv­otal. The old 1170cc boxer has been usurped by a new 1254cc one that boasts a 9% boost in power, tak­ing peak out­put to 134bhp and, maybe even more cru­cially, a 14% boost in torque to 105.4ftlb. It’s the most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion boxer en­gine that BMW have pro­duced. The new en­gine has a trick up its sleeve, too: Shift­Cam tech­nol­ogy. This varies the tim­ing and stroke of the in­take valves to de­liver more power through­out the rev range (and re­duce fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sions). There’s no ugly step in power or its de­liv­ery, the sys­tem switch­ing be­tween a ‘par­tial load’ cam pro­file and ‘full load’ seam­lessly ac­cord­ing to how much throt­tle you ask for. Now fea­tur­ing as stan­dard equip­ment are ASC and Hill Start Con­trol, and 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 will shut the throt­tle au­to­mat­i­cally un­der heavy brak­ing. LED light­ing all-round and the fan­tas­tic 6.5in full-colour Con­nec­tiv­ity TFT screen are also now stan­dard fare.

The other big sell­ing point that hasn’t changed is the Ad­ven­ture model’s larger-than-life stance, with 220mm of travel and a 30-litre fuel tank, giv­ing it a the­o­ret­i­cal range of 390 miles.

It’s a true global ad­ven­ture bike.

ADAM CHILD SE­NIOR ROAD TESTER ‘It’s out­stand­ing. BMW have given it more power and torque, and it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to find fault’

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