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More power from clever en­gine tech

BMW’S re­place­ment for the hugely pop­u­lar R1200GS – the R1250GS, is of­fi­cially un­veiled in Ger­many to­day. It’s more pow­er­ful, ef­fi­cient and clever, too.

Although the most ob­vi­ous change is a ca­pac­ity boost of 84cc to give the new 1250 and ac­tual dis­place­ment of 1254cc, the big­gest news is BMW’S ad­di­tion of its new ‘Shift­cam’ tech­nol­ogy, in­tro­duc­ing a slid­ing camshaft that has two dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent cam pro­files, trans­form­ing the en­gine’s power and torque de­liv­ery. The net re­sult is a 9% boost in power to 134bhp, 14% boost in torque (to 92ftlb) and de­spite the per­for­mance hike, fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sions which are both ac­tu­ally im­proved.

The 1250 can also now use poorqual­ity fuel more eas­ily thanks to a new knock sen­sor, while rid­ing modes are boosted by the ad­di­tion of Au­to­matic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol and Hill Start Con­trol. Fur­ther op­tions in­clude DTC, ABS Pro, HSC Pro as well as Rid­ing Modes Pro. The ex­cel­lent 6.5in full-colour TFT ‘Con­nec­tiv­ity’ dash is also now stan­dard fit­ment.

MCN Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves rode the new GS last week, and said: “The 1250 re­ally does seam­lessly de­liver more power and torque, with no hic­cups, stut­ters or jolts. You can’t feel the new Shift­cam do­ing its thing, which is how it should be. Off-road it’s not as light as a KTM 1090 but the ex­tra grunt and de­li­cious throt­tle re­sponse make it more con­trol­lable than ever. It may still not have the su­per­bike-lev­els of power of some ri­vals, but whether tour­ing, com­mut­ing, scratch­ing or get­ting muddy the R1250GS still does it all.”

Most of changes are to the en­gine and elec­tron­ics

Big, 6.5in colour TFT dash is now stan­dard fit­ment

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