BMW R1250GS Adventure ready to take on the world
O R1250GS Adventure unveiled
Hot on the heels of BMW’S new R1250GS comes this Adventure version. The German marque typically waits 12 months before unveiling the Adventure variant, but with the new 1250 Shiftcam engine now common across all R models, they’ve saved us the wait.
That new 1254cc boxer twin from the GS means a 9% boost in power (to 134bhp) and 14% more torque (92ftlb), making it the most powerful production boxer ever.
It also has the same Shiftcam technology which varies the timing and stroke of the intake valves to increase the spread of power across the range as well as reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The result is a 4% reduction in fuel consumption while also future-proofing the engine for forthcoming emissions standards.
ASC and Hill Start Control are standard but 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 intervenes in the engine control and shuts the throttle automatically under heavy braking – even if you don’t. HSC Pro also offers the option to have Auto HSC, which automatically applies a parking brake on a gradient to assist with hill starts.
Other newly-standardised features include LEDS all-round, a 6.5in full-colour TFT screen with Bluetooth connectivity for multimedia and navigation.
Where the GSA differs is in its adventure potential. It has a 30-litre fuel tank, giving a theoretical range of 390 miles, plus 220mm of suspension travel for more capability off-road.
The trade-off is a high kerb weight and a trouser-bursting 890/910mm seat height.