Here’s our first impressions and walkaround video of the 2019 BMW R1250 GS – a revised version of the popular adventure machine with more power, more gizmos and more torque than the current model in the German firm’s range.


The main event for the new GS is its 1254cc ShiftCam motor – which we showed you a first video of last week. In turn, it kicks out a maximum 136bhp of power with that figure coming at 7,750rpm (the previous model had 125bhp at the same revs). Torque-wise the bike has 143Nm @ 6,250rpm (it was 125Nm @ 6,500rpm).


The Boxer ShiftCam variable distribution engine means, according to the Germans, that the bike makes its power more smoothly and delivers better mpg than last year’s model.

Of course, there’s a raft of different models available – kitted out with different accessories and aftermarket bits and pieces. The standard R1250GS will set you back £13,415, the R1250GS Rallye will cost £13,950, the R1250GS Rallye TE will be £16,975, the R1250GS TE will cost £16,200, and the R1250GS Exclusive TE will set you back £ 16,500.



ENGINE: 1,254cc air/liquid-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke boxer engine with two overhead, spur gear driven camshafts, a counterbalance shaft and BMW’s ShiftCam variable intake camshaft control system


POWER: 136bhp (100kW) at 7,750rpm

TORQUE: 143Nm at 6,250rpm

FRAME: Two-section frame concept consisting of main frame with bolt-on rear frame, load-bearing engine

WHEELBASE: 1,525mm

BRAKES: (F) Twin 305mm diameter floating disc brakes discs with 4-piston radial brake calipers (R) Single 276mm diameter disc brake with 2-piston floating caliper

TRANSMISSION: Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gearing system

SUSPENSION: (F) BMW Motorrad Telelever central spring strut 37mm diameter forks with 190mm of travel (R) Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever rear spring with 200mm of travel (with adjustable spring preload and rebound-stage damping – and optional Dynamic ESA)

WHEELS: (F) 3.00 x 19 (R) 4.50 x 17″

TYRES: (F) 120/70 R19 (R) 170/60 R17

SEAT HEIGHT: 850/870mm

FUEL CAPACITY: 20 litres

FUEL CONSUMPTION: 4.75 litres to 100km

WEIGHT: 249kg (wet)


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