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Celebrate the arrival of BMW’s new for 2019 models including the R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT, as well as the R 1250 GS Adventure and F 850 GS Adventure, with special demo days in Queensland at Springwood BMW Motorrad, Gold Coast BMW Motorrad, Morgan & Wacker BMW Newstead, while Victorians can throw a leg over Motorrad’s latest and greatest at Frankston BMW on the following dates:
Saturday 15/12/18 – BMW R 1250 GS & R 1250 RT
Saturday 22/12/18 – BMW R 1250 GSA
Saturday 19/01/19 – BMW F 850 GSA
Ttest rides only available at the following four locations
Both the regular R 1250 GS and the Adventure get updated mechanicals including the new ShiftCam version of the Boxer engine but offers a more hardcore off-road package. The latest powerplant also realises a hefty 7 per cent increase in capacity from 1170cc to 1254cc courtesy of both a bigger bore and longer stroke. Power is up from 125 to 136 horsepower while torque is boosted further from 125 to 143 Nm.
The new GS Adventure meanwhile is also 15mm longer but is 28mm slimmer between the mirrors than before, however, at 268 kg BMW’s claimed wet weight figure is 8 kg heavier than that quoted for the previous machine. Wheel travel remains 210mm at the front and 220mm at the rear while the latest model benefits from Dynamic ESA ‘Next Generation’ with automatic load compensation. The lowest seat height loadout also decreases to 820mm.
A brilliant new 6.5-inch TFT screen is standard complete with bluetooth connectivity which allows navigation prompts to be displayed on the dash and your music/phone to be controlled via the well sorted BMW Multi-Controller.
R 1250 RT
The new R 1250 RT embodies its exclusive touring character in one basic colour, two style variants and two Option 719 Spezial finishes, alongside the previously mentioned new 1250 ShiftCam Boxer engine.
As compared to the predecessor model, the engine spoiler has been newly designed and an additional front spoiler has been added. Another striking visual feature is the pipe ducting of the new exhaust manifold system. Along with these body modifications, there are also three attractive colour and style variants as well as two additional special finishes available for the new R 1250 RT, each creating a powerfully distinctive character
An even higher level of riding safety, performance and comfort is achieved with the BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA “Next Generation” (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), now also available as an optional equipment item for the R 1250 RT. Here, the damping automatically adapts to the situation depending on riding state and manoeuvres, and there is also automatic riding position compensation in all load states.
The R 1250 RT is fitted with a large 5.7-inch TFT colour screen. This is supplemented with an analog speedometer and rev counter and controlled by the standard BMW Motorrad Multi-Controller. The RT does not as yet gain all full connectivity features that debut on its R 1250 GS sibling for 2019.
F 850 GS Adventure
Following the unveiling of the recent BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS, the new F 850 GS Adventure expands the BMW Motorrad range in the adventure-touring segment. Like the renowned boxer-engined BMW GS Adventure models, the new F 850 GS Adventures offers a dedicated travel enduro, for off-road oriented touring riders and globetrotters.
A new refined two-cylinder in-line engine with 90-degree crankpin offset and 270/450 degree ignition spacing incudes counterbalance shafts to reduce vibration. A slip-assist clutch provides a discernible reduction in lever effort.
The power transmission to the rear wheel comes from the six-speed gearbox with secondary drive that is now positioned on the left-hand side. The new F 850 GS Adventure also offers “Rain” and “Road” riding modes as standard, while the combination of BMW Motorrad ABS and the ASC automatic stability control ensure a high level of safety.
New, bodywork emphasises the F 850 GS Adventure’s more modern looks, with a larger adjustable windshield and hand-guards. In addition to the basic version, the new F 850 GS Adventure is available in Exclusive and Rallye style variations.
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