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2019 BMW R 1250 GS, R 1250 GS Adventure and R 1250 RT

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2019 R 1250 GS RT R1250RT

” data-medium-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250RT-lead-300×200.jpg” data-large-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250RT-lead.jpg” class=”wp-image-56113 size-full” src=”http://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250RT-lead.jpg” alt=”2019 R 1250 GS RT R1250RT” width=”800″ peak=”533″ />BMW’s best-selling touring bike turns into the R 1250 RT for 2019, with extra engine displacement and ShiftCam variable valve timing. (Photographs by Kevin Wing)

The time for giant modifications to your best-selling motorbike fashions is usually not when their gross sales are on the upswing, and BMW is aware of this in addition to anybody else. It moved about Three % extra bikes within the U.S. final yr in a principally flat market than in 2017, with simply three twin-cylinder fashions liable for 37 % of the whole: the R 1200 GS, R 1200 GS Journey (GSA) and R 1200 RT. As anybody who owns one can attest, these bikes have turn out to be very, excellent at their missions, whether or not it’s knocking out 300 miles of Backcountry Discovery Route on a GS or GSA journey bike or reaching the top of a Three,000-mile sport-touring journey on an RT prepared for Three,000 extra.

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2019 R 1250 GS R1250GS

” data-medium-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GS-action-3qtrL-300×200.jpg” data-large-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GS-action-3qtrL.jpg” class=”wp-image-56099 size-full” src=”http://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GS-action-3qtrL.jpg” alt=”2019 R 1250 GS R1250GS” width=”800″ peak=”533″ />All 5 oil/liquid-cooled BMW boxers get the 1250 twin for 2019, together with the R 1250 GS journey bike, which additionally has an up to date rider interface and electronics.

So, if it ain’t broke…you solely mess with it if vital. Extra highly effective competitors just like the KTM 1290s definitely qualify as a motivator for change to the R 1200s, however not a “need to” when gross sales are good. Then again, harder Euro 5 emissions requirements that take impact January 1, 2020, are undoubtedly a need to. BMW has determined to tick each bins early, by including 84cc extra engine displacement for extra energy general and ShiftCam know-how to the brand new 2019 R 1250 engine’s valve practice, a type of variable valve timing that broadens the powerband, will increase gasoline effectivity and reduces emissions. All 5 bigger oil/liquid-cooled R 1250 boxer fashions (GS, GSA, RT, R and RS) get ShiftCam for 2019, in reality, and associated modifications comparable to toothed silent cam chains (beforehand curler chains), an optimized oil provide, twin-jet injection valves and a brand new exhaust system. To sweeten the deal there are some good styling, suspension and digital upgrades to the bikes as nicely.

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BMW ShiftCam

” data-medium-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R-1250-shift-cam-illo-300×200.jpg” data-large-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R-1250-shift-cam-illo.jpg” class=”wp-image-56098 size-full” src=”http://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R-1250-shift-cam-illo.jpg” alt=”BMW ShiftCam” width=”800″ peak=”533″ />It’s exhausting to think about the R 1250 twin’s consumption cams sliding forwards and backwards unnoticed by the rider, however they do, in 2-5 milliseconds and at 5,000 rpm or much less relying on load.

Widespread within the automotive world the place economies of scale and extra engine elbow room make it simpler to implement, variable valve timing continues to be fairly uncommon in bikes, however as emissions regs tighten we’re more likely to see it extra typically. Honda’s VTEC was first—on the Japanese market 1983 CB400F—adopted by the 2002 VFR800 VTEC, and these days Suzuki, Ducati and Kawasaki have all used a type of VVT in a single mannequin. BMW’s system is exclusive in that—quite than solely opening two of 4 valves at decrease rpm, or partly rotating the consumption cam independently of the crankshaft to advance or retard the valve timing—ShiftCam slides or “shifts” the boxer engine’s consumption cams sideways at midrange rpm, partaking side-by-side partial- or full-load cam lobes as wanted. Digital actuators within the cylinder heads shoot a pin into certainly one of a pair of curved ramps on the cams, shifting it to full load mode at 5,000 rpm it doesn’t matter what, or at decrease engine speeds based mostly on load. The shift occurs in 2-5 milliseconds and is undetectable, aside from a helpful additional gob of clean grunt at low rpm, noticeably extra energy on prime and a tiny bit extra mechanical noise. BMW claims the leap from 1,170cc to 1,254cc and ShiftCam increase output over all the R 1250 powerband, with 9-percent extra horsepower peak (136 at 7,750 rpm) and 14-percent extra torque (105 lb-ft at 6,250 rpm). On the similar time gasoline financial system is claimed to be 6-percent higher, the minimal gasoline octane requirement has been lowered to 87 AKI and the bikes all meet Euro 5.

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2019 R 1250 GS R1250GS engine

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Since they’re its greatest sellers right here, BMW launched the R 1250 GS, GSA and RT at a single occasion in Palm Springs, California, the place we might reap the benefits of some sandy and difficult desert filth roads on the GS fashions, and calmly trafficked mountain and desert highways for some RT peg scraping. I additionally rode an RT away from the occasion, and we picked up an R 1250 GS Unique for some additional testing, so we’ll replace this story with dyno and gasoline financial system numbers quickly. Along with ShiftCam 1,254cc engines, all three bikes take pleasure in another new options I’ll handle right here, however for larger technical element on every mannequin discuss with the next:

2017 BMW R 1200 GS Updates & New Type Packages

2014 BMW R 1200 RT Street Check Evaluation

2014 BMW R 1200 GS Journey Street Check Evaluation

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2019 R 1250 GS R1250GS

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The R 1200 GS collection is well-liked due to its Swiss Military knife-like versatility—it’s not only a massive dual-sport able to tackling some fairly gnarly filth in the best palms, and even simply straightforward filth roads connecting pavement—it’s additionally a fantastic sport-touring bike, commuter and nook carver. For a lot of it’s the one bike that does all of it…until in fact it’s too tall for you and also you don’t experience off-road, by which case the R RT is a more sensible choice. With its decrease seat peak, wonderful wind safety, consolation and dealing with, the dream of many a BMW fanatic is to have each it and a GS within the storage.

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2019 R 1250 GS RT R1250RT cockpit

” data-medium-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250RT-detail-cockpit-300×200.jpg” data-large-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250RT-detail-cockpit.jpg” class=”wp-image-56109 size-full” src=”http://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250RT-detail-cockpit.jpg” alt=”2019 R 1250 GS RT R1250RT cockpit” width=”800″ peak=”533″ />Little has modified within the RT’s cockpit for 2019, but it’s nonetheless among the many most useful in its class.

For 2019 the R 1250 GS and RT add Hill Begin Management (HSC) to the record of ordinary digital options that features two driving modes—Street and Rain—and Automated Stability Management (ASC), or primary traction management. HSC holds the bike in place on hills whenever you launch the brakes, making it simpler to start out out.

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2019 R 1250 GS RT R1250RT

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Mark’s Gear
Helmet: Nolan N-100 Collection 5 (R 1250 RT)
Helmet: Arai XD4 (R 1250 GS/GSA)
Jacket: Spidi 4Season H2Out
Pants: Rev’It Cayenne
Boots: Rev’It Discovery OutDry

The RT additionally advantages from normal ABS Professional for 2019, primarily cornering ABS, which continues to be a part of the optionally available Journey Modes Professional package deal for the GS. Different Experience Modes Professional features for each bikes embrace a further Dynamic experience mode, Dynamic Traction Management (DTC), and new Dynamic Brake Management (DBC), which prevents throttle software underneath onerous rear-wheel braking. The GS additionally will get Dynamic Professional, Enduro and Enduro Professional driving modes and HSC Professional. DTC works in corners, and the “Professional” suffix principally permits extra consumer management over the brakes and suspension. And for those who’re not confused by all of that, you’re higher off than most of us.

 

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2019 R 1250 GS R1250GS TFT

” data-medium-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GS-detail-TFT-300×200.jpg” data-large-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GS-detail-TFT.jpg” class=”wp-image-56102 size-full” src=”http://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GS-detail-TFT.jpg” alt=”2019 R 1250 GS R1250GS TFT” width=”800″ peak=”533″ />Giant, vibrant 6.5-inch TFT show is new to the GS and GSA. It’s many features and knowledge embrace media, smartphone and navigation connectivity, and it’s all managed together with your thumb on the left grip.

All of that is displayed on a shiny and easy-to-use 5.7-inch TFT show on the RT that returns unchanged for 2019, however the GS and GSA get new tablet-sized 6.5-inch TFTs with Navigation, Media and Smartphone app Bluetooth connectivity and sufficient menu choices and knowledge to launch the area shuttle. As soon as you work all of it out, zipping via all the choices is fast and straightforward with the Multi-Controller wheel on the left bar.

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2019 R 1250 GS R1250GS wheel

” data-medium-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GS-detail-wheel-300×200.jpg” data-large-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GS-detail-wheel.jpg” class=”wp-image-56103 size-full” src=”http://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GS-detail-wheel.jpg” alt=”2019 R 1250 GS R1250GS wheel” width=”800″ peak=”533″ />Tubeless cross-spoke wheels are commonplace on the GS Journey, or a $500 choice on the GS. BMW’s wonderful entrance clampers are partially built-in with the rear brake.

As earlier than modifications to the driving modes make complementary modifications to the elective Dynamic Digital Suspension Adjustment (D-ESA), which could be custom-made, and the Auto Leveling preload perform launched on the GS for 2017 has been added to the RT. This eliminates the necessity to make preload modifications, say, when a passenger climbs on, and might be overridden with MIN and MAX preload settings on each bikes.

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2019 R 1250 GS R1250GS seat

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BMW is fond of kit “packages” that have a tendency to seek out their means onto a lot of the bikes bought within the U.S., akin to Choose, Premium, Unique and HP Motorsport packages that embrace issues like Keyless Locking, no-cost excessive or low seats, particular wheels, GPS, TPMS, billet gadgets and extra. It’s not straightforward to seek out “base” fashions of the standard BMW motorbike within the U.S. actually, however a lot of the choices are fairly fascinating even when they tack on value.

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2019 R 1250 GS A Journey R1250GSA

” data-medium-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GSA-action-profileR-road-300×200.jpg” data-large-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GSA-action-profileR-road.jpg” class=”wp-image-56105 size-full” src=”http://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GSA-action-profileR-road.jpg” alt=”2019 R 1250 GS A Journey R1250GSA” width=”800″ peak=”533″ />Chief benefits of the GSA embrace a bigger 7.9-gallon gasoline tank, extra suspension journey, a bigger windscreen, safety bars and baggage racks. It’s prepared for an extended journey, however ideas the scales at almost 600 kilos absolutely gassed.

Forgetting about all the bells and whistles, although, simply how properly do the brand new 2019 R 1250 GS, GSA and RT work? I began out in Palm Springs on a GSA, and was instantly happy to discover a new low adjustment place for its rider’s seat, letting me a minimum of get the balls of my ft on the bottom now, and I’ve a 29-inch inseam. As soon as I received the “dongle” put in beneath the seat that permits all the “Professional” features of the experience modes, I fiddled with the bigger new show for some time however determined it might wait till lunch and stored my eye on the visitors and our group chief, who was in a critical hurry to get to the dust part. The elevated energy, acceleration, smoother energy supply and throaty exhaust bark of the brand new engine is sort of welcome, and on the street the Dynamic ESA works rather well with the longer-travel suspension of the GSA to offer a gentle however well-controlled experience.

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2019 R 1250 GS A Journey R1250GSA

” data-medium-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GSA-action-profileR-dirt-300×200.jpg” data-large-file=”https://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GSA-action-profileR-dirt.jpg” class=”wp-image-56104 size-full” src=”http://ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BMW-R1250GSA-action-profileR-dirt.jpg” alt=”2019 R 1250 GS A Journey R1250GSA” width=”800″ peak=”533″ />A talented rider can experience the large GS and GSA like a mud bike off-road, however mere mortals are suggested to pilot yet one more like a Jeep–sluggish and regular wins the race.

Stopping simply lengthy sufficient to ensure we had switched to Enduro Professional experience mode, which permits locking the actual wheel, we blasted down an previous two-track filth street which turned sandier and rockier as we went, till I used to be all eyeballs and sweat maneuvering the large GSA with its 7.9-gallon fuel tank. Luckily BMW had outfitted all the GS fashions with Continental TKC 80 50/50 dust/road tires that offered good grip, particularly in corners, and the extra low-end energy of the brand new engine actually helps within the tight stuff. Afterward I obtained some seat time on a daily GS and located that each it and the GSA comport themselves very properly on-road, too, with the usual mannequin getting the nod on the road for its decrease weight and seat heights. Mission creep has affected their moist weights through the years, nevertheless, and our R 1250 GS Unique tipped the scales at 570 kilos, a 31-pound achieve over our 2013 R 1200 GS check bike. At a claimed 591 kilos the GSA is up by a minimum of 10 kilos for ShiftCam, in all probability extra, however we don’t have an apples-to-apples comparability.

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2019 R 1250 GS RT R1250RT wheel

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The R 1250 RT has acquired fewer modifications for 2019 than BMW’s best-selling GS fashions, nevertheless it’s turn into so refined that each time I experience one I begin counting my pennies. The bike advantages properly from the brand new ShiftCam engine, too, particularly in low-speed maneuvers with its smoother energy supply, and once you’re actually caning it, as we did on the winding Pines-to-Palms Freeway and the racetrack-like twisting descent to Borrego Springs on Montezuma Valley Street. I left the bike’s ESA settings on Street and Auto Degree more often than not, besides within the quickest corners the place Dynamic damping cleared up a bent for the bike to wallow a bit. In any other case the RT retains its former prowess in all sport-touring issues, and has solely gained about 10 kilos. BMW ought to replace the RT’s Bluetooth and audio connectivity from the 2014 spec to one thing like the brand new GS fashions, and work on making upshifting smoother with its Quickshifter, however past that I had problem discovering fault with this marvelous sport-touring machine.

With a number of exceptions the 2019 R 1250s are modified the place it’s wanted, and the identical the place it’s not, sustaining a excessive degree of efficiency in a shifting world. We’ll append gasoline financial system and dyno figures to this publish ASAP.

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2019 R 1250 GS RT R1250RT

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2019 BMW R 1250 RT Specs
Base Worth: $18,645
Worth as Examined: $25,445 (Mars Pink Metallic/Darkish Slate Metallic Matte w/ Sport & Choose Packages)
Guarantee: Three yrs., 36,000 miles
Web site: bmwmotorcycles.com

Engine
Sort: Liquid-cooled, longitudinal flat opposed twin
Displacement: 1,254cc
Bore x Stroke: 102.5 x 76.0mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Valve Practice: DOHC w/ VVT, Four valves per cyl.
Valve Insp. Interval: 6,000 miles
Gasoline Supply: BMS-X EFI
Lubrication System: Moist sump, Four.2-qt. cap.
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated moist clutch
Last Drive: Shaft, 2.75:1

Electrical
Ignition: Digital digital
Charging Output: 540 watts max.
Battery: 12V 12AH

Chassis
Body: Tubular-steel bridge body w/ engine as confused member & Paralever forged aluminum single-sided swingarm
Wheelbase: 58.5 in.
Rake/Path: 25.9 levels/Four.6 in.
Seat Peak: 31.7/32.5 in.
Suspension, Entrance: Telelever w/ single shock, Dynamic ESA & Four.7-in. journey
Rear: Single shock w/ Dynamic ESA & 5.Four-in. journey
Brakes, Entrance: Twin discs w/ 320mm floating rotors, opposed Four-piston calipers & Integral ABS
Rear: Single disc w/ 276mm rotor, 2-piston floating caliper & ABS
Wheels, Entrance: Forged, Three.5 x 17 in.
Rear: Forged, 5.5 x 17 in.
Tires, Entrance: 120/70-ZR17
Rear: 180/55-ZR17
Moist Weight: 633 lbs. (as examined)
Load Capability: 480 lbs. (as examined)
GVWR: 1,113 lbs.

Efficiency
Gasoline Capability: 6.6 gals., final 1.zero gal. warning mild on
MPG: 87 PON min. (low/avg/excessive) 40.2/40.6/41.Three
Estimated Vary: 268 miles
Indicated RPM at 60 MPH: Three,250

 

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2019 R 1250 GS A Journey R1250GSA

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2019 BMW R 1250 GS/GSA Specs
Base Worth: $17,695/19,945
Worth as Examined (GS): $22,695 (Unique Type, Premium & Choose Packages)
Guarantee: Three yrs., 36,000 miles
Web site: bmwmotorcycles.com

Engine
Sort: Liquid-cooled, longitudinal flat opposed twin
Displacement: 1,254cc
Bore x Stroke: 102.5 x 76.0mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Valve Practice: DOHC w/ VVT, Four valves per cyl.
Valve Insp. Interval: 6,000 miles
Gasoline Supply: BMS-X EFI
Lubrication System: Moist sump, Four.2-qt. cap.
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated moist clutch
Ultimate Drive: Shaft, 2.91:1

Electrical
Ignition: Digital digital
Charging Output: 508 watts max.
Battery: 12V 11.8AH

Chassis
Body: Tubular-steel bridge body w/ engine as harassed member & Paralever forged aluminum single-sided swingarm
Wheelbase: 60.zero/59.7 in.
Rake/Path: 25.5/26.Three levels, Three.9/Four.1 in.
Seat Peak: 33.5/34.Three in., 35.zero/35.eight in.
Suspension, Entrance: Telelever w/ single shock, Dynamic ESA & 7.5-/eight.Three-in. journey
Rear: Single shock w/ Dynamic ESA & 7.9-/eight.7-in. journey
Brakes, Entrance: Twin discs w/ 305mm floating rotors, opposed Four-piston calipers & Integral ABS
Rear: Single disc w/ 276mm rotor, 2-piston floating caliper & ABS
Wheels, Entrance: Spoked tubeless, Three.zero x 19 in. (as examined)
Rear: Spoked tubeless, Four.5 x 17 in. (as examined)
Tires, Entrance: 120/70-R19
Rear: 170/60-R17
Moist Weight: 570/591 lbs. (as examined/GSA claimed)
Load Capability: 455/478 lbs. (as examined/GSA claimed)
GVWR: 1,zero25/1069 lbs.

Efficiency
Gasoline Capability: 5.Three/7.9 gals., final 1.zero gal. warning mild on
MPG: 87 PON min., 41.eight (avg)
Estimated Vary: 222 miles
Indicated RPM at 60 MPH: TK

 

 

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