BMW Motorrad’s class-defining GS has obtained a serious replace for 2024 within the type of the brand new R 1300 GS.
Since releasing the R 80 GS over 40 years in the past, BMW has been on the forefront of journey bike improvement, and with gross sales skyrocketing for the reason that early 2000’s, the GS has grow to be a best-seller each right here in Britain and past.
So, since BMW put an finish to the rumours and introduced the R 1300 GS earlier this 12 months, all eyes have been watching Berlin to catch a glimpse of the brand new GS.
Now the time has lastly come to disclose the R 1300 GS.
Right here’s every thing it is advisable to know.
New boxer engine for the R 1300 GS
One of many greatest adjustments from the outgoing 1250 to the incoming 1300 is a newly developed engine with extra energy and torque, that BMW additionally claims is optimised for ‘operating smoothness and effectivity.’
The important thing figures are spectacular: the engine has the precise capability of 1,300cc and options an enlarged cylinder bore however a diminished stroke (106.5mm x 73mm in comparison with the 1250’s 102.5mm x 76mm bore over stroke).
Because of this, the brand new engine seems 145bhp (9bhp greater than the 1250) and a most torque of 149Nm at 6,250rpm, a rise of 6Nm over its predecessor.
BMW additionally claims that the 1300 GS produces extra torque throughout the engine’s complete energy vary for prolonged pulling energy, particularly beneath load.
Compact new drivetrain
The brand new GS now incorporates a gearbox which is positioned beneath the engine, moderately than behind it. This creates a extra compact unit and reduces the size of the transmission shafts, leading to appreciable weight financial savings.
The engine itself sheds 3.9kg from the earlier motor whereas all the powertrain now weighs 6.5kg much less.
In response to Jochen Beck, the Challenge Supervisor on the brand new R 1300 GS, one of many key design ideas was to ‘cease the development of getting greater and greater’.
As a substitute, the design workforce centered on decreasing the load and dimensions of the bike leading to a complete lower of 12kg over the the 1250, which may also be seen within the new suspension.
Reworked suspension and new body
BMW has gone again to the drafting board with the body and suspension for the 1300, which options an all-new important body constituted of metal which is extra compact in addition to stiffer.
As well as, the rear body is now low-weight die-cast aluminium moderately than tubular metal, and the general chassis has been optimised for measurement, stiffness, and driving precision.
Together with the brand new body is the reworked suspension, which BMW says improves the dealing with and stability of the bike.
The entrance Telelever is now extra refined than ever. The technical jargon will get difficult right here, however primarily BMW has mixed a direct clamp between the suspension elements for extra exact dealing with with versatile components that compensate for the lengthy suspension journey and excessive handlebars, to create a brand new system that provides much more precision and stability than earlier than.
The rear Paralever building has additionally been stiffened and affords 200mm of journey, whereas there’s 190mm of journey on the entrance.
Braking on the brand new R 1300 GS
Up entrance, the 1300 has twin disc brakes with new radially mounted four-piston mounted callipers and a single disc on the rear with a two-piston floating calliper.
That is linked to BMW’s Full Integral ABS Professional, which prompts each brakes when both the entrance or rear brake controls are actuated, with completely different settings relying on driving mode.
There’s additionally the Dynamic Brake Management which prevents unintentional throttle software whereas braking.
Courageous new lights
It’s time to deal with the elephant within the room: the headlight. Gone is the enduring blinking gentle that has been round since 1999 starting with the R 1150 GS, and instead is a brand new X-shaped LED headlight.
Judging from the suggestions already from leaked photographs, it’s a controversial transfer, however contemplating that the present design has been round for over 20 years, we expect it’s not such a foul time for a refresh.
BMW says the brand new LED lamp possesses ‘unrivalled’ readability, and integrates the low beam, excessive beam, daytime operating lights, and facet lights into the meeting.
As well as, the entrance indicators are embedded into the hand guards.
There’s additionally the choice for a ‘Headlight Professional’, which permits for cornering lights that flip whereas banking, illuminating round bends.
Driving Assistant package deal
The brand new BMW R 1300 GS comes with a ‘Driving Assistant’ package deal, which incorporates Lively Cruise Management, Entrance Collision Warning, and Lane Change Warning.
Lively Cruise Management is a radar-linked adaptive cruise management, which determines the gap of automobiles forward and adjusts the cruising velocity routinely to take care of a protected distance whereas cruise management is on.
In the meantime, the Entrance Collision Warning additionally makes use of the built-in radar to assist stop collisions by alerting the rider and intervening with the brakes if it detects an imminent frontal collision.
Lastly, Lane Change Warning displays the blind spots to the left and proper of the bike and warns of potential hazards by a light-weight within the respective rear mirror.
As befitting BMW’s flagship journey bike, the brand new 1300 comes with a collection of equipment included as normal. This features a 12v energy socket within the cockpit in addition to a 5v quick charging USB-A socket in a fold-out smartphone compartment behind the handlebars.
As well as, the bike is now fitted with a high-end lithium-ion battery, which saves 2.5kg of weight and will be monitored through the brand new Battery Guard perform.
Additionally fitted as normal are heated grip, keyless journey, hill-start help, and a 6.5-inch TFT show.
There’s additionally a number of non-obligatory tools that may be added to the R 1300 GS, together with a brand new model of the Dynamic Suspension Adjustment (DSA) system, adaptive peak management which reduces the seat peak when slowing and stopping, and an off-road biased sports activities suspension which will increase journey by 20mm back and front.
Different non-obligatory tools contains quite a lot of wheel choices, heated seats, completely different seat heights, Driving Modes Professional, and an enormous vary of safety, baggage, and trendy elements.
Colors and variants
The usual 1300 GS is accessible in Lightwight stable paint, with a matte black body, Evening Black alloy wheels, and an Avus black powertrain that accentuates the boxer engine in opposition to the angular traces of the physique.
The favored Triple Black possibility additionally returns with blacked-out styling, and features a black baggage service, Consolation Seats, Consolation passenger footrests, a centre stand, and an electronically adjustable wind defend.
The GS Trophy variant additionally returns, completed in hanging Racing Blue metallic. Included with the GS Trophy mannequin is the rally fashion excessive seat, Sport passenger seat, cross-spoked wheels, and radiator guards.
Lastly, there’s the Choice 719 Tramuntana with cross-spoke wheels in gold, a gold anodised handlebar, and gold-coloured lining on physique elements. The tank, facet trim sections, and entrance wheel cowl are completed in Aurelius Inexperienced metallic.
Air/liquid-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke boxer engine with two overhead, chain- pushed camshafts, a counterbalance shaft and variable consumption camshaft management system BMW ShiftCam
Bore/stroke: 106.5mm x 73mm
Output: 145bhp at 7,750rpm
Torque: 149Nm at 6,500rpm
Body: Two-section body with integral engine and bolt-on rear body
Entrance suspension: EVO Telever, central suspension strut with 190mm journey
Rear suspension: EVO Paralever with 200mm journey
Wheels: Mild alloy solid wheels as normal, 19-inch entrance and 17-inch rear
Moist weight: 237kg
Gas tank capability: 19L
Entrance: Twin 310mm semi-floating discs, four-piston radial callipers
Rear: Single 285mm disc, two-piston floating calliper
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