Expected Launch Date: Jun 2019 – Jul 2019
BMW R 1200 GS
BMW R 1200 GS Overview
The BMW R 1250 GS is all set to launch in the Indian automobile market with some additional feature and sporty look. The former variant of the motorcycle namely revered R 1200 had gained the interest of thousands of athletic bike enthusiast. That being said, the company is bringing in the latest variant of its BMW bike series. This updated version of revered R 1200 was unveiled at the EICMA Motorbike Shows in 2018.
BMW R 1200 GS Engine & Transmission
BMW R 1250 GS has got 14% more torque and 9% more power as the company has integrated a comparatively bigger stroke and larger bore this time. Its boxer-twin engine, which comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox transmission, displaces 1,254cc. It churns out the power of 136 BHP at the range of 7750 RPM and produces a peak torque output of 143 Nm at 6,250 RPM.
BMW R 1200 GS Braking & Safety
Coming to the brakes, its front wheel is equipped with 305 mm, dual floating disc brakes. The rear axle is integrated with 276 mm, single disc brake. The braking and handling are improved, making it easier for the driver to ride the bike on tarmac roads, challenging terrain, and even gravel tracks. The updated BMW variant will come with an advanced electronic package supporting dual-standard driving modes, ASC, Hill start control, and ABS.
BMW R 1200 GS Competitors
As far as the model’s design, electronic package, and performance are considered, BMW R 1250 GS is said to compete with Triumph Tiger 1200 and Ducati Multistrada 1260.
BMW R 1200 GS Styling & Comfort
In terms of designing, the bike has quite identical exteriors to the former variant with the similar chassis set-up. This upcoming variant features a multi-functional instrument panel together with a Thin Film Transistor touchscreen, 17-inches cast aluminum wheel, and the revamped LED daytime light and headlamps. The occupants get ample legroom, comfortable seat, broad bars, excellent heated grips, and decent ride quality.
BMW R 1200 GS Performance and Handling
The twin-engine of the BMW R 1250 GS comprises a variable valve timing mechanism that the company often describes as ‘Shift cam Technology'. This specific mechanism is integrated to handle stifle response and provide mid-range torque to assist the rider to drive the bike in irregular terrains. Basically, the valve timing device offers a better grip and traction in rough roads. The BMW R 1250 GS gets the same chassis set-up to its former variant with its frame, tank seat, Paralever shaft drive, and even suspension system being identical to R 1200.
BMW R 1200 GS What we think
Regardless of the company's claim for updating the motorcycle with the shift cam technology, the fuel economy is just 4% better than the revered R 1200 bike. The company has particularly targeted the areas which needed improvements such as the better torque and power. Overall, the bike has smoother, faster, and improved performance. However, the company could have integrated an electric screen. Besides, the soon-to-be-launched bike isn’t heavier than its former variant.
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