BMW announces upgrades for 2019 models

BMW has announced some minor upgrades to its 2019 lineup, including the its scooters, six-cylinder tourers, R NineT retro models, and the new F750/F850 adventure bikes.

None of the upgrades bring significant mechanical improvement; several models get dynamic brake lights (basically, a system that automatically modulates the brake light to warn following motorists of a decrease in speed). Whether this comes to Canada is another question, as Transport Canada has strict rules on brake light behaviour. Some of the other upgrades are also questionable for our country (for now, the C650 GT’s Lane Assist tech isn’t available in Canada).

The big six-cylinder K1600 models all get Hill Start Control Pro now, for easier take-offs on a slope; the R NineT models now have wire wheels as optional, and the S1000 RR gets a lighter battery. Other details are in the BMW press release below. Interestingly, there’s no mention of the R1200 GS platform. Does that mean there’s another upgrade coming for that line this fall? Stay tuned …

BMW Motorrad model revision measures for model year 2019

Model year 2019 sees a number of model revision measures included in the BMW Motorrad program. The models can be ordered from all BMW Motorrad partners in the new configuration from August 2018.

New comfort turn indicators for increased user-friendliness and safety as standard.
As a general measure as part of the model revision, comfort turn indicators will be included in the standard trim of most BMW Motorrad models from model year 2019 onwards (exceptions: C 650 Sport, C 650 GT, G 310 GS, G 310 R, F 800 R, F 800 GT, S 1000 RR and S 1000 R). Depending on road speed, various reset conditions apply with the new comfort turn indicators; previously turn indicator deactivation was based on a fixed time or distance.

BMW Motorrad Connectivity.
The BMW Motorrad Connected app will receive a major update to version 1.6. The app will then offer additional functions and enhancements that were proposed by the BMW Motorrad community. The digital maps will be completely revised and will be based on the motorcycle optimized navigation by TomTom. As one of the most requested features, the navigation option “winding route” will be introduced. To use the new functions, the customer only needs to update the app in the beginning of August and download the new maps free of charge before starting the next ride.

BMW G 310 R.

New paint finish Racing red.
New Style HP: HP Motorsport paint finish (Pearl white metallic with “HP” lettering).
The paint finish Strato blue metallic will no longer be available.

BMW C 400 X.

New paint finish Black storm metallic.

BMW C 650 Sport.

New Style HP: HP Motorsport paint finish (Lightwhite / Racing blue metallic / Racing red with “HP” lettering) and heated Pro seat.
The colour of the drivetrain changes from silver to black (all C 650 models).
The paint finish Light white is no longer available.

BMW C 650 GT.

Side View Assist can be deactivated via the set-up menu in the instrument panel.
BMW Motorrad Spezial: new paint finish Option 719 Sparkling storm metallic, available on request with Option 719 brown seat (with seat heating).
The colour of the drivetrain changes from silver to black (all C 650 models).
The paint finish Light white is no longer available.

BMW C evolution.

New paint finish Mineral grey metallic / Black in conjunction with black tunnel trim.
The paint finish Ionic silver metallic / Electric green is no longer available.

BMW S 1000 R.

New paint finish Black storm metallic.
New Style HP: HP Motorsport paint finish (Light white / Racing blue metallic / Racing red with “HP” lettering) and rim lining.
The paint finishes Catalano grey and Lightwhite / Lupine blue metallic / Racing red are no longer available.

BMW S 1000 XR.

New style Triple Black: paint finish Black storm metallic with lettering and black handlebars.
The paint finish Ocean blue metallic matt is no longer available.

BMW S 1000 RR.

HP battery with long-lasting lithium-ion cells as an optional equipment item. Weight reduction of approx. 2 kg as compared to conventional lead-gel battery. Integrated electronic system to provide protection from deep discharge, overcharging and thermal overload.

BMW K 1600 GT.

Hill Start Control Pro (HSC Pro) as standard: automatic activation when brakes are activated for approx. one second beyond standstill on a gradient of at least +/- 5% –> improved hillside set-off convenience.
New Style Sport: paint finish Black storm metallic / Glacier silver metallic, black drivetrain, windshield Sport version, golden brake calipers at front and rider/passenger seat with seams in a contrasting colour.
The paint finishes Mars red metallic and Lupine blue metallic / Black storm metallic (Style Sport) are no longer available.

BMW K 1600 GTL.

Hill Start Control Pro (HSC Pro) as standard: automatic activation when brakes are activated for approx. one second beyond standstill on a gradient of at least +/- 5% –> improved hillside set-off convenience.
New Style Elegance: paint finish Pollux metallic, chrome brackets at the front mudguard, chrome slipstream deflectors and storage compartment lid finished in Monolith metallic matt.
The paint finishes Thunder grey metallic and Ebony metallic (Style Elegance) are no longer available.

BMW K 1600 B.

Hill Start Control Pro (HSC Pro) as standard: automatic activation when brakes are activated for approx. one second beyond standstill on a gradient of at least +/- 5% –> improved hillside set-off convenience.
Reduction of standard seat height by 30 mm to 750 mm (the existing low seat is no longer available).
High seat available as optional equipment or optional accessory (seat height 780 mm).
New paint finish Imperial blue metallic.

BMW K 1600 Grand America.

Hill Start Control Pro (HSC Pro) as standard: automatic activation when brakes are activated for approx. one second beyond standstill on a gradient of at least +/- 5% –> improved hillside set-off convenience.
Reduction of standard seat height by 30 mm to 750 mm (the existing optional equipment item low seat is no longer available).
High seat available as optional equipment or optional accessory (seat height 780 mm).
New: Additional speaker with amplifier for rear audio system in topcase, controllable with fader function (regulation of volume distribution between front and rear) as optional equipment.
New paint finish Imperial blue metallic.
The paint finish Austin yellow metallic / Black storm metallic is no longer available.

BMW R nineT.

Dynamic brake light now standard.
BMW Motorrad Spezial: new paint finish Option 719 Mars red metallic matt / Cosmic blue metallic matt (fuel tank, hump seat and front mudguard).
BMW Motorrad Spezial: new paint finish Option 719 Pollux metallic / Aluminium (fuel tank, hump seat and front mudguard).
The paint finish Blueplanet metallic / Aluminium is no longer available.

BMW R nineT Pure.

Dynamic brake light now standard.
BMW Motorrad Spezial: new paint finish Option 719 Black storm
metallic / Light white (fuel tank and front mudguard).
BMW Motorrad Spezial: new paint finish Option 719 Black storm metallic / Aurum (fuel tank and front mudguard).

BMW R nineT Scrambler.

Dynamic brake light now standard.
Design option cross-spoke wheels available as an optional equipment item ex works (from 1.9.2018).
New paint finish Stereo metallic matt.
BMW Motorrad Spezial: new paint finish Option 719 Black storm metallic / Light white (fuel tank, front mudguard and lamp bowl).
BMW Motorrad Spezial: new paint finish Option 719 Black storm metallic / Aurum (fuel tank, front mudguard and lamp bowl).
The paint finish Monolith metallic matt is no longer available.

BMW R nineT Racer.

Dynamic brake light now standard.
BMW Motorrad Spezial: new paint finish Option 719 Black storm metallic / Aurum (fuel tank, front mudguard, hump seat, central trim section, side trim sections on the left/right-hand side with “Racer” lettering).

BMW R nineT Urban GS.

Dynamic brake light now standard.
Design option cross-spoke wheels available as an optional equipment item ex works (from 1.9.2018).

BMW F 750 GS / F 850 GS.

Dynamic brake light now standard.

2 thoughts on “BMW announces upgrades for 2019 models”

  1. I would like to see a more practical R9T series bike. Something like a sport tourer or GS that is smaller lighter simpler. Maybe an RS or something a person could actually tour on and is easy to maintain. Also, no recalls please, get it right first time for a change.

    1. I have an older R1150RS and would love to have a newer version of it. The new RS just doesn’t do it for me. A big windshield on a bare R1200R with bags, I think would work better.

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