UPDATED SEPT. 19, 2018
We’ve already seen glimpses of the new BMW R1250 engine, as well as the R1250GS model, but now BMW has officially revealed the new GS as well as the new R1250RT.
Both the GS and the RT will go on sale next month in Canada. The GS will have an MSRP of $21,400 (up from $20,300 for the R1200GS), and the RT an MSRP of $22,050 (up from $21,750 for the R1200RT).
The R1250 engine brings two major upgrades over the outgoing motor. The first big difference is the bump in displacement from 1170 cc to 1254 cc. The second is the introduction of variable valve timing, thanks to BMW’s new Shiftcam design.
The Shiftcam design has two lobes per intake valve, instead of one. A shiftgate at the end of the cam moves its position to correspond with the engine load. This means the intake is always matched to the engine’s needs, improving throttle response and engine efficiency. Last week, we ran a video that explained the design.
BMW also says asynchronous intake valve opening along with redesigned engine controller and twin-jet injection valves means the engine’s airflow and carburetion have improved. There’s also a new exhaust system for “optimum performance characteristics.”
The cam chain has switched from a roller design to a toothed design, the oiling system and piston base cooling are revised, and there’s a knock sensor to help ward off problems with dodgy fuel—not an issue for many riders, but certainly important if you’re traveling through the third world.
The result of all these changes? BMW has confirmed the new engine makes 136 hp at 7,750 rpm and 92 lb-ft of torque at 6,250 rpm.
There are two riding modes standard on the new models, with traction control and hill start control standard. BMW’s Riding Modes Pro update can be had as an add-on for either machine, along with Dynamic Traction Control, leaning ABS (standard on the RT model) and emergency stopping feature Dynamic Brake Assistance.
Electronic suspension (Dynamic ESA) is also available on both machines as an option. LED running lights are optional for both machines, and the GS comes with an LED headlight as standard.
Along with the adjustable stock seats, both the R1250RT and R1250GS have optional seats to help riders get the perfect fit.
Both new bikes have built-connectivity, to integrate mobile phones and other technology. The GS gets a full-colour 6.5-inch TFT screen as well, in place of an LCD panel or traditional gauges. The RT gets a smaller 5.7-inch TFT screen.
BMW will likely introduce further models in the R1250 lineup this fall if emissions documents leaked earlier this month are correct. Expect the R1250GS and R1250RT to be on display at October’s Intermot show.
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