BMW’s flagship adventure motorcycle has entered its next iteration, transitioning from the well-regarded R 1250 GS to the all-new R 1300 GS.
With a 1,300cc boxer-twin engine, the R 1300 GS boasts 145hp at 7,750rpm and 149Nm at 6,500rpm, making it the most powerful boxer engine produced by BMW for series production. Despite the increased displacement, the engine is more compact due to the gearbox being positioned beneath it.
The motorcycle features a brand-new main frame made of sheet metal steel, which is stiffer than its predecessor, and the rear sub-frame has been replaced with a die-cast aluminum unit. The suspension is also entirely new, maintaining BMW’s telelever front fork and paralever rear suspension design.
In terms of weight, the R 1300 GS is now 12kg lighter than its predecessor, weighing in at 237kg. However, the new aluminum fuel tank has a slightly smaller capacity of 19 liters compared to the previous version. Nevertheless, the power-to-weight ratio has significantly improved.
The bike offers four standard riding modes: Rain, Ride, Eco, and Enduro, one more than the previous version. It comes with a Bluetooth-equipped TFT color display, an adjustable windscreen, and an LED headlight as standard. The design has been refreshed, with a sleeker and more streamlined appearance. Notably, the headlight no longer features an asymmetric design.
The R 1300 GS introduces radar-assisted safety features, including Active Cruise Control (ACC), Front Collision Warning (FCW), and Lane Change Warning (LCW). Optional extras include electronically adjustable suspension with Dynamic Suspension Adjustment (DSA) and adaptive vehicle height.
As for its availability in India, the R 1300 GS is expected to arrive in the coming months, likely in a ‘Pro’ variant with certain optional features included as standard. It is expected to come with a price increase over the current R 1250 GS Pro, which is priced at Rs 20.55 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
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