BMW’s iconic overland motorcycle is updated for 2019. It’s the new GS Adventure R1250, and this is our first drive on and off-road review. Can this bike really do it all?
The flat twin-cylinder engine gets a displacement bump to 1,254 cc, hence the 1250 name. Peak power is now 136 horsepower, but the engine also features a ShiftCam variable valve timing technology that (BMW says) improves the bike’s fuel economy.
The 6.5-inch color digital display is standard. The GS Adventure offers several driving modes that range from Road to Enduro. The seat height is adjustable. The bike has a self-leveling suspension setup and adjustable damping on the shocks.
At a curb weight of around 600 lbs “wet”, this is a large bike. It’s meant to cover long distances on and off the road.
Roman says the BMW GS Adventure is more of an on-road bike that is made to go off-road, than the other way around. While riding in the dirt, let the suspension do its thing for a more confident ride. The new GS swallows highway miles with ease as well.
The starting price for the 2019 GS Adventure is $17,695. Adding all options and accessories could push the final price near the $30,000 mark.
Join Roman for this first drive video review.