New 2019 BMW GS Adventure On and Off-Road Review: The Iconic Overland Bike is Bigger and Better (Video)

2019 BMW R1250GS Adventure

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.