BMW Motorrad has expanded its lineup for the Indian market by bringing in the latest versions of its flagship adventure tourer – R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure. Both these motorcycles have been brought to India via the CBU route, with the BMW R 1250 GS priced at Rs. 20.45 lakh and BMW R 1250 GS Adventure priced at Rs. 22.40 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, India).
Design and Features
As compared to the previously available model, the new 2021 BMW R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure see receive no changes to their design. Both the motorcycles continue to get the same mammoth stance and purposeful design, however, they do get some additional features like Dynamic Traction Control, integral ABS Pro, hill start control pro and dynamic engine brake control.
The BMW R 1250 GS Adventure has got a more purposeful design of the two, with bigger fuel tank (30 liters as compared to 20 liters of R 1250 GS), additional crash protection bits, longer suspension travel and higher seat height for an out-and-out off-road riding experience.
Other features available in both R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure as standard include a full TFT colored instrument console, full LED headlamps, three riding modes (eco, road and rain) and a USB charging socket.
There are some features which are available as optional add-ons at extra premium, like dynamic electronic suspension adjustment with automatic load leveling and automatic damping mode, adaptive cornering lamps, auxiliary LED lamps, endure package with engine guard and raised handlebars, sports silencer and four additional riding modes (dynamic, dynamic pro, enduro and enduro pro).
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The biggest change, however, comes in the form of new paint schemes. Both the motorcycles get two color options of Style Rallye and Style Triple Black, with the R 1250 GS getting an additional Light White Non Metallic and R 1250 GS Adventure getting Ice Grey color options.
In addition to these, both the BMW R 1250 GS as well as BMW R 1250 GS Adventure also come with the exclusive limited edition ‘40 years of GS’ livery. This paint scheme comes with a black paint shade and yellow colored graphics on fuel tank and front beak, golden spoke wheels, yellow crash guards and dual tone black and yellow theme.
Powering both the BMW R 1250 GS and BMW R 1250 GS Adventure is a liquid cooled, flat twin, 1254cc engine, which pumps out 136 PS of maximum power and 143 Nm of maximum torque. The engine comes paired to a 6-speed gearbox, which sends power to the rear wheel via a shaft drive.
Both the BMW R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure see no changes to the mechanicals under the skin, with both of them getting a two-section frame and a suspension combination of 37mm telelever at front and single sided aluminium swingarm with BMW Motorrad paralver at rear.
In addition to these, both the motorcycles get dual 305mm disc brakes and 120/70 R19 tire at front and single 276mm disc brake and 170/60 R17 tire at rear. The seat heights of R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure are 870mm and 910mm respectively.
Price and Competition
While the price of BMW R 1250 GS is unchanged at Rs. 20.45 lakh compared to the previous model, the BMW R 1250 GS Adventure is now pricier by Rs. 5,000 at Rs. 22.40 lakh.
Currently, the only direct rival to the BMW R 1250 GS and its Adventure version is the Honda Africa Twin. However, the segment will see introduction of Ducati Multistrada V4 very soon.