BMW has unveiled the new R 1300 GS, which features an optimized two-cylinder boxer engine, a completely revised chassis and a wide range of technological features. Available in several unique design variants, this motorcycle offers a wide range of customization options to meet a wide variety of rider wishes and needs.
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A look at the heart: The engine

The heart of the BMW R 1300 GS is the newly designed two-cylinder boxer engine.  With 145 hp (107 kW) at 7,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 149 Nm at 6,500 rpm, it shows increased performance compared to the previous model.  The increase in displacement results from an enlarged cylinder bore and a new crankshaft with reduced stroke.

The BMW R 1300 GS exhibits an increased torque presentation throughout the rev range, especially between 3,600 and 7,800 rpm.  This is relevant for both solo rides and two-up rides, and is suitable for diverse riding conditions and track profiles.

 

  1. drive

Although power and torque have been increased, the fuel consumption of the BMW R 1300 GS remains almost the same as the previous model.  The new boxer engine relies on reduced load change backlash to provide a more direct response to throttle commands.  Features such as air/liquid cooling and variable oil intake remain, while the transmission is now positioned below the engine, resulting in a more compact design and weight reduction.

BMW’s ShiftCam technology for varying valve timing and lift is also incorporated, contributing to more efficient combustion and fuel use.  The stainless steel exhaust system is designed for performance and light weight, and a catalytic converter ensures compliance with emissions standards.

To accommodate different rider preferences, the new R 1300 GS offers four standard riding modes and additional riding modes as optional equipment.  Engine drag torque control (MSR) is included as standard and helps avoid unstable riding conditions.  In addition, Hill Start Control is included as standard, making hill starts easier.

 

Chassis and handling

The chassis of the new BMW R 1300 GS has been completely redesigned with the aim of counteracting the trend of ever larger motorcycles.  “With the new BMW R 1300 GS, we wanted […] to [create] an extremely focused and slim GS,” says Jochen Beck, BMW R 1300 GS project manager.  The newly developed chassis consists of a sheet metal main frame made of steel and a rear frame made of die-cast aluminum, which provides improved steering precision and riding stability.  The weight reduction of 12 kg compared with the previous model also contributes to improved handling.

The front wheel guidance of the new R 1300 GS is based on the innovative Evo Telelever principle, which is designed to provide even greater steering precision and riding stability.  Rear wheel guidance has also been redesigned using the revised Evo Paralever.  The introduction of the Dynamic Suspension Adjustment (DSA) electronic chassis enables dynamic adjustment of damping and spring rate as well as load compensation, enhancing the driving experience on all surfaces.

Additional comfort is provided by Adaptive Vehicle Height Control, which automatically adjusts the vehicle height depending on operating conditions.  The optional sports suspension enhances the motorcycle’s off-road capabilities.  The braking system has also been revised and offers greater safety in conjunction with Integral ABS Pro and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC).  Depending on the equipment variant, cast, forged or cross-spoke wheels are available.

The ergonomics of the new R 1300 GS have been optimized for rider and passenger.  The so-called ergonomics triangle between the handlebars, seat and footrests has been optimized for a sporty, relaxed riding position.  With various seat variants, footrests and handlebar risers, the motorcycle can be individually adapted.

 

Electrics and electronics

The R 1300 GS is equipped with the new electronic suspension system, Dynamic Suspension Adjustment (DSA).  This system dynamically adjusts damping and spring rate and offers four different riding modes, including a new “Enduro” mode for off-road experiences.

“The new R 1300 GS integrates the Riding Assistant with Active Cruise Control, Front Collision Warning and Lane Change Warning, which represents a comprehensive safety package in this segment,” explains Markus Hamm, Functional Development Control Systems at BMW Motorrad.  These features are aimed at making riding safer and more comfortable.

In terms of lighting, the R 1300 GS offers a full LED headlight in the new matrix design and state-of-the-art LED light units as standard.  The adaptive cornering light “Headlight Pro” is available as an optional extra and provides improved illumination of the road.

Comfort and practicality are at the forefront of the R 1300 GS.  The motorcycle features optional comfort rider seats and heated seats for the rider and pillion passenger.  In addition, an on-board power and USB socket and a ventilated smartphone charging compartment are integrated.

Connectivity is provided by a 6.5-inch full-color TFT display and the BMW Motorrad Connected app, which offers a variety of features, including arrow navigation and route sharing.

For added safety, an intelligent emergency call is available as an optional extra.  A standard Service Assistant provides information about upcoming service work and sends status data of the motorcycle to the app.

Finally, the new lightweight lithium-ion battery helps reduce weight and can be monitored via the Battery Guard function.  All these aspects underline the technological and safety features of the new R 1300 GS.

 

Design and variants

The BMW R 1300 GS not only retains its characteristic design, but also presents itself in a number of unique model variants, each of which sets different accents and offers something for every type of rider.

Triple Black: This variant is known for its masculine appeal, with a dominant black that extends from the wheels to the rear frame. The Triple Black is not only eye-catching, but also offers added comfort with features like comfort seats and a power-adjustable high windshield.

  • Color scheme: predominantly black, masculine appearance.
  • Features: comfort seats, comfort socius footrests, tilt stand, electrically adjustable high windshield.
  • Design: filigree five-spoke wheel design, rear frame and most surfaces in black.

GS Trophy: As an off-road expert, the GS Trophy presents itself in a sporty Racingblue metallic design and is equipped with all the necessary features for off-road use.  These include robust cross-spoke wheels and radiator guards that protect the motorcycle from damage.  The seat offers the look and ergonomics of a rally seat, making it the first choice for off-road enthusiasts.

  • Color scheme: base color Racingblue metallic, red and white tapes, rear frame in white metallic matt.
  • Features: high driver’s seat, radiator grille, robust cross-spoke wheels (black or gold as optional equipment).
  • Orientation: off-road, high freedom of movement, seat tilt adjustment for different ergonomics.

Option 719 Tramuntana: This exclusive variant combines elegance with technology.  With golden accents and high-quality paint in Aurelius Green metallic, it shows itself from its noblest side.  The Tramuntana can also be customized with numerous optional extras such as a sports brake and special cross-spoke wheels.

  • Color scheme: gold accents, fairing side panels and front wheel cover in Aurelius Green metallic.
  • Features: handlebars anodized in gold, various optional extras such as topcase carrier in Avus Black metallic, sports brake in titanium color.
  • Design: exclusive and classy look, high-quality paintwork and materials.

Each of these variants brings its own special features, be it in design, functionality or equipment, to meet the different demands and preferences of the riders.  However, the essence of the GS – its off-road competence and suitability for touring – is retained in each version.  Thus, the R 1300 GS offers a diverse range, from the sporty off-road expert to the elegant and exclusive travel companion.

Of course, BMW again offers a very wide range of customization options.

 

Conclusion

The BMW R 1300 GS features various improvements and technological innovations.  The optimized two-cylinder boxer engine and revised chassis are intended to provide improved riding characteristics, while various design variants and customization options appeal to a broad target group.  Technological features such as Dynamic Suspension Adjustment and Riding Assistant contribute to functionality and safety.  Overall, the R 1300 GS presents itself as a versatile motorcycle with diverse equipment options for different rider needs.

 

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Data overview of the BMW R 1300 GS

  1. Engine
    • Type: Air/Liquid-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine
    • Displacement: 1300 cc
    • Bore/Stroke: 106.5 mm x 73 mm
    • Power: 107 kW/145 hp
    • At RPM: 7750 min⁻¹
    • Torque: 149 Nm
    • At RPM: 6500 min⁻¹
    • Design: With two overhead, chain-driven camshafts, a balance shaft, and variable intake camshaft control BMW ShiftCam
    • Compression Ratio: 13.3:1
    • Fuel: Unleaded premium petrol, 95 RON
    • Valves per Cylinder: 4
    • Ø Intake/Exhaust: 44 mm / 35.6 mm
    • Ø Throttle Valve: 52 mm
    • Engine Management: BMS-O
    • Exhaust Emission Control: Regulated three-way catalytic converter, Emission standard EU-5
  2. Electrical System
    • Alternator: 650 W
    • Battery: 12 V/10 Ah
    • Headlight: LED
    • Tail Light: LED
    • Brake Tail Light: LED
    • Starter: 900 W
  3. Power Transmission
    • Clutch: Wet clutch with anti-hopping function, hydraulically operated
    • Gearbox: Claw-shifted six-speed gearbox
    • Primary Ratio: 1.479
    • Gear Ratios: I: 2.438; II: 1.714; III: 1.296; IV: 1.059; V: 0.906; VI: 0.794
    • Secondary Drive: Shaft drive
    • Secondary Ratio: 2.910
  4. Chassis/Brakes
    • Frame Type: Two-part frame concept consisting of a main frame and a bolted rear frame, engine supporting
    • Front Wheel Location/Suspension: EVO-Telelever, central spring strut
    • Rear Wheel Location/Suspension: Aluminum cast single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad EVO-Paralever, WAD spring strut, continuously adjustable spring preload
    • Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 190 mm / 200 mm
    • Castor: 112 mm
    • Wheelbase: 1,818 mm
    • Steering Head Angle: 63.8°
  5. Brakes
    • Front: Dual disc brake, semi-floating brake discs, Ø 310 mm, four-piston radial calipers
    • Rear: Single disc brake, Ø 285 mm, double-piston floating caliper
    • ABS: Standard BMW Motorrad Full Integral ABS Pro (optimized for incline)
  6. Wheels and Tires
    • Wheels: Light alloy cast wheels
    • Front: 3.00 x 19″
    • Rear: 4.50 x 17″
    • Tires Front: 120/70 R 19
    • Tires Rear: 170/60 R 17
  7. Dimensions and Weights
    • Overall Length: 2,212 mm
    • Overall Width with Hand Guard: 1,000 mm
    • Seat Height: 850 mm
    • DIN Unladen Weight, Road Ready: 237 kg
    • Permitted Total Weight: 465 kg
    • Fuel Tank Capacity: 19 l
  8. Riding Performance
    • Fuel Consumption (WMTC): 4.8 l/100 km
    • CO2 Emission: 110 g/km
    • Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 3.39 s
    • Top Speed: >200 km/h

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