These big Beemers get a bigger engine and more features.
The R 1250 R is the roadster version, stripped down and set up for no-frills fun. The R 1250 RS is more of a sport touring bike, with a small fairing and other bodywork. The R 1250 GS Adventure is, as its name suggests, a large adventure bike, set up to take you anywhere you want to go, on or off the road.
All of these bikes upgrade existing versions to BMW's 1254cc engine with ShiftCam technology producing 136 hp and 81 lb-ft of torque as seen in the R 1250 GS and RT, That's an upgrade for the R 1200 R and RS, and adds the top level Adventure trim to the GS, similar to the F 850 GS Adventure that was also announced.
The RS and GS Adventure models gain LED lighting, while the R sticks with a traditional headlight. Two riding modes will be available across all models, though BMW is not specific as to exactly what these modes are. It was specific about Automatic Stability Control and Hill Start Control being standard equipment on these bikes, as well as enhanced versions of all of these being available as an option. Really? The improved modes are nothing more than a simple matter of programming using the existing hardware, yet BMW is going to make us pay extra for it? Additional optional equipment includes Dynamic ESA “Next Generation” electronic suspension, fully adjustable on the fly to respond to changing road and riding conditions.
All three models come with a 6.5-inch full-color TFT screen, displaying vital information and enabling full control of the R 1250's various features. An optional Intelligent Emergency Call system can automatically call for help in the event of a crash.
All in all, there's nothing too radical about these new models, but it's good to see BMW's 1250 engine replace the old 1200 across more of the product range, as well as steady improvement on features and standard equipment.