BMW GSA 1250

Category: Adventure Bike

1. Review

Little appears to have changed with the R1250GS at first glance, as it shares the same styling as its BMW R1200GS predecessor and retains the same chassis.

But delve a little deeper, and you’ll find a higher level of standard equipment and more advanced optional electronic rider aids. But the big news is that BMW’s venerable Boxer engine gets a capacity increase and “Shift Cam” variable valve timing for the first time, drenching it with more power from top to bottom.

If you own an R1200GS, it’s probably not worth an immediate upgrade, but ride it back-to-back with the 1250 and you’ll notice the newer machine’s extra low-down and added urgency up top. To be honest, it’s not the most exciting adventure bike on the market, and its looks aren’t for everyone, but you can’t deny how talented it is—a comfortable tourer, off-roader, and scratcher all rolled into one Tonka Toy-like package. It is never difficult to understand why.

BMW GSA 1250 review

2. Highlights

With no changes to the chassis, it’s no surprise that the R1250GS rides and handles identically to the R1200GS and isn’t bothered by its increased power, but that’s fine with us. It may appear to be a strange, clumsy beast, but it is not.

Depending on your mood, it’s a spacious tourer, performance bike, or mud-muncher. It exudes poise, has excellent wind protection, and despite the switch from Brembo to BMW-branded Hayes calipers, it never lacks solid braking power.

Off-road The R1250GS lacks the outright speed and playfulness of big-bore rivals like the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S or the personality of the Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin, but the engine’s extra grunt and delicious throttle response give you more control over a GS than ever before. Its natural standing-up riding position is complemented by optional “Enduro Pro” electronics that provide off-road-tailored traction control, ABS, and suspension settings.

Forget the clever engine technology for a second; all you need to know is that the ride-by-wire-controlled “Shift Cam” simply gives you a GS with more low-down grunt than ever and the softest throttle response on this side of a factory race bike. Because of this, the BMW R1250GS has so much power that sixth gear is all you need when driving in town, on the highway, or even coming out of slow, uphill hairpins.

Although the base R1250GS is not expensive, most buyers will check boxes and add optional performance, electronics, and equipment packs. They add thousands to the price but considerably enhance the ownership experience and make your machine more desirable when it’s time to sell.

BMW servicing isn’t the cheapest, and it’s not particularly fuel efficient. During MCN’s various UK tests, we’ve managed a 47 mpg average and a theoretical 207-mile range from its 20-liter tank.

The GS is widely regarded as the standard for adventure motorcycles, but it has competitors. Among the choices are the Triumph Tiger 1200, Ducati Multistrada 1260, Honda Africa Twin, and KTM 1290 Super Adventure. We compare the Ducati Multistrada V4 S and the BMW R1250GS head-to-head.

BMW R1250GS Highlights

3. Specs

BMW R 1250 GS Specifications

Mileage (Overall)15 kmpl
Displacement1254 cc
Engine TypeAir-Liquid Cooled, Twin Cylinder, DOHC, Boxer Engine
No. of Cylinders2
Max Power136 PS @ 7750 rpm
Max Torque143 Nm @ 6250 rpm
Front BrakeDisc
Rear BrakeDisc
Fuel Capacity20 L
Body TypeAdventure Tourer Bikes, Off Road Bikes

BMW R 1250 GS Features

ABSDual Channel
Riding ModesRain,Road
Traction ControlYes
Cruise ControlYes
Adjustable WindshieldYes
LED Tail LightYes

BMW R1250GS - Specs

BMW R 1250 GS Specifications

Engine and Transmission

Engine TypeAir-Liquid Cooled, Twin Cylinder, DOHC, Boxer Engine
Displacement1254 cc
Max Torque143 Nm @ 6250 rpm
No. of Cylinders2
Valve Per Cylinder4
StartingSelf Start Only
Fuel SupplyFuel Injection
ClutchOil-lubricated clutch, hydraulically operated
Gear Box6 Speed
Bore102.5 mm
Stroke76 mm
Compression Ratio12.5:1
Emission Typebs6


Cruise ControlYes
Additional Features Of VariantRiding Modes, BMW ShiftCam, Automatic Stability Control, Hill Start Control, Power Socket, Tyre Pressure Control, Dynamic ESA, Keyless Ride, Daytime Riding Light, Gear Shift Assistant Pro, LED Turn Indicator
Seat TypeSingle
Stepup SeatYes
Passenger FootrestYes

Features and Safety

Pass SwitchYes
Riding ModesRain,Road
Traction ControlYes
Adjustable WindscreenYes
Additional FeaturesRiding Modes, BMW ShiftCam, Automatic Stability Control, Hill Start Control, Power Socket, Tyre Pressure Control, Dynamic ESA, Keyless Ride, Daytime Riding Light, Gear Shift Assistant Pro, LED Turn Indicator
Stepup SeatYes
Passenger FootrestYes

BMW R1250GS - Review

Mileage and Performance

Overall Mileage15 kmpl
Acceleration (0-100 Kmph)3.6s

Chassis and Suspension

Body TypeAdventure Tourer Bikes, Off Road Bikes

Dimensions and Capacity

Width952.5 mm
Length2207 mm
Height1430 mm
Fuel Capacity20 L
Fuel Reserve4 L
Saddle Height850 – 870 mm
Wheelbase1514 mm
Kerb Weight249 kg
Total Weight465 kg
Load Carrying Capacity216 kg


Tail LightLED
Turn Signal LampLED
LED Tail LightsYes
Alternator510 W

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Tyres and Brakes

Front Brake Diameter305 mm
Rear Brake Diameter276 mm
Radial TyreYes


0-100 Kmph (sec)3.6s
Top Speed200 kmph

Motor & Battery

Peak Power136 PS @ 7750 rpm
Drive TypeShaft Drive
Battery TypeMF
Battery Capacity12 V/11.8 Ah
Charging At HomeNo
Charging At Charging StationNo


Suspension FrontBMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 37 mm, central spring strut
Suspension RearCast aluminum single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adj
Brakes FrontDisc
Brakes RearDisc
ABSDual Channel
Tyre SizeFront :-120/70-R19, Rear :-170/60-R17
Wheel SizeFront :-482.6 mm,Rear :-431.8 mm
Wheels TypeCast Aluminium
FrameTwo-section frame concept consisting of main frame with bolt-on rear frame, load-bearing engine
Tubeless TyreTubeless

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