2019 BMW R1250 GS/ R1250 GS Adventure First Ride Review

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By John Burns

Photos: Kevin Wing

2019 BMW R1250 GS/ GS Adventure

Editor Score: 91.75%

Engine 19.0/20
Suspension/Handling 14.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.5/10
Brakes 9.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.25/10
Appearance/Quality 9.5/10
Desirability 9.5/10
Value 8.0/10
Overall Score 91.75/100

Well, the first patch of sand I tumped over in was more a result of surprise right after we’d turned down the dirt road a few miles outside of Palm Springs: How dare BMW leave this stuff here on a press introduction route? It was embarrassing but also a learning opportunity: Has the new R 1250 GS Adventure lost any weight? No, BMW’s specs say the new bike weighs 591 pounds fully fuelled to the R 1200 GS Adventure’s 573 lbs. Would I be able to pick it up by myself? Yes! I was able to upright the thing in the sand before hardly anyone spotted me. But I think it was sheer embarrassment adrenaline doing the lifting.

Once we got rolling on some harder-packed Mojave, all was right with the world. After all the rain, the desert’s in bloom, the temperature is 62, and the big GS is the same awesome ship of the desert it’s been for quite some time now. The excuse for the ride was the introduction of a host of upgrades to the 2019 GS/GS Adventure and R 1250 RT bikes – the biggest of which is the new 1250 Boxer engine now with Shift Cam variable valve-timing technology, for more power over a broader spread.

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Our man Dennis wrote it up pretty extensively last September: “The new engine is BMW’s first application of VVT on a motorcycle… BMW’s iteration uses a single intake camshaft with two cams per valve with an actuator …read more

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