By Dennis Chung
BMW announced updates to the R1250GS and R1250GS Adventure for 2021, making the boxer models compliant with Euro 5 standards, while also marking the 40th anniversary of the GS line. BMW is calling this a “new” GS, but the changes aren’t as dramatic as that sounds. Even calling it “new-ish” would be a slight exaggeration.
You have to look really close to spot what’s new about the GS. Most of the updates are to the available options.
Visually, the new GS looks like the old one, but with new paint options. The R1250GS is available in a light white solid paint color or triple black. The R1250GS Adventure is also available in triple black as well as an ice grey colorway. The Rallye white, blue and red style variant returns for both models, joined by a new “40 Years GS” black and yellow color.
The engine remains a 1254cc Boxer with ShiftCam technology offering variable valve timing and valve lift on the intake side. The claimed power output also remains at a claimed 134 hp at 7750 rpm and 105 lb-ft. at 6250 rpm. The ShiftCam system helping balance performance, engine smoothness, fuel efficiency and emissions across the rev range.
For 2021, the R1250GS and R1250GS Adventure receive a dynamic traction control as standard (it was previously offered as an ex works option) and a new “Eco” riding mode as standard. Eco mode adjusts the ShiftCam system to maximize fuel economy, softening the throttle curve and moderately reducing torque.
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