BMW unveils the 2024 R 1300 GS adventure motorcycle: More power, reduced weight, and advanced features

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BMW has officially revealed the highly anticipated 2024 R 1300 GS adventure motorcycle, signaling the brand’s commitment to maintaining its position at the forefront of the adventure touring motorcycle segment. With notable upgrades and innovations, the R 1300 GS aims to outperform its predecessor and competitors in the ADV market.

Key Highlights:

Powerful Boxer Engine: The heart of the R 1300 GS is its new 1,300cc horizontally opposed twin-cylinder boxer engine. This engine produces a robust 145 horsepower at 7,750 rpm and 110 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. The larger bore, increased valve size, and advanced camshafts contribute to this power boost, making it 9 hp and 5 lb-ft more potent than the previous 1,250cc mill. The engine maintains at least 96 lb-ft of torque between 3,600 and 7,800 rpm.

Underslung Transmission: BMW has relocated the gearbox beneath the crankshaft and integrated it into the engine case. This design not only reduces engine weight by 8.6 pounds but also trims a total of 14.3 pounds from the entire drivetrain. It results in a more compact engine and improved handling by concentrating mass closer to the center of gravity.

Electronic Rider Aids: The R 1300 GS boasts an array of electronic rider aids, including four standard riding modes (Rain, Road, Eco, and Enduro), with an optional Riding Modes Pro package adding three extra modes (Dynamic, Dynamic Pro, and Enduro Pro). These modes allow customization of throttle response, traction control, and wheelie control. The motorcycle features engine drag torque control (MSR) and BMW Motorrad Full Integral ABS Pro for advanced braking performance.

Radar-Assisted Safety: BMW enters the radar-assisted riding scene with Active Cruise Control (ACC), Front Collision Warning (FCW), and Lane Change Warning (LCW) features. ACC helps maintain a set speed and distance from the vehicle ahead, while FCW aids in collision prevention. LCW monitors blind spots and provides warnings when changing lanes becomes hazardous.

Adaptive Vehicle Ride Height: An adaptive ride height system automatically adjusts seat height from 33.5 inches to 32.3 inches during slow riding and at a standstill. Riders can customize the operation or choose between permanently low and permanently high settings.

New Frame and Suspension: The R 1300 GS features a steel sheet-metal frame that enhances chassis stiffness while reducing weight. The previous tubular-steel subframe has been replaced with a die-cast aluminum unit, providing a shorter and stiffer rear end. The motorcycle employs EVO Telelever front suspension and a new rear EVO paralever suspension for improved stability and handling.

Variants and Packages: BMW offers various packages and variants for the R 1300 GS, including Premium, Comfort, and Enduro packages. Additionally, there are three variants: Triple Black, GS Trophy, and Option 719 Tramuntana, each with unique features and styling.

Pricing: The base model of the 2024 R 1300 GS starts at $18,895, with pricing for packages and variants varying accordingly.

BMW’s 2024 R 1300 GS Adventure motorcycle aims to set new standards in the adventure touring segment with its combination of increased power, reduced weight, advanced technology, and rider-centric features. With its comprehensive package of upgrades, it seeks to reaffirm BMW’s position as a leader in the adventure motorcycle market. The motorcycle is expected to arrive at dealerships in early 2024, with additional packages and variants providing customization options to cater to riders’ preferences and needs.