RideFast November 2019


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BMW recently invited us along


for the launch of 3 new bikes in

Mpumalanga. We sent Glenn

Foley along for the ride. He came

back smiling. Quite a lot actually.

Pics Rob Till and Glenn Foley

When I saw this launch invitation

come along, it was an easy choice

to accept and tag along. These are

absolutely my kind of bikes – real

world machines that can be ridden

every day. And with the advent of

that new gen boxer engine that I felt

at the GS launch earlier this year –

BMW’s have suddenly become very

interesting to me.

New Gen: Some techy stuff.

The latest evolution of its liquidcooled

boxer features increased

capacity, delivering more power

with the new ShiftCam variable

valve lift and timing system. The

new boxer boasts a peak torque

number of 105.5 pound-feet at

6,250 rpm that ensures supremely

strong and very smooth throttle

response at any rpm, in addition

to a smoother ride thanks to its

improved balancing shaft.

You can google all of that – but in

my opinion, the new engine is truly

a revelation that has suddenly given

the BMW Boxer bikes a massive


BMW has capitalized on the

new tech by dressing the Boxer in 5

different sets of clothing.

Everyone is familiar with the GS

1250 which really is a new dawn

for the Adventure market – but,

the clever guys in Munich also

decided to look after the road riding

fraternity with four other bikes,

all powered by that amazing new

boxer engine.

The bikes:

Lined up at the scenic Kruger Park

international Airport for our riding

pleasure were three models: The

very svelte naked R 1250R, the

gorgeous half faired R1250RS and

the R1250RT tourer.

Lots of tech: Two riding modes,

ASC and Hill Start Control as


There are two riding modes

available as standard on all

models in order to be able to

adapt the motorcycle to individual

rider preferences. The standard

Automatic Stability Control ASC

ensures a high level of riding safety

due to the best possible traction.

The set-off assistant Hill Start

Control is likewise a standard

feature in all models, enabling

convenient set-off on slopes. And

that’s really handy on bigger bikes

like the GS and the RT.

Optional equipment also


“Riding Modes Pro” is now available

as an optional equipment item,

featuring the additional riding

mode “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro”

(configurable), and Dynamic Traction

Control DTC. DTC enables even more

efficient and safe acceleration,

especially when banking.

ABS Pro offers even greater

safety when braking, even in

banking position. The new Dynamic

Brake Control DBC provides

additional safety when braking, also

in difficult situations, by avoiding

unintentional accelerator activation.

By means of intervention in

the engine control, drive torque is

reduced during braking so as to

make full use of the braking power

at the rear wheel. This keeps the

motorcycle stable and shortens the

braking distance.

On all of the bikes, the ABS is

unobtrusive – as it is supposed to

be. We all turned on the seat and

handlebar heaters as soon as we

had to swap bikes – and that raised

a couple of chuckles. Naturally we

used the electronic quick shifters

- they are perfect and are a great

touch on any modern bike.

Numbers Game: The “R” and the

“RS” – If you love engineering and

physics – read this.

Glenn with Team Bee Em.


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