For 2021, BMW has updated its three key GS adventure bike models, the learner-approved G 310 GS, the middleweight F 750 GS/F 850 GS, as well as the range-topping R 1250 GS.
Distinguishing the new models is a number of standard equipment upgrades, aiding in both comfort and performance, as well as a new colour scheme to mark the GS nameplate’s 40th anniversary.
This ’40 Years GS’ edition, which features a yellow, black and silver livery that is inspired by the late-80’s R 100 GS ‘Bumblebee’ colour scheme, will first appear on the F 750 GS and F 850 GS in November.
The higher-spec F 850 GS Adventure will follow in the first quarter of 2021, as will the new G 310 GS and the R 1250 GS and R 1250 GSA.
“These fantastic new models help us celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic GS Series in perfect style with their array of features – many of which are fitted as standard – improving on already fantastic and highly capable bikes that have proven such a hit with Australian BMW Motorrad customers over many years,” explained BMW Motorrad Australia general manager Andreas Lundgren.
BMW R 1250 GS 2021
An enhanced rider assistance suite sees the R 1250 GS and R 1250 GSA gain Dynamic Traction Control as standard, as well as a new ‘Eco’ rider mode to encourage efficient riding.
BMW has also included dynamic engine brake control as part of the ‘Pro’ rider mode, which aids in traction while coasting or when downshifting, and an improved hill start system makes riding uphill easier.
The tech suite also gains BMW’s Integral ABS Pro as standard, meaning that anti-lock braking characteristics now adjust depending on the respective rider mode.
A new LED headlight with a swivel function is also featured, as part of an upgraded lighting package, while adaptive headlights remain an optional extra.
In response to customer feedback, Australian market R 1250 GS units come with a regular height two-piece seat, which can be heated for both rider and passenger, as well as a regular height GS screen.
The big adventure bike retains its 1254cc 100kW/143Nm boxer motor, which uses BMW ShiftCam to vary valve control timing and valve lift on the intake side.
This technology helps deliver linear acceleration, while also improving fuel consumption and emissions.
The BMW R 1250 GS and R 1250 GSA come standard in light white and ice grey paint, while the triple black, Rallye and 40 Years GS colourways are available optionally.
BMW G 310 GS 2021
While the BMW G 310 GS retains its 25kW/28Nm single-cylinder engine, the throttle response has been improved and a new automatic idle speed has been implemented to avoid stalling.
The entry-level, LAMS-approved adventure bike also gains a self-boosting anti-hopping clutch, and the clutch and brake levers are now adjustable in four stages.
For 2021, the G 310 GS also gains a full LED headlight as well as LED indicators and a daytime running light.
Styling changes include metallic titanium grey paint accents as standard, and Rallye and 40 Years GS edition colour scheme packages are newly available.
A new rider equipment collection commemorating 40 years of GS has also been developed and will be available in Australia next year.
BMW F 750 GS, F 850 GS 2021
All ‘F’ adventure bike variants gain new LED indicators, as well as a USB charger near the dash. Significantly, BMW’s ABS Pro and dynamic traction control (DCT) systems will now come as standard features.
The range carries over the 853cc parallel-twin engine, developing 57kW/83Nm in F 750 GS guise, while the uprated F 850 GS and F 850 GS Adventure deliver 70kW/92Nm.
Along with the Bumblebee colour scheme of the 40 Years GS Edition, which also sees black wheels, silver handlebars and a galvanised radiator cowl, the F 750 GS will be available in Light White and Sports Style (san marino blue).
Meanwhile, the F 850 GS can be specified in Racing Red and Rallye Style (racing blue), while standard equipment is enhanced with windscreen adjustment and a TFT display with connectivity functions.
Finally, the range-topping F 850 GS Adventure will come in Ice Grey and Rallye Style, and is distinguished by a sports windscreen and raised seat height (890mm).
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