Very few, if any, adventure bikes in the world have ever achieved the legendary status of the BMW GS. In its latest, most premium iteration, the BMW R 1250 GS has captured the hearts and minds of ADV enthusiasts all over the world. It does, after all, employ some groundbreaking technology. So much so that if we were to list each and every single feature of the bike, you’d have to scroll quite a bit to get to the bottom of said list.
That being said, would it be possible to make the R 1250 GS even better? Well, none other than BMW itself thinks so, as the rumor mills have been churning, and sightings have been made of what could quite possibly be the R 1250 GS’s successor. Unsurprisingly, BMW is calling it the R 1300 GS—a seemingly 500cc bump in displacement is a possibility, however, if BMW’s naming convention is to be followed (i.e., F 750 GS), then it’s very possible that the bike will continue to sport a 1,254cc boxer twin.
Other than, there are quite a few other things we can expect from the upcoming GS. For starters, we can expect to see BMW’s ShiftCam technology carried over to the new bike. On top of this, upcoming updates to the Euro 5 standard will likely see the bike sporting a massively updated exhaust system in order to comply with ever stringent regulations. Reports also suggest that the new R 1300 GS will make use of a new chassis and swingarm. Although, nothing’s confirmed at the moment, this could likely result in an even more nimble, lightweight, and overall more compliant platform than ever before.
On the tech side, we can expect to see some improvements in the form of a revised 10.25-inch TFT display, as well as radar-based cruise control as is the case with the overseas-spec version of the new Ducati Multistrada V4. This will likewise unlock a whole host of new rider aids such as blind spot detection, cornering lights, and adaptive cruise control. To make things even better, we could even see an M-badged GS in the form of the M 1300 GS, as well as a street-focused R 1400 GS in the near future.