With the current R1250 GS and R1250 RT now benefitting from BMW’s latest ShiftCam Technology, the engine innovation finally makes its way into the R1250 R and R1250 RS.

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Designed to deliver increased power across the entire range, reduce emissions and fuel consumption, as well as optimize smoothness and refinement, ShiftCam Technology is now finally available in all of BMW’s R1250 models.

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ShiftCam Technology enables variation of the valve timings and valve stroke on the intake side. In addition, the intake camshafts are designed for asynchronous opening of the two intake valves, resulting in enhanced swirl of the fresh, incoming mixture and therefore more effective combustion. Other technical changes to the engine relate to the camshaft drive – now taken care of by a toothed chain (previously a roller chain) – an optimized oil supply, twin-jet injection valves and a new exhaust system.

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This bumps up the displacement from 1,170 cc to 1,254cc. It also comes with an increase in power to 136 hp at 7,750 rpm and 143 Nm at 6 250 rpm  from 125 hp and 125 Nm respectively.

Besides ShiftCam itself, BMW has added two riding modes, ASC and Hill Start Control, as standard to all the R1250s.

These riding modes allow the engine 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. Hill Start Control is likewise a standard feature in all models, enabling conveniently rolling up from a standstill on slopes.

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In addition to the two standard riding modes, customers can opt for the addition of even more riding modes to truly cater to various conditions. This package is called Riding Modes Pro, featuring additional riding modes, Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS Pro, Hill Start Control Pro and Dynamic Brake Assistant DBC, available as an optional equipment ex works.

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Riding Modes Pro adds "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.

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Other optional extras include Dynamic ESA “Next Generation” electronic suspension with fully automatic load compensation as an option.  Dynamic ESA provides damping automatically adapts to the situation according to riding state and maneuvers, and there is also automatic compensation in all load states. This allows finely tuned adaptation of the motorcycle to riding states, achieving optimum damping comfort and a very stable ride response.

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BMW also offers a multifunctional instrument cluster with a 6.5 inch full-color TFT display offering many features as standard. In conjunction with the standard BMW Motorrad Multi-Controller, this means the rider can access vehicle and connectivity functions particularly swiftly and conveniently.

Finally, Option 719, formerly exclusive to the R Nine-T are now available for the R1250 R and RS. The billet packs Option 719 Classic and HP are now available. The new R 1250 R and R 1250 RS can also be equipped with the Option 719 Classic or Sport Wheels as well as the exclusive paintwork and the Option 719 seat. An HP sports silencer is likewise available ex works for both new boxer models.