New BMW R 1300 GS now in the PH, available in January 2024

Yesterday, BMW Motorrad Philippines introduced to the Filipino riding community the newest member of its adventure bike family: the new R 1300 GS.

The GS – which stands for Gelände/Straße (German: off-road/road) effectively started the adventure bike segment with BMW’s introduction of the R 80 GS in 1980.

Specs

Spec sheet: new BMW R 1300 GS image

According to BMW, the new R 1300 GS is not a redesign of the GS, but rather a revolution of Berlin’s highly successful model. For instance, the 1,300cc boxer engine was made more compact by putting the gearbox underneath the engine, thus making the engine cylinder heads noticeably higher from the ground vs. the R 1250 GS.

Engine: 1,300 cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC with ShiftCam technology

Power: 146 Ps @ 7,750 rpm

Torque: 149 Nm @ 6,500 rpm

Transmission: 6-speed, wet clutch

Top speed: over 200 km/h

Frame: 2-part frame with the engine as a stressed member

Suspension travel front/rear: 190 mm/200 mm

Wheelbase: 1,518 mm

Wheel size front/rear: 120/70 R19/170/60 R17

Seat height: 850 mm

Fuel tank capacity: 19 liters

Weight, ready to ride: 237 kg

Spec sheet: new BMW R 1300 GS image

Additionally, BMW Motorrad introduces some features that are new to the GS line of adventure bikes. For example, the new R 1300 GS now features an Adaptive Ride Control system that lowers the seat height a few millimeters when at a stop. This is a new feature that is welcome to a lot of motorcycle riders who are a bit intimidated by an adventure bike’s often tall seat height.

Also, a first in the GS family, the new R 1300 GS boasts a new safety feature that uses radar to detect vehicles on the front, and rear, as well as vehicles on the rider’s blind spots on the left and right. On the more obvious side of things, BMW now opted for a "matrix" LED headlight that resembles an "X" as opposed to its traditional asymmetrical headlights.

A smartphone charging compartment is also placed at the top of the fuel tank, near the filler cap.

Availability

Spec sheet: new BMW R 1300 GS image

Spencer Yu, President of SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation, told MotoPinas.com that stocks are already coming into the country and will be available in all showrooms sometime in January 2024.

The new R 1300 GS will be available in 4 variants: Light White at PHP 1,675,000; Style Triple Black at PHP 1,695,000; Style GS Trophy at PHP 1,715,000 and the top-of-the-line Style Option 719 at PHP 1,855,000.