BMW Motorrad unveils the new BMW R 1250 RS

BMW Motorrad unveils the new BMW R 1250 RS

For over 40 years, the abbreviation “RS” has stood for sports touring par excellence in conjunction with the BMW boxer engine. The R 1250 RS is even more innovative and sophisticated and delivers the ultimate sporty, dynamic touring experience.

In conjunction with the boxer engine, the legendary BMW Motorrad abbreviation “RS” is synonymous in the world of sports touring with sporty, dynamic riding pleasure on country roads and, at the same time, superior comfort on extended tours. The BMW RS has always been a master of sporty riding, leaning into bends and long-distance stages for two and with holiday luggage. 

To ensure this remains the case in the future, BMW Motorrad has given the new R 1250 RS some new standard features and optional extras – to make sports touring even more dynamic and relaxed.

As before, the legendary 2-cylinder boxer engine provides powerful propulsion. It still has an engine capacity of 1,254 cm3 and, even in the current EU5 registration, generates 100 kW (136 hp). BMW ShiftCam technology for variable valve timing and valve lift on the intake side delivers beefy power across the entire speed range, extraordinarily smooth and quiet running, and outstanding fuel consumption and emission values.


Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and new “ECO” driving mode as standard. Riding Modes Pro with riding mode preselection and engine drag torque control (MSR) as optional equipment.

Here, the standard Automatic Stability Control DTC ensures a high level of riding safety due to excellent traction. The new standard “ECO” riding mode helps the rider to travel as fuel-efficiently as possible.

The ECO riding mode allows the rider to use the innovative BMW Motorrad ShiftCam engine technology primarily in such a way as to achieve the maximum range. In ECO mode, the rider is encouraged to ride as fuel-efficiently as possible with a soft throttle curve and moderate engine torque limitation. In ECO mode, the TFT colour display provides an efficiency display in the upper-status line. If you want maximum performance – for example, for overtaking with a heavy load or riding uphill – the ride mode button can be used to quickly and easily switch to a different ride mode.

The new R 1250 RS Adventure can be equipped with the “Pro riding modes” option as optional equipment ex works. Among other things, it provides additional, individually configurable riding modes. Using the riding mode preselection function, the rider can individually set riding modes on the riding mode button. The engine drag torque control (MSR) is another new component of the Pro riding mode. It can be used to safely avoid unstable riding conditions during coasting or downshifting due to excessive brake slip at the rear wheel.

BMW Integral ABS Pro (part-integral) and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) as standard.

As a popular sports tourer, the R 1250 RS in its latest edition features BMW Integral ABS Pro as standard. This braking system offers even more safety when braking – even when leaning into bends – and thinks even further ahead, so to speak. As the riding mode concept expands, it will add more functions. For example, the ABS control characteristic will be adapted further to the respective riding mode. 

As part of the “Riding Modes Pro” option, Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) supports the rider during emergency braking manoeuvres. DBC increases braking safety, even in difficult situations, by avoiding unintentional throttle activation. By intervention in the engine control, drive torque is reduced during braking to use the braking power at the rear wheel fully. It keeps the motorcycle stable and shortens the braking distance.

TFT colour display with “Sport” Core Screen, redesigned LED indicators and iconic daytime running light as standard.

As before, the new R 1250 RS is equipped with a TFT colour display featuring integrated arrow navigation and extensive connectivity. Excellent readability, straightforward menu navigation and a highly integrated operating concept place it at the top of the production motorbike world. The rider can choose between customised screen displays for various purposes. It also includes the “Sport” Core Screen, which provides real-time information about the current and maximum lean angle and control interventions – such as ABS Pro or DTC. New standard features include redesigned LED turn indicators (also for the USA) and the iconic daytime running light (not permitted in all countries; without the daytime running light function, the light icon is designed as a parking light).

USB socket and Intelligent Emergency Call as standard. Seat heating for riders and pillion and tube handlebars to make touring even more pleasurable and dynamic are available options.

The new BMW R 1250 RS offers two different sockets as standard. The previous 12-volt onboard power socket plus an additional USB-A socket with a 5-volt power supply. This most widely used USB socket with newly developed charging electronics allows you to charge a smartphone while riding by connecting a cable adapter. Up to 2,400 mA charging current is available, enabling fast charging depending on the type of smartphone used. The Intelligent Emergency Call is also a standard feature (eCall; not available in all countries) for providing rapid assistance in emergencies.

A seat heating system for riders and pillion passengers as an optional extra ex-works also significantly increases comfort when temperatures are low. Heated seats are available combined with two individual seats and exclusively with heated grips. A new, convenient operating concept has been developed for the rider’s seat with five heating levels. 

The heated grips settings – in combination with the seat heating featuring five instead of two heating levels – are operated via a menu. The pillion seat heating has two heating levels and is operated by a toggle switch at the bottom left of the rear frame.

Tube handlebars are now available as optional extra ex-works and an original BMW Motorrad accessory. The tube handlebars are slightly wider, higher than standard handlebar stubs, and less swept. In addition to the various rider seats available as optional equipment or original BMW Motorrad accessories, the handlebar ergonomics of the R 1250 RS can now be individually adapted to achieve an even more relaxed and upright seating position.

Sport touring in style: The new R 1250 R features attractive base paintwork and the two model variants, Triple Black and Sport. New solo rear special equipment.

In the basic variant, the new BMW R 1250 RS highlights its advanced sport touring qualities in Icegrey non-metallic in conjunction with a black frame. With the Triple Black Sport Model available optionally ex-works, the customer can choose from two particularly expressive colour concepts.

Sport model variant:

Light white non-metallic/Racing blue metallic/Racing red body finish, Light white non-metallic frame, gold front/rear brake callipers gold, blue front spoiler, tinted windshield (not for USA), solo rear (alternatively pillion package).

Triple Black model variant:

Blackstorm metallic body colour, agate grey frame, gold front/rear brake callipers, stainless steel engine spoiler, Pure tank trim, solo rear (alternatively pillion package).

The new solo rear optional feature underlines the unique R 1250 RS’s sporty style, making it look exceptionally light and dynamic. The pillion seat is replaced with a painted plastic cover, and the pillion footrests and pillion handles are removed.

If you want to keep the R 1250 RS entirely suitable for pillion use, the pillion package is available as an alternative package within the model variants. It contains all the components that are eliminated by the solo rear.

The highlights of the new BMW S 1250 RS:

  • Primal power boxer engine with BMW ShiftCam technology for varying the valve timings and stroke on the intake side.
  • Robust response across the entire engine speed range, exemplary fuel consumption, emission levels, running smoothness and refinement.
  • Output and torque: 100 kW (136 hp) at 7,250 rpm and 143 Nm at 6,250 rpm.
  • Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard
  • BMW Motorrad ABS Pro (part-integral) as standard.
  • Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) as standard.
  • Three riding modes as standard.
  • ECO riding mode for particularly economical riding as standard.
  • Riding modes Pro with additional riding modes, new riding mode preselection, and engine drag torque control (MSR) as optional equipment ex works.
  • “Sport” Core Screen as standard.
  • New LED turn indicators and daytime running light as standard.
  • On-board power socket and USB socket as standard.
  • Seat heating for rider and pillion to make touring even more comfortable as an optional extra ex-works.
  • Tube handlebars available as optional equipment ex works. New solo rear special equipment.
  • Intelligent Emergency Call as standard.
  • Attractive base colour and two model variants, Triple Black and Sport, as optional extras ex works.
  • Extended range of optional equipment items and original BMW



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