BMW unveils R 1300 GS enduro bike

BMW has launched its highly anticipated R 1300 GS; the successor to the acclaimed R 1250 GS. Expected to to land in Australia during the first half of 2024, it will be priced from $26,000 plus on-roads for the entry level variant.

Featuring 12kg less weight, a refreshed design, new suspension and a more powerful boxer engine, the new R 1300 GS will be offered in four trim levels; the GS, Triple Black, GS Trophy and Option 719.

The centrepiece of the new bike is the engine, with a new design that’s more compact than ever before, thanks to the gearbox being located underneath, and a new camshaft drive arrangement.

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From exactly 1300cc, it produces 107kW of power and 149Nm of torque. A sheet metal shell, steel main frame made offers higher levels of stiffness than its predecessor, while the rear frame now features die-cast aluminium construction.

A new EVO Telelever front wheel guide with flex element, and revised EVO Paralever rear wheel guide, provide greater steering precision and ride stability.

Electronic Dynamic Suspension Adjustment (DSA) combines dynamic adjustment of the front and rear damping with a corresponding adjustment of the spring rate, depending on the selected riding mode, riding condition and manoeuvres.

The automatic adjustment of the spring rest ensures load compensation. This makes for a thrilling riding experience on all surfaces, whether solo, in pairs or with bulky luggage. Adaptive vehicle height control and sports suspension can be optioned too.

The former provides fully automatic adjustment of the vehicle height depending on the operating condition, ensuring the greatest possible comfort without having to compromise on riding dynamics and banking freedom.

2024 BMW R 1300 GS
2024 BMW R 1300 GS

With 20mm more spring travel at the front and rear and an optional athletically firm sports suspension specially developed for the GS, off-road riders are well catered for as well. There’s also now four riding modes instead of three across the range.

Rain and Road modes are joined by Eco and Enduro, with the latter developed specifically for riding off the beaten track. The 2024 BMW R 1300 GS also comes equipped with a new, compact full LED headlamp with a novel, distinctive light icon as standard.

The light comprises two LED units for low and high beam, along with four additional LED’s for a daytime running light and side light. An optional riding assistant package can be added, with active cruise control, front collision warning, and lane change warning.

An aluminium fuel tank that has a flatter ramp also features. The “base” BMW R 1300 GS delivers the essentials of the new look offering, with sharp lines and a clean appearance. It’s available in Light White.

The Triple Black brings forward a long time popular colour scheme, with a masculine attitude and exclusive panels. The GS Trophy on the other hand is finished in Racing Blue Metallic, with red and white tapes and inscriptions.

The rear frame is coated in matte White Metallic, delivering a sporty appearance. But it’s in the Option 719 variant that the new R 1300 GS shows its exclusive and technically sophisticated side through gold cross-spoke wheels, and Aurelius Green Metallic paint.

For further information, contact your local BMW Motorrad dealer.

BMW R 1300 GS
2024 BMW R 1300 GS
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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