BMW GS gets added grunt and grip
Up-powered, up-specced versions of the German all-terrain favourite are launched
BMW’s long-running all-terrain touring bike, the boxer-engined GS, has hauled countless bikers over smooth roads, rough trails and everything in between. For 2019 SA’s best-selling large bike has arrived wielding extra power and an added dose of technology. In its latest iteration, the big adventure bike, which started life about 35 years ago as an 800cc machine, is bumped up in capacity from 1,170cc to 1,254cc and acquires a high-tech ShiftCam system, which is used for the first time on a serial production BMW motorcycle. The system varies the intake valve timing and stroke, while other technical changes and a new exhaust system increase power from 92kW to 100kW and torque from 125Nm to 143Nm. The extra torque is also available at slightly lower rpm than before to give the Beemer improved mid-range grunt. The result of all the engine tweaking is not only the added muscle, but also reduced fuel consumption and improved running smoothness. Both the standard and adventure versions of ...