EICMA might be next week, but the 2019 BMW R1250GS Adventure is hitting the internet right meow. Leaking ahead of the trade show in Milan, an Italian YouTube channel has the scoop on the venerable ADV bike, giving us our first look at the new ShiftCam powered BMW R1250GS Adventure.
As you would expect, the new BMW R1250GS Adventure shares a motor with the rest of the water-cooled boxer lineup, which means a 1,254cc displacement for the boxer-twin engine, which makes 134hp (100 kW) and 92 lbs•ft of torque, with help from its variable valve timing setup.
Providing two possible cam lobes for each valve, the “ShiftCam” camshaft shifts position in the cylinder head to engage one of the two lobes, depending on throttle inputs. Hence the name, ShiftCam.
This allows for different intake valve actuation (timing and stroke) during touring and city riding, for better gas mileage and softer throttle response, but still leaves the engine the ability to wake up during spirited riding, and provide more power.
The new “ShiftCam” boxer engine is coming to all the “R” bikes in BMW’s lineup for 2019, which of course includes the 2019 BMW R1250GS Adventure. As such, we expect to see updated versions of the R1250R & R1250RS also debut at EICMA.
With just under eight gallons of fuel capacity, you can expect the 2019 BMW R1250GS Adventure to be a big girl at the curb – to the tune of 590 lbs (with 90% of fuel onboard). For the social science majors in the room, this marks a 17 lbs increase over the current generation BMW R1200GS Adventure.
We expect to see the 2019 BMW R1250GS Adventure officially debut on Tuesday, November 6th. We will have all the latest EICMA news for you here at Asphalt & Rubber, so keep checking back.
Source: Antonio Suriano (YouTube)