BMW R 1300 GS first ride review: The GS is reborn

BMW Motorrad R 1300 GS
20.95 lakh onwards
4.8 out of 5
Pros
  • Torquey engine
  • Loaded with technology
  • Lighter than R 1250 GS
Cons
  • Heavy weight
  • Tall seat height
  • BMW R 1300 GS is built from the ground-up. It features a new chassis, suspension setup and a new engine as well. Here is our review of the motorcycle.
BMW R 1300 GS
BMW Motorrad has launched its new flagship motorcycle in the Indian market. It is the R 1300 GS and it is the successor to the iconic R 1250 GS adventure tourer. 
The R 1300 GS looks radically different than the R 1250 GS. This is because the motorcycle is almost new from the ground up. BMW Motorrad has made some significant changes to the motorcycle.
The chassis on the R 1300 GS is new which has helped BMW Motorrad in reducing the size of the fairings and the body work. Because of this the whole motorcycle looks significantly slimmer than the R 1250 GS.
There is a new headlamp in the front that replaces the assymetrical headlamp that we saw on the R 1250 GS. The headlamp has a projector setup and it integrates the lowbeam and the highbeam. 
The capacity of the fuel tank has dropped from 20 litres to 19 litres. However, BMW says that the tank range of the motorcycle is the same because the new engine is more efficient.
The new engine is a 1,300 cc unit whereas the previous one was a 1,250 cc. It puts out 143 bhp of max power and 149 Nm of peak torque. There are no vibrations on the engine and it can cruise on the highways all day long. 
The transmisison is now placed under the engine whereas it used to be behind the engine earlier. This has helped in liberating more space for the new exhaust. The exhaust itself sounds throaty and it just gets better as the revs increase.
The turn indicators are now placed on the hand guards. The motorcycle also comes with adaptive ride height, heated grips, electronically adjustable windscreen, There is also ADAS and cornering headlamp on offer as well. 
The gearbox on duty is a 6-speed unit and it comes with a bi-directional quickshifter that works well for the most part but it can be hesitant sometimes. The clutch action is also surprisingly light for a 1,300 cc engine.
There is a TFT screen for the rider that shows all the vital information to the rider and in our books, it is one of the best ones out there. The rider can choose through seven riding modes - Enduro Pro, Enduro, Dynamic Pro, Road, Dynamic, Rain and Eco. The riding modes alter various parameters such as traction control, hill start, suspension setup, ABS and engine braking.
View all Images
BMW R 1300 GS uses a more powerful 1,300 cc boxer engine. It is the most powerful boxer engine that BMW Motorrad has ever made.
BMW Motorrad has launched its new flagship motorcycle in the Indian market. It is the R 1300 GS and it is the successor to the iconic R 1250 GS adventure tourer. 
1/10
BMW Motorrad has launched its new flagship motorcycle in the Indian market. It is the R 1300 GS and it is the successor to the iconic R 1250 GS adventure tourer. 
The R 1300 GS looks radically different than the R 1250 GS. This is because the motorcycle is almost new from the ground up. BMW Motorrad has made some significant changes to the motorcycle.
2/10
The R 1300 GS looks radically different than the R 1250 GS. This is because the motorcycle is almost new from the ground up. BMW Motorrad has made some significant changes to the motorcycle.
The chassis on the R 1300 GS is new which has helped BMW Motorrad in reducing the size of the fairings and the body work. Because of this the whole motorcycle looks significantly slimmer than the R 1250 GS.
3/10
The chassis on the R 1300 GS is new which has helped BMW Motorrad in reducing the size of the fairings and the body work. Because of this the whole motorcycle looks significantly slimmer than the R 1250 GS.
There is a new headlamp in the front that replaces the assymetrical headlamp that we saw on the R 1250 GS. The headlamp has a projector setup and it integrates the lowbeam and the highbeam. 
4/10
There is a new headlamp in the front that replaces the assymetrical headlamp that we saw on the R 1250 GS. The headlamp has a projector setup and it integrates the lowbeam and the highbeam. 
The capacity of the fuel tank has dropped from 20 litres to 19 litres. However, BMW says that the tank range of the motorcycle is the same because the new engine is more efficient.
5/10
The capacity of the fuel tank has dropped from 20 litres to 19 litres. However, BMW says that the tank range of the motorcycle is the same because the new engine is more efficient.
The new engine is a 1,300 cc unit whereas the previous one was a 1,250 cc. It puts out 143 bhp of max power and 149 Nm of peak torque. There are no vibrations on the engine and it can cruise on the highways all day long. 
6/10
The new engine is a 1,300 cc unit whereas the previous one was a 1,250 cc. It puts out 143 bhp of max power and 149 Nm of peak torque. There are no vibrations on the engine and it can cruise on the highways all day long. 
The transmisison is now placed under the engine whereas it used to be behind the engine earlier. This has helped in liberating more space for the new exhaust. The exhaust itself sounds throaty and it just gets better as the revs increase.
7/10
The transmisison is now placed under the engine whereas it used to be behind the engine earlier. This has helped in liberating more space for the new exhaust. The exhaust itself sounds throaty and it just gets better as the revs increase.
The turn indicators are now placed on the hand guards. The motorcycle also comes with adaptive ride height, heated grips, electronically adjustable windscreen, There is also ADAS and cornering headlamp on offer as well. 
8/10
The turn indicators are now placed on the hand guards. The motorcycle also comes with adaptive ride height, heated grips, electronically adjustable windscreen, There is also ADAS and cornering headlamp on offer as well. 
The gearbox on duty is a 6-speed unit and it comes with a bi-directional quickshifter that works well for the most part but it can be hesitant sometimes. The clutch action is also surprisingly light for a 1,300 cc engine.
9/10
The gearbox on duty is a 6-speed unit and it comes with a bi-directional quickshifter that works well for the most part but it can be hesitant sometimes. The clutch action is also surprisingly light for a 1,300 cc engine.
There is a TFT screen for the rider that shows all the vital information to the rider and in our books, it is one of the best ones out there. The rider can choose through seven riding modes - Enduro Pro, Enduro, Dynamic Pro, Road, Dynamic, Rain and Eco. The riding modes alter various parameters such as traction control, hill start, suspension setup, ABS and engine braking.
10/10
There is a TFT screen for the rider that shows all the vital information to the rider and in our books, it is one of the best ones out there. The rider can choose through seven riding modes - Enduro Pro, Enduro, Dynamic Pro, Road, Dynamic, Rain and Eco. The riding modes alter various parameters such as traction control, hill start, suspension setup, ABS and engine braking.

Back in the 1980's, the first GS from BMW was born when a few engineers decided to plonk a boxer twin engine into a motorcycle in their free time. The motorcycle was called R 80 G/S and if you are wondering then since then BMW has rolled out more than one million GS motorcycles from its plant. Till now, the BMW R 1250 GS was without a doubt one of the most popular adventure tourers globally. However, it was high time that BMW updated its lineup because the competition had finally caught up.

Last year, BMW Motorrad launched the R 1300 GS, the successor to the R 1250 GS and it has now finally reached the Indian shores as well. It is important to note R 1300 GS is all-new. BMW says that the new motorcycle is faster, lighter, more capable and should be more accessible for the riders. We got to ride the R 1300 GS in Ladakh where we took it from Leh to Wari La Pass and here are our thoughts about the motorcycle after spending a day with it.

Also check these Vehicles

Find more Cars
Bmw R 1300 Gs (HT Auto photo)
Engine Icon1300 cc Mileage Icon21 kmpl
₹ 20.95 Lakhs
Compare
Bmw R 1250 Gs (HT Auto photo)
Engine Icon1254.0 cc Mileage Icon15.0 kmpl
₹ 20.45 - 21.20 Lakhs
Compare
View Offers
Bmw R 1250 Gs Adventure (HT Auto photo)
Engine Icon1254.0 cc Mileage Icon14.0 kmpl
₹ 21.20 - 22.40 Lakhs
Compare
View Offers
Bmw F 750 Gs (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
Engine Icon853.0 cc Mileage Icon24.4 kmpl
₹ 11.95 - 12.25 Lakhs
Alert Me When Launched
Bmw G 310 Gs (HT Auto photo)
Engine Icon313.0 cc Mileage Icon29.26 kmpl
₹ 2.90 - 3 Lakhs
Compare
View Offers
Bmw F 850 Gs (HT Auto photo)
Engine Icon853.0 cc Mileage Icon24.4 kmpl
₹ 12.95 Lakhs
Compare
View Offers

2024 BMW R 1300 GS: All-new design

BMW R 1300 GS
The design of the R 1300 GS is a lot more compact than the R 1250 GS.
BMW R 1300 GS
The design of the R 1300 GS is a lot more compact than the R 1250 GS.

The design of the R 1300 GS is a big departure from the R 1250 GS. Gone is the asymmetrical headlamp in the front and in comes a totally new unit. It has an 'X'-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamp with the centre stage being taken by a projector that integrates the low beam as well as the high beam. There is also a cornering function and the turn indicators are now integrated into the hand guards.

The chassis of the motorcycle is all-new which has helped BMW body panels that are packed closely. This has helped in making the frontal area and the rear of the motorcycle feel a lot more compact. The fuel tank is now slimmer so it becomes easier for the rider to hold on to it. It is important to note that the tank size has gone down from 20 litres to 19 litres. However, there should be no effect on the riding range, says BMW. Yes, when the first images of the R 1300 GS were released, few people did say that it was a bit polarizing but in person, the R 1300 GS looks great. It looks sharp, slim and ready to take on anything that the rider has to offer.

2024 BMW R 1300 GS: How are the ergonomics?

BMW R 1300 GS
The ergonomics of the R 1300 GS are of a typical adventure tourer.
BMW R 1300 GS
The ergonomics of the R 1300 GS are of a typical adventure tourer.

Well, as expected the R 1300 GS is an adventure tourer so it is bound to have comfortable ergonomics. The handlebar is tall, the seat despite being slim is comfortable and the foot pegs are mid-set. The rider can easily grab onto the slimmer fuel tank while riding and standing up on the footpegs. One thing to consider though is the seat height, it is slightly higher than the R 1250 GS.

So, as a guy with a 5'8 height, I had to scooch towards the tank every time the motorcycle came to a halt to ensure that I was able to get my foot down. However, I was still tiptoeing. What does help is the new adaptive ride height functionality being offered on some models. What it does is drop the seat height from 850 mm to 820 mm as soon as the speed of the motorcycle drops below 20 kmph and it rises once again as soon as the speed increases to more than 50 kmph

2024 BMW R 1300 GS: How is the new engine?

BMW R 1300 GS
The boxer twin-engine is now more powerful as the cubic capacity has grown from 1250 cc to 1300 cc.
BMW R 1300 GS
The boxer twin-engine is now more powerful as the cubic capacity has grown from 1250 cc to 1300 cc.

The engine capacity has now been bumped up to 1,300 cc. It now puts out 143 bhp of max power and 149 Nm of peak torque. The bore of the engine is now wider while the stroke is shorter when compared to the R 1250 GS. The engine itself is compact and lighter by 3.9 kg whereas the whole powertrain is lighter by 6.5 kg. The internals have been redesigned so that the boxers themselves can be in symmetry and the compression ratio has also been increased.

The result is that the engine feels smooth, torquey and pulls towards the redline effortlessly. The torque is spread evenly throughout the rev range so all that the rider needs to do is twist the throttle. But don't get fooled by the easy nature of this engine, it would still sprint from 0-100 kmph in just 3.5 seconds. There are no vibrations to talk about and the only time you would feel the vibrations is when the engine roars to life with that iconic left-to-right movement of a boxer engine when the rider pushes the starter button.

BMW R 1300 GS
Up-front there is a new headlamp that integrates the lowbeam and highbeam. There is also cornering function available.
BMW R 1300 GS
Up-front there is a new headlamp that integrates the lowbeam and highbeam. There is also cornering function available.

At no moment, the engine feels stressed and it would cruise on the highways for the whole day without breaking a sweat. The fueling and on-off throttle transitions are also very smooth. The gearbox is also redesigned. It is now positioned under the crank whereas earlier it used to be behind the engine. It is a 6-speed unit and it does shift precisely and now comes with a magnetized system for the Shift Assistant Pro which is basically an up-and-down quickshifter. It works quite well for the most part, only at lower revs there is a bit of resistance from the quickshifter, but at higher revs, it is butter smooth for upshifts as well as downshifts. Moreover, the first and second gear are not shorter which has helped in improving the acceleration whereas the sixth gear is now taller to improve the fuel efficiency while cruising. Moving the transmission below the engine also helped BMW Motorrad in opening up space for a new exhaust that sounds throaty and it just sounds better as the revs climb.

2024 BMW R 1300 GS: What features is BMW offering?

BMW R 1300 GS
The TFT screen is bright and easily readable in sunlight.
BMW R 1300 GS
The TFT screen is bright and easily readable in sunlight.

The feature list is where the BMW R 1300 GS excels. It comes loaded up to the brim, there is electrically adjustable windshield, heated grips, keyless ignition, dynamic suspension and much more. The rider can choose through seven riding modes - Enduro Pro, Enduro, Dynamic Pro, Road, Dynamic, Rain and Eco. The riding modes alter various parameters such as traction control, hill start, suspension setup, ABS and engine braking.

For the first time, BMW is also offering an Advanced Driver Aids System so the the top-end variant which is the Option 719 Tramuntana motorcycle comes with Active Cruise Control, Front Collision Warning and Lane Change Warning.

2024 BMW R 1300 GS: How's the ride?

BMW R 1300 GS
BMW R 1300 GS comes loaded with features.
BMW R 1300 GS
BMW R 1300 GS comes loaded with features.

BMW Motorrad has made some changes to the Telelever suspension setup. The R 1300 GS comes with a rigid upper fork bridge but is rotatably bolted to the frame via a deep groove ball bearing. What this does is ensure that the handlebar is not affected by the suspension so it feels lighter to steer, provides better feedback and reduces the floaty feeling.

The suspension can still absorb everything that one can throw at it. Only the sharpest of rocks and bumps can filter through the handlebar. Otherwise, the suspension feels very compliant and well-tuned. The automatic Dynamic Suspension Adjustment ensures that the suspension does not feel too soft or too stiff.

BMW R 1300 GS
The centre of gravity of the R 1300 GS has gone down because of the transmission's new placement.
BMW R 1300 GS
The centre of gravity of the R 1300 GS has gone down because of the transmission's new placement.

Yes, the BMW R 1300 GS is 12 kg lighter than the R 1250 GS but it still weighs a massive 237 kg and if you mount luggage then the weight will just go up. So, moving the motorcycle around a parking lot would be difficult but the motorcycle still feels confident while attacking corners. However, you would still need to put in muscle if it is a winding section of road. However, it still feels quite nimble when compared to the R 1250 GS. This is because the centre of gravity sits lower as the transmission is now below the engine instead of behind it.

2024 BMW R 1300 GS: Verdict

The R 1300 GS might look like an evolution to the R 1250 GS but it is significantly improved over it. It is lighter, tighter, feels much more manageable and comes loaded with features. There is a huge following behind the boxer engine and the R 1250 GS itself and now that we have ridden the R 1300 GS, it seems like the R 1300 GS will follow the footsteps of the R 1250 GS.

BMW Motorrad has priced the R 1300 GS at 20.95 lakh ex-showroom, introductory for the Pro variant. BMW will also sell the Triple Black, GS Trophy and 719 Tramuntana which will be priced higher than the Pro variant. At this price, the R 1300 GS is just 40,000 more expensive than the outgoing R 1250 GS. It is slotted right between the Honda Africa Twin and the Ducati Multistrada V4. So the R 1300 GS is still one of the best adventure tourers that one can buy provided you have the budget for it.

First Published Date: 13 Jun 2024, 12:31 PM IST
NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS

Check Latest Offers

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city

Want to get the best price for your existing car?

Powered by: Spinny Logo
By clicking "View Offers" you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy
Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city
Couldn't verify the OTP.
It's either expired or it's incorrect.