RIDING DIFFERENT BIKES. RACING SOME
It’s been a while since the first rumours arose about a new GS coming to town. Which wouldn’t be a strange move, considering the immense popularity of the BMW GS model. It would come in the shapes of an BMW R 1300 GS. Will it finally be revealed?
Take on quick glance on the road in wintertime, whenever you see a motorcyclist pulling up. And it will be a rider on a BMW GS. The model broke every sales record in the last few years. We rode the BMW R 1250 GS Adventure. And although we were a bit skeptical at first, we do understand now why so many motorcyclists love the GS. It’s pure luxury on two wheels.
It is the most logical move BMW can make; revealing the successor of their immensely popular invention. It is said to be revealed in the shapes of an BMW R 1300 GS. It hasn’t been made official yet. But BMW Motorrad announced big news on their social media channels. The post shows a motorcycle, hidden underneath a motorcycle cover, saying “Coming 2023”.
Since the recent introduction of the new 2023 S 1000 RR, the even faster 2023 M 1000 RR and her naked variant the BMW M 1000 R, it would make sense to introduce their new all road successor.
When the first rumours started to arise, they were accompanied by some pictures of a mysteriously black BMW motorcycle. It was a bit of a guess for many, but it seems like the new 2023 BMW R 1300 GS will get a further developed chassis. Among other things, it will be more compact. Which is an interesting development for motorcyclists who occasionally leave the tarmac with his or her GS.
We also expect the new 2023 GS to be lighter. The current BMW R 1250 GS isn’t ‘petite’ by any means, with a wet weight of 249 kg. A few less kilos won’t do any harm, although you hardly notice the heavy weight while riding it.
This has to do with BMW’s phenomenal boxer engine. We also expect this engine to get an update for the 2023 GS-model. The current GS has a boxer-engine that’s air-cooled for the most part. Rumours are, that the R 1300 GS will get a fully liquid-cooled boxer-engine. Which makes us curious regarding improved performance.
Like any other BMW motorcycle, the new R 1300 GS will probably be packed with technology and electronics. Things like (adaptive) cruisecontrol won’t be left out. Whether fancy things like these will be standard on the bike, is still unknown.
Without putting BMW to shame, we wouldn’t be surprised if options like these are actually ‘optional’. And therefore, you’d have to pay for them first. BMW is known for already installing every feature on their motorcycles, but locking them with a code. And therefore only to be released after payment has been made. With a ‘simple push on a button’, the options are then activated. Okay, it might require a bit more. But still, you get the point.
Fact of note; BMW is not the only manufacturer who does things like this.
Will the new 2023 BMW R 1300 GS finally be revealed? The BMW GS has been a best-seller for years. Which is no surprise. It is easy to ride and provides lots of luxury to a motorcyclist, with a relative sporty character.
It remains a motorcycle one loves or hates. But sales numbers don’t lie. So it is safe to say most motorcyclists love the GS. We can’t wait to see what the 2023 BMW R 1300 GS actually looks like. Stay tuned!