BMW R1250gs vs R1250gs

bmw r1250gs vs 1250 gsa

Below is a side by side comparison of the BMW R1250gs vs R1250gs.

The differences are highlighted with Bold and Different!

If you are in the market to buy a BMW GS R1250 or upgrade from the 1200 model produced between 2013-2018, you will want to know the difference between the two. Till now there has been no way to compare side by side.

The two bikes a similar in many aspects but there are a few key differences in the following:

  • Suspension hight
  • Seat height (Adjustable)
  • Weight
  • Wheels
  • Tank size
  • Fairing design
  • Standard Equipment

While test riding both R1250gs and R1250gs versions, there was a noticeable difference in midrange power in the new 1250 engine compared to my 2014 R1200GSA with 90’000km on the clock. I wouldn’t say it was 100% worth an upgrade from the 1200 series, but if cash is not an issue then make room in your garage and pull the trigger.

The standard R1250GS is lighter and felt more responsive than the adventure version, far nicer to ride in a city environment and was more fun on the gravel. Go figure. If you are in the market, I’d recommend test riding both before committing.

The BMW R1250gs vs R1250gs comparison below is taken directly from the official BMW Motorrad website for the 2019 models and updated every year.

Ridden a 1250? What were your thoughts on the bike? What were the biggest differences for you? Let me know in the comments below!

Difference BMW R 1250 GSA BMW R 1250 GS
Engine
TypeAir/liquid-cooled 4-stroke flat twin engine, double overhead camshaft, one balance shaft and variable engine timing system BMW ShiftCam Air/liquid-cooled 4-stroke flat twin engine, double overhead camshaft, one balance shaft and variable engine timing system BMW ShiftCam.
Bore x stroke102.5 mm x 76 mm102.5 mm x 76 mm
Capacity1,254 cc1,254 cc
Rated output136 hp (100 kW) at 7,750 rpm136 hp (100 kW) at 7,750 rpm
Max. torque105 lb-ft (143 Nm) at 6,250 rpm105 lb-ft (143 Nm) at 6,250 rpm
Compression ratio12.5 : 1 12.5 : 1
Mixture control / engine managementElectronic fuel injection with ride-by-wire throttle systemElectronic fuel injection with ride-by-wire throttle system
Emission controlClosed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-4Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-4
Performance / fuel consumption
Maximum speedOver 125 mph Over 125 mph
Fuel consumption50 mpg (WMTC)50 mpg (WMTC)
Fuel typePremium UnleadedPremium Unleaded
Electrical system
AlternatorThree-phase 510 W generatorThree-phase 510 W generator
Battery12 V / 11.8 Ah, maintenance-free12 V / 11.8 Ah, maintenance-free
Power transmission
ClutchMultiplate wet clutch, hydraulically operatedMultiplate wet clutch, hydraulically operated
GearboxConstant-mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical cut gearsConstant-mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical cut gears
DriveShaft driveShaft drive
Chassis / brakes
FrameTwo section frame, front – and bolted on rear frame, load bearing engine Two section frame, front – and bolted on rear frame, load bearing engine
Front wheel location / suspensionBMW Telelever, Ø 37 mm, central spring strut BMW Telelever, Ø 37 mm, central spring strut
Rear wheel location / suspensionCast aluminum single-sided swing arm with BMW Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) via handwheel, rebound damping adjustable via handwheel Cast aluminum single-sided swing arm with BMW Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) via handwheel, rebound damping adjustable via handwheel
Different!

Suspension travel front / rear
8.3″ / 8.7″ (210 mm / 220 mm) 7.5″ / 7.9″ (190 mm / 200 mm)
Different!
Wheelbase
59.7″ (1,517 mm) 60″ (1,525 mm)
Different!
Castor
4.1″ (104 mm) 3.9″ (99.6 mm)
Different!
Steering head angle
63.7° 64.5°
Different!
Wheels
Cross spoke wheels Cast aluminum wheels
Rim, front3.00 x 19″ 3.00 x 19″
Rim, rear4.50 x 17″ 4.50 x 17″
Tires, front120/70 R 19 120/70 R 19
Tires, rear170/60 R 17 170/60 R 17
Brake, frontDual floating disc brakes, 4-piston fixed calipers, diameter 305 mm Dual floating disc brakes, 4-piston fixed calipers, diameter 305 mm
Brake, rearSingle disc brake, diameter 276 mm, dual-piston floating caliper Single disc brake, diameter 276 mm, dual-piston floating caliper
ABSBMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral, can be switched off) BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral, can be switched off)
Dimensions / weights
Different!
Length
89.4″ (2,270 mm) 86.9″ (2,207 mm)
Different!
Width (incl. mirrors)
38.6″ (980 mm) 37.5″ (953 mm)
Different!
Height (excl. mirrors)
57.5″ (1,460 mm) 56.3″ (1,430 mm)
Different!
Seat height, unladen weight
35″/35.8″ Standard Suspension: 33.5″/34.3″
Lowered Suspension: 31.5″/32.3″
Different!
Inner leg curve, unladen weight
76.8″/78.3″Standard Seat Height: 73.6″/75.2″
Lowered Seat Height: 68.9″/70.5″
Different!
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled
591 lbs (268 kg)
549 lbs (249 kg)
Different!
Permitted total weight
1,069 lbs (485 kg) 1,025 lbs (465 kg)
Different!
Payload (with standard equipment)
479 lbs (217 kg) 476 lbs (216 kg)
Different!
Usable tank volume
7.9 gal (30 L) 5.3 gal (20 L)
Reserve Approx. 1 gal (4 L) Approx. 1 gal (4 L)

Different!
STANDARD EQUIPMENT
2 Ride Modes (Rain/Road)
ABS (Disengageable)
Adjustable Windshield
Aluminum Fuel Tank
ASC (Automatic Stability Control)
Center Stand
Connectivity with TFT Display
Cross-Spoke Wheels
Dynamic Brake Control
Engine Skid Plate
Hand Protection
Height Adjustable Rider Seat
Hill Start Control

Horseshoe Style “Horizontal Y” Headlight Element
LED Headlight
LED Tail Light
Longitudinally Adjustable Passenger Seat
On-Board Computer Pro
Power Socket
Removable Passenger Foot Pegs
ShiftCam (Variable Camshaft Control)
Steering Damper
Storage Compartment
Toolkit
Wide Foot Rests
2 Ride Modes (Rain/Road)
ABS (Disengageable)
Adjustable Windshield
ASC (Automatic Stability Control)
Cast Aluminum Wheels
Center Stand
Connectivity with TFT Display
Engine Skid Plate
Height Adjustable Rider Seat
Hill Start Control
LED Headlight Style Element
LED Headlight
LED Tail Light
Longitudinally Adjustable Passenger Seat
On-Board Computer Pro
Power Socket

Removable Passenger Foot Pegs
ShiftCam (Variable Camshaft Control)
Steering Damper
Toolkit



Download official datasheet for the BMW R1250 GSA (PDF) Download official datasheet for the BMW R1250 GS (PDF)

All data taken for this BMW R1250gs vs R1250gs comparison was sourced from BMW’s Motorradofficial website

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