BMW R1300GS spied: Test mule spotted weeks ahead of official reveal

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BMW’s R1300GS adventure bike looks finished enough to be just weeks away from an official reveal, with these fresh spy shots showing portions of a road-ready machine, complete with factory-fitted accessories – but while new-bike show season is looming on the horizon, we believe this new GS won’t be amongst the metal on show until late 2023, to be released as a 2024 model.

MCN became aware of the new bike back in March this year when an embarrassing glitch on BMW’s website allowed people to book servicing for an R1300GS, R1400GS and M1300GS. The new 1300 will take over from the R1250GS.

Although a tarpaulin obscures much of the machine, it’s clear that the traditional beaky GS silhouette will remain, with plenty of ground clearance for all-road escapades. This particular model rolls on five-spoke cast rims and dual-purpose rubber – although it’s likely a spoked rim option will also be available.

BMW R1300GS front brake

The front radial calipers appear to be new – differing in style to the Hayes stoppers found on the current machine, although remaining as a four-piston design.

Moving up from there, there is an electronic module nestled between the forks, mounted under the front nose cone, which could be part of a new radar-assisted cruise control system, something already found on a number of BMWs, including the R1250RT.

Further examination of the cockpit confirms a TFT dash as before, which is expected to be the 10.25in as per the RT and electric CE 04, plus an adjustable front screen.

BMW R1300GS electronics module

Moving back, the 1300 liquid-cooled boxer twin looks to be complete and sits in the chassis as a stressed member. Fresh mounting points to the base of the engine indicate that the old bike’s tubular steel frame has been heavily tweaked, or completely replaced.

Further evidence that the motor is production-ready comes from the polished exhaust headers and collector box that snake between a centrestand, which both feed up to a twin-exit Akrapovič silencer.

Don’t expect the increase in capacity to mean much more power though, with the changes likely there to help meet emissions rules.

We expect the official reveal in line around twelve months’ time as the 2023 show season kicks off.


Three new GS models on the way: BMW’s service website reveals future plans

First published on 31 March 2022 by Jordan Gibbons

BMW R1300GS spy shot

There are three new GS models in the not too distant future, all confirmed by BMW’s own servicing website. We’ve suspected for some time that a new model was in the works, after spyshots emerged of a new bike being tested at BMW’s off-road facility but now it seems BMW have really been hard at work.

Until it was fixed shortly after the error was pointed out, BMW’s website allowed to book servicing for the R1300GS, R1400GS and M1300GS. So what are each of these models? Let’s start with the M.

This is the one we’ve known about the longest and arguably the easiest to understand. With the success of BMW’s M cars and now their M1000RR, an M GS is the logical next step.

BMW M1300GS dropdown menu

Expect carbon fibre aplenty, a rorty exhaust and a few other trick bits. It’s possible BMW will go the whole hog and take on the various ‘Pikes Peak’ performance adventure bikes out there by fitting a 17” front wheel and swapping out the ‘Enduro’ riding mode for a ‘Track’ mode. But what of the R1300GS and R1400GS?

Well the R1300GS is mostly probably the logical next step in the evolution of the GS and as the name indicates a new engine is coming. Although the current model is water cooled, it’s targeted cooling of the top end – the cylinders themselves are still air cooled. Chances are the new 1300GS will move to a completely watercooled engine.

Wrapping the cylinder in a water jacket will have a couple of advantages, namely finer control over the combustion environment for reduced emissions while also offering sound insulation, both things that will be under tighter control for Euro5B, which is expected in the not too distant future. There will likely be a small power boost too but we don’t expect a huge leap. So where does that leave the R1400GS?

BMW R1300GS spy shot right side

Speaking to our contacts, the suggestion is that the R1400GS will effectively replace what we know of now as the GS Adventure. Originally the GSA was aimed at those who wanted to go on hardcore round the world adventures but these days it mostly finds use as a road going tourer.

With that in mind, our sources indicate that the R1400GS will be a more powerful, high tech, big tanked adventure tourer designed to take on the likes of the Multistrada V4, while the R1300GS will remain the go to model for people who want to venture off-road. Not dissimilar to the way Honda currently pitch the Africa Twin and Africa Twin Adventure Sports.

There’s no official comment from BMW about the website leak or about future models but we wouldn’t be surprised if BMW unveil the new machine later this year as a 2023 model.


BMW R1300GS: New test mules and trademarks point towards new engine

First published on 28 June 2022 by Jordan Gibbons

BMW R1250GS ridden at sunset

BMW have been spotted testing a new version of the GS, which combined with some recent trademark applications suggest that a new engine is in the pipeline.

We’ve believed that BMW were working on a new bike and engine update for some time. Last year trademark filings emerged for an M1300GS, which as well as nodding towards the high-performance range of M vehicles as seen with the recent M1000RR, also suggests a change to the engine. The bike was spotted at an off-road centre where BMW offers training.

Although the bike was heavily disguised, there were clear changes to the engine including a new front engine cover, suggesting big changes to the bottom end of the engine.

The cylinders were also shrouded and the bike was fittied with much larger radiators, suggesting the new engine has increased water cooling.

BMW boxer engine cutaway

The current 1250 ShiftCam engine, although considered watercooled, actually only uses selective watercooling for particularly hot parts of the top end.

The cylinders themselves have remained air-cooled throughout, hence why they are still so heavily finned.

Wrapping the cylinder in a waterjacket will have a couple of advantages, namely finer control over the combustion environment for reduced emissions while also offering sound insulation, both things that will be under tighter control for Euro5B, which is expected in the not too distant future.

Although we’ve had nothing official, we’re not expecting a new bike to debut until 2022 at the absolute earliest.