BMW Motorrad Gears Up for R 1300 GS Launch in India on June 13th

   Jun 07,2024

Attention adventure touring enthusiasts! Mark your calendars for June 13th, because the highly anticipated R 1300 GS from BMW Motorrad India is finally getting launched. This becomes clear from the recent listing of the motorcycle on the BMW India website.



A Lighter, More Powerful Adventure Machine

The R 1300 GS is a big departure in design from BMW's headline adventure motorcycle. Twin, asymmetrical headlights are gone, replaced with a single light with four LED daytime running lights. However, this isn't just a design change, as the R 1300 GS is a full 12 kilograms lighter than the R 1250 GS it replaces. It has achieved this through a new sheet metal frame, on which a much lighter 1,300cc engine is mounted. The fuel tank has been reduced in volume by just a liter, but the new engine outputs a much more potent 145 horsepower and 149 Nm of torque, far outstripping the R 1250 GS's figures.

Enhanced Safety Features and Variant Options

For the first time ever on a GS model, BMW will introduce radar-assisted riding aids on the R 1300 GS. This suite of safety features complements the existing electronic riding modes, suspension, traction control, and cruise control.

While the Indian customers will have three R 1300 GS variants to choose from—GS Trophy, Triple Black, and the top-of-the-line Option 719 Tramuntana—the first two in the series feature alloy wheels, whereas the Tramuntana is tricked out with tubeless spoked wheels. All variants share the same tire sizes (120/70 R19 front and 170/60 R17 rear).

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Pricing and Competition

The R 1300 GS, though, is expected to command a slight premium over its predecessor, the R 1250 GS, which currently retails for Rs 20.55 lakh (ex-showroom, India). In the larger context of adventure touring motorcycles, the R 1300 GS will find strong rivals with the Ducati Multistrada V4 and the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special, both well above Rs 24 lakh. The only competition that the Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Pro has is that it comes in at under Rs 20 lakh, while the others will compete in a higher price bracket.

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