Like it has gotten us used to each year, BMW Motorrad has surfaced several early photos of the new 2015 bike line-up, alongside with the main upgrades the machines received and the new liveries. We introduced to you the 2015 BMW K1300S Motorrad earlier yesterday, so here’s a list of what’s new with the rest of the Bavarian two-wheelers.
First things first, the best-selling machine in the BMW roster, the R1200GS. Like several other models, it will be offered with an ex-works optional keyless ride system, and comes with an optional Shift Assistant Pro system as well. Other models for which the keyless option will be available are the Adventure version, R1200RT and K1600GT/ GTL. Here are the new features for the 2015 R1200GS beasts.
• Increased gyrating masses in the crankshaft
• Shift Assistant Pro (option)
• Keyless Ride (option
• New paint finish Alpine white in conjunction with drive and suspension components in black
• New paint finish Frozen dark blue metallic
• New paint finish Black storm metallic
Of the previous paint finishes, Thunder grey metallic and Bluefire are no longer available.
2015 R1200GS Adventure
• Suspension lowered by 30 millimetres (option)
• Low seats from the R 1200 GS (option)
• Shift Assistant Pro (option)
• Keyless Ride (option)
With high hopes of having fixed their terrible suspension problems, the 2015 R1200RT bikes come with San Marino blue metallic/ Granite grey metallic matt. Of the previous paint finishes, Quartz blue metallic is no longer available.
2015 K1600GT/ GTL
• Dynamic Traction Control DTC
• Keyless Ride (option)
• Daytime riding light (option)
• Hill Start Control (option)
• Safety package without DTC, including daytime riding light and Hill Start Control (option)
• Instruments with new scales and chrome surfaces
• New paint finish Black storm metallic (GT and GTL)
• New paint finish Glacier silver metallic (GTL)
• New paint finish Light white (GT)
Of the previous paint finishes, Dark graphite metallic (GT and GTL), Damask red metallic (GTL) and Montego blue metallic (GT) are no longer available.
• Alpine white
• Black storm metallic/ Racing red / frame finished in red / spring of the spring strut finished in red (standard)
• Racing blue metallic matt
The previous paint finishes Red apple metallic, Ostra grey metallic matt and Glacier silver metallic are no longer available.
• Light white / Black storm metallic / frame finished in red / spring of the spring strut finished in red (standard)
• Racing red
The paint finish Alpine white 3 remains in the program. The previous paint finishes Cordoba blue and Kalamata metallic matt are no longer available.
2015 F800GS Adventure
• Alpine white 3
• Kalamata metallic matt
The previous paint finishes Racing red and Sandrover matt are no longer available.
• Montego blue metallic
The paint finishes Dark graphite metallic and Light white remain in the program, the paint finish Valencia orange metallic is no longer available.
Finally, the only upgrade for the all-new c-Evolution electric scooters is the optional comfort seat.
As for the Keyless Ride and Shift Assistant Pro system, here’s BMW’s description:
“Keyless Ride new for R 1200 GS / GS Adventure, R 1200 RT and K 1600 GT / GTL for maximum user-friendliness.
For the first time, the BMW Motorrad Keyless Ride System now optionally replaces the conventional ignition lock in the R 1200 GS / GS Adventure, the R 1200 RT and the K 1600 GT / GTL. This means that it is no longer necessary to use a regular key. Unlocking and locking of the steering lock, ignition, fuel filler flap and storage compartments (R 1200 RT and K 1600 GT / GTL) is carried out using a transponder integrated in the key. The key can therefore remain in the rider’s clothes, for example.
As soon as the key is located within the vehicle reception area (distance < 2 metres), the steering lock can be briefly unlocked after successful authentication by briefly pressing the button. The steering lock is locked by keeping the button pressed down and placing the handlebars in end position. The ignition is activated by briefly pressing the button or keeping the button pressed down after releasing the steering lock.
The ignition is switched off by means of a short or long press of the button. To open the fuel tank, the lever of the fuel filler flap is simply raised. The fuel filler flap can be opened when the motorcycle has been electrically unlocked. The fuel tank is closed by simply pressing the fuel filler flap shut. The alarm system (DWA) is automatically activated when the ignition is switched off and the steering lock is closed, as soon as the key leaves the reception area. However, the alarm system can also be activated manually.
Shift Assistant Pro for gear shifts virtually without torque interrupt as a new special equipment feature for the R 1200 GS / GS Adventure.
The Shift Assistant Pro enables the rider to shift up and down without activating the clutch or throttle valve in the relevant load and engine speed ranges, giving the rider additional comfort as well as increased dynamic performance. Most shifts can be carried out using the shift assistant; one exception here is setting off, for example.
When accelerating, the throttle valve no longer has to be closed for shifts, so propulsion power is virtually constant without torque interrupt. When decelerating and shifting down (throttle valve closed), the engine speed is automatically adapted by means of double-declutching. Gears are engaged as usual by means of the gear pedal. Shift time is significantly reduced as compared to a gearshift using the clutch. However, the Shift Assistant Pro is not an automatic transmission, it simply provides gear shift support. When the Shift Assistant Pro is used for gear shifts, the cruise control is deactivated for safety reasons.”
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