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BMW Announces 2015 Model Updates

Rider Magazine Staff
July 7, 2014
Filed under BMW Motorcycle Road Tests: Reviews on BMW Motorcycles, Latest News

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BMW Motorrad has announced updates for some of its 2015 models, as well as the special model K 1300 S Motorsport. The following is the text of a global release, so it’s not yet clear if the K 1300 S Motorsport will be coming to the U.S.–but it’s highly likely.

Special model BMW K 1300 S Motorsport:

2015 BMW K 1300 S Motosport

2015 BMW K 1300 S Motosport in Black storm metallic / Light white / Lupine blue metallic

Sporty touring combined with long-distance qualities and comfort as well as supreme riding dynamics and safety – these have been the outstanding strengths of the BMW K 1300 S for years. With the exclusive special model K 1300 S Motorsport, BMW Motorrad now  emphasizes the dynamic character of this popular sports touring bike.

2015 BMW K 1300 S Motosport

2015 BMW K 1300 S Motosport in Black storm metallic / Light white / Lupine blue metallic

Fitted as standard with ABS, the BMW K 1300 S Motorsport highlights its athletic flair with a new color concept in the BMW Motorsport colors Black storm metallic, Light white and Lupine blue metallic, combined with red decorative stripes. The black engine spoiler and the tinted windshield provide a fascinating contrast.

Reflecting its sporting aspirations, the K 1300 S is fitted with HP wheels for optimised handling, an Akrapovic rear silencer and HP footrests for rider and passenger.

The previous paint finishes Titanium silver metallic/ Sapphire black metallic and Racing red / Sapphire black metallic/ Alpine white 3 are no longer available.

The market launch of the BMW K 1300 S Motorsport will be on August 1, 2014, at a price of € 19,950 incl. 19% VAT (U.S pricing was not released, but the Euro conversion comes to approximately $27,125).

BMW K 1300 R:

As of model year 2015, the BMW K 1300 R will be available in the Sapphire black metallic/ Black satin gloss paint finish. The previous paint finish Racing red / Sapphire lack metallic is no longer available.

BMW F 700 GS:

2015 BMW F 700 GS

2015 BMW F 700 GS in Alpine white

As of model year 2015, the BMW F 700 GS will also be available in the following new paint finishes or paint finish combinations: Alpine white;Black storm metallic/ Racing red / frame finished in red / spring of the spring strut finished in red (standard); and Racing blue metallic matt. The previous paint finishes Red apple metallic, Ostra grey metallic matt and Glacier silver metallic are no longer available.

BMW F 800 GS:

2015 BMW F 800 GS

2015 BMW F 800 GS in Light white / Black storm metallic / frame finished in red

As of model year 2015, the BMW F 800 GS will also be available in Light white / Black storm metallic / frame finished in red / spring of the spring strut finished in red (standard) and in 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.

BMW F 800 GS Adventure:

2015 BMW F 800 GS Adventure in Kalamata metallic matt

2015 BMW F 800 GS Adventure in Kalamata metallic matt

As of model year 2015, the BMW F 800 GS Adventure will also be available in Alpine white 3 and Kalamata metallic matt. The previous paint finishes Racing red and Sandrover matt are no longer available.

BMW F 800 GT:

2015 BMW F 800 GT

2015 BMW F 800 GT in Montego blue metallic

As of model year 2015, the BMW F 800 GT will be available in 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.

BMW R 1200 GS:

2015 BMW R 1200 GS

2015 BMW R 1200 GS in Frozen dark blue metallic

As of model year 2015, the R 1200 GS will not just be available with new paint finishes. With a view to enhanced running smoothness, it will also be fitted with a crankshaft with increased gyrating masses as in the R 1200 GS Adventure and R 1200 RT. In addition, the R 1200 GS can also be fitted with the BMW Motorrad Keyless Ride System as an ex-works option. This enables both the steering lock and the fuel filler flap to be locked and unlocked. The motorcycle is started using the starter button as before. With Keyless Ride, the key can always remain in the rider’s clothing. The Shift Assistant Pro available as an option ex works allows the rider to shift up without clutch, enabling acceleration virtually without torque interrupt. It also allows downshifting without using the clutch.

New paint colors include: Alpine white in conjunction with drive and suspension components in black; Frozen dark blue metallic; and Black storm metallic. Of the previous paint finishes, Thunder grey metallic and Bluefire are no longer available.

BMW R 1200 GS Adventure:

As of model year 2015, the R 1200 GS Adventure will also comprise new features which make handling the ultimate long-distance travel enduro even more dynamic and comfortable. For example, it can be fitted with the BMW Motorrad Keyless Ride System as an ex-works option. This enables both the steering lock and the fuel filler flap to be locked and unlocked. The motorcycle is started using the starter button as before. With Keyless Ride, the key can always remain in the rider’s clothing. The Shift Assistant Pro available as an option ex works allows the rider to shift up without clutch, enabling acceleration virtually without torque interrupt. It also allows downshifting without using the clutch. As an option ex works, the R 1200 GS Adventure can now also be fitted with a lowered suspension. In conjunction with a reduction in seat height by 30 mm to 860 mm, the R 1200 GS Adventure is now also within reach of customers for whom the previous seat height posed an insurmountable obstacle. If a further reduction in seat height is required, the R 1200 GS Adventure can also be fitted with the seats of the R 1200 GS. This reduces seat height by an additional 20 mm.

BMW R 1200 RT:

2015 BMW R 1200 RT

2015 BMW R 1200 RT in San Marino blue metallic / Granite grey metallic matt

In 2015, the R 1200 RT will be supplied in a new two-color paint finish (San Marino blue metallic/ Granite grey metallic matt) and can also be fitted with the BMW Motorrad Keyless Ride System as an ex-works option. This enables the steering lock, fuel tank can and storage compartments to be locked and unlocked without using a key. The motorcycle is started using the starter button as before. With Keyless Ride, the key can always remain in the rider’s clothing. Of the previous paint finishes, Quartz blue metallic is no longer available.

BMW K 1600 GT and GTL:

2015 BMW K 1600 GT

2015 BMW K 1600 GT in Black storm metallic

The BMW luxury touring bikes K 1600 GT and GTL will be supplied in new paint finishes as of model year 2015. What is more, the two model variants now benefit from Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) as standard for increased safety when accelerating. In addition, the K 1600 GT/ GTL can also be fitted with the BMW Motorrad Keyless Ride System as an ex-works option (already included in the fittings of the K 1600 GTL Exclusive). This enables the steering lock, fuel tank can and storage compartments to be locked and unlocked without using a key. The motorcycle is started using the starter button as before. With Keyless Ride, the key can always remain in the rider’s clothing.

Other new special equipment features for the K 1600 GT/ GTL include daytime riding light and Hill Start Control for easy hill starts. The K 1600 GT and GTL are now also fitted with the instrument panel of the K 1600 GTL Exclusive featuring new scales and particularly high-end chrome surfaces.

New paint options include Black storm metallic (GT and GTL), Glacier silver metallic (GTL) and 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.

BMW C evolution (not sold in the U.S….yet):

For increased comfort, the innovative electrically powered scooter BMW C evolution can be fitted with a comfort seat (option) as of model year 2015. This is also available as a special accessory for retrofitting.

Keyless Ride System

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 meters), 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:

The Shift Assistant Pro (available for R 1200 GS / GS Adventure) 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.

For more information on BMW motorcycles, visit bmwmotorcycles.com.

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One Response to “BMW Announces 2015 Model Updates”

  1. Agustin R. Farinas on July 8th, 2014 8:28 am

    As an old BMW hand having bought 12 bikes from them in the past 50 years, I wish the new bikes would have the quality control of the old BMW’s without all the recalls and the problems. As the bikes got more sofisticated and more dependent on electronics, the reliability has suffered and has tranished somehow the BMW image of quality engineering.

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