BMW Motorrad will introduce its new 2019 models to the Irish public for the first time at the Carole Nash Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show at the RDS in Dublin, which runs from 1st-3rd March.
Amongst the 14 BMW bikes going on display are three brand new versions of the most popular BMW Motorrad R range, including the new R1250 GSA, R1250RT, and R1250RS – Adventure, Touring, and Sports Touring bikes respectively.
The new R1250 models for 2019 represent a significant update to its global best-selling R1200 models with extra standard features, modernised styling and upgraded powertrain.
In 2019, all the R1250 range will be powered by the updated new 1254cc ShiftCam engine with an increased power output of 136 bhp at 7750rpm and 143 Nm of torque. This advanced ShiftCam technology not only boosts power, but also reduces emissions and improves fuel economy making the bikes more refined and smoother, especially in lower rev ranges.
Across the range, the bikes will come with two riding modes as standard, ASC, and Hill Start Control, along with the 6.5-inch full-colour TFT display for full connectivity, heated grips, chrome exhaust, six-speed gearbox and tyre pressure monitoring.
The R1250GS Adventure has additional riding modes ‘Enduro’ and ‘Enduro Pro’ and come with a 30-litre fuel tank to reflect its touring pedigree and expected longer distance to be travelled. The 1250RT has a 25l tank and RS has an 18-litre fuel tank capacity.
Ruth Lemass, organiser of the Carole Nash Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show, said: “BMW Motorrad have been at the forefront of innovation for many years and launching their newest bikes at the show for the first time in Ireland is a real coup as well as a great attraction for our visitors.
“Visitors coming to the RDS this March will be in for a big treat. The show is packed with more than 100 exhibitors, a host of action-packed live action stunts and racing, off road 1000cc racing sidecars, interviews with the top road racing stars, the new 2019 motorcycles, tons of accessories and bargains, custom built bikes, live stage shows, competitions and much, much more.”
The R1250 bikes have many optional extras on offer depending on the chosen model, such as ‘Riding Modes Pro’ featuring additional riding modes, Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS Pro, Hill Start Control Pro and the all new Dynamic Brake Assistant DBC. The optional electronic suspension called the Dynamic ESA has also been updated to make the ride smoother no matter what type of terrain the bike is tackling.
Steve Pitt, BMW Motorrad Ireland’s motorcycle manager, said: “We have a large number of new bikes coming to the show this year and I have no doubt that the R1250 range on their own will be a major draw for visitors to the show. As an added attraction I want to let the public know that we will also feature a host of incredible upgrades across all our models which will be on display over the weekend of the show.
“We hope that all visitors get the chance to see these extraordinary bikes and get a taste of why we believe that BMW Motorrad set the standards that others follow.”
As well as the R1250 models, BMW Motorrad will be displaying, amongst others, their new C400, a fun and enjoyable maxi-scooter. With the TFT display and BMW Motorrad connectivity, you can listen to music, stay in touch with friends and family without having to dismount. This light and agile scooter has a host of other features that makes this a great place to start your two-wheeled urban commute experience.
Another bike that will be on display is the S1000 RR, BMW Motorrad’s flagship sport bike. With new BMW ShiftCam Technology, more horsepower, slicker electronics, updated suspension Flex Frame, HP Shift Assistant Pro, six-axis sensor cluster (IMU), ABS Pro and Dynamic Traction Control, a 6.5-inch TFT screen, and much more, this is an additional incentive to visit the BMW stand at the show.
Rebecca Donohue, head of marketing at Carole Nash, said: “Carole Nash have been a part of the Irish Motorcycling scene for 20 years and sponsoring the show is our way of saying thanks to our customers and the biking community.
“The show organisers always do a fantastic job at creating an event that allows biking enthusiasts to find everything they need to know about the industry as well as providing amazing entertainment that can be enjoyed by all ages. For that reason, we are delighted to once again sponsor the show and can’t wait to see all the exciting events on offer and talk face to face to avid bikers.”
Tony Toner is a member of the Association of Professional Motoring Press and a voting juror on Irish Car & Irish Van of the Year.