Even though we’re barely halfway into the 2019 riding season, BMW is already announcing the updates for its 2020 lineup. For now, the changes to the adventure bikes are modest, although some other machines get more significant changes.
The G310 GS loses the Racing Red finish next year, but Strato Blue Metallic is now available. The R1250 GS and R1250 GS Adventure can now be ordered with black or gold cross-spoked wheels. As for the F750 GS, F850 GS and F850 GS Adventure models, there’s no paint changes, but some markets will see a 15 per cent drop in pricing for optional equipment (Dynamic ESA, riding modes, etc.).
In the press release, there’s no mention of the S1000 XR. Interesting! For a while, it’s been expected that the S1000 XR would get BMW’s updated Shiftcam engine, in a torquey state of tune. At this point, that looks very likely. The S1000 R will also likely see similar updates.
As for other models, it’s mostly paint changes all-round, with some finishes discontinued, others added. The BMW S1000 RR gets a new carbon fiber package available (fenders, fairing panels, chain guard, sprocket cover).
Along with the cosmetic changes, the K1600 B, the K1600 GT and K1600 GTL will now come with reverse gear. The K1600 Grand America gets that reverse gear, and also a new audio platform.
Of all the updates, the most significant probably go to the R nineT lineup, all of which see ASC (Automatic Stability Control) as standard equipment for 2020.
Along with the S1000 XR and S1000 R models mentioned above, BMW also did not mention the F800 R in its press release; it’s highly likely we’ll see that machine updated with the new 850-series engine for 2020.
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