The 2021 versions of the R 1250 GS and GS Adventure get many of the same software updates as the RT, specifically DTC and Eco mode-meant to maximize fuel efficiency-in the standard setup. Integral ABS Pro brakes are not fully integrated as the RT’s brakes are, but BMW touts the braking system’s predictive capabilities without getting into much detail in the press release. The optional Riding Modes Pro with the engine drag torque control is also available for the 2021 GS and GSA, as are Hill Start Control Pro and BMW’s updated Electronic Suspension Adjustment, which they claim is now fully automatic.
The new big adventure bikes also feature full LED lighting, and the adaptive (turning) headlight function is available as an optional add-on. Other available options include a heated seat and handlebar risers, while a 12-volt socket and 5-volt USB port come standard with the bikes now.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the GS model, the 2021 GS and GSA are available in some nice-looking new color schemes: Triple Black, Rallye, Light White Solid, Ice Gray Solid, and a black-and-yellow bumblebee throwback scheme. The new GS and GSA retain the previous generation’s 6.5” TFT cockpit data display.