The R1250GS is a big motorcycle. It has big panels, the engine is bigger and so, it also has some big responsibilities to fulfill. In this lengthy yet compact gymkhana test, the R1250GS did manage to become a fun motorcycle to ride. While there was almost 134bhp of peak power available but for obvious reasons, I could use only some of it. It was the same story with the torque. The entire gymkhana course was done in first gear. But it did take me a while to get used to the sensitive throttle. Once I was over it, I could ride the R1250GS over the drums, tyres, logs and even the rock garden.
My favourite moment with the GS, however, was when I was riding over the drums and logs. The good ground clearance and the front suspension gives out an experience that not a lot of ADVs are capable of. While riding over the course, the BMW impressed me with its ability to go over these hurdles with ease and without touching the sump-guard. Even with the 19-inch front wheel, the GS can manage almost all obstacles that comes its way. The bike is extremely stable, especially while riding over rock gardens.
The presence of tele-lever suspension meant the fork tubes didn’t really compress like the regular ADVs. It does bottom-out, but the rider doesn’t feel that on the handlebar. The story is the same while jumping over the tyres and the log. The GS lands without any drama.
The R1250GS is equipped with a top-spec braking setup. This clearly meant the bike would nail this part of the gymkhana and it did. The stopping distance was the least and the rear brake works like a charm. Even the front setup is predictable with great feel on the lever. I'm sure even the high speed braking on dirt sections are taken well care of by the R1250G's system.