The 1254cc boxer engine is no joke. This one produces 136bhp and 143Nm, and is responsible for moving this 268kg motorcycle. Use that electric start, and a deep exhaust note welcomes you. Twist that throttle, and you’ll instantly realise that this motor is all about really strong, low and mid-range.
On the road, the R1250GSA feels at home. The throttle response is crisp and lively. The acceleration is seamless. In fact, post 3000rpm, the bike feels amazingly quick, which is quite surprising, given those huge panels that encase it. In case that throttle tempts you, the bike will take care of you even when the speedometer crosses 150kmph. The flat torque curve makes things quite easy on the highways too. You can sit at 150kmph all day long. There’s no vibrations, no engine stress. In fact, the cruise control lets you be there for lengthy durations, and that is bound to reduce the body fatigue. This motor redlines at 9000rpm, and hitting the limiter feels addictive, and there’s lots of power to play with until you hit the limiter.
In traffic, the R1250GS is mind-boggling. Firstly, it doesn’t heat up at all. Countless hours in the Mumbai traffic, and this engine refuses to warm the legs around. Secondly, due to its torquey nature, you don’t have to change the gears often. And even if you had to do, the supremely light clutch makes things easy. The ride quality is plush, and can be changed electronically according to the needs. Even with a pillion aboard, there isn’t much change in the overall dynamics.
Take this bike off-road, and you will be amazed by the various aspects it possess. With that low centre of gravity, the R1250GS is easy to be manhandled on forest trails. The stand-up ergonomics are approachable, and that leads to some easy jumps and slides. Switch to Enduro mode, and things do get a bit exciting. The standard Bridgestone tyres tend to lose grip, but you have the smart electronics that keeps everything under control. The only issue I had with this bike is to move it around in tight trails with my legs. But this has to do with my poor fitness, and not the motorcycle.