BMW has announced updates to two of its most popular models, both of which go on sale August 1. There are no dramatic changes; we’ll have to wait for the EICMA show in November to see a new water-cooled R1200RT, naked S1000RR and R1200GS Adventure.
For now, the most attractive novelty is represented by the “Sport” package that makes the K1600GT look leaner and more aggressive. Sport features a two-tone Sakhir Orange Metallic/Black Storm Metallic paint scheme, a lower windshield, gloss-black alloy wheels and a re-contoured seat with contrasting-color stitching. The result should be an excellent combination of comfort, performance and riding qualities in a purposeful-looking package that, in Europe, will add an extra 450 euros to the price of the standard GT. U.S. pricing has not been announced.
Color choices for the top-selling R1200GS are unchanged, but the water-cooled boxer-Twin now comes standard with ASC (traction control), Rain and Road modes, a steering damper and shock springs painted white to identify the Dynamic ESA-equipped version. An optional “Pro” mode adds Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro. All options may be ordered separately.