No choice! ABS on all BMW bikes
NEW PAINT AND ABS: BMW Motorrad has taken a bold step by making anti-lock brakes standard across its motorcycle range.
BMW Motorrad's 2013 new-model programme will include a number of model updates - the main one that anti-lock brakes will be standard on all machines.
A great step forward for motorcycle safety indeed! And it includes South Africa...
br>BMW Motorrad claims always to have been aware of its social responsibility in connection with motorcycling safety. In 1988 it presented the world's first production machines with ABS – the most effective technical safety bonus to this day.
"Now follows the next logical step," the bike-maker says. "As of 2013, BMW will be the world's first to provide ABS, standard, on all models - a pro-active step clearly pre-empting the requirement for ABS likely to be introduced in 2016 for all new motorcycles in Europe."
The South African model range will have ABS standard on all models from the beginning of 2013 due to production prioritisation and shipping lead times.
For non-bikers, a locked front wheel on a motorcycle means an instant and generally painful dismount; for a car it merely means a skid. Bike ABS means steering control can be maintained even in an emergency stop and that means a rider can not only rapidly decelerate but also steer out of trouble.
Here's how the model ranges will change...
BMW G 650 GS
From model year 2013 available in Sunset Yellow but Orange Red will be discontinued.
BMW R 1200 R
Available in Montego Blue metallic and Magnesium Beige metallic. Red Apple metallic and Smoke Grey metallic will be discontinued.
BMW S 1000 RR
Will be available in Granite Grey metallic matt with Bluefire discontinued.
BMW K 1300 S
Will be available in Sapphire Black metallic/Dark Graphite metallic combination while Magma Red/Sapphire black will be discontinued.
BMW K 1300 R.
Will be available in Racing Red/Sapphire Black metallic and Sapphire Black metallic/Black Satin gloss but Ostra Grey metallic matt/Sapphire Black metallic, Light Grey metallic and Black Satin gloss/Granite Grey metallic will disappear.
The sports wheels previously available as an optional extra are now included in the range of standard fittings so the Dynamic package for the K 1300 R will no longer include them. The R9 300 package will add heatable grips, trip data computer, diode turn indicators, sport windshield, electronic suspension adjustment and shift indicator.
BMW K 1600 GT.
Will be available in Dark Graphite metallic and Montego Blue metallic but no longer in Vermilion Red metallic.
Diode additional headlights will be available from October 2012 as an option K 1600 GT (previously only availabe on the K 1600 GTL) and the 14.5cm TFT colour screen on the instrument panel will have an optional digital speed display or the logo "6".
BMW K 1600 GTL
Will be available in Dark Graphite metallic and Damask Red metallic with Royal Blue metallic discontinued the colour screen will also have the speed display option.