2024 BMW R 1300 GS Confirmed in Certification Documents

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Initial specs for new GS confirmed

Details about the new 2024 BMW R 1300 GS have popped up in vehicle homologation data in Switzerland, confirming the next-generation GS including some initial specifications. Full information remains to be confirmed, but based on the data, and the spy photos that have popped up over the last few years, here's what we know.

The 2024 BMW R 1300 GS will be powered by 1300cc Boxer Twin, replacing the previous 1254cc engine. The initial spy photos showed some rough-looking prototypes with covers over the cylinders; besides obscuring the cylinder heads from view, this also suggested that the engine was fully liquid-cooled, as the covers would have inhibited air cooling. More recent spy photos published last week by MotorradOnline.de suggest this is the case.

According to the Swiss homologation data, the new GS claims a peak output of 143.5 hp at 7,750 rpm, an increase over the current engine's claimed 134.1 hp at 7,750 rpm. The listed peak torque also shows some improvement, with the documentation listing the R 1300 GS at 109.9 lb-ft. at 6,500 rpm, compared to the R 1250 GS' certified 105.5 lb-ft. at 6,250 rpm. The documentation lists a top speed of 140 mph, compared to 136 mph for the current model.

Elsewhere in the Swiss documentation, we've learned that the R 1300 GS has a slightly longer wheelbase at 59.8 inches (versus 59.6 inches on the R 1250 GS and 59.2 inches on the R 1250 GS Adventure), and at 87.1 inches, it is slightly longer than the 86.9 inches of the current GS.

The documentation also lists laden weight with a 75 kg (165 pounds) rider and some accessories of 335 kg (738.6 pounds). Figuring out the curb weight from this figure is an inexact science, but it does help that the current GS is certified under similar conditions at 334 kg (736.3 pounds). While we don't know how much ballast was included in this calculation, the data suggests the R 1300 GS weighs just a few pounds heavier, so we estimate a curb weight of at least 552 pounds. [UPDATE June 13, 2023: thanks to new certification data from Australia, it looks like the R 1300 GS will weigh much less than our initial estimate, with a curb weight of 237 kg, or about 522.5 pounds.]

MotorradOnline's photos also confirmed one detail we suspected from the initial spy photos: the presence of a front-facing radar that would enable active cruise control. The photos also suggest a rear-facing radar which may be used for blind spot detection.

The Swiss data confirms the tire sizes are unchanged from the current model, with a 120/70 R19 front tire and 170/160 R17 rear tire, though we suspect several tire options with varying degrees of off-road ability to be offered. ABS is confirmed, which is no surprise for a 2024 BMW model, though the data does not provide any mention of the suspension.

We expect full details about the 2024 BMW R 1300 GS to be announced in short order, possibly in time for the 2023 BMW Motorrad Days celebration July 7 through 9.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Iro77819605 Iro77819605 on Jun 01, 2023

    The Triumph Rocket is 2458 cc’s so BMW has a bit of catching up to do. Also, Harley’s 121 engine is 2000 cc’s so BMW is the little guy in the market. Won’t be long, though until we see a an 800# GS2600 so BMW owners can remain at the top of the heap.

  • SRMark SRMark on Jun 06, 2023

    Looking forward to the Trans Alp 750. Bigger ain't better in the category, IMHO. I still wish Honda had produced the Bull Dog. CL500 Scrambler looks like a take-off on that idea.