2015 BMW Motorcycle Updates. Keyless Ride and Shift Assistant on More Models

2015 BMW Motorcycle Updates. Keyless Ride and Shift Assistant on More Models

BMW Motorrad’s Keyless Ride System, which was first seen on the top-of-the-line 2014 BMW K1600GTL Exclusive, will filter down to other models as a factory option for 2015. Keyless ride replaces the conventional ignition lock and key with an ignition button and transponder fob (with flip-out key as a backup). As the fob comes within about six feet (2 m) of the motorcycle, it can be unlocked, started and driven away without removing the “key” from the rider’s pocket.

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2015-K1600GTL-08Keyless Ride will be available on the 2015 R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure, R1200RT, K1600GT and K1600GTL which be available for order starting in August 2014. On all models, Keyless Ride allows the unlocking and locking of the steering lock, ignition and fuel filler flap. Additionally on the RT and GT/GTL, the storage compartments locks are controlled by the transponder.

Other highlights of 2015 lineup include the addition of Shift Assistant Pro to the R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure as an option. Shift Assistant Pro enables the rider to shift up and down without using the clutch (except from stand still) or adjusting the throttle for easier riding and enhanced performance. The R1200GS gets the heavier crankshaft as used on the R1200GS Adventure and R1200RT in 2015 for smoother running. And the R1200GS Adventure will be available with a lowered suspension for the vertically challenged. This drops the Adventure 1.2 in. (30mm) giving it a seat height of 33.9 in. (860mm). The seat height can be further lowered 0.8 in. (20mm) by ordering the Adventure with the seats from the standard R1200GS.

The K1600GT and K1600GTL now have the daytime riding light and Hill Start Control for easy hill starts as options. And the new look instrument panels with chrome accents from the K1600GTL Exclusive makes its way the K1600GT and GTL for 2015.

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The final highlight of the 2015 lineup is a special BMW K1300S Motorsport edition. In addition to new paintwork of black, white, blue combined with red stripes, the Motorsport edition receives a tinted windscreen, wheels from BMW’s HP collection, HP foot pegs and an Akrapovic exhaust system.

The rest of the 2015 lineup, including additional details about the new features and paint colors are below in the original press release from BMW. We’ll bring you US delivery details and pricing as soon as they become available.


BMW Motorrad model facelift measures for model year 2015.

Model year 2015 sees a number of model facelift measures as well as the special model K 1300 S Motorsport included in the BMW Motorrad program. The models can be ordered from all BMW Motorrad dealers in the new configuration from August 2014.

2015-F700GS-07BMW F700GS.
As of model year 2015, the BMW F700GS will also be available in the following new paint finishes or paint finish combinations:

  • Alpine white
  • Black storm metallic/ Racing red / frame finished in red / spring of the spring strut finished in red (standard)
  • Racing blue metallic matt

The previous paint finishes Red apple metallic, Ostra grey metallic matt and Glacier silver metallic are no longer available.

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BMW F800GS.
As of model year 2015, the BMW F800GS will also be available in the following new paint finishes or paint finish combinations:

  • Light white / Black storm metallic / frame finished in red / spring of the spring strut finished in red (standard)
  • Racing red

The paint finish Alpine white 3 remains in the program. The previous paint finishes Cordoba blue and Kalamata metallic matt are no longer available.

2015-F800GS-Adventure-05BMW F800GS Adventure.
As of model year 2015, the BMW F800GS Adventure will also be available in the following new paint finishes:

  • Alpine white 3
  • Kalamata metallic matt

The previous paint finishes Racing red and Sandrover matt are no longer available.

2015-F800GT-03BMW F800GT.
As of model year 2015, the BMW F800GT will be available in the following new paint finish:

  • Montego blue metallic

The paint finishes Dark graphite metallic and Light white remain in the program, the paint finish Valencia orange metallic is no longer available.

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BMW R1200GS.
As of model year 2015, the R1200GS will not just be available with new paint finishes. With a view to enhanced running smoothness, it will also be fitted with a crankshaft with increased gyrating masses as in the R1200GS Adventure and R1200RT. In addition, the R1200GS can also be fitted with the BMW Motorrad Keyless Ride System as an ex-works option. This enables both the steering lock and the fuel filler flap to be locked and unlocked. The motorcycle is started using the starter button as before. With Keyless Ride, the key can always remain in the rider’s clothing. The Shift Assistant Pro available as an option ex works allows the rider to shift up without clutch, enabling acceleration virtually without torque interrupt. It also allows downshifting without using the clutch. 

An overview of the new features in the R1200GS:

  • Increased gyrating masses in the crankshaft
  • Shift Assistant Pro (option)
  • Keyless Ride (option
  • New paint finish Alpine white in conjunction with drive and suspension components in black
  • New paint finish Frozen dark blue metallic
  • New paint finish Black storm metallic

Of the previous paint finishes, Thunder grey metallic and Bluefire are no longer available.

BMW R1200GS Adventure.
As of model year 2015, the R1200GS Adventure will also comprise new features which make handling the ultimate long-distance travel enduro even more dynamic and comfortable. For example, it can be fitted with the BMW Motorrad Keyless Ride System as an ex-works option. This enables both the steering lock and the fuel filler flap to be locked and unlocked. The motorcycle is started using the starter button as before. With Keyless Ride, the key can always remain in the rider’s clothing. The Shift Assistant Pro available as an option ex works allows the rider to shift up without clutch, enabling acceleration virtually without torque interrupt. It also allows downshifting without using the clutch. As an option ex works, the R1200GS Adventure can now also be fitted with a lowered suspension. In conjunction with a reduction in seat height by 30 millimetres to 860 millimetres, the R1200GS Adventure is now also within reach of customers for whom the previous seat height posed an insurmountable obstacle. If a further reduction in seat height is required, the R1200GS Adventure can also be fitted with the seats of the R1200GS. This reduces seat height by an additional 20 millimetres.

An overview of the new features in the R 1200 GS Adventure:

  • Suspension lowered by 30 millimetres (option)
  • Low seats from the R 1200 GS (option)
  • Shift Assistant Pro (option)
  • Keyless Ride (option)

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BMW R1200RT.
As of model year 2015, the R1200RT will be supplied in a new two-colour paint finish and can also be fitted with the BMW Motorrad Keyless Ride System as an ex-works option. This enables the steering lock, fuel tank can and storage compartments to be locked and unlocked without using a key. The motorcycle is started using the starter button as before. With Keyless Ride, the key can always remain in the rider’s clothing.

An overview of the new features in the R1200RT:

  • Keyless Ride (option)
  • New two-colour paint finish San Marino blue metallic/ Granite grey metallic matt

Of the previous paint finishes, Quartz blue metallic is no longer available.

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2015-K1600GT-05BMW K1600GT and GTL.
The BMW luxury touring bikes K1600GT and GTL will be supplied in new paint finishes as of model year 2015. What is more, the two model variants now benefit from Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) as standard for increased safety when accelerating. In addition, the K1600GT/ GTL can also be fitted with the BMW Motorrad Keyless Ride System as an ex-works option (already included in the fittings of the K1600GTL Exclusive). This enables the steering lock, fuel tank can and storage compartments to be locked and unlocked without using a key. The motorcycle is started using the starter button as before. With Keyless Ride, the key can always remain in the rider’s clothing.

Other new special equipment features for the K1600GT/ GTL include daytime riding light and Hill Start Control for easy hill starts. The K 1600 GT and GTL are now also fitted with the instrument panel of the K1600GTL Exclusive featuring new scales and particularly high-end chrome surfaces.

An overview of the new features in the K 1600 GT/ GTL:

  • Dynamic Traction Control DTC
  • Keyless Ride (option)
  • Daytime riding light (option)
  • Hill Start Control (option)
  • Safety package without DTC, including daytime riding light and Hill Start Control (option)
  • Instruments with new scales and chrome surfaces
  • New paint finish Black storm metallic (GT and GTL)
  • New paint finish Glacier silver metallic (GTL)
  • New paint finish Light white (GT)

Of the previous paint finishes, Dark graphite metallic (GT and GTL), Damask red metallic (GTL) and Montego blue metallic (GT) are no longer available.

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Special model BMW K1300S Motorsport.
Sporty touring combined with long-distance qualities and comfort as well as supreme riding dynamics and safety – these have been the outstanding strengths of the BMW K1300S for years. With the exclusive special model K1300S Motorsport, BMW Motorrad now deliberately emphasises the dynamic character of this popular sports touring bike.

2015-K1300S-Motorsport-09Fitted as standard with ABS like all BMW motorcycles, the BMW K1300S Motorsport highlights its athletic flair with a new color concept in the BMW Motorsport colors Black storm metallic, Light white and Lupine blue metallic, combined with red decorative stripes. The black engine spoiler and the tinted windshield provide a fascinating contrast.

Reflecting its sporting aspirations, the K1300S is also fitted with HP wheels for optimized handling, an Akrapovic rear silencer and HP footrests for rider and passenger.

The highlights of the BMW K 1300 S Motorsport:

  • BMW Motorsport paint finish in Black storm metallic, Light white and Lupine blue metallic.
  • Windshield, tinted.
  • HP footrests for rider and passenger.
  • HP wheels.
  • Akrapovic rear silencer.

The previous paint finishes Titanium silver metallic/ Sapphire black metallic and Racing red / Sapphire black metallic/ Alpine white 3 are no longer available. The market launch of the BMW K1300S Motorsport will be on August 1st 2014 at a price of € 19,950 incl. 19% VAT.

BMW K1300R.
As of model year 2015, the BMW K1300R will be available in the following paint finish:

  • Sapphire black metallic/ Black satin gloss

The previous paint finish Racing red / Sapphire lack metallic is no longer available.

BMW C evolution.
For increased comfort, the innovative electrically powered scooter BMW C evolution can be fitted with a comfort seat (option) as of model year 2015. This is also available as a special accessory for retrofitting.

Keyless Ride new for R1200GS/GS Adventure, R1200RT and K1600GT/GTL for maximum user-friendliness.
For the first time, the BMW Motorrad Keyless Ride System now optionally replaces the conventional ignition lock in the R 1200 GS / GS Adventure, the R 1200 RT and the K 1600 GT / GTL. This means that it is no longer necessary to use a regular key. Unlocking and locking of the steering lock, ignition, fuel filler flap and storage compartments (R 1200 RT and K 1600 GT / GTL) is carried out using a transponder integrated in the key. The key can therefore remain in the rider’s clothes, for example.

As soon as the key is located within the vehicle reception area (distance < 2 metres), the steering lock can be briefly unlocked after successful authentication by briefly pressing the button. The steering lock is locked by keeping the button pressed down and placing the handlebars in end position. The ignition is activated by briefly pressing the button or keeping the button pressed down after releasing the steering lock. The ignition is switched off by means of a short or long press of the button. To open the fuel tank, the lever of the fuel filler flap is simply raised. The fuel filler flap can be opened when the motorcycle has been electrically unlocked. The fuel tank is closed by simply pressing the fuel filler flap shut. The alarm system (DWA) is automatically activated when the ignition is switched off and the steering lock is closed, as soon as the key leaves the reception area. However, the alarm system can also be activated manually.

Shift Assistant Pro for gear shifts virtually without torque interrupt as a new special equipment feature for the R1200GS/GS Adventure.
The Shift Assistant Pro enables the rider to shift up and down without activating the clutch or throttle valve in the relevant load and engine speed ranges, giving the rider additional comfort as well as increased dynamic performance. Most shifts can be carried out using the shift assistant; one exception here is setting off, for example.

When accelerating, the throttle valve no longer has to be closed for shifts, so propulsion power is virtually constant without torque interrupt. When decelerating and shifting down (throttle valve closed), the engine speed is automatically adapted by means of double-declutching. Gears are engaged as usual by means of the gear pedal. Shift time is significantly reduced as compared to a gearshift using the clutch. However, the Shift Assistant Pro is not an automatic transmission, it simply provides gear shift support. When the Shift Assistant Pro is used for gear shifts, the cruise control is deactivated for safety reasons.

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