Lately, Viber has served as a means for local riders to check out the latest releases in the motorcycle world. Through chat groups in this messaging app, they organize group rides, exchange views, swap accessories, source parts, and share updates that they wouldn't get as quickly via traditional sources of information.
In the Viber groups of local big bikers, we noticed that one question keeps popping up: When will the 2019 BMW R 1250 GS arrive in the Philippines? The recent global launch of this legendary adventure bike, now with an upgraded body design and powered by an advanced boxer-twin engine with BMW ShiftCam technology, has left many local enthusiasts eager to try it out. The tall and mighty highway and off-road conqueror has two riding modes, Automatic Stability Control (ASC), and Hill Start Control (HSC) as standard features to boost rider confidence in any road condition.
Dr. Markus Schramm, BMW's Motorrad global chief executive officer who recently visited Manila, assured local BMW enthusiasts that the new R 1250 GS will be here by the second quarter of 2019. His announcement had BMW president Spencer Yu and BMW Motorrad Philippines director Gil Balderas grinning from ear to ear.
"It is a great bike. Great to ride with its new boxer engine. It is really a big step," Schramm said.
The suave German executive, accompanied by Timo Resch and Miguel Llabares-Pohl (BMW Motorrad sales head and Asian region director, respectively), also paid a courtesy call to Ramon S. Ang, chairman of SMC Asia Cars Distributors. The company is official distributor of BMW cars and motorbikes in the Philippines.
It was the first time for BMW Motorrad's head honcho to make an official visit to the Philippines. The 70% growth in the total sales of BMW Motorrad Philippines last year had inspired Schramm to check out the local motorcycle industry. He was also surprised to learn that 37% of the BMW motorbikes sold here were R 1200 GS variants.
We all know this robust machine does not come cheap—it's priced at P1,410,000 for the Standard/Low Seat version, P1,660,000 for the Adventure Exclusive trim, and P1,690,000 Adventure Rally/TFT Display variant.
After seeing the strong sales enjoyed by local BMW motorbike dealerships, Schramm assured us that the Philippines will be a priority when it comes to the allocation of the new R 1250 GS in the region.
"We're just warming up," he said.
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