BMW Motorrad has developed a “dynamic brake light” that flashes and even includes the hazard lights to warn drivers of a panic stop.
The dynamic brake light is similar to those offered on many cars and works in two stages.
Stage one activates when the motorcycle decelerates from speeds above 50km/h. In this case the brake light flashes with a frequency of 5 Hz.
As the motorcycle decelerates under 14km/h, the hazard warning flashers also activate and remain on until the motorcycle accelerates again to 20km/h.
The dynamic brake light is only available at the moment in Europe and there is no word on when it will be available in other markets.
It is available an option ex works in conjunction with ABS Pro for 2016 model R 1200 GS, R 1200 GS Adventure and S 1000 XR,w while it will be standard on the K 1600 GT, GTL and GTL Exclusive luxury tourers.
ABS Pro prevents the wheels from locking even when the brakes are applied quickly while leaned over in a corner.
Meanwhile, there is no hint yet of the new R nineT Scrambler in the 2016 BMW line-up but there are new colours available.
While most of the colours look like they’ve come from the Toyota Camry colour chart, there is a nice “racing red” available and the welcome return of the yummy Triple Black which, of course, is mostly black with a black-grey seat and big GS decals.
In Australia, models to get the banking-optimised ABS Pro (in conjunction with the Riding Modes Pro option) are the R 1200 GS and GS Adventure, and K 1600 GT, GTL and GTL Exclusive.
The following models in the new configuration can be ordered from all BMW Motorrad dealers from August 2015.
BMW F 800 GT: Now comes in Monolith metallic matt / Sapphire black metallic. The paint finish Dark graphite metallic has been deleted.
BMW R 1200 GS: ABS Pro, light white non-metallic replaces the existing Alpine white 3 non-metallic. Black storm metallic is deleted.
BMW R 1200 GS Adventure: ABS Pro, Racing red non-metallic matt and Ocean blue metallic matt. Light white non-metallic replaces the existing paint finish Alpine white 3 non-metallic and the Olive non-metallic matt and Racing blue metallic matt are no longer available.
BMW R 1200 RT: Comes in Platin bronze metallic, but Callisto grey metallic matt has gone.
BMW R nineT: Now comes with an option of hand-brushed aluminium fuel tank with smoothed welding seams, or hand-brushed aluminium fuel tank with visible welding seams. Heated grips are also now available.
BMW S 1000 RR: Black storm metallic / Racing red non-metallic.
BMW S 1000 R: Grained fuel tank trim, instead of the previous fuel tank with paint finish (only with light white non-metallic).
BMW K 1600 GT / GTL / GTL Exclusive: ABS Pro standard and the following new paint finishes: Cosmic blue metallic / Black storm metallic (GT); Ocean blue metallic matt (GTL); and Sparkling storm metallic (GTL Exclusive). These colours have been deleted: Sakhir orange metallic / Black storm metallic (GT); Magnesium beige metallic (GTL); and Mineral white metallic (GTL).