BMW's New R 1300 GS Features Adaptive Ride Height Control and Prop-Up Assistant

When BMW introduced the new R 1300 GS, many online enthusiasts believed that the bikes came equipped with an electronic center stand, making it easier to lift the bike. However, contrary to popular belief, this is not the case.

Despite the misinformation circulating on the internet, BMW did develop a system to assist in raising a motorcycle onto a center stand. This system, known as Adaptive Ride Height Control and Prop-Up Assistant, is designed to make the process easier and more efficient.

Adaptive Ride Height Control allows riders to choose between Low and High ride heights on the new R 1300 GS. The system automatically lowers the motorcycle when stationary or coming to a stop, allowing the rider's feet to touch the ground more comfortably without compromising ground clearance while in motion.

The High setting raises the seat height to 33.46 inches, while the Low setting drops it to 32.28 inches. The system uses hydraulic cylinders on the front and rear spring/shock assemblies to adjust the chassis height, with the ability to lower the seat height by 1.18 inches in 1.5 seconds at speeds below 15 mph.

The Prop-Up Assistant feature assists in lifting the motorcycle onto the center stand by automatically aligning and raising the bike from the low to standard height setting when the center stand is folded down while the bike is in the lowered position. This provides greater leverage for the rider to lift the bike onto the stand by pushing down on the foot plate.

After the R 1300 GS is on the center stand, the motorcycle will lower itself to the low setting to increase stability while on the stand.

BMW's system is innovative and promises to simplify the process of lifting a motorcycle onto a center stand. While it may not be an automatic center stand as initially believed, it offers a practical solution that enhances the overall riding experience.

What are your thoughts on BMW's Adaptive Ride Height Control and Prop-Up Assistant system? Would you like to see this technology implemented across the company's off-road lineup?