BMW has parted the curtain on what it has in store for the 2024 model year. So far, we haven’t seen any groundbreaking additions to the lineup, but one introduction might help save riders’ lives.
Of course, next year’s highlight will likely be the new R 18 Roctane. We already got to peek at that motorcycle earlier this year, though, so I’m just mentioning it here so you don’t think we forgot.
The biggest new thing BMW has announced so far is the Intelligent Emergency Call (IEC) feature. This gadget appears on your handlebar as a small cover you can flip up to reveal a bright red SOS button.
Hitting that button activates an eCall system through BMW Motorrad Connected Services, which new BMW owners can opt into during delivery. The IEC system connects you to an agent and you can report your situation, possible injuries, and who can contact emergency services through the integrated loudspeaker and microphone.
The “intelligent” part in the IEC name comes from the automatic crash detection feature. If the IEC detects a fall or crash, it will automatically place the emergency call.
For the 2024 model year, the IEC will be available as standard on the K 1600x, R 1250x, R 18 B, R 18 Transcontinental, S 1000 R/RR, and CE 04 models. It’s also an optional accessory for the F 900 R and XR bikes.
Color and Package Changes
Not much else will change within the BMW lineup. If you purchase a new BMW M bike, though, you get to enjoy the 600-mile Ultimate Care Break-In Service.
Otherwise, the changes are limited to colorway swaps and reshuffled accessory packages. You can find the exact details of what has changed on the BMW website.
As one last noteworthy alteration, the Option 719 Special Edition versions of the BMW K 1600 B and Grand America will be phased out of production on October 31. If you’ve been pining to get your hands on the bar of those motorcycles, time is running out.