Thursday, September 01, 2011

BMW R 1200 GS

Well, here is another breed of automotive, the Exotic Bikes. This BMW R 1200 GS was displayed at the BMW Motorrad stall at the recent Auto Show in Bengaluru. The BMW GS series offers dual purpose off-road/on-road and has been in production since 1980. The GS refers to either Gelände/Straße (German: off-road/road) or Gelände Sport.

GS motorcycles can be distinguished from other BMW models by their longer travel suspension, an upright riding position, and larger front wheels – typically 19 to 21 inch. The BMW GS1200 is the face of the modern motorcycles that is suitable for long distance travel, as a universal tool - on a local run, for daily journey to work or weekend trips. It was initially launched in 2004 as R1150GS, which was replaced by BMW R 1200 GS.

The BMW R 1200 GS features a air/oil-cooled flat twin ('Boxer') 4-stroke, 1,170 cc engine, and produces a power of 110 hp (82KW) at 7,750 rpm. As standard it is equipped with electronic engine management, ABS braking and twin spark plugs.

The R1200GS is BMW Motorrad’s best-selling model and has been developed in line with the industry standard. In 2007, the bike was popularised by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, who used the Adventure model for a trip from John o' Groats in Scotland to Cape Agulhas in South Africa. The trip was documented in a book and as a television series - Long Way Down.

BMW GS1200 will be the best bike to choose if you are thinking of a motorcycle for daily usage and long drives. It sets you back by Rs. 20, 00,000 (India), which is worth when you completely make use of the package and features.

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