BMW has long been a prime contender in the competition for the title of the best motorcycle production firm in the world. With a few motorcycles like the BMW R1200GS under its belt, it just might get there, but it has a lot of work to do before that day.
A Rich Man’s History
Today, BMW models have a reputation for being status vehicles. The conception goes, “If you own a BMW, you’re probably rich.” However, it didn’t always used to be that way. In fact, when BMW was first starting out, they barely managed to get any business.
With the end of World War I and the limitations put on Germany’s production of military vehicles, BMW (a major manufacturer of airplane parts) was at a total loss of clientele until creating their first motorcycle in 1921. Since then, prices have soared and so have profits.
In fact, the prices listed for the 2019 model BMW1250GS (the replacement for the BMW 1200GS) are “from $17,695,” meaning they are likely much higher than that. It’s truly saying something when a motorcycle costs more than a mid-tier automobile.
Improved R-Series Design
There is arguably no series of motorcycles, superbikes, or scooters as long-standing and with as many branches on its family tree as the BMW R-series.
While BMW’s habit of labeling almost all of its motorcycles “R-something or other” is undoubtedly to blame, the high-quality craftsmanship of BMW Motorrad productions has enabled the company to avoid a necessary rebranding for almost 100 years.
The R1200GS piggybacks on the designs of older R-series motorcycles, but with significant improvements over even the more modern bikes.
Timeline of Changes
Depending on who you talk to about the number of generations that the BMW R1200GS went through before it’s replacement by the R 1250 GS in 2019, you’ll be told any number between one and six, give or take a few.
BMW R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure (2004-2018)
The BMW R1200GS underwent significant changes every couple of years, as designers upgraded and updated the model at the first sign of new research or a new technological development.
The original 2004 R1200GS, however, set the trend that all the others followed. Inside of a tubular space frame with a load-bearing engine mount, engineers installed a four-stroke, two-cylinder, horizontally opposed Boxer engine with 8 valves, and an 1,170cc displacement.
The most recent news pertaining to the R1200GS centers around the fact that it has been removed from production as of 2019 to make room for newer models. The BMW R1250GS is the R1200GS’s immediate “child,” so to speak, and has replaced it in production.
Two of the most famous people to ever be spotted cruising on a high-quality custom R1200GS were Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, particularly on set of the TV Series and book of the same name Long Way Down.
Plenty of possibilities exist for socializing with other like-minded individuals about your love of the BMW R-series, in part because it’s lasted just so incredibly long. This particular group has more than 25,000 members and is dedicated specifically to the R1200GS and R1250GS.
The BMW R1200GS – A Classic in Cruising
Few other BMW motorcycles have ever been capable of holding a candle to the BMW R1200GS Adventure, a legacy that has now been passed on to the R1250GS Adventure. If you’re looking for a long-distance adventure, then you might just find yourself buying an R1200GS Adventure.