BMW R1150 GS

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics|June 2020

BMW R1150 GS
A real globe-trotting motorcycle that handles even Blighty’s blighted roads with ease. Check out BMW’s 1150 GS…
BERTIE SIMMONDS

Replacing the overlander’s favourite, the R1100 GS was never going to be easy – but BMW hit the bullseye with the1150 GS.

The 1130cc motor (up from 1085cc) had a six-speed box (up from five) pumping out 85bhp. Every one of those ponies was needed to shift the weight this bike carried – you were looking at around 250-255 kilos in wet configuration with fluids and fuel… Heavy, eh: ask CMM contributor Alan Dowds who was on the (crash-strewn) launch and who was hit by his cartwheeling GS on an off-road section. The end result was broken ribs, collar bone and a punctured lung.

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