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BMW’s 5,00,000 GS model rolls off the production line

25 Mar 2014 / 0

The 5,00,000 BMW GS model came off the production line from BMW’s Berlin plant in the form of an R1200 GS. The GS range of motorcycles from BMW are manufactured to give good performance on the asphalt as well as of it. They have been famous with adventure seekers and travelers who prefer going on long expeditions in to the unknown.

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Marc Sielemann, head of production and Stephan Schaller, president BMW Motorrad with the landmark motorcycle

The GS series was first launched as the R80 in 1980 with a 798cc boxer engine producing 50PS. Thirty years later it has evolved in to the R1200 GS which gets a 1170cc plant and now produces 126PS of power. It is also a technologically advanced motorcycle with features such as traction control, semi-active suspension and ABS. The GS series has established itself as one of the top selling enduros and is the most successful model of the BMW motorcycle offerings.

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The BMW R1200 GS being manufactured

Speaking on the occasion, Stephan Schaller, president of BMW Motorrad, stated, “By combining street, off-road and everyday qualities, BMW Motorrad created the new travel enduro species with the R 80 G/S. The flat-twin GS became the synonym for this segment. The outstanding talents of the boxer-engined GS models – ride dynamics, offroad qualities, comfort and endurance – have been continuously nurtured, developed and transferred very successfully to other BMW Motorrad model series.”

 

BMW plant Berlin manufactures 500,000th BMW GS motorcycle with boxer engine.

Munich/Berlin. Today the 500,000th BMW motorcycle of the flat-twin-engined GS model series came off the production line – a R 1200 GS. Since 1969 motorcycles have been manufactured for the world market in Berlin-Spandau and since 1980 the BMW Motorrad GS models with boxer engine, too. Motorcycles which inspire the urge for adventure travel and even to go on expeditions to the remotest corners of the earth.

In the autumn of 1980, BMW Motorrad presented the R 80 G/S, a machine which combined the qualities for two very special fields of use: Offroad and street. What began with 798 cc of displacement and 50 bhp of output has developed into a fascinating high-tech travel enduro in the shape of the
R 1200 GS with 125 bhp and 1170 cc over a period of three decades. Furthermore state-of-the art suspension technology and electronic regulation systems such ABS, traction control or semi-active suspension have been added. This ongoing and above all consistent development of the boxer-engined BMW GS models is a major reason for their status as top-selling travel enduros worldwide.

Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad: "By combining street, off-road and everyday qualities, BMW Motorrad created the new travel enduro species with the R 80 G/S. The flat-twin GS became the synonym for this segment. The outstanding talents of the boxer-engined GS models – ride dynamics, offroad qualities, comfort and endurance – have been continuously nurtured, developed and transferred very successfully to other BMW Motorrad model series."

Marc Sielemann, Head of the BMW Motorrad Berlin Plant: "As a plant it is a privilege for us to continue building on the successful history of the legendary flat-twin GS. With the precision-cooled drive unit, a new evolutionary stage was reached last year. Manufacturing half a million units underlines the fact that the boxer GS represents a cornerstone of our motorcycle production more than ever before."


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