2-owners from new, 2003 BMW R1150GSA Adventure

2-owners from new,
2003 BMW R1150GSA Adventure

Frame no. WB10492A03ZH30666
Engine no. 122EB36026244

Race on Sunday, sell on Monday. BMW realized that this was not at all restricted to track weapons and seeing an increasing demand for capable off-road machines, they re-entered the ISDT in 1979 as a means of publicizing its forthcoming range of flat-twin dual-purpose bikes. Their first offering, the R80G/S, was announced in September of 1980, equipped with a 21in. front wheel, raised fenders, high-level exhaust system and single-sided swingarm to assist tire changes in the wilderness. It was a bit heavy for really rough terrain, but nevertheless the Gelände/Straße (offroad/street) proved to be an excellent cross-over machine, supremely well suited to the new market sector of “adventure tourer”, a sector dominated by the brand ever since.

Introduced in 1999, the 1150GS was the first with a six-speed gearbox, an electrically servo-assisted combined braking system replacing the predecssor’s ABS system and a twin-spark head, to smooth the power from the boxer twin. This GS Adventure model adds to that versatility with slightly longer suspension travel, a bigger 7.9-gallon gas tank, a larger windshield, standard crash bars and handlebar guards. As Cycle World magazine put it, the 1150GS exemplifies “the very essence of a two-wheel Swiss Army knife.”

The Swiss Army knife on offer here has been owned for a few years by a local Southern California collector of cars and motorcycles. A meticulous to the point of fussy owner, the collection is kept in a climate-controlled environment and in top running condition. Purchased from the original, equally meticulous owner, with 7,000 miles on the odometer, our vendor has enjoyed the bike to a further 8,600 miles, including a cross-country trip. Freshly serviced, the bike starts easily and rides like new. The now indicated 15,600 miles defy the cosmetic condition. Brakes and suspension feel equally new and all electrical systems work as they should. Excellent throughout, this motorcycle is steeped in options, from hardshell side cases, with inner bags, Touratech rear luggage shelf, Remus exhaust to capitalize on the naturally throaty BMW sound, PIAA spotlights, gear shift cover, etc. etc.

Made famous by Ewan MacGregor and Charlie Boorman in their epic adventure, riding from London to New York the “Long Way Round”, the R1150 GSA epitomizes Adventure, by name and nature.


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