Recognizing an increasing demand for off-road styled models, BMW re-entered the ISDT in 1979 as a means of publicizing its forthcoming range of flat-twin dual-purpose bikes. The first of these, the R80G/S, was announced in September of 1980, and was rigged for off-road use with a 21in. front wheel, raised fenders, high-level exhaust system and single-sided swingarm. Too heavy for serious rough stuff, the G/S nevertheless excelled as an adventure tourer, a market sector that its GS successors dominate to this today. The 1150GSmodel was produced from 1999 to 2004 and brought a six-speed transmission to the line and in 2004 was ridden by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in their 18,887-mile ride from London to New York City, depicted in the book and TV series Long Way Round. The tool of choice for numerous global circumnavigation records and documented adventures, the GS was singled out by Cycle World magazine for its all-round goodness and was awarded Best Sport Touring Bike. “Few bikes have proven to be as versatile as the GS Beemer family,” wrote the editors, “with the 1150 exemplifying the very essence of a two-wheel Swiss Army knife.”
The 2000 BMW R1150GS offered here has been owned for the last few years by a mechanic and marque expert. Purchased in excellent condition, with 28,000 miles, the bike received a thorough going-through to ensure top mechanical condition. Now with a little over 53,000 miles, the bike is offered in excellent riding condition. It started easily, idles smoothly, and has responsive and plentiful power. Brakes, suspension, and all electrical systems work perfectly. There is minimal wear on all surfaces and tires have barely 1,000 miles on them. The bike features a nice throaty exhaust, heated grips and quick-release aluminium side cases.
Sold on a clear SALVAGE California title – the bike was dropped and cracked the original tank, forcing the insurance company to write it off.