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For Overlanding, Only BMW Reigns Supreme

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On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 2:14PM | By: Chris Salamone

For Overlanding, Only BMW Reigns Supreme

Whatever you’re planning to do, from cross-continental voyages to weekend trips at the local mud pits, the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is good-to-go. Yes, BMW makes some expensive motorcycles, but they are widely regarded as the best on the road for the all-important emotional draw of jumping on a bike and riding into the great unknown. The new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure model is the king in BMW’s class of Enduro bikes. In addition to being incredibly handsome, the R 1200 GS Adventure packs some serious specifications, making this bike ready for even the most trail-hardened journeyman.

How far can it go? With a fuel tank of 33 liters (or 8.72 gallons) and fuel consumption of 51.1 mpg on the highway, this all-roading monster can travel up to 445 miles on a single tank. That’s a pretty impressive number for this class of bikes, and doesn’t include the extra gallon of gas you can store in a reserve tank for emergencies. Of course, being a BMW, this bike takes only premium fuel.

Unfortunately though, the R 1200 GS Adventure has a starting MSRP of $17,000—nearly $5,000 more than the non-Adventure model. Even so, as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. The Adventure version can take potholes with 20 mm more clearance than the regular R 1200 GS and includes better tires, a stronger chassis which can safely hold over 1,000 lbs, and protectors for errant stones kicked up on the trail. But the improvements don’t stop there.

The Adventure model has stronger torque output during the critical over-landing range around 5000 to 6000 rpm, producing 88 ft-lb. Horsepower is also bumped up to 110 at 7750 rpm. These improvements stem from BMW’s Double Overhead Camshaft engine (aka DOHC) which essentially uses two overhead camshafts per cylinder, allowing the engine to breath better.

The technical data for the R 1200 GS Adventure makes a bike that is so overwhelmingly robust that BMW’s reputation for adventure motorcycling can only continue to grow. In 2010, BMW released a Special Edition “30 Years GS” that features the original white, blue, and red color profile. While this is definitely not a cheap thrill, the R 1200 GS Adventure is most likely the best bike in the world at what it does—a bike that is comfortable fording tributaries of the Nile or winding through the Alps.

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DipStick | 8:08AM (Thu, Jul 7, 2011)

BMW bikes have always been one of the best on the road...but for off-road it looks a bit cumbersome. You can get a Suzuki DR650 for far less...but still would love to have one!

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