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BMW R 1150 GS
BMW R 1150 GS Adventure
ManufacturerBMW Motorrad
Parent companyBMW
PredecessorR 1100 GS
SuccessorR 1200 GS
Engine1130 cc, 2-cylinder boxer, air/oil cooled
Bore x stroke: 101 mm x 70.5 mm
Compression ratio: 10.3:1
(twin spark plugs on later models)
Power85 hp (63 kW) at 6,750 rpm[1]
Torque75 lb·ft (102 N·m) at 5,250 rpm
Transmission6-speed, shaft drive
SuspensionFront: BMW Telelever
Rear: BMW Paralever
BrakesFront: 4-piston callipers with 305 mm discs
Rear: 2-piston calliper with single 276 mm disc
Optional ABS (servo assisted on later models)
TiresFront: 110/80HR19
Rear: 150/70HR17
Spoked, tubeless wheels
Seat height840 mm (33.1 in)
Weight229 kg (505 lb)
Fuel capacityStandard - 22 litre (4.9 imperial gallon)
Optional - 30 litre (6.6 imperial gallon)

The BMW R 1150 GS and BMW R 1150 GS Adventure are motorcycles that were manufactured by BMW Motorrad between 1999 and 2005. The R 1150 GS models are part of the BMW GS family of dual-sport adventure motorcycles that have been produced from 1981 to the present date.

The R 1150 GS Adventure was used in 2004 by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in their 18,887 miles (30,396 km) ride from London to New York, which became a book and TV series – Long Way Round.[2] Its successor, the R 1200 GS Adventure was used in the follow up Long Way Down trip.

Production history

The standard R 1150 GS model was produced from 1999 to 2003, when it was replaced by the more powerful and lighter R 1200 GS. The Adventure was produced from 2001 to 2005.

In late 2002 the optional ABS system was replaced with an electrically servo-assisted version. In addition the engines were equipped with twin spark plugs on each cylinder to improve emissions and cure a persistent surging problem that affected many BMW boxer models.

58,023 units of standard R 1150 GS model were produced, while 17,828 units of the Adventure models were produced.[3]

The R1150GS is a popular bike for offroad trails

Model differences

The R 1150 GS Adventure featured a number of differences over the standard bike to make it more suitable for overland and adventure travel.[4] These included an optional 33 litre (6.6 imperial gallon) fuel tank, larger screen, single-piece seat, 20 millimetres (0.8 in) taller suspension front and rear, lower first gear and a conventional sixth gear in place of the standard model's overdrive gear.

Common options on both models were heated handgrips and ABS brakes.


External links

  1. REDIRECT Template:YouTube, official promo showing the motorcycle in Bolivia