BMW R 1150 GS
|Predecessor||R 1100 GS|
|Successor||R 1200 GS|
|Engine||1130 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)
|Power||85 hp (63 kW) at 6,750 rpm|
|Torque||75 lb·ft (102 N·m) at 5,250 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed, shaft drive|
|Suspension||Front: BMW Telelever |
Rear: BMW Paralever
|Brakes||Front: 4-piston callipers with 305 mm discs |
Rear: 2-piston calliper with single 276 mm disc
Optional ABS (servo assisted on later models)
|Tires||Front: 110/80HR19 |
Spoked, tubeless wheels
|Seat height||840 mm (33.1 in)|
|Weight||229 kg (505 lb)|
|Fuel capacity||Standard - 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. Its successor, the R 1200 GS Adventure was used in the follow up Long Way Down trip.
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.
The R 1150 GS Adventure featured a number of differences over the standard bike to make it more suitable for overland and adventure travel. 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.
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