500,000th BMW GS rolls off Berlin-Spandau production line
Last week, the 500,000th BMW motorcycle flat-twin-engined GS model series was celebrated as it came off the production line. Berlin-Spandau has been manufacturing motorcycles since 1969, and since 1980, BMW Motorrad GS models with boxer engine, too.
BMW Motorrad R 80 G/S was offered for Offroad and street use back in 1980 with 798 cc displacement and 50 bhp of output. Today it tells a much more advanced story through the R 1200 GS with 125 bhp and 1170 cc. Development over the years includes advanced art suspension technology and electronic regulation systems such ABS, traction control or semi-active suspension among others.
Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad: “By combining street, off-road and everyday qualities, BMW Motorrad created the new travel enduro species with the R 80 G/S. The flat-twin GS became the synonym for this segment. The outstanding talents of the boxer-engined GS models – ride dynamics, offroad qualities, comfort and endurance – have been continuously nurtured, developed and transferred very successfully to other BMW Motorrad model series.”
Marc Sielemann, Head of the BMW Motorrad Berlin Plant: “As a plant it is a privilege for us to continue building on the successful history of the legendary flat-twin GS. With the precision-cooled drive unit, a new evolutionary stage was reached last year. Manufacturing half a million units underlines the fact that the boxer GS represents a cornerstone of our motorcycle production more than ever before.”