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BMW launches R1150GS Adventure

Published: 09 September 2001

Updated: 19 November 2014

BMW’s tough R1150GS is being made even more ready to take on the world. The new Adventure version comes complete with all you need to tackle long distances on almost any terrain.

It has new " optimised " spring travel and suspension settings to cope with gravel, sand tracks, rough terrain or even Tarmac. The spring travel is up 20mm to 210mm at the front and 220m at the rear.

There’s a first for a BMW on the rear suspension, too. It’s a WP strut which has suspension deflection-related damping. That effectively means that the more the spring is compressed the more damping is provided.

The Adventure comes with BMW’s now familiar EVO brakes, braided steel hoses and ABS (which can be switched off for off-road riding).

To help those riding into unfamiliar territory, the engine can now cope with using both unleaded and lead petrol. You just need the option coding plug.

The Adventure has a shorter sixth gear than the stock GS and a shorter first gear for the toughest terrain.

The screen is bigger, the front mudguard wider and longer and it comes with a foam handlebar crossbrace pad as standard.

The bashplate is bigger than on the GS and there’s a 12 volt socket on the dash to link up to a GPS, road book, or reading light.

You also get a larger tank capacity (it takes 30 litres while the GS takes 22) and there’s an optional luggage system with 105 litres of space in total.

Other options include those curvy culinder protection brackets, a headlamp protector, fog lamps and knobbly tyres for genuine off-road riding.

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