BMW’S R1200GS may be broadly regarded as the go-to do-it-all adventure bike for everything from the daily commute to a bit of round-the-world globetrotting. But that’s not to say that it couldn’t be improved for the serious off-road adventurer.
And now BMW have teamed up with Touratech to develop the BMW R1200GS Rambler. The liquid-cooled boxer is still a ‘concept’ bike, but Touratech say it’s ready-to-go.
Touratech have blended the enginegearbox unit from the R1200R Roadster with the rear swingarm and shaft drive from the GS, while its chassis comes with a conventional fork as standard, instead of the GS’S Telelever system.
With an 18-litre tank capacity and enduro-like bodywork that looks slender compared to the GS’S curvy bulk, the 200kg Rambler is almost 50kg lighter too. Touratech say the boxer is very stable even at high speeds. The new boxer uses ‘super-lightweight aluminium tube in conjunction with carbon fibre, a titanium exhaust system, and a powerful but lighter lithium-ion battery’ to reduce bulk. Prototypes come in two colour schemes: BMW’S original red, white and blue and Touratech’s black, grey and yellow.
Off-road adventure is about to get even better for lovers of the BMW R1200GS