AG­GRES­SIVE RAMBLER

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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

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