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European Model Shown

European Model Shown

F 850 GS Adventure – "40 Years GS" edition

Adventure in legendary design

Since 1980, GS has stood for unique motorcycles that are part of every adventure. We are celebrating this year with the "40 Years GS" edition. It is an homage to the history of the GS and invokes the unique look of the legendary R 100 GS while also utilizing the latest technology. A true F 850 GS Adventure with striking flyline and balanced GS ergonomics. With this bike, you can conquer new terrain, take on any adventure, be part of a unique community and live the #SpiritofGS.

Highlights of the “40 Years GS” edition

Unique design for the anniversary: Inspired by the R 100 GS and nicknamed “Bumblebee”, its black-yellow look is truly striking. Striking design elements turn the legendary look into a true eye-catcher and let the bike shine in the gleam of over 40 years of GS history.

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40 Years GS lettering in yellow
We see the 40 Years GS lettering in yellow.
High-quality Brembo brake system
We see the black Brembo brake system.
Legendary black-yellow look
We see the black-yellow colour scheme in three-quarter view.
Hand guard in yellow as visual highlight
We see the yellow hand guard.
Striking GS lettering on the seat
We see the yellow GS sticker on the saddle.
GS radiator cover
We see the radiator cover with GS logo in detail.
Gold-anodized rims
We see the rims in anodized gold.
Seat in black-yellow
We see the seat in black-yellow

The F 850 GS Adventure – always a good foundation

The F 850 GS Adventure – always a good foundation

“40 Years GS” edition on the outside, entirely F 850 GS on the inside: its modern technical features and clever ergonomics make it the ideal companion for your adventure. As standard, it is equipped with ABS Pro and DTC and also includes the optional Ride Modes Pro, ensuring a stable and enjoyable ride in a variety of situations – wherever your travels take you. Learn everything there is to know about the many features and variants of the F 850 GS Adventure.

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40 years drive for adventure

From Africa to Central Asia: the GS has been everywhere in the world in 40 years. A motorcycle that has mastered every terrain and every road – powerful and bold despite the elements. The GS is the pioneer of the dual-sport motorcycle.

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1980
Launch of the first GS model, the R 80 G/S
6
GS generation with numerous model variants
40
Years of unique experiences with the GS legend
1.2
Over 1.2 million GS models have been built to date

Each success story has a beginning. The story of the GS begins in the year 1980 when BMW Motorrad introduces the R 80 G/S. It is robust, versatile and nearly effortless to handle in a variety of conditions. The right partner for real adventure. From the beginning, the GS has been an oustanding touring bike, and with the Adventure models it has been developed further and even better equipped for long tours in every corner of the world. For over 40 years, it has pushed the boundaries of what is possible. Take inspiration from the GS milestones.

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From off-road sport to the road

1978 to 1980:

In 1978, BMW Motorrad attracted attention with a predecessor to the first GS: The GS 80 takes in two gold medals at the International Six Days Enduro. The bike had been developed by an in-house team of developers without an official order. But its success proved the engineers and mechanics right: Their bike made it truly enjoyable to ride both off-road and on-road. It was released to the market in 1980 under a slightly different name, the BMW R 80 G/S.

Its rise begins

1980 to 1987:

With the GS, BMW Motorrad created the perfect synthesis of off-road and on-road driving: Regardless of surface type, riders have control over their bikes in every situation while also enjoying maximum comfort on long routes. The highlight is the monolever single-sided swing arm, which is the first to be installed on a motorcycle worldwide. This reduces the weight and enables the rear wheel to be changed quickly. With the R 80 G/S, BMW Motorrad created the segment for large, comfortable dual-sport motorcycles – a segment that it still dominates today.

The GS gains momentum: more displacement, more power

1987 to 1996:

The new top model, the R 100 GS, focuses on a lot of displacement: it is the most powerful and fastest enduro on the market. The paralever dual-pivot swing arm on the rear wheel ensures effortless handling off-road and on-road. With its striking black-yellow paint, it is known as “Bumblebee”. The color is still hugely popular among fans today and decorates this year's special edition “40 Years GS” model.

A new chapter in dual-sport motorcycles

1994 to 2003:

The GS is on its way to being an icon while continuously changing: In 1994, the first enduro with a four-valve boxer engine appears with the R 1100 GS. The bike is popular because it handles well off road and performs perfectly on long tours. The concept is purposefully further developed with touring in mind and, in 2002, adapted even more to the needs of long-distance travelers with the R 1150 GS Adventure – the Adventure series is born.

From one-cylinder to two-cylinder

2000 to 2008:

The very popular and novice-friendly “Funduro” models, the F 650 and F 650 ST, have their engines reworked at the beginning of the new millennium. Thanks to the water-cooled single-cylinder unit, F 650 GS and F 650 GS Dakar riders have enough drive for everyday riding as well as that typical enduro feeling. In 2008, the F 650 GS and F 800 GS, both completely redesigned enduro models, are equipped with a liquid-cooled two-cylinder in-line engine. This means pure adventure, even in the mid-range segment.

From air-cooled to water-cooled boxer engine

2004 to 2017:

In 2004 BMW Motorrad re-released the R 1200 GS. The bike is given more displacement, power, and torque, making it even more dynamic on any terrain while weighing 66 lbs less at the same time. A new era begins almost ten years later, when BMW Motorrad engineers equip the R 1200 GS with a water-cooled boxer engine – something that had never been done before. The bike also has a semi-active suspension with Dynamic ESA (electronic suspension adjustment), which takes handling and riding comfort to a new level.

The GS becomes even stronger

In the following years, BMW Motorrad continued to build on the GS legend. The popular R 1250 GS appears with a redeveloped two-cylinder boxer engine: Thanks to its variable BMW ShiftCam camshaft control, it provides more power in all speed ranges and makes the GS even more effortless. In addition, the mid-range F 750 GS and F 850 GS models undergo constant development and make riding more enjoyable with their larger displacement and modified chassis.

#spiritofgs

For over 40 years, the #SpiritofGS has brought motorcyclists together and its community has shared this spirit around the world. Simply start riding, experience new adventures, and discover the unknown – together we are always writing new stories. Let the GS community inspire you to new experiences. Experience the #SpiritofGS.

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