Special Edition
2021 R nineT Urban G/S - Edition 40 Years GS

Base model $15,995 MSRP

MSRP excludes destination & handling fee of $495, tax, title, license and registration.

European model shown.

European model shown.

BMW R nine T Urban G/S in the “40 Years GS Edition”

Legendary design

The black and yellow design of the “40 Years GS Edition” is a homage to the legendary first touring enduros from BMW Motorrad. And the R 100 GS leads the way. The striking accents are clearly reminiscent of the machine that was quickly given the nickname “Bumblebee” back then. In today’s R nineT Urban G/S “40 Years GS Edition”, the milled Option 719 cylinder head covers and the yellow hand protector prove the attention to detail. The off-road tyres and the raised Scrambler exhaust complete the look and are a visual reminder of 40 years of eventful GS history.

Highlights of the “40 Years GS Edition"

The distinctive design of the R nineT Urban G/S and the legendary look of the “Bumblebee”: a unique look full of stories and successes.

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40 Years GS graphics on the tank
We see the 40 Years GS sticker on the tank of the R nineT Urban G/S.
Black and Yellow seat bench with GS embroidery
We see the black and yellow seat of the R nineT Urban G/S.
Option 719 cylinder head cover
We see the cylinder head cover of the R nineT Urban G/S.
1200 cc lettering on the tank
We see the 1200 cc lettering on the tank of the R nineT Urban G/S.
Windscreen with GS logo
We see the windscreen of the R nineT Urban G/S incl. GS logo.
Exhaust
We see the raised exhaust system of the R nineT Urban G/S.
Gold rims
We see the golden rims of the R nineT Urban G/S.
Yellow hand protectors
We see the yellow hand protector of the R nineT Urban G/S.

For Any Punchline

Power through the city traffic or prefer to take a spontaneous trip over gravel roads? The air/oil-cooled boxer takes your ideas on board. And makes for very fun travel. Its drivability is balanced and full of exciting dynamics whenever it matters. The optimized torque curve guarantees you dynamic pulling power between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. And this is exactly where you get the most spontaneous ideas. The peak torque is still 85 lbs-ft. at 6,000 rpm. 

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85
lbs-ft. torque at 6,000 rpm
493
lbs. unladen weight, road ready, fully fueled
1,170
cc capacity
33.5
in. seat height
Air/oil-cooled twin-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine

Comfort? Of course

The bendier routes

The bendier routes

The R nineT Urban G/S boasts balanced drivability. In the new Dirt Mode of  available Ride Modes Pro, you can now let the control systems ASC or DTC take effect much later: for gravel and dirt roads off the beaten track. And adaptive headlight provides optimum illumination of the inside of corners at lean angles between 7° and 25°.

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40-year drive for adventure

For 40 years, GS has stood for adventure, curiosity about the unknown, and a community that lives the #SpiritfGS with every mile. Its success story begins in 1980 with the R 80 G/S: It quickly became a popular bike for all challenges, both on-road and off-road.

The R nineT Urban G/S is a visual role model: The GS has been almost everywhere in the world in 40 years. From Africa to Central Asia: 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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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 remit. 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 travel enduros – 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 and yellow paintwork, it is known as “Bumblebee”. The color is still hugely popular among fans today and decorates this year's special “40 Years GS Edition" model.

A new chapter in travel enduros

1994 to 2003:

The GS is on its way to becoming 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. In 1999, the R 1150 GS follows in its footsteps. 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 assembly, 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. The 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.

3 year warranty

Ride on & on & on. 

Get up to 3-years or 36,000 miles warranty on all new motorcycles. 

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