BMW’s Berlin Plant Builds 500,000th Boxer GS Motorcycle

BMW’s Berlin Plant Builds 500,000th Boxer GS Motorcycle

What looked like an ordinary R1200GS rolled off the production line at BMW’s Berlin-Spandau plant today but it was very special. That’s because it was the 500,000th BMW GS motorcycle with a flat-twin (boxer) engine to be manufactured at the plant. Since 1969, motorcycles have been manufactured for the world market in Berlin-Spandau with the GS model series added in 1980.

The BMW plant Berlin manufactures the 500,000th BMW GS motorcycle with boxer engine. Dr. Marc Sielemann, Head of Production BMW Motorrad (left) and Stephan Schaller, President BMW Motorrad, stand beside the special R1200GS.

500K-GS-Boxer-Berlin-SpandauIn the autumn of 1980, BMW Motorrad presented the R80G/S, a machine which combined the qualities for two very special fields of use: offroad and street. What began with 798cc of displacement and 50bhp of output has developed into a fascinating high-tech travel enduro in the shape of the R1200GS with 125bhp and 1170cc over a period of three decades. Furthermore state-of-the art suspension technology and electronic systems such ABS, traction control or semi-active suspension have been added. This ongoing and consistent development of the boxer-engined BMW GS models is a major reason for their status as top-selling travel enduros worldwide.

Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad said, “By combining street, off-road and everyday qualities, BMW Motorrad created the new travel enduro species with the R80G/S. The flat-twin GS became the synonym for this segment. The outstanding talents of the boxer-engined GS models – ride dynamics, offroad qualities, comfort and endurance – have been continuously nurtured, developed and transferred very successfully to other BMW Motorrad model series.”

Marc Sielemann, Head of the BMW Motorrad Berlin Plant added, “As a plant it is a privilege for us to continue building on the successful history of the legendary flat-twin GS. With the precision-cooled drive unit, a new evolutionary stage was reached last year. Manufacturing half a million units underlines the fact that the boxer GS represents a cornerstone of our motorcycle production more than ever before.”

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