BMW preps bespoke 114 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye Motorrad for 2020 Oceania trophy

posted on Friday, 29th November 2019 by Chris Jenkins

Industrial design  Automotive  Motorcycles 

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BMW Motorrad is busy finalizing the preparations on no fewer than 140 BMW F 850 GS motorcycles to be shipped to New Zealand for the International GS Trophy Oceania in February 2020.

Such has been the growth in interest from riders around the world, the event now requires 140 motorcycles to be readied – a significant increase on the 114 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye machines that were prepared for the Central Asia 2018 edition.

And these are no ordinary BMW F 850 GSs - for the 2020 edition BMW Motorrad has elected to build a bespoke edition with a unique combination of specification and colours unlike any to be found in the showrooms.

The choice of the F 850 GS is a return to BMW Motorrad´s middle class GS offering, following in the tyre tracks of the F 800 GS that proved itself indestructible over three Int. GS Trophies in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

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Launched at the Milan Show EICMA for the 2018 model year, the F 850 GS is an all-new design, replacing the long-running and highly successful F 800 GS.

A new parallel twin cylinder engine with a 90-degree crank offset with a 270/450-degree firing order; a new monocoque bridge-design frame; all new chassis design, with the fuel tank now over the engine; a lower seat height and bodywork that provides the rider greater protection while allowing maximum movement for off-road riding. Potent at 70kW (95hp), the new GS middle class is built for off-road agility given its 21/17-inch wheel combination, off-road specification suspension and off-road oriented ergonomic design.

While powerful and clearly dynamic, the F 850 GS offers the latest electronic rider aids. Enduro Pro mode, Dynamic Traction Control DTC, Dynamic ESA, ABS Pro, even a quickshifter makes rider operation confidence inspiring and safer. All this new technology is made easier to access and operate through a new 6.5 inch TFT screen that comes with BMW Motorrad Connectivity so the rider can also make phone calls, listen to music or navigate while riding.

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Aesthetically the BMW F 850 GS Int. GS Trophy special model has its own one-off colour scheme and detailing on components. Most striking will be the unique black and yellow colour scheme with Int. GS Trophy graphics. Contrasting with the black/yellow will be gold anodizing on the upside down forks and cross-spoked tubeless-spec wheel rims.

Also included from the wide range of optional accessories are Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), Dynamic Traction Control, a 6.5-inch TFT screen with BMW Motorrad Connectivity, LED daytime running lights and turn indicators, heated grips, off-road tyres and HP Sports silencer.
 
The high handlebars are 14 mm higher than the standard handlebars. This not only enables an upright and comfortable sitting position, but also makes riding while standing particularly comfortable. Secure handling of the motorcycle is noticeably easier (particularly in the standing position) – an indispensable advantage for Enduro riders.

The hand protector, made of impact-resistant and UV-resistant plastic, also protects the operating elements against branches and stone chips while riding off-road, and is aerodynamically tailored to the vehicle. On the road, the wind and weather protection offered by the protectors is also impressive: hands and fingers stay longer dry and warm even at low temperatures.

For more information on the Int. GS Trophy go to www.gstrophy.com.

Chris Jenkins

Inside ID contributor Chris Jenkins is the Editor of Arts & Collections, and a freelance technology and industry journalist...

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