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BMW earned around £200m in the last financial year from sales of 17,500 BMW R1200 GS models in Europe and according to US site autoevolution the GS is part of a string drive of sales in the US as well.

It’s worth reminding ourselves that the big GS craze took off in the late nineties after ‘The Long Way Round’s’ McGregor power boosted the identity of the 1150GS in Europe, notably at the expense of KTM.


One of the BMW R1150GS motorcycles used Charle...
One of the BMW R1150GS motorcycles used Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor in The Long Way Round (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The big trailie concept has been riding high in the UK since then, and has always done in Europe. BMW GS’ have changed along the way, evolving into technological power houses and in the 2013 R1200GS’ case, boxer engine water cooling innovation.

As The Times and BIKE magazine have reported in the UK recently, there is a possibility that a weak nut in the headstock can cause tank slappers (violent head shaking) at unpredictable and unlikely riding moments; possibly in the case of Kevin Ash’s fatal accident in South Africa at the 2013 R1200GS launch. 

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