Touratech's Custom R1200GS Rambler Enduro Motorcycle

Touratech creates a lightweight and capable enduro machine from BMW's R1200R

Touratech recently unveiled their liquid-cooled, boxer twin-powered enduro bike they call the R1200GS Rambler. The project, which was code-named K199, was a challenge accepted by Touratech to build an enduro machine based on BMW's liquid-cooled R1200 power-plant that weighed under 440lbs ready to ride. A modern-day interpretation of the legendary HP2 Enduro, the Touratech R1200GS Rambler is a race-ready powerhouse built for agility off-road. Weighing in at 438lbs, Touratech claims this might just be the lightest water-boxer in the world.

BMW Touratech R1200GS Rambler Enduro
Touratech's custom R1200GS Rambler was built in part with BMW as a challenge to see if a sub-440lb, water-cooled boxer twin was possible.Photo: Touratech

The engineers at Touratech started with the chassis and engine from a BMW R1200R because the frame is set up for conventional forks rather than the telelever front end of the R1200GS. This was married to a final drive and swing-arm from an R1200GS to maximize the suspension travel and boost ground clearance. The chassis was fitted with a custom aluminum triple clamp that holds a set of re-worked forks from an F800GS Adventure. A long-travel fork cartridge conversion kit from Touratech Suspension was fitted into the F800GSA fork legs and set up for 11.8" of travel. Performance for the rear comes by way of a long-travel Touratech Suspension Extreme shock with 7.9" of travel. The Metzler Karoo 3 rubber meets the road with Haan Excel wheels, 21" in the front and 17" in the rear. Several pounds were shed by going to a single rotor brake set-up like a dirt bike, but in this case with ABS.

BMW Touratech R1200GS Rambler Enduro
Touratech's R1200GS Rambler is based off an R1200R because that frame is set up for conventional forks, as opposed to BMW's telelever setup found on the R1200GS.Photo: Touratech

Weight reductions came by stripping the bike of its bodywork, fairing and all unnecessary mounting brackets. A custom lightweight airbox and fairing were crafted of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic. The fuel tank and rear subframe were combined into a single aluminum structure that supports the rider and rear fender. An ultra-lightweight seat was crafted from Polyurethane using a method that requires no seat pan. Ultralight master cylinders & titanium footpegs were utilized for maximum weight savings. While technical components were manufactured by Touratech AG, the clay modeling, design and prototyping were carried out by sister company TT-3D in Murnau, Germany. Other notable modifications include a custom-made triple clamp, Magura handlebars and controls, a lithium-ion battery and Metzler Karoo 3 tires.

BMW Touratech R1200GS Rambler Enduro
Touratech made two identical R1200GS Rambler bikes, differing only in color. Unfortunately, there are no plans in the works for a production version (we can dream though).Photo: Touratech

Touratech built a pair of bikes that differ only in color: one in the Touratech colors (black, grey and yellow) and one in BMW colors (white, blue and red). Touratech CEO Herbert Schwarz and a few journalists put the bikes to the test on an adventure ride in the Azores, a group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean 850 miles West of Portugal. There currently are no plans for a production version of this bike, but as Touratech comments, "It's been fun for the team to rise to the challenge and create a modern day version of the HP2. Perhaps BMW Motorrad will feel inspired enough to produce something like this again." More information on the design process of the R1200GS Rambler can be found at touratech.com.

BMW Touratech R1200GS Rambler Enduro
Touratech's CEO, as well as a few other journalists, put the bikes through their paces in the Azores, a small collection of islands west of Portugal.Photo: Touratech
BMW Touratech R1200GS Rambler Enduro
Quite a breathtaking view from the saddle of the R1200GS Rambler.Photo: Touratech
BMW Touratech R1200GS Rambler Enduro
Luscious greenery lines the path of the two R1200GS Rambler enduros as they blast down a trail in the Azores.Photo: Touratech