In this series, we’ll explore classic, custom, and modern versions of some of our favorite motorcycles. One model three ways. First up, the BMW GS.
BMW’s GS is one of the canonical interpretations of a motorcycle. Its go-anywhere, go-long identity was met with initial skepticism but quickly inspired the creation of an entire category of motorcycles. It has also inspired countless daydreams of getting lost and waking up in strange lands—just ask my friend Charley Boorman. Motorcycle travel is about finding yourself and forgetting yourself.
The GS’s bulletproof boxer twin, pack mule capability, and two-up accomodations make it the benchmark for discovery and adventure travel. Since 1980, riders around the world—and riders going around the world—have been fiercely devoted to the GS. And for good reason.
One of the benefits a long-standing model provides is that it becomes a microcosm of technological and cultural development, affording motorcyclists a view of change that can even inspire their own interpretation of the machine. The GS, like all great model series, becomes a brand unto itself.
For riders who crave vintage iron, a unique custom, or the latest tech, the GS is a good place to start.
The Classic: BMW R80 G/S