The R 1250 GS Adventure – “40 Years GS” Edition

Legendary design on the roads of the world

Pioneer through and through: For four decades, the GS has stood for a longing for vastness and boundless adventure. The R 1250 GS Adventure in the 40 Years GS edition celebrates this #SpiritOfGS: It is a homage to the GS history. In striking black and yellow, it is reminiscent of the iconic R 100 GS and impresses with its state-of-the-art technology and equipment. With the R 1250 GS with its powerful BMW ShiftCam boxer engine and new features, you will overcome limits, effortlessly reach the most distant destinations and be part of a unique community.

Highlights of the “40 Years GS” edition

Unique design for the anniversary: Inspired by the R 100 GS and nicknamed “Bumblebee”, its black-yellow look is truly striking. Striking design elements turn the legendary look into a true eye-catcher and let the bike shine in the gleam of over 40 years of GS history.

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Front with “40 years GS” sticker
We see a close-up of the 40 Years GS sticker.
Hand guard in yellow as visual highlight
We see the 40 Years GS edition with a yellow hand protector.
Black and yellow Option 719 cylinder head cover
We see the 40 Years GS edition with Option 719 cylinder head covers in black and yellow.
Tank with “1250” lettering and “Option 719” logo
We see the tank of the Edition 40 Years GS with 1250 lettering and Option 719 logo in the detail view.
Seat in black-yellow
We see the black and yellow seat of the 40 Years GS edition with a GS sticker.
Gold handlebars with storage compartment
We see the golden handlebars with an integrated storage compartment.
Robust shape with powerful Boxer engine
We see the R 1250 GS in top view with 1250 lettering and the protruding boxer engine with cylinder head covers in the Option 719 billet parts.
Gold-anodised rims
We see the 40 Years GS edition with golden handlebars.

The R 1250 GS Adventure – always a good foundation

The R 1250 GS Adventure – always a good foundation

Outside “40 Years GS”, inside all the G 1250 GS Adventure: Thanks to its GS-typical ergonomics and modern technical features, nothing will stand in the way of your journey around the globe. Thanks to their well-balanced ergonomics, you’ll always be sitting comfortably - no matter how long the journey takes. The modern LED light technology with full-LED swivel headlights provides superior illumination - bringing light into every darkness. With it, you can bravely face dust and mud, heat and rain and conquer unknown terrain effortlessly. Learn everything there is to know about the many features and variants of the R 1250 GS Adventure.

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40 years drive for adventure

From Africa to Central Asia: the GS has been everywhere in the world in 40 years. A motorcycle that has mastered every terrain and every road – powerful and bold despite the elements. The GS is the pioneer of the dual-sport motorcycle.

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Launch of the first GS model, the R 80 G/S
GS generation with numerous model variants
Years of unique experiences with the GS legend
Over 1.2 million GS models have been built to date

No path too impassable, no destination too far: The GS stands for a world full of challenges and hunger for the next adventure - it is made for real explorers. It's been the perfect touring bike right from the start. With the “Adventure” series, BMW continues to drive innovation forward, equipping the GS even better for long journeys around the globe. It is robust, versatile and effortless to handle. For 40 years, it has been the right partner for real challenges.

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From off-road sport to the road

1978 to 1980:

In 1978, BMW Motorrad attracted attention with a predecessor to the first GS: The GS 80 takes in two gold medals at the International Six Days Enduro. The bike had been developed by an in-house team of developers without an official order. But its success proved the engineers and mechanics right: Their bike made it truly enjoyable to ride both off-road and on-road. It was released to the market in 1980 under a slightly different name, the BMW R 80 G/S.

Its rise begins

1980 to 1987:

With the GS, BMW Motorrad created the perfect synthesis of off-road and on-road driving: Regardless of surface type, riders have control over their bikes in every situation while also enjoying maximum comfort on long routes. The highlight is the monolever single-sided swinging arm, which is the first to be installed on a motorcycle worldwide. This reduces the weight and enables the rear wheel to be changed quickly. With the R 80 G/S , BMW Motorrad created the segment for large, comfortable dual-sport motorcycles – a segment that it still dominates today.

The GS gains momentum: more displacement, more power

1987 to 1996:

The new top model, the R 100 GS, focuses on a lot of displacement: it is the most powerful and fastest enduro on the market. The paralever dual-pivot swinging arm on the rear wheel ensures effortless handling off-road and on-road. With its striking black-yellow paint, it is known as “Bumblebee”. The colour is still hugely popular among fans today and decorates this year's special edition “40 Years GS” model.

A new chapter in dual-sport motorcycles

1994 to 2003:

The GS is on its way to being an icon while continuously changing: In 1994, the first enduro with a four-valve boxer engine appears with the R 1100 GS. The bike is popular because it handles well off road and performs perfectly on long tours. The concept is purposefully further developed with touring in mind and, in 2002, adapted even more to the needs of long-distance travellers with the R 1150 GS Adventure – the Adventure series is born.

From one-cylinder to two-cylinder

2000 to 2008:

The very popular and novice-friendly “Funduro” models, the F 650 and F 650 ST, have their engines reworked at the beginning of the new millennium. Thanks to the water-cooled single-cylinder assembly, F 650 GS and F 650 GS Dakar riders have enough drive for everyday riding as well as that typical enduro feeling. In 2008, the F 650 GS and F 800 GS, both completely redesigned enduro models, are equipped with a liquid-cooled two-cylinder in-line engine. The means pure adventure, even in the mid-range segment.

From air-cooled to water-cooled boxer engine

2004 to 2017:

In 2004 BMW Motorrad re-released the R 1200 GS. The bike is given more displacement, power, and torque, making it even more dynamic on any terrain while weighing 30 kilograms less at the same time. A new era begins almost ten years later, when BMW Motorrad engineers equip the R 1200 GS with a water-cooled boxer engine – something that had never been done before. The bike also has a semi-active suspension with Dynamic ESA (electronic suspension adjustment), which takes handling and riding comfort to a new level.

The GS becomes even stronger

In the following years, BMW Motorrad continued to build on the GS legend. The popular R 1250 GS appears with a redeveloped two-cylinder boxer engine: Thanks to its variable BMW ShiftCam camshaft control, it provides more power in all speed ranges and makes the GS even more effortless. In addition, the mid-range F 750 GS and F 850 GS models undergo constant development and make riding more enjoyable with their larger displacement and modified chassis.


For over 40 years, the #SpiritOfGS has brought motorcyclists together and its community has shared this spirit around the world. Simply start riding, experience new adventures, and discover the unknown – together we are always writing new stories. Let the GS community inspire you to new experiences. Experience the #SpiritOfGS.

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Experience the adventure of the GS community

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