The road-orientated, off-road style bikes of the day, like the Varadero and Caponord, had raised the bar. BMW responded by rolling out the R1150, which had a bigger engine than its predecessor at 1130cc and boosted the power by 5 bhp to 85 bhp.
The air- and oil-cooled 8v Boxer twin also had a new 6th gear, allowing it to cruise at speed more effectively. Its chassis looked smarter too, new asymmetric headlights adding a distinctive look.
For bikers keen to ride through rougher terrain, the R1150GS Adventure was added. More rugged than its cruiser relative, the Adventure had beefed-up suspension, larger mud guards and a higher-capacity fuel tank.
While some critics argue that it’s heavy and sluggish compared to rivals, the R1150GS sold well thanks to its combination of style, substance and practicality. And of course it paved the way for the R1200GS, the dual-sport that has become one of BMW’s greatest all-time hits.
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