One last entry from our wandering lens at The One Motorcycle Show, we bring you this BMW R1200GS from Roland Sands Design.
The machine gives a throwback to the rally machines we saw in the 1980s competing in the Dakar Rally, particularly those made by HPN-Motorradtechnik, which were based off the BMW R80 G/S
Replacing the old air-cooled race engine (1,043cc / 75hp) is the the air-cooled unit from the R1200GS circa 2007 (1,170cc / 100hp), with of course the matching chassis.
The rest of the bike is pretty spot on to the racing machines from 40 years ago. Dunlop tires replace the Michelins from the Dakar bike, and the headlight incorporates dual LED projector lamps.
There is also a special piece of luggage on the tail section, which serves as a reward for a good day’s worth of riding.
BMW had a pretty good offering for a retro ADV bike in the BMW R nineT Urban G/S, though with that bike quietly discontinued, and the 1980s becoming on-trend, the work here by Roland Sands Design seems apropos.
We imagine there were a few GS owners looking this bike over at The One Moto Show, wondering what could be with the machines in their garages.
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