BMW unveils 2008 motorcycle lineup

MILAN, ITALY — BMW unveiled its 2008 Motorrad GS line during a press conference Nov. 6 at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy that Powersports Business attended.

The lineup features three new models, the F 800 GS and the upgraded R 1200 GS and GS Adventure. All models will be on display at IMS across the United States this winter, and the company says it expects first shipments to arrive in dealerships next spring. The new lineup includes:

  • F 800 GS: The dual purpose F 800 GS features an 85hp parallel twin engine, lightweight steel trellis frame and double-sided swingarm, along with a chain drive and longer front and rear suspension travel.
  • R 1200 GS: New features on this bike include an aluminum handlebar that can be mounted in two positions, and for the first time, BMW Motorrad is offering an off-road version of its Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) technology. Optional Enduro ESA is designed to meet the unique needs of adventure touring. Three damper settings — Sport, Normal and Comfort — give the rider the option of customizing both front and rear suspensions to his or her specifications. The system also features an off-road mode.
  • 2008 R 1200 GS Adventure: In addition to new design elements, including two-part, two-color hand protectors, the R 1200 GS Adventure also features added horsepower, a taller windshield, adjustable seat, extra wide foot pegs and optional ABS. BMW also added an 8.7-gallon fuel tank, allowing riders to cover more area, and the bike is available with an optional Enduro ESA.
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