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FILTHY MINDED

We’ve ridden the Racer, Roadster and Pure, but BMW’s fourth addition to the R nineT fellowship takes a dirtier approach. Beard oil at the ready!

BMW R NINET URBAN G/S

While the 1980s were a pretty terrible time for both fashion and music, not everything that emerged from the decade that brought us shoulder pads and Day-Glo socks was completely terrible. Over in Germany, where presumably the mullet and white socks with sandals continued to reign supreme, in the basement of BMW a very important prototype bike was being developed…

Without getting too deep into the history, the long and the short of it was that in the early 1980s BMW Motorrad was screwed and in a last ditch attempt to save the company froiirbeing wound down by the car side, the management turned to a revolutionary prototype found lurking in the R&D department. This boxer-powered on/off-road oddball was the brainchild of a few geeks and BMW’s new head of sales and marketing, Karl Heinz Gerlinger, took a massive punt on it to revive the company’s fortunes. In 1980 the BMW R80 G/S - which stood for Gelände/Straße (off-road/road in German) - was launched and the rest is history. So basically, without the G/S there would be no BMW Motorrad.

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