Yesterday the 500,000th BMW motorcycle of the flat-twin-engined GS model series came off the production line – a R 1200 GS. Since 1969 motorcycles have been manufactured for the world market in Berlin-Spandau and since 1980 the BMW Motorrad GS models with boxer engine, too. 

In the autumn of 1980, BMW Motorrad presented the R 80 G/S, a machine which combined the offroad and street qualities. What began with 798 cc of displacement and 50 bhp of output has developed to the R 1200 GS with 125 bhp and 1170 cc over a period of three decades. Furthermore suspension technology and electronic regulation systems such ABS, traction control or semi-active suspension have been added.


BMW Motorcycle Assembly 2014 Berlin Plant