This is 1988 model with 38,000 km

In 1980, BMW released the R80GS, the first dual-sport motorcycle with a large engine that was comfortable and could perform in the city as well as in the dirt. It still stands as a reference today. In 1987, BMW went one step further in the development of their most successful trail model and released the R100GS

Paris-Dakar Rally wins demonstrated the new Beemer’s off-road credentials. On the bitumen it was a serious touring bike, capable of covering long distances way more smoothly and swiftly than any of the 500cc singles. Then in 1988, taking to the next level everything learned from its R80G/S (and later R80GS) model experience, BMW released the R100GS, boasting a 980cc engine along with a bunch of other upgrades.

This machine was sophisticated for its day and was rewarded with a model run right through to the end of BMW’s airhead era in the mid-90s. Today a well-maintained R100GS can double as a capable adventure tourer and a desirable and collectable classic.

In the late 1960s, BMW almost quit motorcycle production. Its cars were selling well, its aging R60 and R69 range badly needed updating, and competition in the motorcycle market was fierce. The company lured Hans-Gunther von der Marwitz from Porsche and gave him the job of re-inventing the boxer twins. Thus was born the "slash" series of BMW boxers, the /5, /6 and /7s. Von der Marwitz’s basic design was so good it was still found in the last "airhead" BMW’s sold as late as 1996.

Revolutionary, though, was the rear suspension, which introduced BMW’s now famous concept of the shaft drive housing forming a single-sided swingarm. The payback for using the Monolever unit, as BMW named it, was extra torsional rigidity and lower weight. The G/S was a tall bike with good ground clearance, motocross-style handlebars and long suspension travel. The full-size adventure tourer was born.

Overall, the new GS was bigger, heavier and less off-roadable than the G/S, but struck the right note in terms of its intended market. Offered alongside was a Paris-Dakar version with larger gas tank, hard bags, luggage rack and front impact bars. These items (except the gas tank) were incorporated into the GS for 1991 as well as a new colour scheme of black with yellow highlights, earning the nickname "bumble bee."

This bike is the much sought Black and Yellow (Bumblebee) edition. The bike was imported from Germany in December 2017. The bike was MOT’d at 38,000 km and shows no previous keepers on the logbook due to being an import.

The overall condition of the bike is excellent with no noticeable marks, dents or scratches.

The body of this R100GS presents well, with the vendor understanding that the enamel, fasteners and black frame are all entirely original. The Black finish is accented with Yellow, presenting in excellent condition. The light lenses, exhaust and BMW badging all remain neat and tidy, the bike remains in very good cosmetic order. It rides on  multi-spoke wheels, which are in excellent condition front and back.

The black seat remains in good condition and appears free of any creasing or tears, benefitting from a high-quality re-trim. The BMW badging to the rear presents well, and the upholstery remains in good order overall. The black paintwork surrounding the instrument cluster and rear-view mirrors is all smart, along with the mirror glass and various controls and switches. The vendor has indicated everything works as it should, with no electrical issues to report.

This bike comes fitted with various panniers either side and an aluminium rear top case for the a little extra luggage space.

While it’s not compulsory to ride around the UK on your R100GS (as so many owners seem to have done), owning one can provide opportunities for a great deal of varied riding pleasure and a happy ownership experience. The simplicity and robustness of its construction, the ready availability of spare parts and accessories, and the ease of maintenance keep the cost of GS ownership affordable.

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