A definitive guide to the iconic BMW GS, the model that revolutionized the dual-purpose adventure bike in 1980. Combining all-terrain capability, high performance and on-road ride comfort, the GS is the bestselling large-capacity motorcycle in the UK and is still evolving today. Including comprehensive specification details, owners' experiences and previously unseen pictures, BMW GS - The Complete Story covers:
The original R80G/S and its impact on the industry
Design and development of all the updated models
Radical engineering concepts and technology - notably the rear 'Paralever' swinging arm suspension and drive unit
Worldwide racing success for the GS, including wins at the Paris-Dakar Rally
The all-new R1200GS of 2013, including development of its partially liquid-cooled boxer engine, and the future of the GS
Inspirational stories and the GS in the media, including Long Way Round with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
Phil West is one of the UK's longest-established and most authoritative motorcycling journalists and authors. A former editor of Bike magazine, What Bike? and American Motorcycles, he also launched his own independent publishing company, which launched Biking Times magazine. As a freelance writer his work has been published by Northern Biker, the Evening Standard, Stuff magazine and many more. For the last decade he has been Executive Editor of Motorcycle News, the world's leading motorcycling newspaper. During all of this time he has ridden, tested and written about virtually every new bike of the last thirty years, including every variant of BMW GS.