Max Biaggi who? The Roman Emperor’s retirement after winning the 2012 World Superbike Championship marked the end of an era for Aprilia, with the 2013 campaign marking the first without Biaggi since the Italian manufacturer came back to the WSBK scene with the RSV4. If Aprilia misses its two-time WSBK Champion, it sure didn’t show […]
Watch A BMW R1200GS Being Built From Start To Finish + Video
BMW’s venerable R1200GS has a lot of fans around the globe, including us. To my eyes, the GS does a fine job of maintaining a traditional dirtbike’s minimalist appearance, minus those bulging cylinders protruding from either end. But now more than ever, thanks to the introduction of liquid-cooling, the GS is a modern marvel of mechanical and electrical engineering. In this video, watch the birth of a new R1200GS, from start to finish.
Filmed at BMW’s motorcycle assembly plant in Berlin, we chart the progress of a GS as it starts from a bare frame and continues to a complete motorcycle. The marriage of metal, plastic, wires and cables is a beautiful thing, especially considering how many times the process is repeated a day, month, even a year. Hopefully the gearheads among you will appreciate the video, but fair warning: there’s no music, and the nine-minute video can get tedious at times, but the overall content is pretty good.