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.