The GS has carved out an enviable reputation as the go-to choice for adventurous bikers the world over, and this particular model is an extremely important part of that journey. While Ewan and Charley might have used its R1150GS predecessor for their famous Long Way Round trip, this is the machine that everyone went out and bought when it went on sale in 2004.
If you’ve ever ridden one, it’s easy to see why. The 1170cc Boxer engine is brilliant – flexible but still punchy, and the chassis is superb, with silky-smooth handling from the Telelever front end. It’s properly bulletproof, too, and even a relatively high mileage model (50,000) will likely still be up to the job, no matter whether you’re nipping to your local bike night or crossing continents. And that’s a big part of the reason why these bikes hold their value extremely well. Find one that’s been looked after with a full-service history, and you’ll be on to a winner.
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