Fans of BMW’s R nineT will be creaming.
Motorcycle-magazine.com has some pics and info on what it says will be a GS version of the new fashion leader (sometimes we wished we lived in Europe).
The website reports: “BMW is to reveal another variation on the R nineT theme at EICMA in November and strong money says it will pay homage to the original R80 G/S. It’s likely to go under the name R nineT GS.
“If it’s something that sounds familiar, that’s because BMW has already shown just such a machine in the form of the Lac Rose concept. The Lac Rose was revealed at Wheels and Waves earlier this year, and far from being a pie-in-the-sky concept it immediately looked nearly production ready. Given the huge sales success of the R1200 GS and the rocketing prices for original R80 G/S machines on the secondhand market, a tribute model makes a lot of sense.
“Just like the recently-released R nineT Pure and Racer models, the R nineT GS is expected to be derived from the relatively low-spec R nineT Scrambler. That means it won’t have the normal R nineT’s upside down forks or high-spec brakes. Instead it will be a cheaper offering, with a simple chassis and huge scope for personalisation.
“Where the Lac Rose featured orange-and-white bodywork that paid homage to the firm’s 1980s Paris-Dakar racers, the production machine will surely appear in the white, red and blue scheme of the original R80 G/S Dakar.
“Given the huge success of the R nineT, allied to the everlasting popularity of the GS, a combination of the two ideas could well be a massive sales hit. Could it even beat the modern GS in terms of outright sales? Don’t bet against it.
“With EICMA opening on November 7 we don’t have long to wait before seeing whether the real thing lives up to expectations.”
How good must it be to wander around some of these big bike shows?