Motorcycle R1150GS Adventure Special (2005): technical specifications, photos, videos

BMW R1150GS BMW R1150GS Adventure

ManufacturerBMW Motorrad
Parent companyBMW
Production1999–2004 2006
ClassDual sport
Engine1,130 cc (69 cu in) flat twin, air/oil cooled (twin spark plugs on later models)
Bore/Stroke101 mm × 70.5 mm (3.98 × 2.78 in)
Compression Ratio10,3: 1
Power85 hp (63 kW) at 6750 rpm [1]
Torque75 lb⋅ft (102 N⋅m) at 5,250 rpm
Transmission of infection6-speed, cardan
SuspenseFront: BMW Telelever Rear: BMW Paralever
BrakesFront: 4-piston calipers with 305 mm discs. Rear: 2-piston calipers with one 276 mm disc. Optional ABS (with servo on later models)
TiresFront: 110/80HR19 Rear: 150/70HR17 Spoke wheels, tubeless
Seat height840 mm (33 in)
Weight229 kg (505 lb) (dry)
Fuel tank capacityStandard - 22 L (4.8 imp gal; 5.8 US gal) Optional - 30 L (6.6 imp gal; 7.9 US gal)

The BMW R1150GS
R1150GS Adventure
are motorcycles that were produced by BMW Motorrad from 1999 to 2004. There was a limited run of the 2006 model year R1150GSA as well. The R1150GS models are part of the BMW GS family of dual-sport or adventure motorcycles, which have been produced from 1981 to the present. The bikes have a 1130 cc horizontally opposed flat twin engine and drive shaft.

BMW R 1150 GS Adventure 2005

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The path to the first enduro.

From 1978 to 1980 : There is no doubt that the starting point of the BMW GS is off-road. Engineers and mechanics designed the motorcycles for themselves and created a prototype that could be registered without a formal development order. This prototype attracted attention for its exceptional performance both on the track and off-road, for example at the Six Days. The management of BMW Motorrad GmbH did not need to be convinced, they immediately gave the project the go-ahead - in less than 21 months, BMW presented the results to the general public.

A new class of cars.


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A new class of cars.

From 1980 to 1987 : All-terrain vehicle for off-road and touring? Yes, such a motorcycle exists. With the R 80 G/S, a perfect synthesis of on-road and off-road capabilities has been achieved – simply G/S. This created the mass segment of dual-purpose motorcycles, which still dominates today. The driver is in control of the bike in every situation: on motorways, narrow rural paths, country roads or dirt roads and can enjoy comfort even on long journeys. The single-sided swing arm is a technical innovation and the rear suspension is specified as a single-link swing arm.

Second generation.

From 1987 to 1996 : The main goal is more volume. New top model R 100 GS. The completely redesigned GS is the most powerful and fastest Enduro on the market. The single-sided rear swing arm on the BMW Paralever rear torque wheel provides lightweight handling in off-road conditions and guarantees incredible comfort on paved roads. An exciting finale: after production time, the standard models were born: the R 100 GS PD Classic and the R 80 GS Basic.


I’m trying to use Goose for its intended purpose, so in early September I went towards the Caucasus Mountains.

There are many photos under the cut. Anaki 3 tires were replaced with Wild, the tent and a minimum of things were loaded onto the motorcycle and now only the road lay ahead.

According to the tradition this year, I will start in the rain. On the first day I reach Kropotkin (1200 km), and the next morning I begin a leisurely journey closer to the mountains. No plans, just improvisation.

First I got to Psebay

and rode a little towards the mountains - I got a little further than Nikitino.

I didn’t bother getting into the mud, I walked a little, took a few photos and went back.

On the way back I saw how the traffic police was sanding down quad cyclists, and not on an asphalt road. Along the road, P256 drove to Pregradnoye, after which it turned to Mednogorsk, where it met a car from its native region (though the owner is local, but the car is from Orel).

Then I went towards Arkhyz,

but didn’t get there - I stopped at the BTA. this is not him))) this is a radio telescope, a sign to which there is a sign on the way to a large telescope and many turn there (that’s where I got caught) At the checkpoint the gate was closed, but there was room for a motorcycle to pass. I didn’t become impudent - I asked the guards if it was possible to pass through. I was pleased with the answer: excursions are until 16:00, but motorcyclists are allowed! The road is an excellent serpentine, only the crushed stones at the turns and the checkered tires prevented the motorcycle from tilting too much. On the way up I met some locals on the left. View from there We got to the telescope together.

I decided to try the rubber in action and climb higher

so I went back down. Since the guys said that there was nothing special to see in Arkhyz, I moved towards Karachaevsk, on the way to which I spent the night in such a beautiful place

All night this beast rustled under the tent

Morning views

While still at home, while studying the maps, I saw that there is a road from Elbrus to the Bermamyt plateau. I began to move in this direction. The small number of cars didn’t bother me at all, but the local population’s ignorance of the desired road should have alerted me. Elbrus is not that far away

I missed a little, got to Uchkulan, where they told me that I had passed the right turn and I needed to return to the abandoned gold mining village and further move along the Kuban River. Which is what was done. And here is the road itself

Fork. I need to go left.

The road looked very good, but around the bend a surprise awaited me - a good slope with large stones and the absence of a stopping area. After a little jumping, a flat area was found. To play it safe, I went up on foot to assess the road ahead. I walked three flights with the hope of seeing a normal road, but I concluded that I couldn’t get there (if only I knew what roads I would be driving on next, this one would seem quite suitable to me)

I went back. The descent in the video doesn't look that steep, but in reality the slope was good. A little upset, I reached Karachaevsk and headed towards the Gumbashi pass.

I passed the pass and saw a well-rolled dirt road heading towards Elbrus. Well, I think I’ll drive a little and come back. And the views are getting more and more beautiful. And I am drawn to go further and further.

I asked the shepherds several times about the road ahead. They said it was good. So I got to an abandoned cheese factory class=”aligncenter” width=”800″ height=”600″[/img] I decided to go through Bermamyt to Kislovodsk. Having secured the approval of the shepherd, who said that there was only one steep climb on my way, but I would pass it, I headed towards Bermamyt. And then the cruelty began. At first it was even fun. And jumping from rock to rock on the descents, I was glad that I wouldn’t have to climb here (how wrong I was). The next ascent was followed by a sharp descent and this

I thought that the front wheel would remain in the rut and I would fly further, but the fall occurred when the rear wheel skidded when leaving the rut. I picked up the motorcycle surprisingly quickly. I'm standing. Think. I'm thirsty. The water bottle was safely lost on the bumps. I'm hungry and generally have little strength left. But there is beauty all around

I decided to walk further along the road to see what awaited me. After the next ascent, a source of water was very conveniently discovered. The motorcycle was immediately moved there. I got drunk and moved on. I’m walking, and suddenly the road ends. Apparently in the spring there was a small mudflow and the road was washed away. Ahead I see a rise to which a fresh track approaches from somewhere below. I reach the ascent with the thought that I will find an exit to a new road. But the slope of the climb is such that standing on it I can almost freely reach the road in front of me. Of course, I understand that I won’t be able to go up such a climb, but I don’t want to believe it - the way back didn’t seem possible to me. I trudge towards the motorcycle. There are no other roads. No strength. There is no connection. There is only one way left - back. But it’s full of F... I sat down in the shadow of a stone, listened to the murmur of water, looked at my hippopotamus - peace... You can sit for a long time, but this is clearly not a solution to the problem. Driving in the opposite direction. On some climbs you have to first scatter stones and estimate the approximate trajectory. And now ahead is one of the two most difficult climbs, which were scary to go down. Having jumped to the middle of the climb, I fall onto the right side. Having placed stones under the rear wheel and a kickstand, I raise the motorcycle, start it up and, throwing stones with the rear wheel, I still fly up. On the next climb I fall on my right side again, breaking the turn signal in the process. I myself noticeably hit my foot in the area of ​​the hip joint and my hand just in the area where the protective elements are located. I'm trying to lift the motorcycle, but it doesn't work. The front wheel rests on the rocks. I put stones under the rear wheel again, free the front wheel, try to lift it, but nothing works. I look around, and what do I see... A shepherd rides up to me on a horse. I did not refuse the offer of help. Together, with great difficulty, we managed to put the motorcycle in an upright position. The shepherd holds on, and I throw my carcass onto the motorcycle and skid off up the hill. I look around and see that the shepherd is getting on a horse and riding not in my direction. And there are still difficult sections ahead. And I don’t care... More gas and now I’m already near the camp where they told me that I would pass this road. The shepherd who told me this is not there, but the other says that yes, the road there is not the same and there is another one, but there is generally a scribe there. While I was fiddling with the turn signal (I couldn’t find any plantain, so I had to use tape)

my savior arrived. I thanked him and moved along the already familiar road towards the asphalt. Already after dark I was in Pyatigorsk. In the morning I headed towards Georgia. I passed the border quickly. Had lunch in Stepantsminda. I wanted to get to the Trinity Church, but I had enough off-road yesterday.

I reached Tbilisi, drove around the city looking for an exit to Ninotsminda

and ran into a brick

I waited for the car from there. The driver said that there was a mudslide and there was no road. I got to the builders, they said that we could try to drive through the lower villages and get onto the road beyond the landslide. I returned a little back and drove in the direction of the indicated villages. I asked the bus driver for directions. He checked with a local grandfather, who pointed in the right direction. I didn’t like the indicated direction because of the steepness of the climb, but they assured me that I would pass. I start, the asphalt ends around the first turn, the slope increases, and I’m trying to avoid falling into the gulley running along the road through the dry loam, looking for a place where I can stop. I brake at a fork where the slope is not particularly large. I'm going to look at the road. To the left there is a dead end - the entrance to the house, straight ahead - an ascent with a slope of 35 degrees and the turn is not even visible. It's getting dark. I'm going back. I find a place for a tent. In the morning the sky is overcast.

I estimate how long the route through Khulo, Mesia and Ushguli will take me and understand that I won’t have time before the end of my vacation. And in that direction they promised two days of rain. I decide to go back, but along a different road. I went through Tianeti.

I try to use all the checkers. I left the Georgian military road at the Zhinvali reservoir.

Several photos in the area of ​​the Cross Pass Road In the afternoon I was again in Stepantsminda. I checked into a guesthouse and walked to the Trinity Church.

In the morning I crossed the border and, in anticipation of “good” weather, put on a raincoat.

I went through Stavropol. Due to the strong wind, only M4 was able to pitch a tent at night behind some gas station. I slept to the sound of cars. I was tired of driving on the M4, so I turned beyond Boguchar towards Rossosh and took regional roads through Stary Oskol, Tim, and Kolpna to Orel.

The mileage was about 4500 km. The rubber has fully justified itself, although it wears out a lot. The BMW R1150GS is an excellent universal motorcycle that allows you to ride not only on asphalt.

Review of the BMW R1150R motorcycle

Brief description and competitors of the BMW R1150R

The BMW R1150 R was first introduced in 2000 as a replacement for the BMW R1100R . In addition to visual changes (wheels, shape of the front fender, seat and gas tank), the model receives a number of technical improvements. Firstly, there is a new 1130 cc engine. cm, producing more power and torque (85 hp, 98 Nm). Secondly, the integral (combined) ABS system (or 2nd generation ABS), which works more efficiently, but is technically more complex and less reliable compared to ABS on the BMW R1100R. Thirdly, a more powerful braking system (the diameter of the front brake discs has been increased from 305 mm to 320 mm). Fourthly, the size of the wheels (120/70 ZR 17 - front, 170/60-ZR 17 - rear), which were taken from the sports version of the BMW R1100S. Fifthly, a 6-speed gearbox, instead of the traditional 5-speed gearbox for the 1100 series (except for the R1100S), and a hydraulic clutch drive, which solves the problem of cable breakage on 1100 series models.

  • BMW R11 50 R – regular version.
  • BMW R1150 R Rockster – produced from 2003 to the end of 2005. It differs in appearance (frame, valve covers and fork are blue, except for 2005 models; electronic clock, white tachometer, striped coloring of the motorcycle, double headlight from R1150GS) and in technical parts (automatically switched off turn signals, two spark plugs per cylinder, 87 hp power, closely spaced gearbox ratios, rear tire size - 180/55 ZR 17).

Otherwise, the BMW R1150R has a classic layout common to all flagship BMW motorcycles - a 2-cylinder air-oil-cooled fuel-injected boxer engine, a frame with the engine as a load-bearing structural element, proprietary Telelever and Paralever suspensions, powerful Brembo disc brakes with ABS as an option , standard heated grips and traditional cardan drive to the rear wheel. BMW R1150R model was produced until the end of 2005, and since 2006 it gave way to the updated version of the BMW R1200R.

Model differences[edit]

The R1150GS Adventure had a number of differences from the standard bike, making it more suitable for overland and adventure touring. [3] These included an additional 30 liter fuel tank (6.6 imp gal; 7.9 US gal), larger screen, one-piece seat, 20 millimeters (0.8 in) higher front and rear suspension, lower first gear and regular sixth gear. instead of the standard model's overdrive. A change in knock sensor adjustment allowed the Adventure version to run on lower quality gasoline. Common options on both models were heated grips and ABS brakes.

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