R 100GS, 1990-1992 BMW R 100GS Elefant vs R100GS Mass sales of large capacity trail bikes have so far eluded the UK importers despite the fact they are the marketing success story in the rest of Europe. The reason is probably the fact that the style base is the Paris-Dakar rally, and media coverage and involvement this side of la manche is minimal compared to the three weeks of overkill the French, Italians and Spanish get every January. The reigning champions of the Dakar are Cagiva with their 900 Elefant, a fearsome machine in works guise with a seat height of nearly 40in! Fortunately, the production replica is a good bit lower but is still a pretty awesome proposition. But if you're looking for a benchmark in the big-cube trail arena, it has got to be the BMW R100GS, the longest lived, if not the most popular bike in this particular niche of the market. In some ways it was BM that started the ball rolling with their Paris-Dakar achievements with a very long legged - literally and metaphorically -… Read more


  • Make Model
    BMW R 100GS
  • Year
  • Engine
    Air cooled, four stroke, two cylinder horizontally opposed Boxer, 2 valves per cylinder.
  • Capacity
  • Bore x Stroke
    94 x 70.6mm
  • Compression Ratio
  • Induction
    2x 40mm Bing carbs
  • Ignition / Starting
    Electronic ignition Bosch / electric
  • Max Power
    60 hp 44 KW @ 6500 rpm (rear tyre 56 hp @ 6500 rpm)
  • Max Torque
    76 Nm @ 3750 rpm
  • Transmission / Drive
    5 Speed / shaft drive
  • Front Suspension
    Telescopic fork. 220mm wheel travel
  • Rear Suspension
    Paralever adjustable preload, rebound damping compression
  • Front Brakes
    Single 285mm disc 2 piston calipers
  • Rear Brakes
    200mm drum
  • Front Tyre
    90/90- 21
  • Rear Tyre
  • Wet-Weight
    235 Kg
  • Fuel Capacity
    24 Litres
  • Consumption average
    14.0 km/lit
  • Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0
    15.3 m / 44.8 m
  • Standing ¼ Mile
    13.1 sec /
  • Top Speed
    175.9 km/h
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