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