BMW GS

An early-eighties BMW GS. (Tim Tomkinson)

An iconic adventure motorcycle introduced in 1980 to compete in the Dakar Rally race, the famed long-distance off-road endurance event. As a result, BMW’s GS bikes are perhaps the best on the market for crossing rugged terrain over bad roads. The GS won the Dakar in four of its first five appearances. BMW has since released the R 80 GS Paris Dakar, which features tall suspension, an eye-catching orange saddle, and an oversize 8.4-gallon fuel tank for racing across empty expanses.

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