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Ever Try Jumping a BMW R1200GS?

You have to be a little nuts to jump a 525 pound Adventure Bike.

Published on 05.02.2014

A BMW R1200GS is one of the heaviest Adventure Bikes ever built. Weighing in at 525 pounds, it’s about 280 pounds more massive than your average dirt bike and has 5 inches less suspension travel. Jumping a BMW R1200GS is not really something it was designed for, so you have to be a little nuts to try it. If you fail you could be crushed, and the damage to your bank account could be even more punishing. This doesn’t stop some brave souls from giving it a try though. If you’ve never tried jumping one of these beasts, then you’re probably curious what it’s like to get one airborne.

We were curious, so we got to work scanning the web for videos of Big GS’s (R1100GS’s and R1150GS’s too) flying through the air. As you can imagine, a big GS in flight is not something that gets captured on film very often. But we were able to discover a few video clips.

There are definitely some riders in these videos that show impressive skills launching their GS’s into the air. While others… not so much. Nevertheless, its good to know what pain you might inflict on yourself (and your bike) next time you come across a perfectly groomed jump in the woods while riding a big GS. If you hear a little voice in your head telling you, “Go for it!” be wary.


If you come across more videos of riders jumping a BMW R1200GS, feel free to share a link below in the comments.

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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