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The Best Bike In The World? BMW GS Adventure | 40 Years

Old or new? That is the question. As the BMW GS celebrates its 40th anniversary, we grabbed the latest R 1250 GS Adventure and wheeled out Chris's trusty steed, which costs half the price - the R 1200 GSA - to see if it's worth saving £10k...
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  1. Craig Stanger

    Craig Stanger

    Uur geleden

    Who else seen the clip of the burger eating and thought "fuck me, Perkins is pilling the beef on!" 😂

  2. simon housam

    simon housam

    7 uur geleden

    Looks like the speed limits don’t apply to you.

  3. Valerio Farias

    Valerio Farias

    12 uur geleden

    "get a proper job... f#$k off" priceless, you videos are hilarious... "gets to the cervix and ricochets..." AHAHAHAHAH

  4. sikemper


    17 uur geleden

    “Old man’s tool” 🤮

  5. CptLuckyy


    21 uur geleden

    I love GS's but I don't like the fact that one is keyless.

  6. Rodger Dodger

    Rodger Dodger

    Dag geleden

    As a GS owner I find the bikes completely overrated, especially considering the cost, and I wouldn't own one out of warranty. People love to bash KTM for quality, but considering in less than a years ownership I have already had my keyless fuel cap replaced, both my mirrors, my wireless key fob and am now looking at having the engine replaced due to the engine paint lifting I'm not impressed with BMW's quality control. I found the 1290SA to be faster, with better handling, and found it more maneuverable even at low speed, but I went with BMW for their reliability. 🤣

  7. Joe Bassist

    Joe Bassist

    Dag geleden

    I'm 5ft 7, and I've been scared shitless of ever trying to get on a gs. I bloody love them, but I'm slightly too short for my bm f800st 2010... bet these bikes are lush to ride, especially in shite weather 😂😂

  8. Zoran Plepel

    Zoran Plepel

    2 dagen geleden

    Ugly as hell

  9. Allan Bray

    Allan Bray

    2 dagen geleden

    Ru guys sponsored by mcdonalds? 😂

  10. RedNeck Biker109

    RedNeck Biker109

    2 dagen geleden

    I think you need to bring the GS's to America and ride the Trans America Trail.

  11. Life is a Highway

    Life is a Highway

    2 dagen geleden

    Man I am even happy with the older oil cooled GSA. The only thing I really envy from newer models is the smoother gear box. Mine does not have any traction control mode just the ESA which for me is the real magic. Adjusting the suspension from street to dirt is what makes the GS so cool and verstile. Not having electronics aids , wiz wheel, even cruise control can all be solved with little effort and learning the bike. Still for me the best bike I have ever owned.

  12. Firstchoice Lastchoice

    Firstchoice Lastchoice

    2 dagen geleden

    I prefer this GS 40th anniversary model. It will be available for sale in Canada in about a month.

  13. Steve Ricketts

    Steve Ricketts

    3 dagen geleden

    I'm 59 this year and I don't look it with my helmet on. I'm going to make a couple changes. Out with the MT09 and I favour the GS. Also a name change to Cervix Ricochet, which is not that different really.

  14. Kaiser WheelHelm

    Kaiser WheelHelm

    3 dagen geleden

    If you come to Castle Combe I'd be up for giving 44 teeth a timed lap (race) 🤫 on my GSA

  15. Mo Nunyabidness

    Mo Nunyabidness

    3 dagen geleden

    I think the new ones have too much ... forward presence? The front half looks too big relative to the rest of the bike. The previous one (wet head? 2012- ish and on) was just a tidge too big, but not obnoxious like this one. And the one before that (oil head? 2006- ish and on.) had perfect proportions.

  16. stephen Albert

    stephen Albert

    3 dagen geleden

    Was the 24 hour challenge where you knocked the pannier off ?

  17. Peter Koning

    Peter Koning

    3 dagen geleden

    The MOST overrated motorcycle on the market !!!

  18. neiljitsu


    3 dagen geleden

    I think a lot of gs owners would probably be better off on a yamaha tracer gt. As capable, half the price and no reliability issues.

  19. Nobody In particular

    Nobody In particular

    3 dagen geleden

    The "best" bike in the world is the one you like riding at the time of ownership.

  20. Jay Gee

    Jay Gee

    4 dagen geleden

    Ktm 790 adventure is where it’s at if you’re not an oap 🤜🤛

  21. Stuart McGifford

    Stuart McGifford

    4 dagen geleden

    Great video. Bought my 1st gsa last Sept. I hated the self cancel indicators too, had dealer cancel it so totally manual now.

  22. Steve Champion

    Steve Champion

    4 dagen geleden

    100% about the indicators!!!! Same as the RR, the amount of times I’ve nearly been killed in a round about after they switch off is shit. Fuck them off bmw!!

  23. Max Maxwell

    Max Maxwell

    4 dagen geleden

    Definitely not

  24. Parkway Rider

    Parkway Rider

    4 dagen geleden

    I'm glad you said it , 20grand is alot of money.

  25. Timo Schneider

    Timo Schneider

    4 dagen geleden

    I hate the GS!

  26. Bruce Cutts

    Bruce Cutts

    4 dagen geleden

    Great video as ever. The GS really is the universal bike - I have had three of them interspersed with KTM V twins and the odd Triumph and I'm now on a 1290 SAS - Very tempted to go back to a GS for reliability and 'trustyness' but when you only have one bike its not quite enough for it to be the safe do-anything bike if it doesn't stir the emotions and make you grin when you ride it then something is wrong. I loved my GS but I am now just so hopelessly addicted to the KTMs big V twin that returning to a GS seems off the agenda, too similar to my 2016, 2017 and 2019 GSA TE's. Yes the KTM has a few issues but not enough to send me back to the Baaarp and drone of a boxer.

  27. Chukky aka Ian

    Chukky aka Ian

    4 dagen geleden

    A very young 61 on my third GS, a 2019 1250 GSA Exclusive, it’s by far the best package on the road. Unfortunately though had a new left cylinder this year after the valves ate themselves, thank goodness it was under warranty.

  28. GadgetMart


    4 dagen geleden

    I’m 49 and love my R1150GS

  29. Thomas


    4 dagen geleden

    "Technology." - BMW. "They don't make 'em like this any more!" - People walking out of the dealership with brand new Suzuki DR650 and Kawasaki KLR650s today feeling like it's 1988 again. 😂

  30. Liberty4Ever


    4 dagen geleden

    I quite enjoyed this video. Thanks for taking us along.

  31. AM PM

    AM PM

    4 dagen geleden

    Only if Germans would get Italians to design their bikes like they did they cars.

  32. Skesby


    5 dagen geleden

    I'm 35 and wish I got a GS 4 years ago....

  33. Derek Gray

    Derek Gray

    5 dagen geleden


  34. Alberto L

    Alberto L

    5 dagen geleden

    As a biker who has been bikeless for the last 8 years (familial sacrifice) I will be buying the new GSA. Bikes have come a long way since I sold my 2006 K1200S which I had from new and absolutely loved. Anything remotely sporty is a total waste of time since you’re risking your life with the state of British roads and your licence with the state of speed traps. I test rode a GSA 1250, but it was last year’s spec and I thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed riding and the supreme comfort on potholed and badly broken surfaces. Adventure bikes are the only sensible option for our UK roads. I actually enjoyed the GSA, riding slowly and taking in our great British countryside. I don’t think it’s a question of age, more of mentality. If BMW updated the K1600, I’d be really tempted, but the sensible choice is the GSA.

  35. Barrow 6

    Barrow 6

    5 dagen geleden

    Haha, good video - like you say bit pointless but great watch non the less. Keep them coming,,, from..... Keith

  36. Alan Partington

    Alan Partington

    5 dagen geleden

    Why the ridiculous music

  37. Peter Woodward

    Peter Woodward

    5 dagen geleden

    Anyone who thinks the GSA his an old man's bike has clearly never ridden one! I love it when a sport bike overtakes me and gives me a long look, then is clearly surprised when I'm still behind them in the twisties! Love my GSA, cracking bike.

  38. motograce


    5 dagen geleden

    "one of the best bikes in the world"?? what's a better overall bike?



    5 dagen geleden

    lol they have whole foods in UK? lol wtf

  40. Perfect Moto Adventures / Paul Flanagan

    Perfect Moto Adventures / Paul Flanagan

    5 dagen geleden

    Loved the video. Didn't get the American joke, but be back for more for sure.

  41. Simon Sayers

    Simon Sayers

    5 dagen geleden

    Or was that a full bike?

  42. Simon Sayers

    Simon Sayers

    5 dagen geleden

    I know people who have ordered a new engine from you and got a second hand one......................

  43. coliwilso


    6 dagen geleden

    Love the video lads! I *just* bought myself a 2014 LC with 130,000kms on it, and I'm loving it! A better choice than my R1100S in Aus, given so many of the lovely roads end up as dirt here... Question: How do you record *both* your voices so clearly? I can't figure out how to get my gf's voice on the video, when we're doing practice rides. 🤷🏻

  44. gazhayes1


    6 dagen geleden

    what do you think of key less ride. im buying the new S1000R and its part of the comfort pack and not sure if i trust/have faith in key less ride

  45. marc johnson

    marc johnson

    6 dagen geleden

    Chris's point about the extra power was bang on!what are you going to do with it?race people? Those bikes have a purpose and it's not to race,I bought a v85tt moto guzzi not much power not much torque, but perfect adventure style bike more doesn't always mean better,...point well made chris👌

  46. A.P. van Wensveen

    A.P. van Wensveen

    6 dagen geleden

    At Zandvoort racetrack in the Netherlands there is a instructor who rides a GS. And he is not hanging about. With proper tyres these things will go.

  47. Will Speke

    Will Speke

    6 dagen geleden

    Best bike defo

  48. beanwithbacon


    6 dagen geleden

    Appreciate the hard work at getting us Covid content.

  49. TheVT Adventure

    TheVT Adventure

    6 dagen geleden

    Love how real you guys are and don’t censor yourselves, hats of to you lads in these times of snowflakery. 👊🏼✊🏼🍻

  50. Don Armstrong

    Don Armstrong

    6 dagen geleden

    I had four motorcycles when I purchased my I only have the GSA. Enough said!

  51. Neil Hamilton

    Neil Hamilton

    6 dagen geleden

    I agree totally with what you are saying in the comparison between the 2 bikes. Ok guys cards on the table. Got into GSAs in 2006 when getting over my midlife crisis Fireblade & have had several since with a short departure to a Triumph Explorer before returning. I’m now on the 1250GSA HP. Great bike does what it says on the tin. However Head of Finance & Shoes approved me to keep my 2013 oilcooled GSA as well, by comparison this has soul & significantly more smiles per miles. It’s a keeper (like my 250LC). Don’t know what it is, whether it is the simpler level of technology or it’s just like putting on the old comfy pair of slippers but I still prefer this to my 1250 and my previous 1200 water cooled. Maybe it is newer isn’t always better. I still think the revvyer 1200 watercooled was a pitch to Sportsbike riders to draw them to the GS range, where realistically they would always be more likely to go Multistrada or KTM if they wanted a rocket ship. Thanks again keep up the great work 👍🏼

  52. Napalmtec


    6 dagen geleden

    Most ridiculous piece of furniture with worst engineering EVVVVER done on any motorcycle. Absolute overpriced stupidity in square. Luckily motorcyclist ain't ride this garbage which is the only good thing about it. If they want to be green don't make them. #tipoftheday There is not a bike what falls apart as well as this car way engineered disaster like all the world lowest quality over engineered German cars. German "taste" and world lowest level "design" is another horror story in entire motorcycle industry . Everything about BMW GS is just insulting. GS is just straight forward dangerous what never shouldn't get COC there from there so many crashes and deaths with GS'ses all the time. Where very you meet GS rider on the road it's immediately like Volvo man - OK here we go we going to all die soon because of their raiding/driving skill about they surely have world highest opinion. By you can always recognize any GS owner without even asking what he rides thou fashion police highest rated suspenders give them away 100 miles. :D GS real life weight alone is one of the top biggest failure and catastrophe in entire motorcycle history as side the whole HD circus. :D Superiority on the road - is like in stupidity? Or like there is NOBODY who have less analytical thinking, worst taste and clue about motorcycles and have spend money in even more brainless way as GS owner? :D :D You have 20K and you buy GS instead KTM Adv you really need urgent medical help no questions asked.

  53. Glyn Staplesjones

    Glyn Staplesjones

    6 dagen geleden

    I'm 30 sec or so into this vid and you already mention comparing a 2014 GS that you really, really, really LOVE so much that you've done an enormous mileage of 5.5k to a New one, then pointless is mentioned and i see 30 min long, so more waffle to come, so NO THANKS. How long does it take you to get it down from your mantlepiece?

  54. Ian Murray

    Ian Murray

    6 dagen geleden

    Inappropriate trackday!!!!.......has got to have a 765rs to highlight just how the power, weight v's handling debate plays out, . small manageable bikes running rings aroung their bigger more powerful and much heavier counterparts has to be the most fun you can have on a trackday. gs is a great do it all road bike but they are jus too heavy...I think maybe the majority of calls into the BMW help line will be to help pick em up after a low speed topple!

  55. Steve Hawes

    Steve Hawes

    6 dagen geleden

    Too tall, too heavy, too complex, too expensive, bring on the middle weights!

  56. Alwin Kalverkamp

    Alwin Kalverkamp

    6 dagen geleden

    Best Comment: GS, the best Bike.... I ride a 1200 cc LC Adventure, and i think so, that the GS is the best Bike...

  57. Michael Centner

    Michael Centner

    6 dagen geleden

    Its not that we’re too young for a GS; but that we’re too old / mature for the likes of KTM, Ducati and anything approaching 200bhp

  58. MarxOutThere


    6 dagen geleden

    Those always-on indicators are hilarious. It's like you've got semi-hazards on, sort of concerned ready to flash hazard.

  59. Tempting Fate

    Tempting Fate

    6 dagen geleden

    I would live to see you guys do a head to head comparison:. Multistrada 1260s vs the new Multistrada V4...perhaps two demo bikes....looks like the V4 is on the showroom floor in Great Britain...we won't see one until late March in the USA so we have all been watching the European reviews....

  60. Richard P

    Richard P

    6 dagen geleden

    Excellent ,excellent ,fucking excellent bike .......if you are 65 up and retired 😂😂😂😂 it’s a NO for me !

  61. Andrew Sherif

    Andrew Sherif

    7 dagen geleden

    Wow, that 40mins went bloody quick.

  62. graham smith

    graham smith

    7 dagen geleden

    I'm 60 and just sold my '89 GS (£5000), to bloody cumbersome when stationary. Same day I bought a fucking K75 (£300!), just as bad! A Suzuki V Strom 650XT is the way to go but I'm to tight to spend 5K on one. Love your stupid banter.

  63. Pat McCaliskey

    Pat McCaliskey

    7 dagen geleden

    Just cannot warm to these touring/adventure bikes. Practical yes and comfy but hideously ugly and they do not stir the soul like an RSV4 or a superduke....or a supermoto or H2

  64. Landed Zentry

    Landed Zentry

    7 dagen geleden

    268kilos. Two hundred and sixty eight. 2,6,8. That's almost 100 kilos heavier than a Gixer. And it looks top heavy. Btw the "top box" isn't a BMW invention - you have simply to add on a "rack" and fit the "top box" with "bolts". I don't get it at all. Baffled. Totally baffled. I'm 62.

  65. Víctor González

    Víctor González

    7 dagen geleden

    Regarding the sentence “is the best bike in the world”...Did you test the Multistrada (1260 or V4)?

  66. GC0nn


    7 dagen geleden

    Recently took a 3000k tour on a 1250 and all I thought about it is meh...worked fine, did everything ok, but failed to impress me in any way. It makes me feel bored. Shifter is sub par & inconsistent, the engine is ok but it really isn't fast when compared to other competitors. Put the luggage on & it's nearly 300kgs. Didn't love the gear ratios in the motorway either. The front t-lever makes the feedback weird (even though improved since last iterations) and hooooly s!;?-t those annoying notifications on the screen.... Personal preferences yes, I can see the appeal, but I'd never call it "the best of " anything really. That's just me though

  67. timmy s1krr

    timmy s1krr

    7 dagen geleden

    Hey Perkins Is it you on the Gordon’s gin advert?

  68. Dave SnowPros

    Dave SnowPros

    7 dagen geleden

    I see à GS in my life in about 10 years. Love the old school content lads, keep it up.

  69. Andy Todd

    Andy Todd

    7 dagen geleden

    Loving ur suit Al 👍😂😂

  70. Piotr Młodnicki

    Piotr Młodnicki

    7 dagen geleden

    i completely disagree ! 1. you can't and should not have compared it like this !!! the argument that the old bike is half the price doesn't stand !!! full stop how can you even say that is an old bike for fuck sake , yeah is still mighty good like all GS are even 20 year old one is still better tahn some japanees plastic thing !!! 2. I bet in 5 years time when they will come up with a new one you will say the 40 year anniversary model is better cos is half the price !!!! buuuuhhhhahhhaah 3. is not all about money , some people will still ride their old gs , and be happy and good for them very good , but some people will just get the new one cos the new one is taking things to the new level in so many fields and it's more open to a bigger audience and also more versatile !!!!

  71. LynxAdvert


    7 dagen geleden

    Was that Jimmy Fetta in the stock footage of a man eating a burger?

  72. Simran Rajwant

    Simran Rajwant

    7 dagen geleden

    In regards to the name "GS", there is a youtube doc on the creation of the GS in which the creator is interviewed. At the time (1978) he was driving a Land Rover which inspired him to create the GS. He says GS originally stood for "Gentleman's Scrambler". It's not quite as German as one might think. Link (German with English subs): Explaining the name:

  73. ExcessiveThinking


    7 dagen geleden

    Could we get some “Bangers n gash” stickers?



    7 dagen geleden

    I think the unspoken rule is you have to be at least 50 to ride a GS, there’s gotta be a good amount of grey in your beard. Until then (a few more years) my 1260 Pikes Peak is more fun and can still tour just the same 🤘😄

  75. abazdarhon


    7 dagen geleden

    I can attend track day with my k1600 gtl so we can compare .... oh sorry forgot the bike is in the service again as per natural behave of good bmw

  76. Kevin


    7 dagen geleden

    I got met 2015 GS when I was 29, just a couple of years ago. I'm still in love with it :D

  77. Stephen Eldridge

    Stephen Eldridge

    7 dagen geleden

    Great fun to watch...they are terrific bikes for sure, and maybe one day, but....!!! 🤣🤣Cheers, Steve

  78. Dale Hawkes

    Dale Hawkes

    7 dagen geleden

    Great review guys as you say PCP mine is up soon I’m on a XR but miss the low end grunt of the GSA it may be worth me seeing if a 20 or 19 with the dash is available to save some dosh I priced a triple black gsa with a few extra toys it was 21,707£ 😱 it’s a lot of cash but as you say sign and don’t Own it well done

  79. chris guyer

    chris guyer

    7 dagen geleden

    Please please please do the inappropriate track day!

  80. Ron Wylie

    Ron Wylie

    7 dagen geleden

    That was a really good review of the two bikes, well done guys. I had a loner GS when my S1000R was in for a new camshaft and I loved it! Really like the way you two just chat normally to each other whilst ripping the piss out of each other all the time, just like a couple of best buddies. Well done and e it up!

  81. Michael Tanghe

    Michael Tanghe

    7 dagen geleden

    as an ex GS rider, I can vouch for the "dick lights on" mode :D

  82. Allan Solis

    Allan Solis

    7 dagen geleden

    I always tell my self why a 1200 gs is so expensive you don't need that much power, at that time i had a f800gt (love it) then I rent and rode a 1200 GS in a trip to italy for 1500 km. That was it for me. A year later I bought my 1200 still to young for a 1200 buy I don't care jajaja

  83. The Badger

    The Badger

    7 dagen geleden

    A great film lads. Please do the 24 hrs challenge again on the 1250 and a gold wing bagger 👍😘

  84. DFW_Motorrad


    7 dagen geleden

    The 1250's with a just full exhaust and a custom tune are insane. I've done 3 now. You can feel and hear the Shift Cam actuate. Also the dealer can disable the self-cancellation feature on the indicators. Except on the C650 scooter for some reason. The bike just doesn't save the update.

  85. The GorillaBiker

    The GorillaBiker

    7 dagen geleden

    The gold and yellow is truly awful. Just put black handguards on.....christ.

  86. Mike


    7 dagen geleden

    Just bought 1250GS - upgrade from F700GS - largely thanks to you guys!

  87. TommyBarnezTV


    7 dagen geleden

    Great vid guys, really enjoyable watch!

  88. Chris K

    Chris K

    7 dagen geleden

    i have the same green 2014 gs adventure and will also change to the 2021 gs adventure but in triple black!

  89. Menno Ovaa

    Menno Ovaa

    7 dagen geleden

    lets do a 24 hour challenge with a GS group !

  90. Edward Williams

    Edward Williams

    7 dagen geleden

    Old school 44Teeth is what I needed today, and you guys have delivered! Laughing at the weather though, I left the UK for Australia four years ago.

  91. Ben Hannon

    Ben Hannon

    7 dagen geleden

    Excellent video boys.... just curious did anyone else find it a bit blurry when riding on the bikes? NLcameras says it was playing in 1080p so not sure why it was blurry possibly something wrong on my end. Also are you guys going to start filming in 4K anytime soon? Keep up the Stella job. PS come to Aus for a track day post COVID.

  92. Patkawasaki


    7 dagen geleden

    "It shouldn't really work". They often don't. Easily the least reliable bike I ever owned. (2006 GSA). The press seem ignorant of the problems. The owners forums tell a tale.

  93. Martyn Laverick

    Martyn Laverick

    7 dagen geleden

    Top vid gents. Really entertaining and good review on these two great bikes. Helps me with my decision and it will be the older one and save the cash.

  94. Brian Mc Gonagle

    Brian Mc Gonagle

    7 dagen geleden

    I started with GSA's when I was way to young by all accounts, have had seven of them now and well and truly qualify age wise to own one at this stage. Currently have a 2020 which cost me way too much to trade up to but I think well worth it in the end as so the extra oomph puts a smile on my face every time I ride it. Would slightly amend the strap line to say the GSA is "The Best All Round Bike in The World, not the best at individual or particular things but where it only one bike that has to do everything, the GSA is the one. I have all sorts of bikes, been riding for way more years than I can remember and have other bikes including sports bikes and some classics. By far the best all rounder is the GS. BTW what tyres were on the 40th Anniversary.

  95. Andrew Edmond

    Andrew Edmond

    7 dagen geleden

    Great video guys. Love the BS banter and the views regarding the upgrades. Will be looking forward to getting my GSA in the not too distant future.

  96. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider

    7 dagen geleden

    Best motorcycle of the world? 😂

  97. Gary Tilley

    Gary Tilley

    7 dagen geleden

    Tells the coppers to fuck off and get a proper job and who is the first people he's going to call if he is in serious bother or someone nicks his GS? Have some respect guys.

  98. Edward Jerry

    Edward Jerry

    7 dagen geleden

    Ooo the big man's back.. Great to see..

  99. Becker Inal

    Becker Inal

    7 dagen geleden

    If you have never ridden one, you'll never know why the GS is so good.

    • GS Microbe

      GS Microbe

      6 dagen geleden

      so true

  100. Kurt Spieles

    Kurt Spieles

    7 dagen geleden

    This takes me back to the ol BVG videos. Such classics.