The BMW R 1200 GS – the world’s most popular adventure bike is being immortalized in Lego brick form. Toymaker Lego has been on a tear when it comes to its brick models of cars lately, creating everything from a detailed Porsche GT3 RS to a Caterham Seven in recent years. Now Toymaker LEGO has unveiled a LEGO Technic model of the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure motorcycle. This Technic roadster will have 603 pieces and stands 18cm high, 33cm long and 10cm wide.
Built around a boxer twin motor, the real-life R 1200 GS Adventure is designed to take you just about anywhere on the planet. The model faithfully replicates that boxer motor, its shaft drive and lots of other details, such as the adjustable windshield and the expedition-ready metal panniers that inevitably get bolted to these roaming bikes. Technic models like this don’t necessarily strive for realism as this one captures the basic lines of the bike, and its proportions, but the Technic line is more about showing off a subject’s interesting mechanical features than it is about nailing the look.
The LEGO model follows the characteristic lines of the BMW R 1200 GS – moving handlebars and even an adjustable windshield recreate the original in miniature along with numerous technical details like the front suspension, rear wheel shaft drive and moving boxer-twin engine.In addition to usual assembly instructions of the Technic model, Lego also offers an interactive app that features 3D assembly instructions.
Whether it opens up the possibility of four-wheeled BMWs getting the brick treatment remains to be seen. For what it’s worth, this is also the first officially licensed Lego Technic motorcylce (though generic bikes are available).
As well as marking the first time that Lego has worked with a motorcycle firm on a scale model, the launch of this set will also mark the Lego Technic brand’s 40th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, each Lego Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure will contain a specially designed piece.
The model goes on sale in January. Pricing hasn’t been released, but based on the number of pieces in the kit, we’d expect to see a sticker somewhere between $60 and $70. The MSRP of the full-size motorcycle? may touch over $22,000.