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Throughout the 19 seventies , BMW continued to be very successful in the dirt which led to the development of new off road designs .

At the time , small single cylinder two stroke , Honda and Yamaha bikes were creating an enduro craze in the USA .

But BMW envisioned a new machine with a four stroke engine and a suspension that was capable of riding over long distances without strain .

And so the idea of a large comfortable endurance bike was born in 1978 .

The Italian company La Verda developed a prototype for BMW .

It was known as the G S 800 .

The same year BMW S test department built a prototype for cross country motor sports events .

It was created without formal BMW approval and featured a single sided swing arm known as a mono lever .

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The following year , a team of six BMW factory riders competed in several major off road events .

They were riding a G S 800 prototype with better suspension , a lighter frame and an 800 cc motor assembled from various BMW parts .

The next year BMW sent two factory teams to the major races and won several titles with the G S 800 with these victories .

Fresh in mind .

On January 1st 1979 a new management team at BMW was presented with the G S 800 prototype as the basis for a new production model .

It combined components from the R 80 road model with newly developed elements , a lighter rear end and larger front wheels formed the basis of its off road credentials , but the most outstanding innovation was a single swing arm on the rear wheel .

The concept was approved and the development of the G S went into high gear .

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Initial tests of the new G S were performed in Ecuador in January 1980 .

During the trip , the motorcycles and riders had to prove themselves in extreme climatic conditions .

By that fall just 21 months after the initial approval of the concept BMW S first production in Duro was ready to be released to the public introduced to the world on September 1st 1980 .

The R A G S was a groundbreaking machine .

It featured a powerful and refined two cylinder boxer engine with a generous 800 cc displacement and enough space to carry two people with luggage .

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The single sided swing arm was a first on any production in it was the largest , the fastest and the lightest bike in the enduro class BMW S press release called it the most convincing two in one motorcycle to date .

Noting that it was built as the ultimate leisure time instrument for every situation .

Moto Rod called it the best street motorcycle BMW ever built .

The archetypal adventure motorcycle , the BMW R A G S was eminently suited for long distance travel under a variety of conditions .

While the press was generally convinced about the bike's off road capabilities .

Others were eager to see how it would perform in a real race .

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They got their chance when BMW entered the infamous Paris to dear rally in a race where most bikes don't even finish BMW S reliability and performance set the bar .

In 1981 the company not only had the highest percentage of finishing motorcycles but in the hands of Uber or also won first place by a full three hours with a BMW R A G S .

After the Rita car , there was no doubt that the G S was as capable off the road as it was on the road with its 800 cc engine drive shaft and single swinging arm .

The R A G S quickly became the ideal motorcycle for global vagabonding and it opened up a new previously untapped market , adventure touring .

Motorcycle adventure touring were probably born with the motorcycles .

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You know , it's about exploring new territories heading out in one direction and see where you come and with a bike , the road doesn't need to be perfect .

In 1982 Helga Peterson left his home in Norway and rode into the history books .

His two wheeled companion was an R AD G S named Olga .

I think it first hit me that I was on a journey when I arrived in Africa .

No , I know I had left the known behind me and ahead of me , it was just the unknown .

What started out as a dream to see Africa turned into a 10 year Odyssey around the world through more than 80 countries along the way .

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Helge Peterson became the first motorcyclist to ride the length of the Pan American highway through the infamous Darian gap .

The Pan American highway have a missing link of 80 miles .

And I chose to take the bike to it .

I thought it was going to be easier .

We were following Indian tracks .

I had 40 yards of rope and , and to get through , I had to pull them off the hills and down deep steep embankments of the rivers .

I fell over with my motorcycle .

I broke my , my wrist or my air bone in a wrist .

There later , I broke my rib took us 20 days to go those 80 miles , probably the hardest I've ever done in my life when his journey ended in 1992 the R A G S that had taken him around the world , found a home at the BMW Museum in Munich .

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And Helge Peterson rode away on a new BMW R 1100 G S


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