Originally Posted by bomber60015
I love this thread -- it makes me feel so smart ;-}
you got that right!
Originally Posted by CodyY
Oh? 1979 called, they want their facts back. BMW "invented" the adventure-touring segment.
We didn't call it "adventure touring" at the time, but Honda and Yamaha were building what were essentially adventure dual sport bikes going back well into the early to mid 70's. As time went on, more CC's were added. They ALL were dual sport, street legal. Then came Dakar ... BMW were there, but certainly weren't first.
Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha ... and finally Kawasaki all built Dakar replicas starting in the early 80's. Europe got these bikes, we didn't. (save the KLR)
But Hondas XL's and Yamaha's XT's had been well established long before BMW ever decided to enter this segment ... which they did because it was a growing and profitable area and they were in serious trouble financially at the time. But for BMW ... it took YEARS ... to turn a profit selling the GS's.