Originally Posted by rallybug
Dr Diess (head of BMW Motorrad) has said that an 800GS is to be built, and everything heard so far says it'll be chain drive. Water-cooled and parallel twin are a given if it is made.
When I tested the F800s in South Africa, after the "canned" route I took an F800S out trail riding. Nothing too tough, but the bike came back dirty.
The product manager took a look at the bottom of the bike and gave me a "wtf?" kinda look, but smiled when I said "give us a GS!"
He said "you will like what you see."
For years, I've lusted over a Super Tenere-style bike, a torquey and narrow parallel twin with enough power to be credible on the highway without being too porky for moderate trail use... and manageable in the soft stuff (where the horizontal twins become a handfull).
Everything I've heard so far is that this bike will be a chain drive, too, but after further discussion with the product manager about the enclosed chain that my Bultaco Matador Six-Day had back in the seventies, the look on his face was hard to read.