There is a new LEGO Technic set ready to entice fans on January 1, 2017, 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. This set is the result of a collaboration between the LEGO Group and BMW Motorrad – the first time the two teams have worked together. Special care has been taken to match the real-life proportions and ensure that the set lives up to the expectations of motorcycling enthusiasts.
A detailed model of the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure developed by BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic goes on sale from 01 January 2017. The BMW Motorrad best-seller will now find its way into the homes of motorcycling enthusiasts of all ages. The model set–consisting of 603 parts is the product of close collaboration between the LEGO Technic and BMW Motorrad design teams. Combining innovative design with the art of engineering, it is the first ever LEGO Technic model to be produced in cooperation with a motorcycle manufacturer.
The LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is designed to be as faithful as possible. The characteristic lines of the motorcycle–the so-called flyline–moving handlebars and even an adjustable windshield recreate the original in miniature along with numerous technical details. Enthusiasts will recognise the authentic BMW Telelever front wheel suspension and the shaft drive as well as the moving BMW Motorrad 2-cylinder boxer engine, which are set in motion as soon as the motorcycle is moved. Even the black spoke wheels with studded tyres resemble those of the model’s real counterpart. Thanks to the many details, the set is not only realistic but also fun and challenging to build.
The proportions of the R 1200 GS Adventure have been recreated outstandingly well in the LEGO Technic model. We are excited to see how LEGO Design has reproduced so many visual and technical details of the R 1200 GS Adventure. The close and creative cooperation between the two design teams was particularly impressive–it went beyond a conventional licensing agreement”, says Alexander Buckan, Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design.
The model is 18 cm high, 33 cm long and 10 cm wide, and an interactive LEGO app is available for the set that features 3D assembly instructions. The LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure also has a surprise in store for collectors – the LEGO Group celebrates 40 years of LEGO Technic next year and to mark the occasion, the kit will contain a specially designed LEGO Technic piece.
As for my first thoughts, this caught my attention as I have always had a soft spot for dual-sport motorbikes. I am a petrol head first and foremost, but the Honda Africa Twin has always been an awesome machine, on par for classic cult status with vehicles such as the Land Rover Defender for their sheer ability to get off road.
BMW have always wanted a good slice of the action and created the GS Series of dual sport bikes. And handsome machines they are too.
From a first glance, this set looks the business and captures the detail very well. This is also the first licensed set from BMW – what else can the LEGO Group collaborate on in the future with BMW? We could get some cracking Technic models going forward, such as the i8 or M Series cars which there are an abundance of.