Machineart R1200GSM proposes new BMW design language

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Photos: Mark Jenkinson

Machineart describes the design of the R1200GSM as “lean, flowing, faster.”  Essentially a restyled BMW R1200GS, the new bodywork is supposed to resemble muscle tissue. Machineart hopes this concept can indicate a future direction for more emotive design on BMW’s so-functional-it-hurts GS range, presumably pitching themselves to the company as a design consultancy and rapid prototyping firm as well as promoting their aftermarket bolt-on range.
“The primary goal of the GSM project was to take the GS to the next
aesthetic level and make it look lighter, smaller and more agile than
the current product,” states Machineart. We have mixed feelings about
the design, while a more roadster-like, but still tall GS would be kind
of cool, we don’t see what new solutions are achieved by the GSM. Is it
more practical, faster, better handling, more aerodynamic? It needs to
be one of those things, because the look of its bodywork is more dated
than that already employed on the GS.

A more successful approach might be adapting the appealing designs of
exotic bikes like the HP2 Megamoto and HP2 Sport to point the way
forward for BMW’s more mundane machinery. After all, styling is
shallow; performance always looks good.


  • jr

    I like it.

    It’s sexy… never thought I’d say that about a BMW motorcycle

  • Aoelus

    Uh, more like old wine in new bottles. Now if they had knee pucks on those cylinders jutting out in the breeze, it might make sense.

  • DoctorNine

    The inherent beautiful symmetry of the opposed boxer, and the gold/blue of the aged stainless exhaust, is completely ruined by hanging a huge muffler canister off the left side of the bike. It would look much better with a smaller dual exhaust exiting under the seat, in my opinion. Otherwise, yeah, totally sexy BMW. Have to agree.

  • Cynic

    I give it a big MEH. An adventure tourer with no wind protection?
    Doesn’t do it for me, I’m not a huge fan of the GS line as it is now, but this… does even less for me.

  • Yukio

    I’m pretty disappointed. It looks as mundane as a last generation sv650 wearing a red speedo. I liked how BMW was going with brutal yet sophisticated complex forms. This looks more like they are dumbing down their styling to increase market share.

  • thomashenny

    Not bad but the aggressive angular lines around the tank area and the pointy nose remind me of KTM. I think painting the HP2 Enduro red and gray would be another option.

  • Design Ronin

    I’ve got sketches and photos of a design concept we did inhouse (brand not to be disclosed) that dates back to the mid 90′s that looks pretty much like that. BMW does the odd good bike but Lordy they do live somewhere in the past at times….

  • v

    i was hopping for a bit more than a dulller looking f800..i see the crap forks are still there
    how about this for a fresh breath of air in the gs department: