Lego’s take on the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure motorcycle.PHOTO BY BMW
Toymaker Lego has been on a tear when it comes to its brick models of cars lately, creating everything from a detailedPorsche GT3 RS to aCaterham Sevenin recent years. Now it’s getting into the licensed motorcycle game, and it’s kicking things off with a Lego Technic model of the rugged BMW R 1200 GS Adventure bike.
Built around a boxer twin motor, the real-life R 1200 GS Adventure is designed to take you just about anywhere on the planet. The model faithfully replicates that boxer motor, its shaft drive and lots of other details, such as the adjustable windshield and the expedition-ready metal panniers that inevitably get bolted to these roaming bikes. Technic models like this don’t necessarily strive for realism — this one captures the basic lines of the bike, and its proportions, but the Technic line is more about showing off a subject’s interesting mechanical features than it is about nailing the look.
Lego’s take on the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure with its full-size counterpart.PHOTO BY BMW
Despite lots of fan-made Lego tributes to BMW vehicles, and the occasional models thatpop up as Lego Ideas, this seems to be the first officially licensed Lego/BMW collaboration. Whether it opens up the possiblity of four-wheeled BMWs getting the brick treatment remains to be seen. For what it’s worth, this is also the first officially licensed Lego Technic motorcylce (thoughgeneric bikes are available).
The kit is composed of 603 pieces, including some sort of secret special piece that commemorates 40 years of Lego’s Technic line. It’s seven inches tall, 13 inches long and four inches wide, which makes it roughly 1:7 scale.
The model goes on sale in January. Pricing hasn’t been released, but based on the number of pieces in the kit, we’d expect to see a sticker somewhere between $60 and $70. The MSRP of the full-size motorcycle? Just a touch over $22,000.