BMW R 1300 GS climbs world's highest active volcano

The participating bikes were equipped with Metzeler Karoo 4 tires.

BMW R 1300 GS climbs world's highest active volcano

MANILA: The new BMW R 1300 GS showcased its exceptional off-road capability in South America by climbing the world's highest active volcano.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What was the peak altitude that the expedition reached?

    The expedition reached an altitude of  6,027 meters.
  • How long did the expedition take?

    It took 19 hours and 22 minutes.
  • Starting from the sea level on the Nevado Ojos del Salado, the excursion reached an altitude of  6,027 meters in 19 hours and 22 minutes.

    BMW R 1300 GS

    The participating BMW R 1300 GS models were equipped with 19-inch front and 17-inch rear Metzeler Karoo 4 tires. The multi-purpose tires deliver outstanding off-road traction and work perfectly with any road condition, even on sandy and muddy terrain.

    Among the notable personalities who joined the expedition were BMW Motorrad Development Manager Christof Lischka, Metzeler Test and Technical Director Salvatore Pennisi, Italian Extreme Enduro Champion Michele Pradelli, and Motorrad tester Karsten Schwers.

    BMW R 1300 GS

    “With this extreme ride up to 6,000 meters, the new BMW R 1300 GS has shown what it can do and what it is made for. It masters off-road and adventure riding as well as a sporty pace on tarmac and long tours even in standard trim with off-road tires. It was important for us to emphasize these core competencies of the new GS once again with this expedition,” Lischka stated.

    BMW R 1300 GS

    Climbing the Nevado Ojos del Salado was extremely challenging for both the bikes and the riders as the temperatures and the oxygen content severely dropped when the participants reached 5,000 meters above sea level.

    BMW R 1300 GS

    The electronic control of the air-fuel mixture of the Boxer engine was put to test due to the cold and low air pressure, while the chassis and tires were challenged by the unpaved terrain, sandy areas, and sometimes even ice and snow.

    “I am delighted that we were able to take on this challenge with the new R 1300 GS and mastered it with flying colors. On such adventurous rides, the new GS has already demonstrated its great off-road expertise in standard trim and shown what it can do in extreme situations,” Lischka added.

    The said model is available here in the Philippines based on the BMW Motorrad website, with starting price of P1.675 million.

    Photos from BMW Motorrad

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