BMW, the Bavarian manufacturer that invented the first adventure motorcycle – the 1980 R80 G/S – has unveiled something new that every GS rider will want – the BMW GS Survival Tool.The tool is the perfect companion for those seeking true adventure aboard their GS motorcycles, such as the R1200GS or F800GS; it has multi-functional features like a Swiss Army knife but more. The BMW GS Survival Tool can be used as a hammer, a knife, a pair of pliers, an axe, a screwdriver, a saw, and more.
Following is the official BMW press release regarding the new GS Survival Tool:All motorcyclist adventurers are familiar with the challenges: a slip-up out in the bush causes a technical failure – the bike is out of action, the nearest garage is hundreds of miles away and there’s no phone signal. Normally this would mean that the long-planned motorcycle adventure was over.In view of the constantly growing desire for adventure among BMW GS riders, BMW Motorrad assembled a group of experienced GS motorcyclists to look into this issue and has now developed a special new tool for the BMW GS models R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure which even enables complex repairs and replication of spare parts out in the field: the BMW GS Survival Tool.This special device was developed based on a historical precursor used by many mechanics in Bavaria back in the early 20th century: the so-called axe-hammer pliers. Like its classic role model, the BMW GS Survival Tool possesses unique multi-functional qualities: it can be used as an axe, a hammer, a pair of pliers, a knife, a screwdriver and a saw.The GS Survival Tool was refined and perfected in the course of numerous endurance tests carried out by BMW engineers in some of the world’s most remote and barren regions. Many a fantastic motorcycling adventure would have been brought to a premature finish had it not been for this multi-functional device.The product’s final test came at the 2016 International GS Trophy Southeast Asia from February 26th to March 5th 2016 in Thailand. Here the universal tool demonstrated its capabilities on numerous occasions – though only for hammering in tent pegs and opening bottles and cans using the fully integrated opener. In spite of the very extreme conditions, there was no need for spare parts to be replicated for the motorcycles.The BMW GS Survival Tool is forged from high-quality chrome molybdenum steel and mechanically processed. As a weight-saving measure, however, the shaft is made of aluminum and plastic. Alternatively, the BMW GS Survival Tool Pro is available in solid titanium and there is also an extremely handy version made of titanium and carbon fibre – the BMW GS Survival Tool HP. Both variants bear a lasered GS inscription.Prices (RRP) including 19% VAT for Germany:
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