Touratech and BMW join forces to build Rambler

Motorcycle accessories brand Touratech has partnered with BMW Motorrad to produce the ultimate in off-roading machines, the Rambler.

Based on the brand's award-winning adventure machine, the R1200GS, the Rambler is reportedly still a concept, but Touratech claim that it is 'ready-to-go'. Two models have been built and tested; one in the black-grey-yellow Touratech design, and the other in the classic BMW Motorsport colours of white, blue and red.

With everything but the necessary kit removed, and a minimalistic carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), enduro-style body, the Rambler weighs in at less than 200kg – that's more than 50kg less than the standard model.

But under its lightweight exterior, this wolf in sheep's clothing hides BMW's powerful 1200cc liquid-cooled Boxer, which produces 123bhp and is capable of pushing the standard bike to a top speed of 125mph.

Touratech and BMW join forces to build Rambler

Touratech and BMW join forces to build Rambler

Rather cleverly, Touratech's developers have combined the engine-gearbox unit from BMW's R1200R Roadster model with the shaft drive from the GS, giving the Rambler a directly responsive, high-torque drive system.

Meanwhile, the Rambler's chassis is fitted with a conventional fork, rather than the GS's Telelever system.

Touratech claim the bike is extremely stable, even at high speeds, thanks to specially-tuned suspension, and has superb braking ability due to its lightweight single disc break, which surprisingly features ABS.

A CFRP engine guard panel and protection bars prevent damage from stones and drops on rough terrain, while am 18-litre fuel tank sits in front of the slim, enduro-style seat.

There's no word of whether this modern interpretation of BMW's revered HP2 will make production, but if the response to this prototype is anything to go by, Touratech have a winner on its hands.