Shortly after its premiere, the new BMW R 1300 GS shows that it is not afraid of any challenge. It seems to have broken the world record.
On December 6, 2023, at three o’clock in the afternoon, four riders on BMW R 1300 GS motorcycles set off from the Pacific coast. The team consisting of Christof Lischka, development manager of BMW Motorrad, Salvatore Pennisi, director of technology and testing at tire manufacturer Metzeler, Michele Pradelli, Italian champion in Extreme Enduro and Karsten Schwarz, journalist from Motorrad magazine, set off towards the Atacama desert and the Circuito de moose Seismiles, then headed up the hill. This was none other than the highest active volcano in the world, Ojos del Salado. At 10:22 a.m. on December 7th, they stood at a height of 6,027 meters.
The bikes were completely stock, so their boxer engines got to work in the thin air, just like the riders. The machines wore Metzeler Karoo 4 off-road tires, which are part of the optional equipment of the R 1300 GS, otherwise they drive with the Metzeler Tourance Next 2 type as standard. The motorcyclists also had to cope with ten degrees of frost during the day and twenty degrees at night. Their feat appears to be a new world record – the older one in 2021 being 5,602 meters above sea level by Indian Vikas Kashyap on a Royal Enfield motorcycle, also at Ojos del Salado.