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Lego BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Technic: The Big Boys Toy
Anil George
August 1, 2017
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Includes special 40th year Technic element

40 years and this is one Lego creation that never ceases to amaze. The Lego Technic series truly took things to a whole new level, with its multiple layers of complexity, gears, electric motors et al. The must-haves in the series have included the likes of the Bucket Wheel Excavator and the Arctic Truck. It’s time, gents, to add to that roster the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure.

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This intricate BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Technic set consists of 603 pieces, and is Lego’s first-ever Technic model to be produced in cooperation with a motorcycle manufacturer. Aptly enough, as you start building the set, you realise how closely Lego have worked with BMW to nail the mechanical features.

Allow me to elaborate: The model faithfully replicates that boxer motor, its shaft drive down to the adjustable windshield and even expedition-ready metal panniers. There is a Lego version of the Telelever front suspension along with the moving two-cylinder boxer engine and the shaft drive, and they have ensured colors down to the black spokes in the wheels. The vehicle even has BMW’s big cargo boxes. The Justice League hidden out of sight? Can do.

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For the Lego faithful, there’s even a special embellished LEGO Technic element in the kit that commemorates 40 years of Technic models. Aptly enough, it’s a rather off-the-track, aka memorable shape.

Two days of true geeky nirvana later, it was time to take it apart. You see, design teams from BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic joined forces to develop the LEGO Technic Hover Ride design concept model.

jcrop-previewIt may be largely fictitious, yet there are aspects of the BMW Motorrad design DNA that it incorporates. The end result, drool, drool, was another session of building from scratch, far from the temptations of the all things virtual.

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As always, a Lego set never fails to surprise, and this Technic set comes highly recommended.

Priced at AED 369, the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure can be purchased at the LEGO Certified Stores in The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Mirdiff City Centre, Dubai Marina Mall and Yas Mall Abu Dhabi.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering.  Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.