BMW has released a beautiful video following the legends who made the GS we know and love a reality.

The epicentre of the BMW rally performance is in Seibersdorf, close to the Austrian border – its home since 1982. The small town with barely 300 inhabitants is where Alfred Halbfeld and Klaus Pepperl created a rally empire with their motorcycle brand HPN, which is renowned beyond the borders of Bavaria, Germany and Europe.

On the first floor is the warehouse, which accommodates the entire BMW rally range of spare parts twice over. Thousands of parts, neatly arranged, in impeccable condition – or not, like a crooked swinging arm from Gaston Rahier, which for Klaus Pepperl is not rubbish, but “a beautiful monument of the Paris-Dakar”.

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Rally history is alive in every nook and cranny of the estate. It is the history of HPN, of the Paris-Dakar rally, of BMW Boxers. It is the history of the fathers of the GS. 

Ross Mowbray

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