Ever since its inception in 1980, the BMW GS series (R80G/S) has been the benchmark for dual sport motorcycles. GS series has earned a cult status in the world of thrill-seeking adventurers as a motorcycle that has been designed to tackle any terrain thrown at it. But for most GS owners, crossing continents remains a mere dream that they would achieve someday. And then there are a few lucky ones, like Michael Marin, who have been documenting the world from the handlebars of his BMW GS for more than 25 years.
Michael Martin is a renowned photographer, lecture speaker, adventurer and a qualified geographer who has travelled to the distant corners of the blue planet for more than 30 years. In last 30 years, Michael has published more than 30 illustrated books that have been translated into seven languages. He has also given more than 2,000 lectures across the globe and has been in the production of several television films. Since 2009 Michael has been involved in his new project that is titled “Planet Desert”, for which he has compiled content from over 40 expeditions from deserts around the world. From the dry deserts to vast barren icy lands with his companion being the BMW GS, Michael has travelled for more than 25 years to achieve such stunning results.
Together these two, Michael Martin and his BMW GS motorcycles have witnessed the world in its true natural glory and have brought us breathtaking series of photographs and stories that inspire us all break free from out un-interesting lives.
25 years ago Martin was looking for a rough and tough companion for his expeditions, he chose a BMW R100GS and set out to make history by undertaking the TransAfrica trip from Kenya to Cape Town. The BMW R100GS that Michael chose to be his expedition vehicle was produced by BMW from 1987 to 1994 and it belonged to the Airhead range (air-cooled flat twin engines). The bike had an 980 cc boxer engine, known then and even now for its reliability and ease of service. The R100GS even today is a highly sought after motorcycle by adventure /dual sport enthusiasts.
After his now famous epic TransAfrica ride on the 1987 BMW R100GS, Michael just could not resist exploring Africa further and in the years 1995 and 1998 he went on expeditions to the Nile region and as well as through the deserts of Africa. Michael has continued his adventures since, with the only variant being the choice of motorcycle. Since it all began with the R100GS, Michael has stayed loyal to the BMW marque… believing that their’s were the best, most rugged machines for the job. Throughout the years, Michael has upgraded from the R100GS to the R1100GS and on to the R1150GS only to finally find himself on BMW’s current flagship adventure tourer – the R1200GS.
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