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BMW earned around £200m in the last financial year from sales of 17,500 BMW R1200 GS models in Europe and according to US site autoevolution the GS is part of a string drive of sales in the US as well.

It’s worth reminding ourselves that the big GS craze took off in the late nineties after ‘The Long Way Round’s’ McGregor power boosted the identity of the 1150GS in Europe, notably at the expense of KTM.


One of the BMW R1150GS motorcycles used Charle...
One of the BMW R1150GS motorcycles used Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor in The Long Way Round (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The big trailie concept has been riding high in the UK since then, and has always done in Europe. BMW GS’ have changed along the way, evolving into technological power houses and in the 2013 R1200GS’ case, boxer engine water cooling innovation.

As The Times and BIKE magazine have reported in the UK recently, there is a possibility that a weak nut in the headstock can cause tank slappers (violent head shaking) at unpredictable and unlikely riding moments; possibly in the case of Kevin Ash’s fatal accident in South Africa at the 2013 R1200GS launch. 

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Nairobi Traffic – still dangerous

This happened in front of me last night. The car was pulled over ahead of a culvert to let a very heavy truck pass by on a narrow road at night.

The truck glanced the front wing of the car and then, weirdly, instead of stopping just kept driving. He mangled the whole side of the car in the picture and then smashed into us as well. Luckily we were in a 4 x 4 this time.

A Kenyan policeman, with an AK 47, happened to be nearby. As the truck continued to move off after the crush he ran up the road after it, made his weapon ready and then dragged the driver out of his cab. Great work and better reactions than a policeman at home!

The driver admitted it was his fault and added that it was his first day on the job. This wasn’t enough to sort the situation out and he will be lucky to keep his job! The driver of the car was a Doctor and very upset. He threatened to sue for attempted murder, adding to the tension. As he said, “you don’t do that if you are a normal human”!

A reminder of the unpredictability of the roads here. Ride safe guys.