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Spanish Roads: Madrid and Mountains

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This is area of our second full days riding. We left the Madrid – Burgos motorway after 45km or so and rode through the National Park areas around the pass at La Hiruela.

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We were on two great bikes, I spent the morning building loads of confidence on the 2013 GS and Toby was on his R1200 RT.

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The road varied from wooded overgrown tracks to sweeping asphalt A road curves.

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We swopped bikes in the afternoon and I got to ride out a couple of rainstorms behind the massive screen of the RT.

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The rain in Spain…..

Riding the new BMW R1200 GS LC 2013 in Spain

This is the first day on the new BMW R1200GS LC 2013. A good mix of mountain roads, A roads and an hour of motorway at the end. First impressions are good. The headline is that this bike has moved on; it doesn’t feel like it shares much of its former incarnations’ character.

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SW of Madrid in the Gredos Mountains.

Pros

Smooth ride, good wind deflection, comfortable position over the front

Power and control. The E settings work well and put the power onto the road

Kit; luggage and sockets. it works and over decade of experience have put it where you need it

Cons

Slightly vague front under power. Poss link to reports of headshaking/tankslappers.

The switchgear on the left is temperamental, apparently a high incidence problem.

Tank size continues to limit your range compared to what the bike could let you do.

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Overall to encourage a 550km day first time out the new GS is a top flight machine.