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.
SW of Madrid in the Gredos Mountains.
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
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.
Overall to encourage a 550km day first time out the new GS is a top flight machine.