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Adventure Motorcycling History

The Adventure Motorcycling industry has become firmly established. Adventure riders have collectively recognised our pioneering forbears from history, also the subject of another post here, and developed and adapted our own two wheeled machines, retold the myths of exploration and long distance travel and passed on stories of riding legends.

In this post I’ll cover developments of the adventure motorcycles themselves.

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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.