"Sport Guy Goes Extreme Off-Road on the 'Humvee' of Bikes"
Yesterday we rode 250 miles on the GS-Adv with about 175 miles on dirt with some extreme road surfaces. I'll post a proper ride reports. Also there are lots of pro shots of the event that will come later.
I had never ridden off road before yesterday!!! What a way to start. We road through dirt roads, narrow rocky canyon roads with up to 500 feet drops, fire roads, through streams, rocky roads, mud, loose sand and you name it. I rode at the bottom of canyons in 106 deg temperatures flying over loose dirt and rocks at about 50 mph. At some point on a long hard-packed road a few of us were pulling a sustained 80 on the Adv. The Adventure loved that road. These Advs were geared for off-road: Knobbies, no ABS and no luggage (except for tank bag). I don't remember how many bottles of water I drank yesterday and I was still dehydrated. I was part of group of about 14 press riders. In about 2 to 3 months you should see more write ups and pics from this ride in several mags and also some popular online sites as well.
Here are 11 video clips from our 4 day Press intro in Arizona:
My short K1200GT walk-around and intro by the Black Rocks in Sunset Crater National Park, AZ
We stopped for lunch after 177 miles. The group arrived here at the end of a long tough desert road winding through the bottom of the canyon. This road had mud, sand, large rocks and streams (pro pics to come).
Start of our K1200GT 200 mile test ride in the beautiful Sedona, AZ
BMW set up a tent with refreshments in the park, just past the Painted Desert.
Clip of a quick stop by the Black Rocks.
Start of our 250 mile R1200GS-Adv test ride, which included 175 miles of dirt.
3 Clips of the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town, in Jerome, AZ.
A quick 360 of the Grand Canyon, with the group.
We took a small plane back to Sedona from the Grand Canyon to wrap our incredible 250 mile adventure on the aptly-named Adventure
[rep]On Wednesday, May 24, I along with about 14 press people and 10 BMW folks rode the new K1200GTs, equipped with all the available options for about 200 miles through some fantastic scenery in Northern Arizona. This bike is perhaps the best Supersport-TOURER BMW has ever designed. I think they have outdone themselves. It does everything a ST should do very well and has very few faults. Basically all the things I didn't like about the first-gen GT has been addressed. It's fast, it corners excellent for a bike in this class. The ESA is a blessing for such a machine. The side cases swallowed my XL Arai helmet to my amazement and they don't exceed the width of the mirrors. You clear the front mirrors, the bags will fit.
We rode from Sedona, through Flagstaff to Sunset Creek National Park. Lots of twisties and plenty of straights to see how well this bike functions. This area is magnificent. We rode through the Painted Desert. What an awesome experience! I was awestruck.
I love the GT with the bars in lowest setting and the short shield. All of our GTs had the standard shield and not the large one. The standard won me over.
More in depth report on both the K1200GT and R1200GS-Adv later.
All images of the Grand Canyon area, including the main shot of me above by the Colorado River are on the Hualapai Indian property and have been taken with their permission. For more information about this Native-American Tribe please visit: http://www.grandcanyonresort.com