Bike launches are a thing a beauty. You’re whisked away to exotic settings, wined and dined at lavish restaurants, all to sway one’s opinion on the said new shiny motorcycle. But placing the product into the intended environment is key to showing off the best attributes of the motorcycle. So does the BMW F750GS and F850GS have more to offer than the splendour of an all-expenses paid launch, or is it just more of the same?
Retro is the word in motorcycling at the moment. All manufacturers are fiddling with them in one way or another; even Suzuki has joined in with their take on the Katana from the eighties. BMW, on the other glove, has been at it for a while with their classic styled R nineT range and here’s the one I haven’t tried, until now.
For many years I’ve been one of the biggest fans of the Suzuki V-Stroms (1000 and 650 of course) having covered many happy and trouble-free kilometers on both. So I was more than keen to ride this little maroon offering to see if it could carry on that name or hide away in shame.
There are few bikes in the world that have as many people interested in what's new than this new BMW R 1250 GS. It's the most important model in the entire BMW motorcycle line-up and since 1980 BMW have sold more than 700,000 of these boxer-engined adventure bikes. It's still the majority market share holder in most biking countries the world over.