What better excuse to leave work at 15h45 on a warm sunny Tuesday than a date with a lady?
Who cares if she is fat, ugly and high maintenance when she rides like that!
Ok, racy puns apart. We did book couple of BMW’s GS Speedates: me on the R1200GS an my mate on the F800GS both in the taller&fatter Adventure version.
I rode the original R1200GS Adventure a few years ago in the mountain roads around Sintra. Didn’t really like the bike, it felt too big, too heavy and not agile enough. A few years later I had the opportunity to ride one of the standard R1200GS with the new air/water cooled engine, I remember being absolutely surprised with how much better the engine felt compared to the old bike. Still not a mind-blowing performance but still proper fun to ride around N108, Porto, Portugal.
As soon as I spotted the GS Speedate events on BMWs website I jumped at the opportunity to try this new air/water cooled engine on the big Adventure version!
After a 45min ride around a mix of urban and countryside roads, including a sequence of narrow twisty dike roads I have to say the big GS did not disappoint, very much the opposite. I got confirmation on how much more I like this later version of the Boxer twin and was mindblown by how different from my memory of the old GSA this one is. Maybe I just got older and more used to tall fat bikes but I have to say the massive GS handles better than many standard bikes around. The way it flicks from side to side defies gravity and how easy and natural it all feels to the rider is nothing short of engineering Vudu!
Is it a bike for me? It could be, although it’s universal success (read omnipresence) and massive price tag do make it a very unlikely reality.
For now, I’ll leave you with some photos and a big thank you to BMW Motorrad and Motoport Wormerver for the test-ride.
The fat and the fatty
Wonderful to ride though
Vintage Guzzi on display
A exclusive HP2 Sport for sale
And an even more exclusive 1199 Superleggera. 021/500 yours for only 76.000€!
A BMW R1200GS Adventure Test-ride recently (which I will talk about in a future post) reminded me of the fact that about one year ago I went with some mates to a SpeedDate with BMW event to try out a couple of their new bikes.
I went for the S1000XR and they went for the R1200RS, R-nineT and F800GS. The only thing I can say about the S1000XR is that it is a brilliant bike! Compared to my Ducati Multistrada 1200S it lacks the low down punch of the V-Twin that makes it want to wheelie coming out of every traffic light but it makes up with a much more refined feel and more equipment (like Cruise Control). The engine feels basically the same as the one on the S100RR and I think I would only really tell the difference when riding the the two back to back, the brakes are as with all the S1000 range, very near perfect and the whole bike feels really well sorted. Except…it isn’t! One tiny, niggly fault that would probably stop me from buying it: The infamous vibrations at motorway speed that simply numb all of your limbs!
I’ve been told it is solved on the newer 2017 bikes and that on the older ones a set of heavier bar-end weights helps a lot but what I can’t stop wandering is what kind of test-riders BMW hired that did not spot the obvious issue trough all of the testing??
Anyway, here are the photos:
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Suzuki Bandit based XR69 replica parked outside
Suzuki Bandit based XR69 replica
Nice Line Up
Rider’s POV on the S1000XR
First time taking the new girl out for a Motogymkhana session.
Mixed feelings at the end of the day, the FZ1 feels surprisingly heavy and way less agile than the Multistrada.
The lack of a softer engine map and the sticky throttle don’t help with control either, making it quite a workout to tame the thing.
Let’s see how we’ll do next time around, after some minor tweaks to the bike.
For now here is a quick video of the day.
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An unwritten rule of motorcycling states that once you get a motorcycle built by manufacturer X, you loose all ability to make rational decisions, become hopelessly in love with all merchandising that includes X branding, will sign-up to all and any online forums for your bike’s Make (or even Model) and will only ride with people who own the same make or model. It’s called the fanboy effect.
One of the consequences of said effect is that the few unaffected by it are left with a feeling of misplacement. There is nowhere for us: the Maker agnostic.
Sure, I’ve written a couple of blogs based on the bike I had at the time; I’ll even confess to owning a pair of (very stylish) KTM boxer shorts, but the fact is I don’t understand how anyone can commit to a single brand. At the very least you’ll be missing out on experimenting with a whole host of wonderful different bikes.
Having said that, I am a sucker for brand events (regardless of the motorcycle maker in question) and given the opportunity to jump in on Yamaha’s Dark Side of Japan Tour to test-ride of the new MT10, I just couldn’t say no.
Having been to a few of these events throughout the years I have to say no one does it better than BMW (hard to compete with Circuito do Estoril race track booked for a full day to offer riders free test-rides on track), Yamaha however seems to be the best of the Japanese brands at it!
A nicely (albeit slightly empty) decorated Kromhouthall, free drinks and nice food. Oh, yes and bikes, too!
Considering we are in a flat country with absolutely no good riding roads and the only half interesting ones on any given sunny day are full of bicycles, cars and tourists Yamaha did a decent job at finding us a route to try the bikes. At 41km and over one hour it was probably one of the longest test-rides I’ve had. And despite the low average speed due to road conditions and traffic meaning I only got to use 1st and 2nd gear, the MT10 did prove to be a fantastic bike with superbly smooth fuelling and exciting power delivery. The suspension also did a decent job of absorbing the potholes despite being obviously on the firm side and the little I could experience of the handling felt great. The biggest take way though is the engine, that crossplane motor sounds and feels better than any other inline 4 I have ever tried!
I’m a big fan of big naked bikes and the MT10 is still not quite up there next to the Inline Triple of the Speed Triple or the V-Twin of the Super Duke but damn did they do a great job with that 4 cylinder!
As for theroute if you want to have more detailed look at it, click HERE
1,2,3…seems about right!
It may look like one of the aliens from Distric 9, but it’s a tremendous road bike!
Yeah…only a mother could love that face!
At least he can rotate the tyres when the rear starts to wear…
MT07 Tracer and MT09 outside enjoying the (rare) Dutch sun.
Not unlucky at all!
The Dark Side swag on offer.
Your calendar looks like this:
PS – No I’m not doing all the events (unfortunately) just planning and choosing which ones to go for. Most Trackdays here in the Netherlands take place during the week so it implies taking at least a day of work.
Today’s suggestion of Bike Related Media, a fantastic gallery by Dave Gurman of The Kickback show in Stamford Bridge, 12/13th December 2015.
Click on the image below to open the Flickr gallery, it’s pure bike porn! Make sure to follow Dave’s Flickr for more great content.
Hi guys, sorry for the lack of posts, have been quite busy with a bunch of new stuff for the magazine, one of which I am happy to share is edition #190 of The Rider’s Digest, including my full feature on the Belgium Classic TT I announced here a few weeks ago I would be attending.
Go ahead and download, I hope you like it!
THE RIDER’S DIGEST #190
Another thing I’ve been working on is the Instagram feed for The Rider’s Digest. Icluding a bunch of old photos, new photos, behind the scenes and general stuff that doesn’t always makes it in the mag but (I think) is still worth sharing.
Check us out on Instagram @theridersdigest or by clicking HERE
Here is a quick preview of what you can find in there
Back in the end of May I went to Oss in North Brabant (a province in the southwest of the Netherlands) for the fabulous 3h Oss Endurance Race.
The event is road racing based, taking part on public roads around an industrial estate. Previous to the 3h classic bike endurance race there are other classic bike races for the Dutch and Belgium championship, sidecar races, a stage of the International Road Racing Championship with modern machinery and even a stage of the KTM RC cup.
You can get all more info on the official website: WegRaceOss.
This was the poster for this year’s event:
You might be wondering why am I only now publishing this. I initially learned about this race when I talked to Kees Van der Star on doing a feature on his Thunderstar 1200 Diesel bike (See The Rider’s Digest #189). In a last minute tngh I decided to go there and cover the event for a pictorial on the magazine. However with the upcoming feature on the Belgium Classic TT on edition #190 (wait for it, it’s worth it!)editorial decisions dictated there wasn’t enough space and I ended up with a bunch of photos I just needed to share.
If you are in the Netherlands or anywhere close I definitely recommend stopping by Oss for the races. It combines modern, classic and endurance racing all in one road racing event. There is sure to be a bike to make you drool over, be it the latest of the RRRRs,a classic 2stroke 50cc or almost anything in between.
Has usual here is a gallery. Sorry about the less than perfect panning shots, the Lumix Lx7 is great for many things: trackside photography is not one of them (mind you most of the problem is still my lack of talent).
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The track layout
The paddock layout
A tasty Super Duke 1290R (which unfortunately wasn’t on the track this day)
The real Gentleman Racer
Is this big enough for a caravan?
StarTwin’s crazy Ducati 750 powered Cagiva Elefant 350!
Waiting to access pitlane
is this what they mean by carry on luggage?
What about this for pitlane?
Is it time for the race yet?
Red flag means stooooop!
Le Mans style start.
Vintage bikes complete with vintage rider and leathers
Even the parking lot has some beautiful classics
Even the parking lot has some beautiful classics (I mean the bikes)
Currently working on the article for The Rider’s Digest. In the meantime here is a video trailer of what is to come.
A fantastic racing event the Belgium Classic TT!
Heading for Gedine this weekend for the race of the year!