In South Africa, the adventure bike market is the largest and amongst the various adventure bikes available, the BMW GS range is the most popular. However in recent times, the likes of KTM, Yamaha, Triumph and even Suzuki are increasing their efforts in pursuit of an equal share of the Adventure pie, as I shall call it.
But BMW are unlikely to be toppled from the top step for a few reasons, one, their availability and back up in the market, two, their popularity thanks to tried and tested bikes and three their reliability, build quality and adaptability to a variety conditions. Here is their latest offering, the 2014 BMW R1200GS Adventure.
- Increased flywheel mass in the engine and additional vibration damper for even smoother running and superior rideability.
- Spring travel 20 millimetres longer at front and rear compared to R1200GS.
- 10 millimetres more ground clearance than predecessor.
- Modified geometry of trailing arm for even sharper handling.
- Completely restyled bodywork in distinctly robust and masculine GS Adventure design.
- 30-litre (7.9 gallon) fuel tank with similar range to predecessor.
- ABS, ASC, and two riding modes as standard.
- Three further riding modes available as an ex-works option.
- Semi-active suspension Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) available as an ex-works option.
- More comfortable, tilt-adjustable bench seat.
- Large, adjustable windshield and air flaps.
- Wide enduro footrests.
- Adjustable, reinforced foot-operated levers.
- Robust engine and tank protection bar.
- Wide range of special accessories and optional extras available ex-works.
However there is a problem with the new GS, where is the kitchen sink?