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alexcorral 12-24-2010 03:19 PM

Short ride to VAlle Nevado on Christmas Eve
We moved to Chile with our 1-year old baby girl which is the first grandchild. Needless to say, come Christmas the in-laws are visiting for Christmas. My father in law (Massimo) has been riding bike for over 40 years, so I decide to treat him to a ride up the Andes on Christmas Eve.

I talk to my BMW dealer (I bought my F800 from them) and ask him to lend me a R1200GS for the day. I had just come back from a 500Km BMW Year End ride and was eager to try the R1200GS.

So here we are: I got the R1200GS loaner and let Massimo ride my F800GS. We head off into the Andes

On our way up there are the most incredible twisties. Massimo really tears through the twisties and I hav eto push myself on the R1200GS to keep up with him. I am getting used to the bike but am loving it...

We try to get as much dirt as possible...

Our way up to the ski slopes (closed during the summer) is a wonderful mountain road with amazing twisties. The way up here is a series of 45 switchbacks

Until we finally get to the fun part:

The ride was short but sweet. Massimo had not ridden offroad before but did OK. I really enjoyed riding the R1200GS and we got a chance to enjoy a nice ride on Christmnas Eve.

RexBuck 12-24-2010 08:05 PM

Great way to spend a day - looks like you had a blast. Thanks for sharing.

How did the 1200 compare to your 800?

alexcorral 12-25-2010 05:21 AM

The 1200 has a smoother throttle response and the torque is incredible. It's like stepping on th egas on a car with a V8 engine...

I was worried about the additional weight but it is amazing how well balanced the bike is and it makes it really easy to lean on the twisties. I had no chicken strips on front or rear after the ride :evil

The extra weight is kind of worrying at first on the tight switchbacks and on some of th emore nasty stuff, but I got used to it pretty quick.

I didn't drop it, but would fear having to pick it up.

I used to have a 2009 F800 and a KTM 450XCR-W. I'm on my second F800 and it is the perfect single bike (I did not get a new KTM) for me and the riding I do. But next time I'll get a 1200 and a KTM thumper.

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