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Old 03-15-2013, 07:11 AM   #31
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Hey Fellow Adventurers,

Still on tour, running like mad. Awesome times! 1,400 Adventure miles on the new Water-cooled GS's thus far, and not a single issue. Not even a flat. HOpe I'm not cursing the last couple days with that announcement.

We are leaving Vegas today, heading toward Twentynine Palms. Tomorrow we head to RawHyde and an epic wrap-up party (to which you are certainly invited to...).

In the interim, BMW has begun releasing the official photos and video of our US Tour. Updates will occur daily. Good stuff!

http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en/f...html?notrack=1
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:41 PM   #32
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I have to ask a tire question. I know you said you're not the best guy to talk tires but you're one of the few who have ridden with the new Karoo 3 tires. How do they feel on tarmac? I think you mentioned that you rode in SA with both street and off-road tires. Did you notice much additional noise or vibrations when switching to the Karoo 3? Did you feel confident in hard corners with the Karoo tires or did you feel you needed to back off the pace? How were they off road and what kinds of conditions do you think they are best suited for?

I know this isn't a tire thread but I believe these tires were designed specifically with this bike in mind. I would love to hear how the combo works. If you have any thoughts on how they would work on your personal GSA, I would love to hear that as well.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:55 PM   #33
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Shawn just saw the videos (up to the "wedding").
You guys are nuts.
OK we knew you are a nut but seems you found your match eh?

We ARE waiting for (real) additional comments about the bike.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:09 AM   #34
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Log 2: Wow. Just Wow.

Wow. Just Wow.

I recently returned from the One World. One R 1200 GS Tour with BMW, and am still reeling from the experience. It was, in a nutshell, the best tour I have ever been a part of.

Now, let me qualify this a bit… For those of you that know me, you know that I basically lead Motorcycle Tours for a living. RawHyde keeps me quite busy in this regard. And, it’s usually an epic experience. It’s also a lot of work, managing a group of riders day-in and day-out. The raw logistics involved in keeping people safe, fed, rested, entertained, and generally in a state of perpetual joy are staggering. Doing this properly takes a team of experienced professionals, from the person on the phone negotiating hotels and restaurants, to the guy maneuvering the chase truck, and so on. No two tours are the same, but ALL will find a way to bite you if you don’t mind the details.

My role in this dance is a small one… And enough to leave me mentally and physically exhausted. If I’m not on tour, you can probably find me face down on a pillow-top somewhere.

So in a way, being asked to join the “One World. One R 1200 GS” US tour was an extension of my day-to-day activities. I would be showing a group of riders some good times on motorcycles, taking them to some of the best riding spots in California and beyond. Good times, as always!

So on Thursday, March 6th, 2013 a group of riders, support, and media specialists are meeting for the first time in Long Beach, California. In total, there are 8 tour participants:
- Eric (France) – ‘One World. One R 1200 GS’ Tour Facilitator
- Stéphane (France) - Winner of the ‘One World. One R 1200 GS’ tour contest
- Ulla (Germany) - Photographer
- Sebastian “Basti” - Logistics and support truck driver (& Ulla’s Hubby)
- Romain (France) - Videographer
- Jim (Jersey) - BMW Motorrad USA
- Tim (Germany) - BMW Motorrad Germany
- And me, Shawn (Californ-i-a) - US Tour Guide.
Upon meeting them all, something strikes me about the general attitude of the group. Normally there is a sense of reserve amongst my customers, a time of quiet assessment of one another (yes… Kind of like what dogs do, but without the sniffing of buttocks). Usually this wears off in a day or two, and friendships begin to form.

But these folks—most of which have never met—seem to bypass the first step and go straight to the “Friends” part. They are extreme in their sense of comfort toward one another, offering grandiose hugs and sharing their excitement about the days ahead. This has the makings of a great tour.

Being the US ambassador to these folks, I feel it prudent to expose them to a few of our national customs. As riders exchange names and get to know one another, I go to my bike, crack open my side case, pulling from it a leathery icon of United States Culture.

“Anyone want to play catch with a football?”

They are all over it. Soon the parking lot of Long Beach BMW is full of foreigners, trying like hell (funniest thing I ever saw) to toss a regulation sized football to one another. Clearly this is not a sport they are accustomed to… But they stay with it, tossing the pigskin back and forth, trying (and failing) to avoid the multitude of expensive cars parked nearby. Ha!

After a good 10 minutes of this, it is time to change things up. Basti appears, spinning a raggedy looking sphere on his finger.

“Soccer Anyone?”

Uh oh. Now it’s MY turn to look silly.

Basti and Roman begin knee-kicking and chest-bunting the ball to one another, lofting it to and fro with practiced precision. They kick it to me, and I land a shot with my Rallye 3 boot… Right into a Porsche.

Oops.

Romain laughs. “It is ok my friend! It is just hard with those boots. We will teach you, if you will show us how to throw fooootball? Yes?”

“Dude! In!”

We fiddle and play, waiting for the afternoon crowds to gather. Soon we join the Long Beach BMW tour party, handing Stéphane the official keys for his steed; A 2013, liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 GS. Tonight, the ride begins!
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:17 AM   #35
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(oh so it begins... )

don't take your usual... weekly breaks between posts
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:23 PM   #36
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First Official Video

A whole gaggle of the "official" BMW Videos of this tour are already out there in internet land... But to make them a bit easier to see, I have gotten access to them for one-by-one postngs. Here is the first... Enjoy!

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Old 03-21-2013, 12:59 PM   #37
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A Few Photos from the day

Romaine shows his skills with the 'FuutBaal' as he calls it...


...My skills are a little less impressive. Like kicking a box of cow tongues.


The Party begins at Long Beach BMW Motorcycles. About 50 people join us for drinks, food, and Adventure chatter.


Stephane takes posession of the keys to his machine. Keep the dirty side down, my friend!


Stephane starts re-thinking his ride-choice when he catches sight of an old R100GS PD...!
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:36 PM   #38
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- US also has nice highways. Maybe, someone could find out real (GPS better) V-Max when nobody is looking? Heard reports of 135MPH (which sucks as is the same with current) and 140MPH (which is a bit better but would love more, at least 145MPH).

- Old GS hates jumps. It bottoms out pretty easily with strange sounds (unlike a KTM Adventure for example). This is not mentioned in any reviews about new GS. Also the guy that assisted in the first One World legs (also writes in this forum, Baluchon, you may want to contact him), already has a photo of a quite nice jump on the new bike. Can you... check yourself? :)
If you're worried about top speed and jumps, you're not in the market for a GS.

OP, the trip sounds amazing, can't wait to get more details.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:03 PM   #39
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If you're worried about top speed and jumps, you're not in the market for a GS.
Thanks for pointing this out. After 11 years with GSes I think I can decide myself.

This is a 125HP bike. I am curious about its real v-max (and rest assured I will find out what it is when I get the chance). If someone posts it, make sure to NOT read it. :)
(no irony intended, but is your MS in the same market as GS? Because people were indeed curious when an 150HP bike with super-motard setup and wheels, claimed "enduro" capabilities - have you ridden it to its v-max?)

As for jumps I am seeking more info about the capabilities of the new suspension. The last one was fantastic for touring, very capable for off-road, but had specific limitations (and weird sounds to go along). Haven't heard the same about the new one. Jumps are one of the best ways to check suspension (going down from a wheelie also... but sorry for bringing this up, I shouldn't, because this is a GS after all, right? ).
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:17 PM   #40
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I enjoyed tracking the videos and updates on BMW website very much :) I look forward to reading more from the inside man point of view :)

Out of shear curiosity, how did the tradeoff go when it comes to riding vs. media event ? Was there alot of 'Ok, wait here, we'll set up the cameras, now ride, nah, one more time' stuff, or the media people actually managed to run circles around You, so You guys just did the riding and they managed to film it without spoiling the experience ?
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:00 PM   #41
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I enjoyed tracking the videos and updates on BMW website very much :) I look forward to reading more from the inside man point of view :)

Out of shear curiosity, how did the tradeoff go when it comes to riding vs. media event ? Was there alot of 'Ok, wait here, we'll set up the cameras, now ride, nah, one more time' stuff, or the media people actually managed to run circles around You, so You guys just did the riding and they managed to film it without spoiling the experience ?
Good Q… There’s a lot to be said here, most of which I like to think will be covered in the coming notes… But, I suppose the most unique and positive element of the riding was the ability to see the GS perform in “My” turf… That is to say, taking it dead in the middle of the playgrounds I frequent. It was supremely satisfying to push this machine to its (ok… my) limits in familiar territory, especially given that I was usually riding my own 2012 Adventure (2 liquid-cooled bikes, 5 riders… Some switching off was necessary). Having the ability to switch from one to another was ideal, as I had clear memory of how each performed.

And yes, my Adventure now feels like a tank with a flat tire.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:40 AM   #42
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And yes, my Adventure now feels like a tank with a flat tire.
You do know that tanks don't have tires eh?


Come on keep posting.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:50 AM   #43
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Shawn, I have really enjoyed following this trip so far. I test rode the newly arrived demo bike at my local dealer last week and ordered one.

Would it be possible for you to post the GPS route or track files for your trip for anybody who wants to recreate the ride or just see where all you went in detail?
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:59 AM   #44
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Back to my tire question... the video you posted shows a set of TKCs being installed on the bike. I guess that means you didn't use the new Karoo 3 at least here in the US. I'd still love any insight you have on them if you had any opportunity in South Africa or here to use them.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:01 PM   #45
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Back to my tire question... the video you posted shows a set of TKCs being installed on the bike. I guess that means you didn't use the new Karoo 3 at least here in the US. I'd still love any insight you have on them if you had any opportunity in South Africa or here to use them.
Hiya Cliffy,

You know, I really wish I had a solid answer for you on this. Truth is, I had very little time on the Karoo 3’s, and that was spent focused on the motorcycle. If I had my way, I would wear through a set on MY bike, on MY turf, then offer up some input (you listening, Metzler??).

I have always been a fan of Metzlers… I have a set of Tourance’s on my 1200 Adventure at the moment, and next week will be using them to tackle Death Valley via Goler Wash & Mengel Pass. Good tires.

Wish I had more for you Cliffy. Hopefully next time!
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