We took the BMW R1200GS, Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 and KTM 990 Adventure on an off-road adventure and to really test their abilities, we enlisted Stan Watt, who finished 34th in this year’s Dakar Rally.
View part one here: http://youtu.be/umHWLA8X2ik
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There has been a lot of talk recently about what the term ‘Adventure Riding’ really means. Is it blasting down a gravel highway on a fully loaded 1200cc motorcycle? Doing single track on a light enduro style motorcycle with nothing but a backpack? Or is it riding two-up with everything you own, ready to take on the next continent? We feel adventure riding is a way to exercise your creativity. It can be whatever you want it to be. So don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Bill Dragoo with Adventure Rider Magazine shows us how to quickly change a rear tire of a 2008 BMW R1200GS motorcycle using trailside tools.
By Tom Roderick, Jan. 12, 2012, Photography by Ohlins
BMW spearheaded the Electronically Controlled (EC) suspension revolution on production motorcycles by introducing its ESA system in 2005, followed by ESA II in 2008. During this period there’s been no alternative to the stock system. Öhlins is changing that with its Mechatronic EC suspension now available for any BMW R1200GS outfitted with ESA II.
Words of Wisdom can go a long way…listen and learn..you can never know too much! I love hearing from the experts. I always pick something up that I either forgot or did not know.
A few pointers from an expert for piloting that big adventure bike off-road.
You be the judge….is this a good review of the three BIG ADV bikes out there? No Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200? I guess we will have to wait for that review later.