Although we’ve only just got our hands on the K1200GT CMG long-termer, I got my grubbies on one courtesy of BMW USA, way back in March for my US Tour. After racking up a total of 4000 miles in ten days I’d gotten pretty familiar with the bike’s capabilities. The following is my account of how it performed, although I should probably clarify that this is based on the bike I had in the US, not the actual CMG long termer.
How much will that cheap army surplus bike really cost?
With that AA-style confession off my chest, I’ll also admit that knowing Team CMG’s storied racing legacy of wrecked bikes, multiple fractures and last place finishes left me a little, uh … wary. To make matters worse, race organizers and promoters—Supermoto Canada—had rescheduled the Fort Erie round from mid June—when I had originally planned to do it—to mid August, leaving me an extra two months to stew.
Have you ever been fortunate enough to win the lottery? Or maybe you’ve been the lucky draw winner at a fundraiser, or just even found the toy motorcycle at the bottom of a box of Cracker Jacks? What I’m getting at is the feeling that is brought about by random occurrences of good fortune. It’s that extraordinary feeling of euphoria, that unmistakable elation that fills your soul. It was this jubilation that I personally experienced back in November of last year.
For those of us completely enamoured with going fast on race replicas, the first time you get your knee down is a big moment. Having used up many a slider and viciously attacked my poor BWM’s heads on various racetracks (see Canadian Thunder Diaries), my fantasy was now directed at trying something completely different.
Learn about motorcycles as art …
Back in the summer of 2002 we had the good fortune of taking Honda’s ST1300, Kawasaki’s ZZR1200 and Yamaha’s FJR1300 down to Pennsylvania for an extended weekend’s blast. Apart from having one hell of a good time, we got to know all three bikes pretty well and produced what has become the most popular article of CMG’s history.
Sometimes things seem like they are going to turn out just right. In this case, we found ourselves on a perfect Fall day in Ontario’s Ganaraska Forest, with a brand new ’04 KTM 450EXC and our ’03 Yamaha WR450F long-termer.
Scanning over the spec sheets reveals that the Speed Four is identical to the TT600 except for an ominous lack of top-end power.
With the temperature hovering in the mid-thirties, I slide the V-Strom to a halt on the delicious gravel road, somewhere deep in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. I’d just crossed one of the many small winding rivers in the area and decided that it was just too hot to keep riding, especially when a cool fresh river beckoned for a refreshing dip.