After our initial test (and brief off-road excursion) of the V-Strom last year, we were left with the impression that with the fitting of some aftermarket mods, the 650 V-Strom could be effectively coaxed into the world of dirt.
We’ve had a lot of use from KTM’s 640 Adventure bike this year. First ‘arris took it through the grueling Paris-Dacre ride, then I took it to the Rally-Connex Northumberland ride, followed by a one-day foray into some nasty trails in Quebec’s Laurentians.
Regular readers will know that last year we had a long-term 50cc Ruckus (aka Baby-Ruckus), which we just loved. I’m still not sure why, but I suspect it was mainly due to its bizarre, naked styling, and big-googly eyes (I like me scooters like I like me gurls). Oh, and the fact that the Ruckus is about as messed up as we are.
So here I am, CMG’s latest investment, kicking my heels in not-so-sunny Englandshire, awaiting the final nod of approval of the Canadian government to allow me into the country to work for CMG, when a call from his editorship lands me with my first assignment.
Okay, so we’ve done the intro and dirt thing in part 1, for this part it would seem like a good idea to cover some of the more general aspects of the GS as well as all that lovely wrap-up stuff. So let’s start by breaking down the bike into its component parts and summarizing how each bit held up over the year.
Over the year, this newest incarnation of the Boxer became a firm favourite at the CMG offices. After a season of about 10,000 km, with much regret and dragging of feet ,we finally had to give it back to BMW.
With the new K1200S come new technical ideas that we think are worthy of a bit of a closer look. There’s actually enough to make a whole article unto itself, so that it what we did – only hopefully written for the average person … with a degree in astrophysics. Well, maybe just an interest.
Here’s what all that jargon means.
With the 2006 Dakar Rally kicking off at the end of this month, we thought it might be a good idea to take a more in-depth look at not only one rider’s experience of doing the Rally, but also a bit about the rider himself.
CMG and racing have proven to be a somewhat unstable mix in the past. However, for some reason we feel the inexplicable urge to carry on. Things seemed to be looking up in 2005 when our racing efforts started off well enough with our Pascal Anctil coming up with a very unCMG-like podium finish in the first round of the 600cc National Amateur series.