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The Thunder Diaries is a chronicle of Team CMG 2’s attempt for glory at the newly formed Canadian Thunder Series. The year is 2002, the team consists of Costa Mouzouris and JP Schroeder, and they’ve got a Buell Firebolt and BMW R1100S respectively.
The elements that made the standard GS such a charmer have been carried through. It still gobbles up the highway miles with ease, yet can surprisingly give a sport bike a run for its money through the twisties.
So we’ve had the Dakar for a while now, ridden it through some serious off-road stuff , used it as a daily commute and taken it on the annual CMG tour to British Columbia. We’ve racked up 7,000 km and gotten to know the beast quite well.
I double-checked the weather channel and it was confirmed. The sun was wishing us to the south – South Dakota, in fact.
Costa makes his first appearance for CMG!
Tucked and cooking down the back straight of Shannonville’s Nelson circuit, I lift myself into the air stream and opt to brake just a little later than the previous lap.
the first part we looked at how each bike performed on our long weekend trip, without much of a judgement being made between them. But if you’ve read all three write-ups and got close to $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you’ll want to know the dirt that will help decide where that hard earned cash is going to go.
The new ST 1300, FJR 1300 and ZZR 1200 represent the cutting edge of modern sport-tourers, and although they excel and not-so excel in different areas, they’re all extremely competent when it comes to the long distance ride.
Okay, so last week we talked about where we went, who we went with and what Art thought of the bikes, but what about that wanker ‘arris?