Test Ride: BMW K1200S

So it was, less than 7 weeks after my last trip to the heart of Bavaria (see Alps Tour), I find myself once again rustling up my pitiful high-school Deutsche, drinking fine beer out of unfeasibly large one-litre glasses and crouched down behind a plexi-screen – throttle pinned – in the fast lane of the German autobahn (although not all three at once).

Test Ride: BMW R1200GS

Ah, Yorkshire – Big puddles and willing sheep … well, sheep.Photo: Sarah Johnston

Of all the companies out there, trust the Germans to be the most logical when it comes to updates of their models. Almost like clockwork, once every five or so years, the Bavarian company launch a new version of their famous Boxer twin motor and then spend the next five years updating each R model in the line-up with said new motor. It’s logical, simple and very BMW.

Motorcycle Therapy in New Zealand

New Zealand is a motorcycle paradise — a country with a temperate climate, breathtaking scenery and roads of seemingly endless twists and curves. This all results in a riding experience similar to that found in Europe – but without the same level of traffic or speed enforcement although, as my travel companion discovered, that element can still be found!

CMG East Coast tour

The east coast of Canada is probably best known to motorcyclists for the Cabot Trail. And why not? It’s an amazing section of road and well worthy of the praise, but there’s a whole world of amazing sights, amazing roads and endless eastern hospitality to be found in the whole region. To bypass it all on the way to the Cabot is almost criminal.

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