Appreciating the 12GSW.
[ Tuesday - January 15]
I admit it. Sometimes I get into this funk and think, "Why am
I riding around on a GS?" It's not like I go offroad a
lot. In fact, the last time I went offroad on the GSW was to
pull over to the side of the highway. I haven't really went
offroad with the GSW. The real significant offroad was on the
F8GS. So I start going down this mental road about maybe I can
sell off the GS and get a R1250R. Maybe even give my F8R to my
older bro. Then I'm reminded about how much equipment and
spare parts I have for the GSW. So on and so forth...
That is until it starts raining. Yes I've ridden the 8R in the
rain. The 8R does fine. No sliding around and handles
the wet pretty well. But the 8R is no GS. With this week
long rain, it's undeniable that the R12GSW is king in the
rain. Regardless of it's size, the wet might as well be dry
tarmac. In fact, it's so stable that it instills
confidence. Large pools of water, fast running wide drainage,
and extremely flooded streets. The GSW doesn't care.
"Sock it to me," is the response I get from the beast. I was
parting the Red Sea with the GSW and it doesn't care. Stable
and steady. I just had to remember to stand on the pegs to
lower my center of gravity and down shift to a lower gear to ensure
I had sufficient power to cut through the ocean.
I remember on one of the commute home a guy pulled me over and
started talking to be about his brother's R12GS he was test
riding. He didn't quite understand what the big deal was about
the GS. To him it felt dead and lifeless. Then again
he's not riding the GS in the manner in which it was meant to be
used. Either offroad or in extreme conditions. Until one
experiences a GS in such conditions, it's highly probably the point
is missed on why the GS is what it is and why it's BMW's flagship
motorcycle. Dammit! You can't haggle the price for a
R1200GS. The dealer refuses. You either buy it or you
In these extremes conditions there is no substitution for the
GS. Selling and giving away the bikes? Perhaps another
day. For today, I'll hold onto the beast that is the R12GSW.
Written on: January 22, 2019
Last modified: January 22, 2019