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For the recent REV-UP 4 DSI event I was riding BMW’s all-conquering R 1200 GS Adventure. It’s no hidden clandestine that the GS Adventure (GSA for short) is my motorcycle of choice for all excursions. The GSA can cover ground along uneven Irish country roads with greater precision and comfort than many other motorcycles and even some cars. Despite encountering a multitude of inclement weather over the weekend, the GSA never put a foot wrong. It’s two years since I last rode a GS Adventure, in between this I’ve been riding a BMW K1600 GT, an S1000 RR and the newly launched S1000 XR. The XR is the only bike to tempt me away from the GSA, the GSA just gets the vote though for its all-weather riding prowess in my book.

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This 2016 Adventure TE model has some new features over its predecessor, two key items on my test bike are keyless ride and gear shift assist pro. Keyless ride speaks for itself, it’s particularly useful when refuelling without having to worry about removing the keys from the ignition. The gear shift assist pro enables gear changes without the use of the clutch for both upshifts and downshifts. It works well but is not as slick through the gears as an RR or XR’s transmission. The standard level of equipment on-board this range-topping TE model is extensive and includes dynamic ESA (electronic suspension adjustment), LED daytime running lights, riding mode pro, cruise control, ABS Pro, tyre pressure control and a dynamic brake light amongst other features. Power is delivered from the 1,200cc air and liquid-cooled twin cylinder engine with 125hp and 125Nm of torque on offer. Despite its weight of 260 kilograms with a full tank of fuel, the GSA is remarkably agile once on the move. This particular model benefits from the factory-fit seat height reduction (costs €230) which lowers the seat height by 50mm. Stopping at a junction on an incline or with adverse camber is no longer a concern. BMW offer these factory-fit lowering kits on a wide range of models, particularly beneficial for riders who find the standard seat height too tall.

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Over the next few weeks I’ll be commuting on the GS Adventure and marshalling for a cycle race before taking it on a ten-day excursion to Garmisch in Germany. This will be its real long-term test in terms of comfort and ability. The GS Adventure is priced from €17,550 or €145 per month with BMW Motorrad’s PCP finance offers. For further details, please visit www.bmw-motorrad.ie

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Technical Specification

Engine Displacement          1,170cc

Rated Power                         125hp

Max. Torque                          125Nm

Max. Speed                           200km/h

Fuel Capacity                       30 Litres

Unladen Weight                   260Kg

(Full tank of fuel)