As many of you know, BMW has finally shipped the much anticipated 2013 R1200 GS Liquid Cooled (some use an “LC” designator, and some “W”). I was fortunate to be one of the first in this country to get my grubby little hands on one, but I decided to wait awhile before giving my impressions of this great bike. You can’t really understand a machine like this until you’ve had an opportunity to put a lot of miles on it in varying conditions.
My lust for the GS started many many years ago, but it was never anything more than a fantasy – a dream that someday I would load her up and set out for untold adventures in foreign lands. Last March, I rented one and took it on a three-day binge up the Pacific Coast Highway, then over to Lake Tahoe and Reno, before descending Sierra’s backside to Las Vegas and an I-15 finale through the Ivanpah Valley to Los Angeles. The hook had been firmly set!
Fast forward to the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany where BMW formally launched the LC Boxer. After handling this sweetheart of a ride for the week, I made the call to my guy Honz at Gateway BMW in St. Louis and asked him if he had a list going — he said he does now.
I now have 500 miles on my new rig – between my travel and dismal weather, it’s taken longer than I’d imagined to log this many miles. I’ve ridden in rain, snow, wind, and finally a nice day yesterday; so now it’s safe to say that I’ve covered all the bases for a proper ride evaluation.
I will have plenty more to say about the GS, but for now, I will just say this — the GS flat out rocks! More power, higher revving, more torque, better comfort, suspension and handling. I guess I could just stop here, because each of these superlatives need their own explanation, but I won’t. Like all bikes, there are a couple of things about this rig that could use some improvement… but I’ll leave that for my next post.
From the road,