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Old 21st May 2012, 17:06   #61
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Well, I never heard the sound of this beast. I have always seen photographs of this bike ridden on a desert where nothing is close by, for about 2 kms atleast. Only two shiny helmets covered with Dust. So thought of listening to the sound, to my surprise, I found this video. Man, this is a capable machine.

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Awesome bike and your posts made for an awesome read Navpreet! I was hoping to read more on the riding/touring experiences before commenting but when I read that you would be penning down the same sometime in July, thought I would congratulate you now before I forget

Have a soft corner for the BMW for its immense capabilities. The R1200GS is big bike for me. Hope to own one of its smaller siblings some day very soon.

Wish you many miles of riding adventures! Glued to the thread and waiting for your detailed ownership.
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Old 22nd May 2012, 17:01   #63
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Yes Rajat, this has of sorts become a tradition for me. This is the third bike which I have had to ride down from Delhi, The other two being the RE and the 12R. And it has also been the first time I have ridden the bike of that particular genre, be it the RE or the 12 or now the GS. It is quite an experience and there is a kind of apprehension and fear of riding it for such a long distance for the first time. This has in turn made me a wiser rider. I don't wring open the throttle or lean it to the max at the first available corner. I learn the bike out and out. It is like a crash course for learning that bike. Intense and of considerable duration. The knowledge of the bike soon embeds into the subconscious and then everything falls in naturally.

Will keep updating this thread with better pics and experiences after mid july when I will get some decent riding time on it.
congrats mate i need your inputs on the 12R now
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Navpreet,
Congratulations, so finally you bit the bullet and went in for the Beemer. Very good choice considering the hilly area you live in. Should be more than a handful in handling such conditions.
Any plans of doing a Leh-Ladakh on this monster? My word is, it will be a piece of cake for your bike.
Mentioned that you were in Dharwad, have you got the bike along'? If yes we can catch up midway somewhere near Chitradurga for lunch?
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Old 4th June 2012, 14:42   #65
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Ku69rd: Na, not on the bike. The ride through Delhi, Rajasthan etc. would have been too hot for me to do it on the bike. So I've driven down on the Civic.

Yes plans are in place for Leh next year. Already done it once on the LB500, now will plan on the beemer. This year though, in December, we are planning to ride to Nepal. Lets see how the planning goes.
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So a small update. A few parts were flown in for the bike.

Engine guard, cylinder head guard, Swingarm guard, Oil cooler guard, Handlebar riser and a Tank Bag.

Everythingis from Touratech.

And the gear from BMW has also arrived. The Rallye 3 Pro Suit and gloves and the BMW Enduro Helmet.

Wend on a wonderful ride this weekend. Didn't know the bike and I were capable of riding on single track mountain trail and then on lush green fields along with a number of water crossings. Having the time of my life. I am truly enjoying riding with this bike. Wish I had bought this earlier but now I'm going to make the most of this bike.
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A few pics from the ride. Awesome fun this bike it.
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Navpreet- Nice to see 'the beast in its natural environment'. One small request- Pls dont clean that bike....
BTW, Fantastic riding gear selection. This combination is among the best in the business.
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Some more pics of the riding that we've been doing off late. No more additions to the bike in terms of parts but loads and loads of riding. I am getting more and more confident of the bike's offroad prowess. Now I'm quite fast of a lot of technical sections which are a combination of changing dia turns and lots of rocks and slates as well as dirt, sand, slush. I have been having some awesome fun!!!!

Edit: You'll also notice a husky in the first pic. Yest its the SM610. Using offroad wheels and tires. I am scared of the power it has and haven't even test ridden it once. One hell of a mental bike and an equally mental rider/owner.
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Navpreet -excellent pictures. glad to see the bike is being put to use for what its designed for. Not like some people who think hmm, I need a big bike in my garage to show off. This one is put to right use. you may very well put luggage bag on the bike and head for a world tour :-)
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Navpreet,
Am beginning to envy you. That's an awesome trail you folks have to explore/ride on weekends. The riding gear is very good.
Have a query around the engine guard, can you please share more details on them? They look to be very light would they be capable to do the job satisfactorily in case of any eventuality?
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Navpreet,
Am beginning to envy you. That's an awesome trail you folks have to explore/ride on weekends. The riding gear is very good.
Have a query around the engine guard, can you please share more details on them? They look to be very light would they be capable to do the job satisfactorily in case of any eventuality?

Ku69rd there are a number of trails around dehradun to explore. 'So many roads, so little time'. haha.

Well about the Engine guard, Those are Touratech guards. The best in the world and they have actually already started doing their duty. You can check out the pic below. Those are high grade stainless steel stuff made in Germany. The best money can buy. Additionally I have also installed Touratech Cylinder head guards. In this drop I had to turn the bike 180 while it was lying on its side.(A trick learned on Advrider forum). Worked perfectly other than a few scratches and the best part is unlike guards from other brands, this hasn't rusted even in the scratched places.

You should see the engineering put into the design. It is a very simple bolt on design with minimal bolts. Just sleeves sliding into the bolt openings in the frame.

Picking up the bike was easy from the tricks learnt from advrider. As simple as a squat. Back towards the bike. Handlebar in hand and up she goes.
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Ku69rd there are a number of trails around dehradun to explore. 'So many roads, so little time'. haha.

Well about the Engine guard, Those are Touratech guards. The best in the world and they have actually already started doing their duty. You can check out the pic below.

Picking up the bike was easy from the tricks learnt from advrider. As simple as a squat. Back towards the bike. Handlebar in hand and up she goes.
Truly yes guess you have little time with so many roads .

Wow that's amazing to read about the cylinder Head and its practicality. Nice to see them.

Yep once the bike is on its sides its always better to lift it the way you have explained. Pour in some videos if possible. Hope you have the Hero GP Camera?
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The Hero is Yet to come. A friend has it and we generally make some movies. But come december and we will start making some movies of the GS as well.
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The Hero is Yet to come.
Try this one
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