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2008 BMW R1200GS and Adventure Review

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Nice scribbling, Pete-
Some days your job is 171/2 times better than my own.
Others, 22x better.
Nice point about coming from the street into the dirt, vs dirt to street regarding KTM.
Beautiful scenery, no? Moving back to Tucson soon, where theres plenty of room for those cylinders sticken out, whereas:
..Ive always turned to look at the NYC traffic warrior on a GS- just to see if any scraping of cab would occur while wrestling through rushhour congestion.
Off to Walmart to hoard giant sacks of grain,(panic!) purchase a rifle, and see what I cant poach, then sell, to afford a new GS, here in midtown Manhattan...
 

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Nice scribbling, Pete-
Some days your job is 171/2 times better than my own.
Others, 22x better.
Nice point about coming from the street into the dirt, vs dirt to street regarding KTM.
Beautiful scenery, no? Moving back to Tucson soon, where theres plenty of room for those cylinders sticken out, whereas:
..Ive always turned to look at the NYC traffic warrior on a GS- just to see if any scraping of cab would occur while wrestling through rushhour congestion.
Off to Walmart to hoard giant sacks of grain,(panic!) purchase a rifle, and see what I cant poach, then sell, to afford a new GS, here in midtown Manhattan...
I'd take Tucson over NYC any day. Though, I like Payson better. It has some great views. Almost as good as Sedona, but without all of the D-Bags, tree huggers, and freaks looking for the perfect Vortex.

Good luck on your move. And say "good-bye" to the Manhattan cost of living. Hopefully you own your place in NY, cuz it is one of the few places that hasn't been hit by the housing bubble. People are still making deals with the devil to afford a place there. You should make out pretty well.
 

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Oh, Im a happy hypocrite..born up at St Lukes near the cathedral in Manhattan, grew up in Tucson, back to evil big city in 1989, back to Naked Pueblo this summer.
I love tucson for the sheer variety:
..huge mountains loom near(southern most ski mountain in U.S.A.), some similar brainless housing sprawl, some old downtown center, plenty of old, nice barrios near downtown, big dumb college sports fix(go..um..wildkittens, Lute), and really- all the scenery that elevations between riverbottom and 10,000 ft in Sanoran desert can provide.
But the love/hate joys of NYC are hard to quit..
I want both each day.
Indeed, NYC still full of crazy square footage that sane people will pay for. As stated before- I wish I could afford the crazy price of new GS, to better achieve peak sanity.
 

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BMW has certainly put a lot of effort into making a good highway bike into something that has at least the ability to get into some sticky off-road situations and survive. It's impossible to avoid the liability of 600+ pounds of bike and rider. BMW deserves a hand for pulling it off. Not as good off road as the KTM but no bike can have really good highway capabilities and really good off-road capabilities at the same time.

Too bad that only 1% of GS owners will ever use this capability. We be stylin' dude! That truly makes the GS the HumV of the motorcycle world.
 

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Comrade!

I'd love to have one. I might even change my mind about getting a Ural Patrol
Let not the siren song of bourgeoisie greed lead you from the path to the creation of the New Man! Throw aside all desires for material gain and join your brothers on the march for justice and equality!! Remember... Freedom is slavery! Possessions only hold you back from the true path of socialist enlightenment!!! Cast off the chains of materialism!!!! Cast off the possessions that are only enslaving you!!!!! Cast them to the nearest mailbox addressed to:

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..only way to find a victor is make em send a champion clown from each faction, then indian wrestle(on backs, side by side at hip, facing opposite, legs up on count of 3) to find prize winning poseur.
This works for when opposing "stunter" blobs meet on Sat nights, here in the gentle city..
 

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Hummer?

"In case you're not familiar with the GS and GS Adventure, think of them as the Humvee of the motorcycle world."

This is close, but not quite right. I'd say more like a Land Rover: extremely capable off road, but used almost exclusively by suburbanites for nothing more than commuting or coffee runs.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
 

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"In case you're not familiar with the GS and GS Adventure, think of them as the Humvee of the motorcycle world."

This is close, but not quite right. I'd say more like a Land Rover: extremely capable off road, but used almost exclusively by suburbanites for nothing more than commuting or coffee runs.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
I saw a Rover Defender with a "Hummer Recovery Vehicle" cover on it's spare the other day. There's a video at Stromtrooper.com of a VStrom towing a GS out of the woods. The Strom has a little hand written "GS Recovery Vehicle" sign platered on the windshield.
 

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I saw a Rover Defender with a "Hummer Recovery Vehicle" cover on it's spare the other day. There's a video at Stromtrooper.com of a VStrom towing a GS out of the woods. The Strom has a little hand written "GS Recovery Vehicle" sign platered on the windshield.
Amusing, but sadly there's not much money to be made in the off-road towing of Hummers.

BTW. Have you recovered from your May Day celebrations? Did you get to kill many Whiteys? Are your teeth ground to the gums from thinking about **** Cheney and Halliburton?
 
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