Competing in the GS Trophy in the Canadian wilderness experience ensured there were plenty of tough days for all competitors but as ever, the motorcycles – BMW R 1200 GS and GS Adventure – proved unstoppable, even after some had been cast inadvertently off banks, into ravines. Here’s what a few of the riders thought of the production motorcycles used for this unique competition:Ruan De Lange: “I am at a loss for words to describe the bike – it held up through everything, and we threw everything at it that Canada has to offer. I cannot see any faults with the GS, let’s be honest, it’s fantastic!”Matt Wareing: “The bikes have performed flawlessly, unbelievable power, unbelievable balance, the bike is incredible for its size. Never have I ridden something so big that’s felt so small, it’s just wow!”Luca Viglio: “I have an R 1200 GS at home, the last of the air-cooled GS, and I love it – and I was not so convinced about the new one. In the road use I was sure it was very good, but not so convinced about its off-road capabilities – when BMW called it the ultimate riding machine I thought that was going a bit far, too much. But after the last seven days, after this GS Trophy experience, I can say they are right!”The BMW R 1200 GS proved more than up to the challenge. The riders revelled in the GS’ versatility and adjustability – seat heights were raised and lowered, screens too, handlebars rolled forwards and back, suspension preload electronically raised and lowered, and the riders were choosing every mode from Rain to Enduro Pro.And given the often extreme terrain, plenty were crash-tested – repeatedly. Only one bike failed to complete the distance – after being ridden into a tree (the rider was uninjured). All other bikes, following a fall were put back on their wheels and finished the week with just patch-repairs. There were no mechanical failures in nearly 250,000km (combined distance) of riding.
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