ZIMbabwe, ZAMbia and BOTswana on GS AdventuresAdventure travel fans can be inspired by the latest DVD from Touratech, which chronicles an inspiring journey made across three African countries by six friends, all riding BMW GS Adventures of different ages and configurations. Out now, Zimzambot will be an ideal gift for armchair travellers everywhere...For this latest adventure, Touratech boss Herbert Schwarz gathered together a band of overlanders, filmmakers, photographers and an actor for a journey of discovery to southern Africa. Their rides consisted of every series model of BMW Motorrad’s definitive travel enduro - the GS Adventure - from the original 1150cc boxer model of 2002 to the very latest liquid-cooled incarnation.For this journey, Herbert was joined by filmmakers Wolfgang Danner and Jan-Peter Sölter, his photo-journalist wife Ramona, photographer Jon Beck and American actor and professional athlete Kurt Yaeger, who is also a below-the-knee amputee. This team was recently reunited in Canada and was responsible for all the filming and photography for the fourth international GS Trophy event.In Africa though, the task was simple: explore some of these countries that have been in the headlines for the wrong reasons, and to enjoy the wide range of BMW bikes on offer, as Herbert explains:“For this trip we wanted to include all generations of BMW GS Adventure, so we took the original R 1150 GS Adventure from 2002, along with the ‘old model’ R 1200 GS Adventure and the latest 1200cc liquid-cooled boxer. We also took an original F 800 GS Adventure, a Touratech-prepared 800 GS with big fuel tank and the latest F 800 GS Adventure available from BMW – itself influenced by our earlier Touratech version. With all these bikes we wanted to see how the countries had changed over the past two decades, as well as see the evolution of this model series up close and compare how all the bikes performed.”The DVD tells the story of the six overlanders’ journey through the varied terrain, the inspiring landscapes and the memorable people they encountered along the way. Travelling by motorcycle gave them a good chance to engage with the local communities and experience the real Africa well away from the familiar tourist trails. As for the bikes themselves, there were no major problems at all, but what Herbert found most interesting was comparing and contrasting the various GS Adventure models, as everyone frequently swapped bikes to get a feel for the evolution of this enduring model series.“The difference between the latest R 1200 GS and its predecessor is huge, and it’s the same with the Adventure models too,” he says. “If you are riding the original R 1150 GS Adventure, you think that it’s a great bike – and it is of course. But then you get on the 1200cc version and you think ‘OK, they improved everything’. Then you get on the latest liquid-cooled version and the best gets even better once again – and the steps are really huge between these versions. For example, the ‘old’ R 1200 GS Adventure was a really good bike but the latest version is amazing: the suspension works better, the whole system with the Enduro Pro mode is quite genius, as you have no ABS on the rear wheel, but special ‘off-road’ ABS on the front. You don’t have to think about anything, just ride.This latest ZimZamBot adventure on the GS Adventures can be viewed on this 73-minute DVD, with German and English language options. It is available direct from the Touratech webshop at ...
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