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Poll: Should every biker own a BMW R1200GS at some point?

It seems no matter where you go there's always at least one BMW R1200GS. Should every biker own one at least once? pollcomment

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May 08

Posts: 213

SHIVA_ says:


As a long time BMW owner and even longer time rider I say no.  There are many other exciting bikes out there than the R12GS.  The GS is an appliance.  It's too easy to ride, too mild mannered, it practically rides itself and requires very little skill.  And as BMW's best selling there are already too many of them around.

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Jul 09

Posts: 132

chriswren says:

I hate the thought of it but I suppose eventually we all turn in to our parents.......... this bike is the exact opposite of what attracted me to motorbikes.

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Jul 05

Posts: 43

occytherp says:

they don,t float my boat

Sorry but I can,t get exited about this class of machine at all. They look like tractors that belong in a field, but how many bikes like this end up on the green stuff? Had all sorts of bikes over the years, but never have I been tempted to venture into this sector of biking. great for those who like them, but not for me thanks.

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Jan 11

Posts: 8086

snev says:

the GS....

Has been around since I began my love affair with Sports Tourers in the eighties, a couple of dustbins attached to a tractor, nothing has changed in my book.

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Nov 09

Posts: 39

Jarrefan says:

Unfortunately I'm vertically challenged.........(Short Arse)

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Aug 02

Posts: 2736

spondonste says:


The question to ask is why? Why should all bikers need to own this particular bike unless this is a sales gimmick for BMW?

The BM will tick the right boxes for some riders but certainly not everyone.

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Mar 10

Posts: 32

cetdac says:

The better question would be should everyone at least have a go on a BMW GS. I did and went straight from my boring in line 4 cylinder clone sports borer to buying one. I was fed up with riding with one eye out for police and could never truly use its full potential on the road anyway. This was such a change in attitude for me, no longer one of the sheep, sorry crowd. Really enjoyed it, the lean angles alone were so much further than I ever imagined, such an absolute laff upsetting all sorts of bikers in their romper suits who were going so slow in order to get their knee down it was almost rude not to pass them.

Sadly it got knicked. Didnt have funds for another and by the time I did I didnt want to go back to in line fours and had an inkling I wanted another change, so Harley it was. Doh! Still more fun than I imagined but the GS keeps calling me back!

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Jun 09

Posts: 145

OxonJohn says:

Slow week in editorial?

So, next week's question will substitute BMW R1200GS with Fireblade. Then the week after, Bandit. Then Burgman, and so on, and so on.

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Jul 09

Posts: 132

chriswren says:


Sportsbikes are now dwindling in numbers and therefor must be marginal and niche........... I'm afraid it is you Sir who is the sheep, buying in to the BMW advertising of the Long Way Round and listening to the hypnotic voice of Ewan McGregor!! The sportsbike and sportsbike rider appears to be hated by everyone for no other reason then they appear to be having to much fun. No one hates a GS rider, they are far to boring to be worth hating. Oh by the way, Harley's are ridden by accountants at weekends ;p

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Dec 08

Posts: 81


Yes - is the answer to the question if you want to ride the ugliest and most unappealing bike out there

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