Short ride to VAlle Nevado on Christmas Eve

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by alexcorral, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. alexcorral

    alexcorral Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,593
    Location:
    Danbury, CT
    We moved to Chile with our 1-year old baby girl which is the first grandchild. Needless to say, come Christmas the in-laws are visiting for Christmas. My father in law (Massimo) has been riding bike for over 40 years, so I decide to treat him to a ride up the Andes on Christmas Eve.

    I talk to my BMW dealer (I bought my F800 from them) and ask him to lend me a R1200GS for the day. I had just come back from a 500Km BMW Year End ride and was eager to try the R1200GS.

    So here we are: I got the R1200GS loaner and let Massimo ride my F800GS. We head off into the Andes

    [​IMG]

    On our way up there are the most incredible twisties. Massimo really tears through the twisties and I hav eto push myself on the R1200GS to keep up with him. I am getting used to the bike but am loving it...

    [​IMG]

    We try to get as much dirt as possible...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Our way up to the ski slopes (closed during the summer) is a wonderful mountain road with amazing twisties. The way up here is a series of 45 switchbacks

    [​IMG]

    Until we finally get to the fun part:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The ride was short but sweet. Massimo had not ridden offroad before but did OK. I really enjoyed riding the R1200GS and we got a chance to enjoy a nice ride on Christmnas Eve.
    #1
  2. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,109
    Location:
    Interior BC, Canada
    Great way to spend a day - looks like you had a blast. Thanks for sharing.

    How did the 1200 compare to your 800?
    #2
  3. alexcorral

    alexcorral Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,593
    Location:
    Danbury, CT
    The 1200 has a smoother throttle response and the torque is incredible. It's like stepping on th egas on a car with a V8 engine...

    I was worried about the additional weight but it is amazing how well balanced the bike is and it makes it really easy to lean on the twisties. I had no chicken strips on front or rear after the ride :evil

    The extra weight is kind of worrying at first on the tight switchbacks and on some of th emore nasty stuff, but I got used to it pretty quick.

    I didn't drop it, but would fear having to pick it up.

    I used to have a 2009 F800 and a KTM 450XCR-W. I'm on my second F800 and it is the perfect single bike (I did not get a new KTM) for me and the riding I do. But next time I'll get a 1200 and a KTM thumper.
    #3