The New BMW R1200GS Press Launch - My "EPIC" Journey to South Africa

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by ShawnWorks, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Agreed. For those unlucky enough to have witnessed a fellow rider die on the side of the road ... I can assure you it's catastrophic for all involved.

    A good friend used to write (no names or requests for names please) for a major MC mag. On a group ride back from Willow Springs a fellow editor crashed and died. They had all been by his side as he expired. Not a pleasant memory I expect.

    My friend quit the magazine. Done. Can be a dangerous business.
  2. Davidc83

    Davidc83 Been here awhile

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    You guys know Shawn has a Facebook page, and he posted on his Facebook page when he was at the airport waiting for his flight back to the States. Possibly the last thing on Shawn's mind is this forum.
  3. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    If you know it, why did you ask if the second rider down was Shawn?
  4. Aviatordoc

    Aviatordoc BMW K12S rider

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    Glad that all is well. :)
  5. ShawnWorks

    ShawnWorks Rock on!!!

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    Friends,

    My apologies on the delay in my reply. This experience has been quite a rollercoaster, and upon returning home I have taken advantage of some much needed rest & family time.

    I realize I failed to forward along my post regarding Kevin Ash…:

    “I have received a number of questions regarding the tragic death of Motorcycle Journalist Kevin Ash in South Africa.

    I did not know him personally, but have come to know that Kevin was a well known and loved member of the motorcycle industry. The people close to Kevin have described him as charismatically friendly, witty, and wise. Suffice to say, the feeling of loss is palpable. I am unable to find words that will appropriately describe my heartbreak for Kevin, his friends, colleagues, wife and 3 daughters.

    I am certain the how’s and why’s in regards to the accident are forthcoming. In the meantime, please raise a glass in homage to a great man. He will be missed.”​

    I have been trying to wrap my head around what happened. It is never easy to lose someone in our world of motorcycle riding… But in the instance of Kevin, I am stricken by the parallels of our chosen paths in life; career motorcycle enthusiasts with a wife and kids at home. This has plucked a chord within me that commands my waking thoughts.

    For me, this has been cause for some soul searching and private reflection. I remain in need of answers regarding Kevin’s death, and with you, will be watching with great interest as the details surface. In the meantime, I am compelled to continue reporting to this forum in the manner originally intended… That is, to offer up thoughts on the new BMW R 1200 GS Motorcycle I have had the distinct opportunity to ride. That is, it you are still interested…!

    Thanks for all the well wishes and kind words. Be safe out there. Rock on!
  6. Rauven

    Rauven I like the cold...

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    I'm waiting eagerly to read the review. All the reviews that showed up until now were rather superficial and short. I'd love to read one from a point of view of adv rider with a bit more insight on the details :)
  7. ShawnWorks

    ShawnWorks Rock on!!!

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    Its all about building suspense, Rauven! :wink:

    Truth be told, there was little time to offer alot of detail. They had us running from the moment we got to SA... But now that I'm home and can put pen to paper, I plan to have something meatier in the next 24 hours...
  8. Rauven

    Rauven I like the cold...

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    That would be awesome :) The suspense is good to some extent but after a while it ends up with ulcers and gray hair :rofl
    Especially after already ordering the bike and searching for news with a dedication of a severe OCD victim :norton
  9. RichBMW

    RichBMW Long timer

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    Glad you're back home and are ok Shawn.
  10. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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  11. cug

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    That's a nice way of saying "a look into the press material and pulling some conclusions out of thin air would get me to the same 'review'".

    :lol3

    Really awaiting some real opinion. Not marketing BS.
  12. Dude69

    Dude69 Usurper of Gov'ts

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    You're on the clocks now, Shawn. :D
  13. tallguy-09

    tallguy-09 Smile 4 Miles

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    This would require you to test ride old vs. new side by side I suppose.
    Curious how the GSA will look and how/where they will manage to ad more fuel capacity, if they do.
  14. cug

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    Not really. I think you just need enough experience/time on the old one to know what to say about the new. Side by side is for super fine differences, and I bet the differences aren't that small ...
  15. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Just read Costa's write up on the launch. He's an old friend, and it was interesting that he liked it, because I know he's not a BMW fan. We've had some good arguments about BMW vs KTM and offroading. :lol3

    Looking forward to your take on the bike.

    :kbasa
  16. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    Got a link?
  17. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Dude69 Usurper of Gov'ts

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  19. Montauk

    Montauk Been here awhile

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    Shawn rides a GSA, he's an avid rider, trainer and knows his bike very well. He doesn't need to side-by-side in my opinion. He just needs to ride the new baby and do a write up.
  20. Montauk

    Montauk Been here awhile

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    If you look at pictures #10 and #14 at the bottom picture set, you will notice the white bike has handle bar with grips and levers at different angles. Seems they were changing settings when riding off-road. Angles towards the front disk allows for stand-up riding as seen in picture #10.