My first ride on a BMW GS wasn’t memorable for the right reasons. It was cold, dark, wet and I was mostly filtering on the R1150, which was the first boxer-engined bike I’d ever ridden. It felt alien. I got off puzzled, unsure what the fuss was about.
Fast-forward 15 years and the GS is not just the world’s biggest-selling large-capacity motorbike but is also one of my favourites. Like so many owners, I’ve been won over by the comfort, the easy-to-exploit performance. I even like the looks.
So it’s easy to see why the GS is so popular. And why, over the years, so many other firms have tried to take sales away from it with their own big adventure bikes. The latest challenger is the hi-tech KTM 1290 Super Adventure S - but can it topple the king?
Find out in this month's RiDE.
Plus! Free with this month's RiDE is the RiDE Guide to France, 60 lovely pages of routes, ride and tip touring tips.
What's inside this issue of RiDE magazine
One day ride: Fort William
It's one British biking's must-have visit destinations - along with the Isle of Skye.
Used buying guide: Kawasaki ZRX1200
1970s styling and '90s grunt combine to make something special
Long termERs: luggage Olympics
What's the smartest way to maximise your carrying capacity? RiDE's luggage Olympics reveals all...