We left Prague around 9:30am towards Germany. Traffic was reasonably light and before long we were in the rural countryside.
Around 11:30am we had a slight setback. We were riding down a gentle hill at about 70kph/45mph (for reference the speed limit was 90kph/55mph) and without any warning at all the bike popped out from under us and we slid to a stop on the tarmac. As I was sliding I could see the bike sliding on its left side ahead of me until it reached the grassy shoulder where the wheels caught and the bike flipped over onto its right side.
We both got straight up to our feet and looked at each other, completely perplexed and somewhat shocked. After determining that nothing hurt, we realised with relief that neither of us were injured and our gear had taken the brunt of the fall. I had slid on my left side and Zev had slid on his bottom, dragging his left arm.
A few seconds later a young chap came along and stopped to help us put the bike upright and then carried on his way. I noticed there was oil all over the engine and tyres and realised we had ridden onto an unnoticed slick of tarry oil. From the direction we were travelling, the angle of the sun made it blend into the road, looking like just another patched area of tarmac.
I called 112 (emergency line) and explained what happened and they sent out the police. Meanwhile I took photographs of the area and the damaged parts of the bike. I called my insurer and went through the details. Continue reading
The R 1200 GS was BMW’s biggest seller for 2013.
The hits just keep on rollin’ in for BMW Motorrad.
Yesterday, BMW announced they’d set an all-time sales record again – for the third year in a row. The company sold 115,215 bikes worldwide in 2013, up from 2012′s previous all-time high of 106,358 bikes. That’s an 8.3 per cent increase – not bad, considering how some of their competition is still struggling to deal with the collapse of the global economy. Continue reading
Touratech-USA’s General Manager, Paul Guillien, presents the news from the INTERMOT Motorcycle Show in Cologne, Germany. See here new 2013 BMW R1200GS and KTM 1190 Adventure and Adventure R.
Get more news on http://www.touratech.com and http://www.touratech-usa.com
We use these tires all the time. We commute on them, we have taken to Alaska in 2011, cross-country in 2010, been on the Triumph Tiger 800XC bikes we borrowed, got over 14,000 KM on that set, got over 19,000 KM on the set after going cross-country on our Beemers and now Leslie has over 23,000 KM on the set mounted on her Beemer. We keep the PSI at 36 most of the times and they seem to not want to wear out.
Revzilla has a good review as always on these tires. Anthony states they are a 50/50 tire. That is how they are advertised. We would call them a 60/40 maybe 70/30 tire. They are not a super knobby so expect a ton of traction in sand and deep mud. Having said that we survived a very wet Dempster and Dalton highways. Tires are subjective and you need to find your way by trial and error based on your riding styles. We commute on these all the time but love the fact that if we want to wonder off-road we have a tire we can trust underneath us.
Posting the top countries who visit the BLOG who also have at least 1000 hits! Thanks Germany!