The very off-road capable Llewelyn Pavey tested the new more off-road focused variant of the GS,inventor of the big adventure bike class, in Portugal for us just last week. He was blown away.
He said: 'The engine is effortless, pulling tall gears with ease and letting you glide along like a magic carpet. It’ll pull you up hills and out of holes if you let it. Even better is the balance left to right. Those sticky out cylinders keep the centre of gravity low and controllable. It makes technical riding, slow speed turns and difficult trails easier than should be possible on a 200kg+ machine.
'It somehow feels light and effortless to steer despite its size and weight. I’m not sure any other bike in the category manages this trick to the same extent.
'Don’t get me wrong; when you push the envelope you need skill to make the GS work off-road, but its brilliance is its planted, docile and nursing nature. It helps you out, gets you through no matter what type of riding you do.'
Price: from £12,730 (from £12,250 for base-model GS)
Engine: 1170cc liquid-cooled boxer-twin Engine type
Power: 125hp @ 7,750rpm
Torque: 92lbft @ 6,500rpm
Wet weight: 244kg