WINTER mornings are cold, dark and altogether unappealing.
And the thought of getting out of bed to hunch over a little-fared sportsbike for more than an hour makes it all the worse.
So it’s no surprise that so many riders opt for a ‘winter hack’, a comfortable, warm and weatherproof machine to last them through the chilly months.
And what better than BMW’s revered R1200GS – one of the world’s most loved adventure machines – for under £4000 no less.
In fact, this 2004 model is one I’d gladly ride all year round.
What the seller says:
‘2004 (54) BMW R1200GS in red with 44,789 miles. The bike is fitted with a top box, spot lights, 12v socket and an oil cooler guard, R and G shock guard. Mot'd until Aug 2018 with no advisories, this would make an ideal first big adventure bike without breaking the bank.’
What we think:
‘From the moment BMW’s oil-cooled adventure machines hit the market, the German manufacturer was on to a winner. With a large road presence, adventurous styling, and typical German reliability, the 1990s R1100GS, R850GS and R1150GS were the long-distance adventure machines that overlanders had been waiting for.
'Making its debut in 2004, the R1200GS took the GS to the next level. Styling was sharper, performance higher and it soon became a sought-after and versatile tourer-come-commuter.
'This is a fine example of an early R1200GS, with just five owners and less than 45,000 miles on the clock – that’s an average of 3,200 miles per year. To put that into perspective, these bulletproof units have been known to cover as many as 200,000 miles.
'A top box, tall screen, hand guards and spot lights make this bike an excellent winter machine, providing both wind protection and improved on-road visibility. And not forgetting that 12V socket, which is perfect for plugging heated clothing into.'
'At £3899, this GS would make an ideal winter hack and a perfect entrance into adventure touring.’
Check out the bike here.