Not such a tough ad­ven­ture bike


Twenty years ago a mate I rode with was a big Du­cati fan and we used to rib him about their lack of re­li­a­bil­ity. Now I have a BMW R1200GS LC. Bought it when it was 21 months old. Less than two months later I found the front wheel was dented. Could not con­firm whether it was like that when I bought it, or I had done it. Af­ter all, up and down the M90 in Fe­bru­ary is a de­mand­ing en­vi­ron­ment for an ad­ven­ture bike. Came to a deal with BMW and paid £220 to have it re­placed – the list price is £800 I think. Less than a year later the en­tire exhaust was re­placed. Un­der war­ranty. It seems a valve seizes and can­not be re­placed with­out re­plac­ing the en­tire exhaust. Last week it went in for a ser­vice and a re­call for the fork. Now, at 17,000 miles and a lit­tle over four years old the rear shock has failed. Not a one-off ap­par­ently. So an ad­ven­ture bike? I don’t think so. Calum, if you are read­ing this try not to laugh too much. Mitchell El­lis, email

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