BMW

R 1250 GS AD­VEN­TURE

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BEST TOUR­ING BIKE

We are firm be­liev­ers that just about any mo­tor­cy­cle can make a de­cent tour­ing rig. Edi­tor-at-large Peter Egan re­counts the Honda CB160 he didn’t think twice about rid­ing through Canada, for ex­am­ple. But some mo­tor­cy­cles do make the job of cov­er­ing a lot of ground in com­fort and con­fi­dence eas­ier than oth­ers. This year, we were shocked to find how much the BMW R 1250 GS Ad­ven­ture had changed with the new Shift­cam flat twin and its new-found power. But it is also way more lug­gable and pre­cise when pound­ing rocks at crawl­ing speed. Seat­ing is spa­cious and com­fort­able, so you won’t mind burn­ing up a full 7.9-gal­lon tank of fuel as you rip or cruise asphalt or dirt. As we said about the GS-A in our com­par­i­son test: “It’s the win­ner, not be­cause it doesn’t need to stop when the road ends, but be­cause it makes the rider never want to stop re­gard­less of the roads. It’s a mo­tor­cy­cle with heart—the sort that makes even or­di­nary jour­neys feel a bit spe­cial.”

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