|BMW R1200GS Adventure|
After nearly four years my R1200GS (known as Top Banana) was part exchanged for a newer model. In some ways it was sad; we'd had some great trips including Rhodes; Corfu; Andorra and Costa Brava. The Banana had been a faithful servant, only having one major issue (gearbox oil seal). But time moves on and when I saw a BMW R1200GS Adventure in the limited edition 30 year livery, I knew I had to get one.
There were a few limited editions knocking around the dealers, but I wanted one with the premium pack and without the dynamic pack (so no ABS, Traction control or tyre pressure monitoring). I managed to cut a deal with my local BMW dealer and they secured the last 30 year limited edition to come off the production line in Spandau.
The premium pack includes: Electronic Suspension Adjustment; heated handle bar grips; onboard computer; halogen driving lamps; chrome exhaust and pannier rails. As standard the bike has the white 30 year colour scheme; black and red seat; large sump guard; large hand covers; huge aluminium panniers and spoke wheels. I also paid to have a BMW dark screen and headlamp protector fitted.
The first big run was a return trip to Matlock in early March 2011. The bike performed really well but I picked up a screw in the front tyre. So with less than 750 miles on it, a new front tyre was fitted. The next big trip was the week between Easter and the royal wedding. With both myself and Karen taking 3 days leave, we ended up with an 11 day break from work. During this time the weather was good and we clocked up 1100 faultless miles on the bike.
In mid June we went on our vacation to Ibiza. We took a ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao then rode to Zaragoza for an overnight stay in a hotel. The next day we rode from Zaragoza to Denia (south of Valencia) and caught the fast catamaran ferry to Ibiza.