My BMW 1250GS

Reflecting on my BMW 1250GS

I am me, an individual. I don't adhere to any specific tribe or fixate on one truth. I'm not like a nodding dog, a lemming, or a mindless follower of the crowd. I'm not trying to make a statement for others; I make statements for myself. I am me – that's who I am.

And so is my Motorbike.

A run-of-the-mill BMW 1250 GS. I purchased this motorcycle brand new. Yes, it was the first time I bought something new. Two and a half years later, you can see the effects of a busy life – much like myself. Aches and pains seem to be a daily routine, akin to déjà vu or the passage of time. And my motorcycle is going through a similar transformation.

Going broke

New exhaust flaps, a driveshaft, wheel bearings, and numerous other components – life hasn't been gentle on my motorcycle. Fortunately, the BMW Warranty has had me covered.

Now, what sets my BMW 1250GS apart?

Well, when I think about it... not a whole lot. Or perhaps a bit.
Indeed, I've made a few upgrades here and there. For a BMW boxer engine, protection is paramount.
Installing crash bars around the engine was a no-brainer for me. In hindsight, it has proven its worth on numerous occasions.

Handguards are essential in rugged terrain, and durable mirrors are a must. After all, the BMW 1250GS is designed for adventure touring, not off-road biking or dual-sport riding.
Many people mistakenly consider these bikes as dedicated off-road machines, but that's not the case. They do offer respectable off-road capabilities, but they are undeniably heavy. Try lifting one repeatedly, and you'll understand. The BMW 1250GS is a substantial piece of machinery.

However, where these bikes genuinely shine is their ability to travel swiftly on a wide range of practical terrains.
This is precisely why I initially chose this bike.

BMW 1250GS original

The Look – my biggest regret

I had it all wrong from the start. My GS was entirely black with subtle silver and yellow decals on the tank. I initially thought it looked incredibly cool. However, it didn't take long for me to realise that the all-black appearance didn't align with my personality.

I'm not trying to mimic Mad Max from the movies. Perhaps I would have embraced that look when the film was popular, but times have changed. Nowadays, I prefer not to be pigeonholed into any specific category. As I mentioned earlier, "I'm me. I'm an individual. I don't conform to any one fixed identity."

That's the message I want to convey. It doesn't matter who you are or what you have. Follow your path and become a formidable presence in life.

Back to my BMW 1250GS

Did I mention it called Juergen? Not a fancy American Name. Nope. German through and through.
Juergen is an old childhood friend—Stubborn and a bit lazy and comfortable in his way. Yeah, that sums it up. Just like my Motorbike.
It can move, but you have to nudge into action, just like Juergen. (I'm sure he's never going to read this, I hope).

That brings me to the looks, the design, and the wrapping.

Gone are the days when you have to respray and forever destroy the original colour. These days, we wrap things up in foil. Any colour, any design, get it printed.
And when you are done and tired with your design, change it.
The design is your choice, your art, your expression. You can get anything these days. You can replicate any original designs or copy something out of a catalogue or from a picture. Be someone else for a split second until you realise you are a cheap copy.
But why should you? You have the chance to show some independence. So take your opportunity. Do something unique. These moments are so rare in your life. Beat the nodding dog, don't be a lemming. You are an "A" Individual.
I like my design. Is it an original? You bet. I design it. And I got it wrong. Looking great on screen is one thing. Translating it to the curves and shapes of a motorbike is something else.
I'm learning. I'm evolving. I'm happy now. It works. I'm good.

Rubber? Tyres?

Oh no. Really? Imminent danger even thinking about it. Every expert will argue differently.
But for what it's worth.

I've been using the Mitas E 07 for many years. Solid, go anywhere, tyre. Hold on. " Keep in mind the intended purpose of my bike". Don't get carried away here.
Without any effort, you find tons of Videos from experts on YouTube, trying to convince you with all their might the E-07 is a wrong choice.
Do believe them. Honestly, go with the flow. Or, like me, give them a try and stick with them.
I recently read an article about a guy buying a different brand of tyres and changing them on the road in a parking lot. Really?
Life has its challenges. Just make it as hard for you as you can.

The Skidplate on my 1250GS.

Alright, let's pause for a moment. Why would I consider getting a different skid plate? The BMW Original is perfectly adequate for your routine trips to the local café or adventure rides from one B&B to another.

Nevertheless, if you've ever had the heart-stopping experience of colliding with a boulder and feeling it reverberate through your engine housing, you might reconsider and opt for added protection.

I've opted for a basic yet robust alternative from Alt Rider. It's not overly expensive and can be easily removed for inspections while on the road. It's essentially a piece of metal designed to safeguard another piece of metal.

The "ME" matters

This bike belongs to someone who's independent and doesn't follow one fixed way of thinking.
I really like my not-so-perfect BMW 1250GS, but this motorcycle is just right for me.
I trust it to take me wherever I want to go safely.
Life is short, and great opportunities are rare, so it's better to live and enjoy than argue about which bike is better.
Time is passing, for me and for you.

If you wonder why I didn't choose the BMW 1250 GSA, just read this again, and you might understand.

Check out my thoughts on more BMW Gear. BMW Enduroguard Suit, the 2 in 1 Gloves and the BMW Carbon Helmet.

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