An honest motorcycle review: The 2018 BMW R1200GS (lowered rallye spec)

Review TL;DR:

Along California’s Lost Coast, getting those engine break-in miles.

About this review

Fresh from the dealer!

Favorites and Fails

Lowered suspension

Not pictured: Some very rough and steep unpaved roads just before this spot.

Riding impressions

At home in the backroads.

Should you actually off road the 1200?

Can this be the only bike in your shed?

Early trips and experiences

Lost Coast to CA 36

This panorama will not stitch cleanly, but the chaos is true to form for the roads over here!
All packed up for a good trip!
I’m so happy to be able to carry everything I need on the bike to produce images like this!
The lost coast offers magnificent views everywhere you look. Sometimes I think surely, a dinosaur must be just around the corner!
Ride video from a section of the Lost Coast
Surprise Zebras on the Lost Coast. Glad to have my 100–400mm in the trunk for this shot! (yes, of course this photo has to be in black and white!)
You’ll never see more than a few hundred feet ahead before the road disappears behind a curve.
Seriously, roads do not get better than this.

The Sierras in Snow and Rain

The fun part of the route!
One of the many Sierra reservoirs that keep California from drying up.
We’re both pretty cold, but having fun! The BMW didn’t blink once!
Witness the snow starting around 51:00
Scenes from just a ways down the Easter side of Sonora Pass.
Hwy 89, just up above Topaz Lake.
Lake Alpine off Hwy 4.