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Old 05-28-2009, 09:02 PM   #1
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First Ride: BMW F 800 GS takes on the RawHyde Adventure Rider Challenge

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Since its introduction back in 2004, the R 1200 GS has been BMW's best selling motorcycle, and for good reason. Time and again, the big bike has proven itself surprisingly capable of traversing the gnarliest of terrain in the hands of riders all around the world. The German motorcycle maker invented the adventure touring category when it introduced the R 80 G/S way back in 1980, and since then, almost all of BMW's GS series of bikes have featured the brand's signature twin-cylinder horizontally-opposed boxer engine.

Lately, though, a new contender from BMW's own paddocks has entered the fray using the brand's more recent 800cc parallel-twin engine design, and we wanted to see how it compared to the R 1200 GS that we reviewed back in February. To that end, we jumped at the chance to ride the new F 800 GS at the RawHyde Adventures Rider Challenge in Castaic, California. Throughout the event, we also had access to the 1200, allowing us to ride the two adventure bikes back-to-back over similar terrain. Wanna know how they compare? Read on.


Gallery: Review: BMW F 800 GS


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First Ride: BMW F 800 GS takes on the RawHyde Adventure Rider Challenge originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 28 May 2009 11:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


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