Riding the BMW R1250GS Adventure TE

More miles means more insights, and Mikko Nieminen is still learning more about the big BMW R1250GS adventure bike

The longer you spend with a bike, the more you learn about it, and so far the three months I have had the GSA for have been a proper education…

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In case you missed it, take a look back at Part One and Part Two of the definitive long-term review of the R1250GS.

Plenty of positives

Some of the lessons have been very pleasant, such as the tachometer redline on the TFT screen being auto-adjustable: when you first set off it warns you if you get the revs beyond 5k but as you progress it settles to its usual 9k mark. It’s a nice touch, and makes you think about riding with more sympathy for the machine.

Speaking of the TFT screen, it is very nice indeed – clear, adjustable and easy to use. The controls for making any changes include the BMW trademark ‘control wheel’ on the left handgrip. Once you get used to it, it’s a great way to navigate through the huge amount of info available (from navigation to tyre pressures, and plenty in between).

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The only issue with it is that it moves the switches slightly further from your hand so you need a bit more of a stretch to the indicators etc. At first it annoyed me, but after a couple of months I didn’t even notice it anymore.

BMW R1250GS Adventure TE suspension