BMW Motorrad GS Experience 2019 is an ultimate platform to get a hands-on experience of riding all the six GS motorcycles available in the Indian market. BMW Motorrad started the GS Experience in India for the first time, this year. The GS Experience 2019 will take place in 11 cities across the country. The platform makes the participants to go through different types of exercises under the supervision of BMW Motorrad certified instructor Shahnawaz Karim. The GS Experience consists of two levels of training which include a number of exercises so that the rider can get acquainted with the machines and the trails set for her/him.
The Level 2 consists of extreme off-road training that includes - riding on gravel, sharp downhill braking and riding in deep mud etc. The training curriculum drafted for media professionals was a mix of both levels. Before jumping onto the types of exercises we performed at the Pune edition of BMW Motorrad GS Experience 2019, let's first know about the GS series motorcycles that we rode at the event. GS stands for Gelände/Straße in German which means 'Off-Road/Road'. As mentioned above, BMW Motorrad has six GS motorcycles available in India, namely - BMW G 310 GS, F 750 GS, F 850 GS, F 850 GS Adventure, R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure.
The smallest out of the lot in terms of engine capacity, but carries the true GS DNA. Powered by a single-cylinder, four stroke 313 cc engine. The motor makes 33 bhp and 28 Nm of torque. The baby GS runs on 19-inch wheel at the front and has 835 mm of seat height (the motorcycle is also available with two more seat height options). An apt machine for young enthusiasts who want to learn the basics of off-road riding.
The F 750 GS is powered by an in-line two-cylinder 853 cc motor. The water-cooled motor makes 77 bhp and 83 Nm. The bike runs on 19-inch wheel at the front and 17-inch wheel at the rear. F 750 GS is a dynamic looking motorcycle which is practical to its very core. The middleweight adventure motorcycle is a 'road-oriented' GS and also one of the best handling mid-size ADV. The F 750 GS also gets LED headlamps, electronically adjustable rear shock and a bi-directional quick-shifter.
The BMW F 850 GS gets it propulsion from an inline twin-cylinder 853 cc motor, capable of making 95 bhp of peak power at 8,250 rpm and 92 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. The F 850 GS has a seat height of 860 mm and runs on 21-inch wheel at the front and 17-inch wheel at the rear. These equipment assist the rider to master the wild trails. The motorcycle weighs at 229 kg (kerb weight) and 15-litre of fuel capacity.
BMW F 850 GS Adventure
The BMW F 850 GS Adventure is the latest addition in BMW Motorrad's GS line-up in India. The premium adventure motorcycle is powered by the same in-line twin-cylinder 853 cc motor, which also powers the F 850 GS. But here, the motor makes 5 bhp more. The F 850 GS Adventure also gets improved riding modes, Automatic Stability Control (ASC) as standard and a self-boosting anti-hopping clutch that ultimately enhances the ride experience.
BMW R 1250 GS
The BMW R 1250 GS is powered by a 1254 cc, twin-cylinder boxer engine. The engine churns out 136 bhp of peak power at 7,750 rpm and a massive 143 Nm of peak torque at 6,250 rpm. The dual-sport motorcycle is also equipped with BMW's ShiftCam technology that provides the motorcycle with smooth power delivery in the lower and high-speed ranges.
BMW R 1250 GS Adventure
The BMW R 1250 GS Adventure is powered by the same motor that also propels the R 1250 GS. The 1250 GS Adventure also gets the ShiftCam technology. The Hill Start Control feature assists the rider by automatically putting the front brake on when the rider stops at a 5-degree incline. The motorcycle also has a 217 kg of maximum payload.
So, these machines were available to ride at the BMW Motorrad GS Experience 2019, Pune. The instructor took us through the exercises we were going to perform. These exercises were aimed at making us acquainted with the machines, modulating them as per our riding habits, understanding the terrain, unlearn few things and lastly, the tricks that come handy when you in the middle of the adventure.
Enduro Riding, this exercise was aimed at steering the motorcycle not just through the handlebar but by the correct body posture and rider's weight. Riding in circle with full steering lock, in this drill, we had to follow the mark of our instructor and ride the motorcycle in a circle using our peripheral vision. Next drill taught us to execute the emergency braking on a slope. We were asked to stop our motorcycle on a slope by completely releasing the clutch, then we had to take the motorcycle back on a plain surface with short bursts of pulling the clutch lever. This trick comes handy when a rider crashes in front of you on a slope.
The most interesting drill was Rut Riding, as the wild trail has a lot of ruts to offer and the riders have to go through them. The ruts can be dangerous to ride through but if you know the trick, you'd like to do it again and again. So, here's the trick - approach a rut by looking at the entrance and when the front tyre touches it, start looking at the exit of the rut. Modulate the throttle in between and don't look at your front tyre. Off-road demands both physical and mental strength and the weather can also act as a challenge. But, going off-roads and taking those challenging wild trails, helps the rider to understand her/his machine and the rider also discovers a new side of her/his character. BMW Motorrad GS Experience trains the riders to learn all those skills needed to tame such indomitable terrains.