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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Dec 31st, 2005, 12:48 pm Thread Starter
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'Long Way Round' K bikes versus R bikes

Hi all, I played all the dvd episodes from 'Long Way Round' which I got as a Christmas gift. When I saw the GS's piling through floods up to their headlights, I wondered if they were very different from our K bikes. My electrics and possibly the ECU would have flooded at that height of water. They seemed to be in water up to the instrument housing

I also noticed they welded up the rear frame on one bike and the ABS packed up afterwards, the sort of thing that could happen with welding if you don't isolate the electrics first. There were some scenes where the bikes were in mud over their para levers so that surprised me that the ABS would still carry on working. Are these GS Adventure bikes totally different animals to ours - like a 4X4 vesion of a cage?



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The GS's are like a Hummer, esp the new upcomming R1200GS ADV.
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Also, the ABS can be turned off in these situations.
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They had 1 bike, the cameramans, that had the frame welded then afterwards, because the ABS wouldn't work, the brakes didn't and they had to abandon the bike! It was Khazakstan/Mongolia or somewhere very remote. I guess 'turning off ' ABS only works when you haven't arced a welder into the ABS chip!

I just couldn't believe the rivers and stuff they pushed/drove their bikes through and they still ran. They did have a support crew and some training from BMW techs though before they started. I still wonder if a lighter non electronic even 2 stroke bike would have managed the route. From the film, the local bike they bought to replace their broken non ABS working BMW, looked like a Czech bike I rode 30 years ago. It wasn't monoshock, looked simple and was probably more suited to their rear end high payload.



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