It is with much difficulty and after deep internal debate that I bring you this news. No doubt I’ll be considered a traitor by some. I won’t dispute the charge.
A little over three weeks ago I purchased a used BMW R1200GS.
If you’re not familiar with the bike, it’s an enduro/dual-sport bike. Let me cut to the chase – I immediately fell in love with the bike and I continue to do so. Within the past three weeks, I’ve taken a four day/1100 mile camping journey through Canada, and a 3 day/710 mile camping journey through Vermont. I’m currently in the midst of planning a 12 day/2500 mile journey in September. This bike is a game changer. Once you jump on, it’s extremely difficult to jump off.
I love my Bonneville. I’m especially proud of all the work I put into it and the modding I’ve done. I know that I’ve built a beautiful bike. However, the R1200GS pushes me to explore and I’ve come to realize that this is the true spirit of a motorcycle – unabashed freedom. I’ve been riding for 30 some years and have loved every minute of it but nowhere near as much as I do now. I’ve spent time crafting the Bonneville into some other bike whereas the R1200GS needs no crafting whatsoever, I just ride. It’s been an eye opening experience.
As such, I’ve decided to sell the Bonneville. Yes, the hero and mainstay of this blog. Sure, I “want” two bikes but do I “need” two bikes? I live in Manhattan and this is the deciding factor. It is simply too expensive to maintain two bikes – insurance, parking, upkeep, etc. It’s also extravagant.
I haven’t decided on a price yet. I’m also trying to determine whether I should sell the bike as customized and sell all of the stock OEM parts separately, or put back to stock and sell all of the 3rd party parts separately, or sell everything as one big package.
Let me know what you think. You can contact me here or leave a comment below.