Time for an update on the Gummicow. I’ve had it for a week now, ridden 1000 km and am still enthusiastic about it. Winter road conditions notwithstanding, I’ve been on the bike every single one of these seven days. It has been rainy, temperatures were low and the roads were well salted. So I cleaned it with a high pressure cleaner after every ride. Doing that at a filling station got tedious fast, so I got a small Kärcher unit for home use. That’s the yellow blob in the lead photo in the background behind me. I installed it at my carport and suck the water for it out of a rain reservoir with a garden pump. Splashy waterworks ensued, but clean it does!
Getting it dirty in between cleanings was the main attraction, though. The two long rides I did (540 km down south to Thüringen where I live and yesterday 200 km to Kassel and back) proved the seat to be comfortable, perhaps even a bit cushy. The big adventure cow has a slim waist and so lends itself to running through the curves while hanging off. On wet and cold roads, that technique is a safety feature, too, though the Continental Trail Attack 2 tires stick astonishingly well even in these adverse conditions.
I went to Kassel yesterday to get a new riding jacket at the Touratech store. I’m wearing my new “Companero Worldwide” jacket in the lead photo. The Gore Tex membrane is on the outside in this jacket and the outside material repels water and dirt.
I proved that with a camera on the rainy ride back. 😉
So it should serve well in all seasons. We’ll see.
I cannot praise the R 1200 GS’s motor and chassis enough! It is just brilliant how lively it rides while smoothing bumps and dips. It is not fazed by accelerations or braking, and the ESA (electronic suspension adjustment) even gets a bit spooky when it adapts to road conditions. You can adjust the damping from a flying carpet sensation to sporty toughness at the click of a switch. Then there are the riding modes, Road, Rain, Dynamic and Enduro all have their own character and serve their intended purpose well. I’m still experimenting with them and surprise myself with the chameleon effect they have on the bike.