It will be a number of months before we get to see the new KTM 1190 Adventure in real life, so here are a few new teasers to tide you over until then.
Okay, I have one completely unrelated story to share. Anyone who follows ADV bikes much knows that the world is split into two groups; those on KTM’s and those on BMW’s. For me, I have spent far more time riding BMW GS models than I have on any similar big KTM’s. But most of that was many years ago and nowadays I would certainly consider myself to be on the KTM side of things. As massive overweight behemoths go, the KTM twins will do pretty well off road.
As for BMW riders, they always seem to be a more eccentric group. I think it is fair to say that at times they seem to be following an eclectic image more than the pursuit of a performance goal. I sold BMW motorcycles for a few years, saw lots of interesting characters.
So anywho, we were at Mike’s Sky Ranch in Baja last week. Arriving on a Sunday night we expected to be the only group there. But on arrival Blanca told me that they were expecting another large group of riders. Before long I could hear the distinctive patter of German twins coming up the road. Over the next hour, the group of 13 BMW riders slowly made their way into Mike’s. They were a mix of 1200 and 800 GS models, all loaded to the gunnels with gear.
As it turned you, they were a tour group and this was day 1 of a 14 day ride down the Baja peninsula and back up the mainland of Mexico. While some of the bikes had dirt worthy tires, most were on OEM style rubber. Nearly all had struggled to make the 23 miles up the two track road into Mike’s. There had been a couple of minor tip overs in the process.
Come the next morning, one of the adventures pulled me aside and asked if there might be any chance that they could hire the staff to drive all their gear back out to the highway so that they could once again tackle the road, but with far lighter loads. The deal was quickly arranged. Once the word got out, every rider in the group piled his gear into the pickup. I think it had also been decided that choosing a pavement heavy route would be the new plan for the remainder of the trip.
Our group of riders got a good chuckle out of the whole affair. Not that we were giving the BMW riders too hard of a time, it was just entertaining. I think the moral is, just because you have room for loads of gear and farkles, it doesn’t mean that you have to use all that space. Pack wisely. Day one of a 14 day trip through Mexico is probably not the best place to decide that you have too much stuff.