KIWI RIDER 10 2018 VOL.1 - Page 38

For me one of the best single features of the GS-A is that you can turn the ABS and TC off quite quickly while on the fly The suspension action overall is very good with the forks being damn plush if slightly vague in overall feedback. The rear still has a slightly rubbery/dead feel to my mind, but really it is controlled and comfortable riding. I rode the GS-A in Dynamic PRO mode the whole time which gives full power, the firmest suspension action and turns the ABS and TC off. In this mode reasonable offroad jumps (for the size of the bike) are absorbed well - which is quite amazing really. On road the shock's slight lack of polish in action is probably due to the extra mass of the diff and driveshaft weight when compared to the lighter more common chain-drive set-up. The electronic suspension adjustment gives a range from very compliant and a little floaty, to firm-ish, but with much more positive and accurate feedback. There is no denying the 1170cc liquid-cooled DOHC boxer engine is a beauty. It has 125hp at 7750rpm and peak torque at 6500rpm, but I’d say most of the torque is available from around 3000rpm such is the smooth grunt 38 KIWI RIDER and effortless flexibility from the engine. It simply purrs along with a loping gate that gobbles up the miles – tarmac or gravel. Even in full power mode the traction is excellent and the ride-ability superb... it never felt a handful even on roly gravel but always felt responsive and quick. Of course, there are selectable power modes and traction control along with cruise control too, all at the flick of a switch to suit your every need. The brakes are excellent. The front in particular has great initial bite and strong overall stopping power. I rate the rear highly too as it is strong with excellent feel and does not fade easily when worked hard on gravel... which is better than most of the opposition. For me one of the best single features of the GS-A is that you can turn the ABS and TC off quite quickly while on the fly! It really pisses me off to have to stop to do this on some other brands...no matter what they say, ABS still sucks in the gravel and you need to be able to lock your wheels at times for steering and to stop quickly. So, great work BMW.