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2005 BMW R1200GS: “The Swiss Army knife of motorcycles received a complete makeover for 2005 and ended up lighter and more powerful as well as better looking. After a few hiccups with the earliest run of machines, Rider waited for a production sample of the bike to do a full test, and the new GS received very high marks. Universally loved for its versatility, handling and shaft final drive, the R1200GS manages an effective compromise between long-distance street performance and off-road capability. For road riding, you want highway power with smoothness, and the quick, stable handling that comes from a low center of gravity. Comfort, wind protection and load capacity are important, too. For off-road, it’s all about light weight, big wheels, suspension travel and ground clearance. The GS provides these things in a package that is definitely heavier than most dirt bikes but also significantly lighter than some street bikes that aren’t nearly as capable…We don’t just like the new R1200GS—we love it.” (Rider, June 2005; photo courtesy BMW)

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