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RideFast Nov 2019

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THE NEW C 400 X. OWN THE CITY. MAKE LIFE A RIDE. At the famous Mankele venue near Sudwala... We arrived back at the airport just in time to sample a very welcome ice cold craft beer before heading back to the big smoke… The R1250RT From R191 900.00 Everything about this bike is designed for comfort and long distance touring. I appreciate the fact that it is not nearly as bulky as something like that Goldwing that we rode earlier this year. We were all quite surprised that the RT does not share the modern TFT screen. This one is equipped with a digital analogue setup. Apparently BMW Germany ran a survey amongst consumers and feedback was that people in that bracket/ age-group/whatever, prefer the older gen setup. Sadly the routes from the farm were not ideal for testing a bigger touring bike like this – lekker – but quite tight and narrow – no real open road where we could open up a bit. This is a good thing coz, we’ll need to borrow it again soon. The afternoon was creeping to a close and we needed to get back to the airport. The sun was baking – and lots of traffic meant that everyone kind of took it a bit easy as we went along. Different bikes were fitted with different screens, both adjusted via a button on the bars. One of the other guys moaned a bit about the heat and the lack of airflow to your chest. The one I rode had a shorter screen – still warm, but on the lower setting it was comfortable. The RT is such a comfortable bike – and although it is the big daddy of this pack, it’s still quite nippy, easy and fun to ride. It’s also a lot calmer than the other two Boxers. I know – same engine and all that, but it’s very chilled to ride. Smooth, predictable, all the things that make a big tourer like this so comfortable. Please BMW – I need to pop the missus on the back and take her to the Gin farm again. I need to try out the sound system nav system. I want to fill those panniers up and head out for a proper weekend away… It’s a luxurious, smooth, big girl that begs to be ridden again. Go and check them out at your closest BMW dealership. Summerfields is beautiful... The bikes pretty cool too... Interestingly, the RT still has digital analogue clocks... 56 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019