Newsworthy is our regular news update. Instead of killing your inboxes with re-hashed press releases or junk you don’t need, we’ll pull out a few interesting products, stories and other things we stumbled across from recent times, write our thoughts on them and let you read the info for yourself.
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We like parts. I mean who doesn’t? Even when they’re ultimately a little bit pointless, they still possess this indescribable attraction. The only thing better than looking at said parts is pulling your bike apart and fitting them.
Simon and Lisa Thomas are not new to the ADV world. They’re good at press and their epic ten years on the road has seen them get to the point where their beaten and re-shaped GS’s really needed retiring. By the end of their lives those bikes were a long, LONG way from standard, with the most noticeable difference being the 21-inch wheel conversion to their R1100GS.
So when they received their new bikes, it was only natural they’d want to carry their experience over into the new steeds. The list of Touratech parts is extensive, and includes an extra large tank on the F 800 GS and the fantastic Tractive Extreme Suspension which you can read all about here.
The 21-Inch front wheel is undoubtedly the most interesting part of this build. After all, we’ve firmly stood behind the idea that bike manufacturers are really good at geometry, especially on the R 1200 GS, a bike that is arguably one of the best handling adventure bikes ever built. The change to the 21-inch could dramatically improve the 1200’s ability to deal with softer ground, especially sandy terrain. It’s difficult to argue against something you’ve never ridden however, so until we test them, we’ll never never know.
Otherwise, enjoy the hell out of the video above, drool over the blue billet hubs of Lisa’s bike and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
For more on Simon and Lisa’s travels and a trips you can join them on click here.