Welcome to my stable, my new stallion!

Some of you may have already known that I’ve recently passed my Class 2 license exam. But what many probably didn’t know is that I took the Class 2 TP test just one day after my birthday. So what better way to celebrate both my passing of the license exam and my birthday than shopping for a new bike?

The key to my dream (motorcycle).

I’ve always dreamt of owning and riding the BMW R1200GS – the world’s best selling adventure motorcycle. Unfortunately, the tiered motorcycle licensing structure in Singapore prevented me from owning a “large bike” until I’ve completed my Class 2 license. And between my obtaining of the first-tier license (Class 2B) and now, much has changed in Singapore’s motorcycling landscape. Unfortunately, everything was for the worse.

First, motorcycle COE prices climbed from $4000’ish to now more than $8000. That’s just a piece of legal paper that would allow one to own a motorcycle for 10years! Next, the Land Transport Authority introduced a tiered additional registration fee – particularly targeting larger motorcycles by imposing extra taxes. And most recently, the Singapore Government has announced a zero-growth policy for vehicles in Singapore – thus driving up COE prices further. There have never been a worse time in history for owning a large motorcycle in Singapore.

But since lamenting is not going to change anything, I’ve decided to pursue my “dream bike” in any case – partly to celebrate my achieving the pinnacle of motorcycle licensing in Singapore, and partly as a birthday gift to myself.

Collecting the keys to my new red steed – 1170cc of pure, refined power in an adventure machine!
Welcome home, my new friend. Adventure awaits!

The GS comes with everything I ever wanted or would want in an adventure touring machine. 1170cc of displacement with 123HP max power and 125Nm of torque in a 35% liquid-cooled engine, full LED lights, steering damper, cruise control, throttle-by-wire, ABS, traction control, multiple riding modes, electronic controlled suspension, BMW’s legendary tele-lever and para-lever suspension setup, a proven boxer engine, shaft drive (hooray! no more chain lube sessions!), cross-spoked wheels, heated grips (does anybody actually use it in this part of the world??), super comfy seats, and world-renowned ergonomics.

When I first mounted the red beast, my first thoughts were – hey! This thing is HUGE! And boy! This thing is TALL! While I could easily and very confidently flat foot with all my previous bikes – the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS and the Honda CB400X, at around 1.80m, I found that I could just about barely place both my feet flat on the ground while seated on the GS. No, I didn’t have to tip toe, but my feet didn’t feel as confidently planted as compared to me saddling over my previous 2 bikes

Anyway, I’m glad we met and that I have you now.

Happy Birthday sgBikerBoy! Ahoy! Adventure awaits!

10 thoughts on “Welcome to my stable, my new stallion!”

  1. wow….. tons and tons of congrats buddy… 🙂
    NS 200 to BMW 1200 GS…
    dat sure is a dream come true…
    Ride safe my friend.. and ride to India when you can. M very very happy that you got the new steed for urself… 👍

    1. Thanks buddy! You’re having quite some amazing adventures in Bhutan yourself!!

      Yes! I’ll definitely, definitely love to ride to India some day! The 2 main things that are discouraging that right now are India’s requirement for a carnet (obtaining a carnet-de-passage in Singapore is really expensive) and Myanmar’s requirement for a local escort to ride through them (again, $$$$$). But with the recently-built India-Myanmar-Thailand tri-lateral Highway, I’m hopeful that one day, land traveling from Singapore to India on a motorcycle would be a possible dream come true!

  2. can’t wait to get my hands on a gs too! been my dream bike eversince i started touring to up north. currently riding a NC750x hehe ride safe!

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