"It feels a lot lighter, even though it’s the same weight as its predecessor," describes Touratech CEO Herbert Schwarz. He just took the 2013 BMW R1200GS on a 1,500-mile trip around Madagascar, testing new parts and familiarizing himself with the company's most important model. "I think with the exception of the small fuel tank, it’s really a good adventure bike. It has all the genes from the previous GS model plus the new 125hp engine and new suspension."

For the trip, Herbert outfitted the bike with new crash bars, hand guards, expedition skid plate, stainless steel headlight guard, radiator guard and a Zega Pro pannier system.

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