Welcome to MyGSAdventure! My name is Edgar Stokka, and I drive a 2017 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Triple Black – my second GSA.
My very first bike was a 2007 Suzuki DL 650 V-Strom, which I sold i 2009. Then, after not having had a motorcycle for more than a year, I finally decided to get a new one. During that long year of absence, I read through and studied numerous motorcycle magazines and crawled the web for inspiration and ideas. What bike should I get?
Occationally having ridden racing bikes and choppers, and previously owned the Suzuki DL 650 V-Strom, I wanted a similar kind of bike (is it fair to compare the V-Strom with the GS?). My interest for the GS, and the R 1200 GS Adventure in particular, grew as time went by, until I was basically obsessed with the idea of one dayowning one. This underlying obsession was initiated a few years back I think, through Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s Long Way Round and Long Way Down adventures.
My dream did come through – I became a very proud owner of a 2010 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure on September 18, 2010 (see this blog post). I created this website to share my experiences – MyGSAdventure – with you, hoping to inspire someone out there to follow their dreams and to join me riding possibly the greatest motorcycle on the planet!
Since then, I’ve bought my second GS, a 2017 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Triple Black. Needless to say, it is a pure joy to ride, and even better than the previous one!
Why the GS Adventure?
There are an overwhelming number of interesting bikes on the market, so why did I opt for the massive GS Adventure? Well, some of it is explained above. I also have a weak spot for BMW. I trust German engineering. I used to be a tank commander. GSA is a tank amongst motorcycles. And I trust the numerous bikers before me who seem to have overwhelmingly positive things to say about the GS-series.
The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is a huge bike. But I am a rather tall person (192 cm), so I really don’t mind that much. I also ride with a passenger quite a lot. The GS is built for long rides, but it is a versatile bike that can also be used back and forth from work. I am extremely inspired to take it for long rides, and being without a bike for more than a year – trust me – I have lot’s of plans for it!
I won’t say I am a very experience motorcycle rider, but I have had the privilege to try out range of different bikes, such as:
- Ducati Monster
- Suzuki Maruder
- Yamaha V-Max
- Suzuki Volusia
- Harley Davidson Heritage Softail
- Honda VFR 800 VTEC
- Kawasaki ZX7R
As mentioned above, from June 2007 until August 2009 I also owned a Suzuki DL 650 V-Strom. It was a fantastic bike, giving me enormous joy. The 650 ccm engine had a 67 HP output, and it handled quite well. For a 650, it felt like a rather big bike.
Check out the Bikes page for more info on my current and previously owned bikes.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Edvard Greigsvei 12
Mobile: +47 996 25 100