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Road Test: 2013 BMW R1200 GS

From 20 feet away, it looks strikingly familiar, almost as if the news of its supposed complete remake were nothing more than a politician’s promise to never raise taxes. There’s the same funny beaked front, the cylinders are still oddly splayed out where they look vulnerable to every tree stump and boulder along the trail and the gas tank once again looks big enough to fuel an ocean liner. In other words, it still stands out, mainly because it looks so ungainly. BMW says it’s all new, but the 2013 BMW R1200 GS is still a motorcycle so funky that only a mother or an adventuresome motorcycle rider could love.

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It’s after you get up close and personal that you notice that the big GS is indeed much changed. Oh, it’s still all off-road geek chic — were it a car, it…

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