BMW’s first outing – a circuit of Cambodia

I wasn’t surprised that the F650’s made it without a hitch. My project bike BMW R100GS, on the other hand, was much more of a surprise. Considering it was built in 1989, sold in Canada, found it’s way to, I think, Thailand and then onto Cambodia where it spent a degrading 10 years before falling into my hands. And somewhere along the line picked up 50,000K – before the speedo broke. I think it did very outstanding. 2500k’s from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh, onto Kompong Cham, Sen Monorom, Banlung, Stung Treng, camping at Preah Khan, Siem Reap, Battambang, Koh Kong and back to Sihanoukville. In twelve days. Not bad for a bike that I would barely have trusted to get to the beach from my house a year ago. The Funduro’s just cruised it. Definately the Adventure Bike of Choice for Cambodia. I look forward to running many more tours to come with them. The R100GS I might just gracefully retire to being a beach bike now it’s proved itself – quit while you’re ahead eh. Maybe I should turn it into a Cafe Racer…

To catch the trip in pictures go to facebook/beemertours.

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