No limits to riding with BMW R 1200 GS

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Photo from Vic Ochoa

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Comfort, safety, and reliability — these three make long rides feel short for bikers born to be out in the open.

Living life to the fullest means living every day as an adventure and for this BMW bike enthusiast, this means traveling the world with comrades and on their trusted rides.

Motorcyclist and former travel vlogger Vic Ochoa shared with CNN Philippines' Ride Tribe how the BMW R 1200 GS is unique in offering him the limitless capacity to ride wherever his heart takes him.

Ochoa said he began riding with a group in Santa Rosa, Laguna where they first bonded over mountain biking.

“Almost three times a week nag-mountain bike kami hanggang sa nainip na kami and we wanted to try something new so bumili kami ng mga motor,” the long-time rider said.

[Translation: Almost three times a week we do mountain biking. Until one day we got bored and wanted to try something new so we bought motorcycles.]

Photo from CNN Philippines' Ride Tribe

The bike enthusiast said what he loved most about riding is getting to the destination and exploring the food and specialty dishes the local community has to offer.

He said, however, that camaraderie is a huge part of his passion for riding.

Ang pinaka-importante may mga nagyayaya sayo [What’s most important is there are people who ask you to come along]. Belonging to a group is a very good idea,” he added.

For Ochoa, this passion is possible because of his BMW R 1200 GS which he said is reliable and unique in offering comfortable and safe long rides.

“When you use a GS, you don’t have to ask (which roads are passable). It’s an on-road, off-road bike,” he said

Ochoa, a member of BMW Owners Society of Safe Riders (BOSS), said he specifically looked for an adventure bike that could be used for long trips.

“The most important thing is, which is unique with BMW, is rig braking. When you press it in the broadway, sama na rin yung likod [the back wheel stops too] so it’s safe,” he said.

“It’s all here, in terms of comfort. Sa BOSS hindi kami nagpapahinga. I mean we don’t ride fast but we still ride far and hindi kami humihinto…and it is because of the GS. Kung naka sports bike ka hindi kaya,” Ochoa added.

[Translation: It’s all here, in terms of comfort. With BOSS, we don’t rest. I mean we don’t ride fast but we still ride far and we don’t stop…and it is because of the GS. A sports bike wouldn't do.]

He also mentioned the bike's geometry which was built for comfort, allowing the 61-year-old Ochoa to still reach the group's destinations without feeling body pain.

To people looking for safe and enjoyable riding, Ochoa recommends BMW bikes and vouched that the cost is worth the investment.

Listen to Vic’s full story to hear more about his BMW R 1200 GS rides filled with adventure and camaraderie.

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