I haven’t been out much with the new Sertao since I got it, but have made some changes to it. The first thing to go was the ‘cheesy’ stickers. I realize that I’m a minimalist, but I detest loud stickers on a bike. And yes, I’m talking to you Kawasaki (among others)! My old KLR was Aquamarine, which I could overlook, but the clear-coated purple writing on the tank was rash inducing. I was dismayed that BMW caught this disease with the Sertao, but thankfully, they peeled off in seconds.
Job done, well almost. I added my hand guards and mirrors from the old bike and picked up some handlebar risers. My intent was to pick up more farkles, such as a solid bash plate, fairing guards, and better pegs, but soon discovered that farkling a BMW versus a KLR is a completely different proposition. I may have to stop buying the BMW obligatory Starbucks Latte’s if I want to afford the upgrades. Oh well, I guess that’s what the long winter’s for.
Now that I had a few minor adjustments I needed to test the Sertao offroad. I had to be in the valley by 1pm today, but had the morning to ride. So I connected with Al (he of the Fundy Rally video), as we’ve been meaning to get together (he’s in Bridgewater as well). Turns out he’s a great guy and fun to ride with. Hopefully, we’ll get together for more rides before the snow flies.
We took some tarmac twisties and gravel roads to the Old Annapolis/Liverpool Road. It’s one of my favourite rides and Al hadn’t been on it. I apologize for the lack of photos, but we were pressed for time and, frankly, were having too much fun.
Suffice it to say, I’m thrilled with my purchase. Simply put, it’s a refined version of the KLR (which I did enjoy), with more power, nimbleness and a smoother engine. For some more aggressive riders it may not have enough ‘snap’, but it has plenty of usable power for me, with that typical BMW low end grunt. The tank under the seat makes it feel much lighter than the KLR, even though they’re the same weight. I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face. Oh, and it did get dirty!