Master Chief and the Dualsport Shootout
|More fun than a platoon of covenant at a birthday party|
With a legacy of continent conquering travel under its belt, the BMW 1200 GSA is a strong candidate, but newcomers promise to deliver something better. The Master Chief must choose wisely as the hopes of all mankind hang in the balance.
|The Big Beemer is a handful in the rock fields|
|A quick stop to change the shorts|
|Master Chief going Orange|
|The nimble 1190 means less focus on riding leaving more time to setup that brilliant covenant headshot|
The on board computer on the big GSA features a mute button for those times when you have had enough lip from Cortana and her babbling nonsense. A Master Chief's dream. Add in the fact that it features a telelever front suspension, for added stability … " ‘cause you never know when you may be firing off a rocket launcher in one hand while having to hold steady a sniper rifle in the other." says the Chief.
|The KTM eats Boulders for breakfast lunch and dinner!|
|Seat comfort not an issue when saving humanity... Feel the burn|
|The big GSA handles mossy hills about as well as grease on a tiled floor, but enable the off road traction mode and it is a whole new battlefield|
|The large R1200GS can climb the big stuff|
|The key is to choose a good line|
|Stay with it and maintain balance|
After a weeks worth of testing, it is a stalemate between the two bikes. While the big beemer costs a bit more it really doesn’t factor into the equation. "When you are charged with saving all of humanity, cost is no object" says the cigar chomping sarge. The BMW and KTM are not alone in this competition ... Triumph and Honda are quickly promising a next generation bike for the next round of recruits.
|The reward - Epic vistas over the broad canyons of Blood Gulch|
|Are you up to the task?|
The next round of testing will include machine gun mounted artillery and infantry passengers. Will the new electronics handle the severe battle conditions of the new electronic battlefront? How will it fair against Convenant Chopper's? What about riding over mines? Will the tubeless tires hold up ... or worse yet, can the suspension handle being air dropped from a Pelican in a hot zone? These questions and more are surely going to test the bikes at a level never before considered.