Have Bike – Will Travel

My ability to travel has been significantly enhanced now that I’ve purchased a new motorcycle. I’ve owned at least one bike (sometimes as many as five at the same time) from 1984 until I left Bermuda in June 2017. Once we had settled in Porto, one of my first tasks was to find another bike.

River Douro and the Ribeira district of Porto

And the search didn’t take long. By 10th February, I had agreed to buy this gorgeous 2014 BMW F800GS Adventure. I’d been primarily looking at Hondas and Triumphs, but when I saw this fully-loaded Beemer advertised, it really caught my eye. And when I saw it in person, I knew that I had to have it.

Next to the Dom Luis I Bridge

It really is a beautiful bike that has been well cared for by its previous owner. The 800GS Adventure already has more features than a standard 800GS, but this one also has several additional optional extras. Some of the bike’s features are as follows:

– Enduro Pack – all-terrain mode for anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
– Comfort Pack
– Dynamic Pack – heated hand-grips
– On board computer
– Centre stand
– Traction control
– ESA – Electronic Suspension Adjustment
– Additional front LED lights – BMW
– Clear LED indicators – BMW
– Alarm – BMW
– Aluminium top box and side panniers BMW/Touratech
– Akrapovic muffler
– Full set of crash bars – TOURATECH
– Engine/sump protection – TOURATECH
– Charging plug with 2 USB ports – TOURATECH
– Side stand extension – TOURATECH
– Oil dipstick with secure wrench key – TOURATECH
– Air filter – K & N
TOMTOM Rider V4 GPS with aluminum machined support. (European map and map of Morocco)


After buying the bike, it had a period of inactivity, as I had to sort out the relevant driving licence and insurance requirements. But that is all sorted now, so I can hit the road.

Downtown Porto

I’m really looking forward to getting her out to explore Portugal’s roads and dirt-trails. It’s going to be a fun summer. And next year we may be riding to Morocco.


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