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Mon, 31 Jul 2017

Selasi's Two Wheel Bakery Tour!

Selasi’s Two Wheel Bakery Tour – The adventure of Selasi Gbormittah across Europe on the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

Selasi Gbormittah is mostly known for his love of baking and his appearances on the hit BBC television show, The Great British Bake Off. Selasi took part in the bakery competition show in 2016 and has since been involved in some fantastic projects, whilst working in London and commuting on his Motorcycle.

After finishing the Great British Bake Off Selasi had been dreaming of covering many miles across Europe to visit bakeries and learn the skills of the trade first hand. Selasi loves bikes, but has a special passion for the BMW Motorrad range and managed to get in touch with us to tell us about his grand tour plans!

We set to planning the best road trip ever with Selasi Lind provided him with the iconic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure with a BMW Navigator, Panniers and everything he could possibly need to ensure he had the best trip ever. Selasi planned his route and let us follow his journey using #STWBT.

The Journey

Selasi set off with just 12 days to travel through 5 countries, stopping in 21 cities/towns all on his R 1200 GS from Lind Motorrad. Selasi’s journey started on 23rd June where he caught the ferry from Dover to Calais. On arrival in the French town of Calais he set his sights for Brugge where he was due to visit the first bakery of the bakery tour. ‘Juliettes’ in Brugge was where Selasi stopped for hours, learning how to make lace biscuits.

When leaving Brugge the rain started but as you may already be aware, the R 1200 GS Adventure is equipped with rain mode. Selasi said “I realised that rain mode controlled the bike a lot more and restricted the speed to help when cornering”.

He then travelled from Ghent to Antwerp then on to Brussels (Belgium) then the ride to France could commence. Selasi found himself 3 hours 41 minutes from his destination but wasn’t put off “with a comfy seat and cruise control I found this not a challenge although this was my longest ride yet. I didn’t need to constantly rev up the throttle as I set the speed to the speed limiy and the bike did the rest, meaning I could rest my wrists and enjoy the ride.”.

Selasi arrived in Nancy, greeted with a classic French breakfast from his hosts (Violane) and she introduced him to the famous pastry chef, Stef, Selasi and he shared recipes and he had a tour of his famous bakery. He then headed to Dijon, then Lyon “the weather was perfect, the bike was delightfully cool to look and attracted a lot of attention along the way”.

From Lyon he headed into Annecy then crossed the border into Switzerland where he visited Montreux, then Zurich and Lugano where it was raining hard and fast!

Selasi arrived in Italy, a little soggy but safe, dried off and enjoyed the hills and bends in Como. “the handling and steering on the bike was just spectacular coupled with the smooth gear box.” From Como Selasi then headed to Turin and then returned to France where the trip would be coming to an end.

“it was one of the best experiences of my life. Riding through Europe on a great and well equipped bike. I am already planning next year’s trip to Spain and Portugal or perhaps Eastern parts of Europe.”

Click here to view the full details and pictures from his journey.

The Bike

Whether it's asphalt, off-road, rocks or sand: the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure has the right answers to every challenge with its light, agile handling. A machine for all those who want to go to their limits - and grow beyond them. Or put more simply: a machine for the real adventure-lovers among you. Those who really want to put their superiority to the test in a new way every time and of course, having a great deal of riding fun in doing so.

The R 1200 GS Adventure shies away from no adventure. Least of all a challenge. And you can tell by looking at it. The first impression alone underlines its character: the design is powerful, robust and dynamic. Wind, weather and engine protection are remarkably carved out.

Regardless of where you're off to: the R 1200 GS Adventure is always a dynamic companion. And inspired by the legendary boxer torque of 125 Nm and 92 kW (125 HP) from a water-cooled twin-cylinder four-stroke engine. Its cooling concept rests on a combination of air and liquid cooling. Resulting in efficiency, high torque and above all: reliability.

The wet clutch with anti-hopping function and the electric throttle make the R 1200 GS Adventure into the ideal companion to those for whom no way is too far – or two rocky.

With the R 1200 GS Adventure, you can master any terrain. Because this Enduro leaves nothing to be desired with its practical equipment: two standard riding modes – "Rain" and "Road" – can be selected at the touch of a button and provide you with two completely different and ideally attuned types of riding characteristics. There are also other modes available as optional extras.

The tank volume of 30 litres makes you truly unstoppable on long trips without unwanted breaks. You also have an on-board computer as part of the standard equipment: for perfect navigation and the display of important data such as fuel level, speed and consumption. Just as practically oriented: above the tank there is a storage compartment. Meaning you have smaller objects at your fingertips immediately and all the time.

Click here for more information or to enquire about the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure.