Originally Posted by briangorrell
I am trying to decide between the R1200GS/ADV, or F800GS... Have you ridden the 1200 as well? What is your main reason for getting the F800GS?
Thanks - looks like fun!
Hi Brian! I too had faced the dilemma of choosing between these great bikes. Several factors weighted in at the time but I chose to explore the more dirt oriented options. I'm not a big guy and the 1200s are huge! Since I do a lot of solo riding I have had to pick up my bike by myself many times. Also, the F800GS has more potential to clear obstacles. Mine is fitted with protective gear as well as suspension upgrades!
Oh yeah, and serviceability in the field was a big one for me too. I carry tons of spare parts for emergencies (it comes into play on this trip). The spokes wheels (21 inch) and chain are big differences from the big 1200s and are features I desire.