Originally Posted by Johnson0311
I have a 2011 GS 800. Only issue is motor size like others have stated. I dream of upgrading to a 1200..
Interesting...I just sold a 2005 1200GS and bought an 09 800GS. It has most of the farkles I would add. At 6'5" I will add bar risers and lower pegs but after my first 150 miles ride Saturday I think this is the best bike I have owned for the way I now ride. I don't tour but mostly day ride here in the mountains which can include gravel roads. After spending the afternoon on it I was totally comfortable at the end of the ride. I went from an R1100S to the 1200GS. The S was so bad with the forward leaning ride position I thought the big GS was a great solution. I find I like the lighter, more nimble 800GS. We'll see how I feel after living with it a while but so far I am pleased. I will add I have probably owned 45-50 bikes and usually keep around a half dozen around at a time.