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Old 01-21-2013, 06:28 AM   #25
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Location: East TN / Smokies
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I keep reading all these comments about how the 800 must be easier to ride off road because of the difference in weight.

Has anyone actually looked at the specs? Based on BMW's numbers from their web site for wet weight, ready to ride, fully fueled.... the oil cooled R12GS is 32 pounds heavier than the F8GS. Another interesting tidbit is that the 800 has a wheelbase 2.9 inches *longer* than the 1200 and the overall length is 4.3 inches *longer*.

For a 32 pound penalty you get a shorter bike with a lower center of gravity, lower seat height, and the power characteristics of a tractor with a ton of low end torque.

The new R1200GS waterboxernotoilboxerh2oboxathonwhateverthenicknam ewillbe is another 21 pounds heavier bringing the difference to 53 pounds... Depending where that weight is, it might start to get noticeable but it might not.
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