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Old 02-26-2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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GS or GSA

That is the question. Is one more preferable than the other? For what reasons?
Is the GSA much more top heavy than the GS? Is the GS a better performer than the GSA because it is lighter? If you have owned and ridden both, I would like to benefit from your experience. I am new to the world of BMW adventure bikes but am getting one real soon. Just not sure which one. GS or GSA.........hmmmmmmmmm. thanks very much for listening
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:29 PM   #2
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check out the thread

RT to GSA

should help you out.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:11 PM   #3
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I have one of each and rather than repeat my impressions would urge you to use the search function on this frequently discussed topic.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:16 PM   #4
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Google is your friend. Lots of reading to do on this topic.

Google Fu GS vs. GSA
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:29 PM   #5
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I'll bite. Bought a GSA last August after test riding a GS (no GSA demo) and was in the garage last night looking at the GSA thinking about this very question. The only downside to the GSA I've encountered is the extra height to get the leg up and over. But once I'm up I'm very glad I have the GSA. I like the extra height, the bigger gas tank (my other bike has to be filled up about every 100 miles), the taller wind shield, the side shields, the pannier mounts and panniers, crash bars, cylinder guards, extra lights, ESA (I'm probably missing something.) I've always felt the extra money was well spent and glad I went with the GSA. Riding this thing in the sweet spot of the power band through the twisties, and on the highway is a treat. I seem to always keep taking turns that will lead away from home until I finally give up and "have" to head home.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:47 PM   #6
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Could anything more possibly be said?
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:53 PM   #7
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That is the question.

The more pertinent question is : are there other bikes which are better
when used for real adventure riding which actually includes
off road riding ? And the answer is a resounding yes.


The KTM 990 Adventure is superior in any sort of off
road conditions and doesn't have the final drive failures
and CANBUS hassles which come with a BMW.

The BMW is about as off road worthy as the Cadillac
Elvis drove.


Do yourself a favor and test ride a KTM 990 before you buy a
BMW. I've ridden a 1200 GSA and I couldn't wait to get
back on my KTM. And when I did, all I could think was :
"Now THIS is what a motorcycle should be like"


Of course the BMW fanboys won't agree with this, but
I speak the truth and I have no dog in the hunt other than
speaking the truth.


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Old 02-27-2013, 09:55 AM   #8
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The more pertinent question is : are there other bikes which are better
when used for real adventure riding which actually includes
off road riding ? And the answer is a resounding yes.


The KTM 990 Adventure is superior in any sort of off
road conditions and doesn't have the final drive failures
and CANBUS hassles which come with a BMW.

The BMW is about as off road worthy as the Cadillac
Elvis drove.


Do yourself a favor and test ride a KTM 990 before you buy a
BMW. I've ridden a 1200 GSA and I couldn't wait to get
back on my KTM. And when I did, all I could think was :
"Now THIS is what a motorcycle should be like"


Of course the BMW fanboys won't agree with this, but
I speak the truth and I have no dog in the hunt other than
speaking the truth.


.
It's sad when someone crashes a thread. I've had GS, GSA, 950S, and 950SER. There were things that I liked and disliked about all of them. I use to have to work hard to put 4000 miles on my KTMs a year. That was because they were broken down all the time. Yes I would not ride my GSs on some of the trails that the KTMs went down. But guess what most people around here are leaving the 990s for lighter 500s. So it's all a matter of perspective.
It seems that the guy who started this tread is trying to figure out if he should get a GS or a GSA. I have my preference there too. But I am not going to say.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:19 PM   #9
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It's sad when someone crashes a thread. I've had GS, GSA, 950S, and 950SER. There were things that I liked and disliked about all of them. I use to have to work hard to put 4000 miles on my KTMs a year. That was because they were broken down all the time. Yes I would not ride my GSs on some of the trails that the KTMs went down. But guess what most people around here are leaving the 990s for lighter 500s. So it's all a matter of perspective.
It seems that the guy who started this tread is trying to figure out if he should get a GS or a GSA. I have my preference there too. But I am not going to say.

+100. It'sNotTheBike frequently comes here to diss on BMW's... Ironic given his handle...
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:43 PM   #10
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Hello Bumpaman, when I was looking to get into BMW, I had the same question, GS or GSA ? Will I need the bigger tank, will I be able to handle it, will it be too heavy off road, is it just too much of a bike ? Rode a 2007 GSA for a minute or two and ended up getting a Red 2012 GSA and lovin it each and every I go for a ride. I always loved the beefier look of the GSA, the fact that I don't have to refuel too often is also a plus and I know the restrictions of taking such a "pig" off road, I also know its limitations as well as mine. On the highway it is a dream and you will also have a blast in the twisties, if you have experience riding bikes and big bikes you'll get used to the weight in no time and in my opinion the GSA is well worth "the extra pennies" ... But then again this is just my humble opinion ...

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Old 02-27-2013, 04:51 PM   #11
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Read the book, pretty sure you are not suppose to be on the bike and roll it off the stand on any of the 1200 GSs. I've busted the stand bolts, not fun.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:39 PM   #12
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The more pertinent question is : are there other bikes which are better
when used for real adventure riding which actually includes
off road riding ? And the answer is a resounding yes.


The KTM 990 Adventure is superior in any sort of off
road conditions and doesn't have the final drive failures
and CANBUS hassles which come with a BMW.

The BMW is about as off road worthy as the Cadillac
Elvis drove.


Do yourself a favor and test ride a KTM 990 before you buy a
BMW. I've ridden a 1200 GSA and I couldn't wait to get
back on my KTM. And when I did, all I could think was :
"Now THIS is what a motorcycle should be like"


Of course the BMW fanboys won't agree with this, but
I speak the truth and I have no dog in the hunt other than
speaking the truth.


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I find your rant weak & you are pretty much a troll hanging out on Gspot.

You say you have "no dog in the hunt" but I suspect your quest is to be a smarmy douchebag. I'm not calling you that, but suggesting that is your goal.

I find your screen name ironic considering your tirade is all about your wonderful KTM......One would assume that you posess skills that render all bikes nearly equal.

Besides who would take your advice? You're a freaking newb....Go make me a sammich newb.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:46 PM   #13
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I find your rant weak & you are pretty much a troll hanging out on Gspot.

You say you have "no dog in the hunt" but I suspect your quest is to be a smarmy douchebag. I'm not calling you that, but suggesting that is your goal.

I find your screen name ironic considering your tirade is all about your wonderful KTM......One would assume that you posess skills that render all bikes nearly equal.

Besides who would take your advice? You're a freaking newb....Go make me a sammich newb.
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:46 PM   #14
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I have had several GS's and loved them but had always wanted the Adventure but was intimidated by the size and weight. Then I rode an Adventure. Wow, what an awesome bike, even compared to the GS. They really are not that much heavier. Most people buy a GS, add lights, engine guards, panniers, etc. and soon, the only difference in weight is the SS rear luggage rack and the larger tank. Yes it is heavier by about 25 lbs due to the extra fuel it holds, but really, not much difference in weight in the end. What you do get, and what I love, is the additional wind/rain protection, and not having to fill up every 200 miles if you don't want too. Plus it just looks good. With what you get with an Adventure, and what you will add to the GS, the cost and the weight come pretty close, and that is without adding a new tank to the GS. I love my Adventure, and by the way, I am 5'8" and 144 lbs with a standard seat.
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:55 PM   #15
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I have had several GS's and loved them but had always wanted the Adventure but was intimidated by the size and weight. Then I rode an Adventure. Wow, what an awesome bike, even compared to the GS. They really are not that much heavier. Most people buy a GS, add lights, engine guards, panniers, etc. and soon, the only difference in weight is the SS rear luggage rack and the larger tank. Yes it is heavier by about 25 lbs due to the extra fuel it holds, but really, not much difference in weight in the end. What you do get, and what I love, is the additional wind/rain protection, and not having to fill up every 200 miles if you don't want too. Plus it just looks good. With what you get with an Adventure, and what you will add to the GS, the cost and the weight come pretty close, and that is without adding a new tank to the GS. I love my Adventure, and by the way, I am 5'8" and 144 lbs with a standard seat.

That's amazing , you have skills . I'm 5'8" 150lbs and couldn't even reach the ground to get it off the center stand from a sitting position. Then it was a reach to the ground and barely could touch just the tip of my toes.
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