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View Results: So, if you could do it all over again, which would you buy?
R1200GS 112 30.19%
R1200GSA 178 47.98%
HP2 81 21.83%
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:56 AM   #31
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Timely thread...I was just pondering this exact question yesterday on my way to work. The reality is that I commute an hour and a half a day and love my 07 GSA for that, and for the semi-occasional detour to the dirt. It's nice and high, but it's also WIDE which makes (legal in CA) lane splitting more of a chore.

But I LOVE the dirt and although I don't get there as often as I'd like, the GSA is a HUGE damn bike. That's good and bad overall, but bad in the dirt.

I like the telelever front, and the ABS but only because I can do stupid stuff without thinking about it much. That is also good and bad, mostly bad but good fun.

Heated grips are nice here in the frigid CA winter (ha ha), I don't carry luggage and although I dream of 'the big trip' it's more likely to happen on a sailboat with my wife and young kids than on a bike.

Long story short? I need to ride an HP2. I think a purer, simpler, FASTER MORE WHEELIE MORE DIRT LESS WEIGHT future may be ahead of me...

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Old 05-01-2008, 08:04 AM   #32
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I have not ridden a GSA or an HP2. I do like the bigger tank of the GSA and the beefier look it gives it. Other than that I am more then happy with my GS, its the best bike I have ever ridden.
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:20 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by Bikeforever
Over 40 years on all types of motor cycles. Had a 1150GSA and have ridden the 1200GS. I have put 2500 miles in the last two months since getting my used HP2. This is the bike I have dreamed about for ever. It is not be the long distance bike that the GSA is, but the HP2 is the fastest, best handling (with S/M setup), fells like a dirt bike compared to the GSA and the most fun bike I have ever ridden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 56 years old I pull a little wheelie 1st or 2nd gear going to work every day.
I envy you younger guys that have the ability to ride the HP2 to it limits.
Sorry, I went off on my new bike tangent.
My GSA was an unbelievable road bike. It has the protection of an RT and a gas tank that will take you any where. Two up riding is grate and you can load it down like a pack mule. These are all faults of the HP2.
I still like to ride the single track and if I were capable of handling it I would have a GSA. The HP2 for me is a bike that loves to be ridden hard and if this is not you thing then the HP2 is definitely not the Best Bike.
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:42 PM   #34
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adventure all the way

GS - HP2 - GS - GSA
should have bought GSA all along... GS is nice and "safe" decision. HP2 was raw & fun. Adventure is my favorite - does 90% of what my GS did, 70% of what my HP2 did AND 90% of what my R1200RT did. if you have to have one bike.....
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:45 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by rwoo56
GS - HP2 - GS - GSA
should have bought GSA all along... GS is nice and "safe" decision. HP2 was raw & fun. Adventure is my favorite - does 90% of what my GS did, 70% of what my HP2 did AND 90% of what my R1200RT did. if you have to have one bike.....

Agree have done the same myself. 1200gs to 1200rt with HP2 now 08 adventure
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:33 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by kiwiAdventure
Agree have done the same myself. 1200gs to 1200rt with HP2 now 08 adventure
I went the other way ADV -> HP2. I don't want a touring bike anymore as I'll only be doing the occasional long-haul day. If I get a 2nd bike it'll likely be a 400cc dual purpose bike.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:16 AM   #37
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So why isn't the BMW HP2 in the BMW US (2012-2013) web page? Where is it sold? [Not the sport one but the enduro one] -Migs
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:27 AM   #38
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I have a GS, voted GS, and am pretty sure I would buy a GS if I did it all over again, or when it comes time to replace. But when I think about it I never see a clear decision.

When in West Texas I sure wish I had that extra tank and the wind protection. I would have saved a ton farkling--but then that for me a lot of fun. And when I am in the dirt I sure wish I had the lightness of the F800GS (which I gather would drive me to a HP2 if I had ever ridden one).

But one thing for sure I am relentlessly looking--for a second bike. I don't see anything replacing my GS for a long long time.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:17 AM   #39
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Survey format:

Think this would have produced better results:

I bought a:

If I had to do it again I'd buy a:
HP could determine:
1. the degree of satisfaction of current purchase (bought model...would buy same again)
2. the degree is dissatisfaction (bought model...would switch to something else)
3. most desired model sought when dissatisfied (bought a GS...would buy a HP), for example.

As is...appears not too much can be conclusively gleaned from the postings.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:44 AM   #40
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I bought the GSA, and do not regret it for one second, and would buy it again.

For me it's the perfect motorcycle. It does 99% of what I want to do, I have my Husqvarna for the other 1%.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:07 AM   #41
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I love my GS but I don't buy the whole "it's the only bike you need" thing. I have a Ducati 900ss, a SV650 track bike, a couple vintage bikes, and I need a real dual sporter as well, looking at the new CRF250l. The GS is my commuter, touring bike, and, well, adventure bike, but its a bit too industrial and sanitized. But great at doing what it's supposed to , within its limits.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:51 AM   #42
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I voted the GSA for fuel tank size and overal comfort on longer tours...although I would do a 21" Woody's wheel conversion cross laced and tubeless...but that is just me.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:43 AM   #43
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In 83K miles, I have never seen where a GSA would have been better and only a very few times where I wish I had the HP2.

Plain-ole GS has suited me well.
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:16 AM   #44
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I vote GS, not nuts about the "Milch Cow" ( WWII reference) looks of the GSA and if I need to run like a KC-130 I'll strap a rotopax on.

Caveat here I'm a light guy and pack light too.....
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:17 PM   #45
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I have the standard GS, but voted HP2
The biggest thing that kept me from buying one was the limited tank range.
The GSA has never appealed to me at all, but I would love for my GS to have another inch of suspension and loose 75-100 lbs without losing fuel capacity. 200+ miles on a tank is plenty for me.
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