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Old 01-21-2013, 08:51 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Migs View Post
Many of my R1200GS owning friends say the R1200GS is easier to ride than the F800GS. What is your take on this?
This doesn't directly respond to your question, but two BIG things I don't like about the F800GS relative to the R1200GS are (1) tubed tires and (2) chain drive.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:11 PM   #32
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Fully agree with Bill Allen. I didnt like the vulnerablity of the big radiator right behind
the front wheel either. Love my 1200 GSA and dont think it gets enough credit for
its off road capability. The bike is incredibly balanced and with one third tank of fuel
takes most top heaviness away.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:56 AM   #33
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I heard the 800 forks are junk, non rebuild-able and non adjustable.

We did 10K miles with an 800. It kept up with two GSAs but the forks were pogo sticks and it costs about $2k plus to correct them.

Always ride every bike you can get your hands on. Its way better than reading about it.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:03 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by kellymac530 View Post
In big rocks, soft sand, and mud, I think I would take the 800. In fireroads, hard pack anything-asphalt or dirt-, high speed, twisties.....then I want the 1200.

Easy is not an is a variable.
A little wear and tear is expected.
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