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View Results: So, if you could do it all over again, which would you buy?
R1200GS 110 29.89%
R1200GSA 177 48.10%
HP2 81 22.01%
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:01 AM   #46
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I have a GSA and a HP2 and i know which i would lose from the collection if i could only have one...... HP2 will never be for sale
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:36 AM   #47
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I'm going to stick with my GSA. The pickup truck of motorcycles. Just the other day I rode an hour back from Harbor Freight with a sand blasting cabinet and 44 lbs of blast media, a rock tumbler and a couple of other things.

A whole case of beer (in bottles) fits in the right side case. The upper crash bars make a good lash point for 8' long materials laid on the top of the saddle bag.

The large tank is convenient for transporting fuel. If I ever need gas for the mower, saw or generator, I just siphon some out. Come to think of it, I have carried both my chainsaw and generator on my motorcycle.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:50 PM   #48
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Originally Posted by JustKip View Post
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.
There is an aftermarket farkle that adds 7 litres to the HP2 by installing an auxillary tank under the seat.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:39 PM   #49
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Love my 2012 GSA but if I had the opportunity, I would love to had an HP2 in my garage for its light weight and raw power ...
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:03 AM   #50
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Now with the new water cooled GS on the market, I'm not sure the choice remains between those three.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:14 AM   #51
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Upgraded to the 1200 for two up touring, got the GSA as here in Africa fuel can become a problem if you venture far from the big cities.
Would love the HP2 though. I've riden one off road.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:56 PM   #52
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I own a 2008 R1200GS and a 2012 R1200GSA. IMHO the GSA all the way.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:07 PM   #53
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I had an 05' GS, and got a new GSA in 2009. In 2010, I rode up up to Prudhoe Bay and Inuvik. I met a guy riding a F800GS, and it had plenty of power, and was much easier to ride through the deep gravel. On the road. my GSA is a dream, but I like riding in dirt also, so now I would go with a F800GS.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:08 AM   #54
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The duality of man...

I guess this thread got raised from the dead?

5 years after the purchase of my 1200GS, would I do it all over again?

The first thought that I had when I saw the poll was 990 Adventure. And then the sensible side of me said "1200GS."

Sigh...why can't I ride both at the same time?
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:22 AM   #55
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Originally Posted by SR1 View Post
5 years after the purchase of my 1200GS, would I do it all over again?

The first thought that I had when I saw the poll was 990 Adventure. And then the sensible side of me said "1200GS."

Sigh...why can't I ride both at the same time?
So...that's another vote for the HP2, then, right?
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:39 AM   #56
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now, yes

I think that less weight is more better than more horses
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:05 AM   #57
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I had an 1150. Rode the 12GS. Did not like the front end on the 12, in comparison. Just couldn't keep the front end planted, never got that comfy feeling from the front.

Did a test for a mag, comparing the HP2 and the SE. Once I figured out the shock, that HP2 railed offroad, lots of fun. I'd own one. Over an SE.

But I knew what I planned to do with my next bike, and I didn't see the HP2 come up in my thinking for that. Time has shown that I made the right choice: GSA.

I'm not a little guy, and I raced for a number of years, those two things gave me an advantage compared to many riders when it comes to off road. I single track this bike (minus the bags), and run it all over hell's half acre. Has 160 on the clock now, so it gets used. I have a nicely set up 350 in the garage for playing in the woods, but the truth be known, it rarely gets ridden. When I go out to the garage, 99% of the time I hop on the GSA.

Why it over the regular 12? The weight. Yes, the weight. Most of the extra weight on a GSA is on the front end, and that difference made it plant, and I could turn on it the way I wanted. I'm front end dominant, as my tire wear proves to me: I have to change tires as a set, most times because the front tire is finished. Got a few rear tires with life still on them kicking around, if you ever need one.

By my estimate, I conclude that my circumstances are not common. Because of this, I rarely, if ever, recommend a GSA to anyone. Truth be known, most times I recommend a 650 Strom if folks are more street oriented, a 950 if they're dirt guys. Or a KLR if their budget is tight.

Of the three, I wouldn't own the regular GS.

The new one? When i wear out this bike in a couple of years, so far, the front runner for replacement is the sooper-ten. If they make it with a bigger tank. Or the new waterhead, if they adventurize it, and it pans out better than my hexhead GSA.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:20 AM   #58
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I've had all three. Hp2 stays. Modded just right for me.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:03 AM   #59
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Originally Posted by BMW-K View Post
Ok, let's say you currently own an R1200GS. Further, let's say you can ONLY have one bike (garage space limited, for instance).

If you could do it all over again, what would you buy?
Definitely the GSA. Having ridden the GS there are similarities but the GSA gets my vote due to suspension, seating, crash protection, amount of fuel, and wind protection.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:10 PM   #60
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no bullshit clutch, final drive, metal tank, shit servo brakes, bad gear ratios, extra useless crap. it just works and goes forever. But BMW will never bring the 'it just works' models back.
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