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Old 08-09-2009, 09:04 AM   #1
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GSA1150 to GSA1200

Can anybody give a review or analysis of transitioning from a GSA 1150 to a GSA 1200? Good, bad, indifferent?
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:22 PM   #2
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You already have the best bike ever made if you have an 1150GSA.. Anything more is just to pose..
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:37 PM   #3
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I sold an 04 ADV w 66,000 mi that I should have kept, It was a great bike. I have an 08 ADV w 40,000mi that is a great bike too, You do what you wish but if you don't want a new bike keep what you got . The bottom line for ME is I can't ride my 1200 any faster or better than the 1150, also riding both bikes all over the country I can't say in one instance where the 1200 was ANY better or by how much. My 08 ADV is loaded and I've had 0 problems w it, the reason I have it was I sold my 04 ADV to get an 800GS and when the BMW held off on releasing them I needed a bike so thats how I ended up w the 1200.

Lots of opinions so sift through the bias and make up your mind, I could easily go back to an 1150 ADV and keep that bike for a LOOOOOONG time and be as happy as a clam. I still have not bought an 800 GS and after taking the BMW 2 day offroad school I don't feel I need one. Today

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Old 08-09-2009, 07:06 PM   #4
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My condolances....

Ill keep my 02 with 85,000 on it and rebuild it as I go... As far as the transition goes ummmmm...?????? ride it ??? It has 2 wheels like the last one......


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Can anybody give a review or analysis of transitioning from a GSA 1150 to a GSA 1200? Good, bad, indifferent?
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Old 08-09-2009, 07:33 PM   #5
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it's amazing the number of people who give the same opinion as mikep. (nice guy, by the way and an awesome K1200R)

many of them say they could have been just as happy on their 1150s and very often there are areas (looks, sounds, feel, vibration) in which they consider the 1150 better.

still, only one fellow has gone back (and i suspect money was the issue) and the rest love their 1200s.

it's lighter, more power, and has more aftermarket stuff-- now, anyway. a couple aftermarket 1150 farkle makers have told me "we don't have that part in stock and won't be making any more."

i mean, you may have to have your firmware updated (wtf!) on your bike, but other than that... the whinging about the CAN-Bus is past, now that people know how to work with it. other than the tuning, the mechanics are very similar.

it's the tuning and 50 little [EDIT-- 40 little] cc's that allow almost 20 extra horsies out of essentially the same motor, all the while cutting weight.

gotta like that.
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Old 08-15-2009, 03:33 AM   #6
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In 2008 I bought a fully loaded 12GSA with traction/ESA suspension etc in Magma Red
I rode 4000 muiles and sold it

Luckily I had kept my 2005 1150GSA otherwise I would have been sick as a pig

I didn't bond with the 12GSA.....................there was no love affair, it was a piece of cheap metal and plastic

On the other hand the 1150GSA has a soul, it is an icon

Money wasn't the issue, for the cash I'd freed up with sale of the 12GSA - I bought a 1996 R11RT and a XChallenge

Now I'm happy, because I have the perfect garage of bikes
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Old 08-15-2009, 04:38 AM   #7
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[quote=mike,p]I sold an 04 ADV w 66,000 mi that I should have kept, It was a great bike. I have an 08 ADV w 40,000mi that is a great bike too, You do what you wish but if you don't want a new bike keep what you got . The bottom line for ME is I can't ride my 1200 any faster or better than the 1150, also riding both bikes all over the country I can't say in one instance where the 1200 was ANY better or by how much. My 08 ADV is loaded and I've had 0 problems w it,


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I had an 04 GSA and now have a 09 GSA.
IT took almost 6 months to fully bond with the new bike.
Yes the 1200 is better in almost every way but only a little.


Funny story.
On my last trip on the 04 last October I came across a dude on a 08 GSA exactly like the 09 I had on order. Of course I had to ask tons of questions about his farkles. He wanted to trade for my 04 ( me pay the difference of course). He had also had an 04 GSA and missed it bad. I would have done the deal but had a deposit on the 1200 I had on order and I had already promised the 04 to my son
The 1150 GSA is a cult bike I think because of all the electronic gizmo stuff on the 1200.

However both are great bikes and you can not make a bad choice.

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Old 08-15-2009, 08:50 AM   #8
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That yellow bike looks wicked! I have giant light envy

I can't give you a comparison because this is my first GSA, but I can tell you I have had a crap load of bikes over the years & I love the GSA the most hands down.
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Old 08-15-2009, 09:38 AM   #9
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That YELLOW BIKE was a BAD BITCH w knobbies, I sat on that bike allmost 23hrs coming back from Alaska, I left AK on Mon was home on Fri. Great bike Great times.
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Old 08-15-2009, 08:24 PM   #10
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Can anybody give a review or analysis of transitioning from a GSA 1150 to a GSA 1200? Good, bad, indifferent?
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Save money and borrow one instead...
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Old 08-22-2009, 12:18 PM   #11
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1200 for me

I have had the 1100gs, 1150gs, 1200gs, 1150gsa (recently sold), in that order. The 1200 is lighter, handles better, faster, better gearbox, better fuel consumption, smoother engine. The 1150's feel more planted, are perhaps more reliable, are less complex if it has an electrical break down. The 1200 has less 'character' than the 1150, but is IMHO the better bike.
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