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Old 04-12-2014, 05:33 AM   #1
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2009 vs. 2014 GSA Real Life Comparison

I traded my red 2009 GSA for a new blue 2014 GSAW yesterday. Below are my first impressions and comparison. I rode the 2009 150 miles to the dealership and rode the new home the same 150 miles. It provided a good back to back comparison. Please note that I am 5' 10" and 165lbs.

Windshield - Similar protection but the 2014 is not as solid. Adjustment improved.

Egros - The 2014 handlebars do have more forward bias than 2009. The 2009s were perfect for me. I will be looking to move the 2014 back a little. I had the BMW rubber pegs added and would highly recommend. They just feel better.

Seat - The 2014 stock seat is much improved over the 2009. It actually is somewhat shaped like it should be. I will still be replacing with a new Russell as was sore after 120 miles.

Bags - Pretty much the same but bag locks are bigger and better quality feel.

Electronic Cruise - Finally and thank god.

Engine - No comparison. The 2014 just seems to want to do everything better. more power, runs smoother, and feels like it wants to rev much quicker. I do miss the lower first gear as BMWs have a fairly high first gear. I still think a 7th gear for running above 70 MPH would be useful.

Transmission - Much better. Smooth and precise.

Lighting - Sure looks cool. I did not drive at night.

Gauges - Digital display is expanded and readable. The analogs (speed and tach) continue to get smaller (or seem like it). The print is quite small and my eyes are getting older.

Heated Grips - Adequate, but not as good as the old ones. My old ones were seldom used on high.

GPS Mount - The bike comes stock with the mount for the BMW GPS. I have not decided to get one yet and the mount is annoying without it. For a tall rider, it might block the top of the tach. I will either buy the GPS or remove the mount.

I will add more as the miles pile up. Overall, it is a much improved bike that definitely is different than the 2009. Yes I like it better, but do need to make a couple of ergo changes to make it just right. Hope this is helpful.

Time to add more farkles at they begin to arrive.
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:48 AM   #2
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:31 AM   #3
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Old 04-12-2014, 02:06 PM   #4
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I appreciate your straightforward review. I also had a 2009 and looking forward to my GSAW coming in May. I immediately moved the GPS from the windshield brace on my 2009 and installed it between the handlebars on a Touratech mount. I really liked having access without having to reach.

I like the locking feature of the new GSAW Nav V mount---going to try it awhile up on the windshield brace and see how it goes. I may end up moving it down to the handlebars as long as the wonderwheel will still operate.
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:54 PM   #6
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Old 04-12-2014, 06:21 PM   #7
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I thought the exact opposite when it comes to the egro part. I find my 2014 much more comfy and less forward bias, as the stock seat doesnt have me sliding forward like before. Besides the engine, I think this is one of the areas they improved on the most.
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:11 AM   #8
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Happy to see you have your new gsaw every time i was at the dealer i looked for you and asked if you picked up your gsaw yet, your overview was nice to read i like the new sounds it makes give it some gas it has a nice bark to it , and no clunk between gears it feels nice and solid in the twisty roads i ride the power is great hand down to the old motor more fun to and it's been wife approved that's a hard stamp to get ,one thing i don't like it has no gas tank protection my ridding gear will eat my nice blue paint off luckily there is a place down the road from me they make decals stickers this week I'm having them make some clear tank protection for me ,enjoy that new gsaw
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:33 AM   #9
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Interesting... I found the wind management to be one of the biggest/best improvements/features versus recent GS bikes (past owner sohc/dohc/water). Perhaps your build (one inch taller) and helmet may have something to do with it. Congrats and enjoy your new bike.
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