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Old 01-19-2013, 12:30 AM   #1
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Can i ride a 1200gs

I just recently sold my 2009 R1200r and as my title implies, i am wanting to look into buying a 1200 gs. Some background info..... i am only 5'4" with a 27 inch inseam. ( i know , i am a short ass, but i love bikes. i am 56 years old and have owned 30 motorcycles ). anyways my 1200r was a factory low seat , low frame bike with a seat height of only 29.5 inches. This is about as low as a BMW can get. i even cut down the seat , maybe another a quarter to half an inch. Bottom line was i had no problem riding the bike in terms of handling, bottoming out , comfort etc. I put on about 8 000 miles on the bike but from no fault of the bike i sold it and banked some money. I currently ride a 1996 VFR 750 Honda and have a lowered KLR 650 ( 2008 ). I love the look of the GS and the fairing over the 1200r and absolutely love the boxer engine. I am confident that i can ride a gs 1200 if i can get the ride height down. but the low frame , low seat version only gets me to 31.1 inches. i need about another inch and a half minimum......is this doable. i could also buy some daytona boots with an insde heel lift and cut the seat some more. The weight difference between the r1200r and the GS is minimal. Anyone out their ride both that could advise me. thanks for any suggestions in advance.....cheers.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:42 AM   #2
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Of course you can ride a GS. Heres one that should fit



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Old 01-19-2013, 02:02 AM   #3
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This might be a useful thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=301499
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:42 AM   #4
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:47 AM   #5
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Just do it !

Hey Beemer, I'm 58 years old with a 28" inseam. If I listened to everyone that says you can't then I would not have and missed out. I bought this 08 used 2 years ago with 4000 km, it now is pushing 50,000. Sure I fell off a few times but so what. I can get a foot down and thats all you need.
This is a great bike! Dependable, comfortable ( with the original seat) and I can basically go where ever I choose.
Lifes too short to sweat the small stuff. Just my .02 worth

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Old 01-19-2013, 04:11 AM   #6
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Why spend the money for a GS and make an R out of it? That is what you will be doing and the bike wont be as good as an R
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:47 AM   #7
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Why spend the money for a GS and make an R out of it? That is what you will be doing and the bike wont be as good as an R
Exactly. Just buy a Touratech Xtra Low seat and be done with it. I have a 31" inseam and cannot touch both feet flat on the ground with my 1200GSA. I had been ip using the factory GSA seat until I recently bout a Sargent. I just put one foot down at stops and have been just fine for the year that I've owned it.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:00 AM   #8
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i could also buy some daytona boots with an insde heel lift and cut the seat some more. The weight difference between the r1200r and the GS is minimal. Anyone out their ride both that could advise me. thanks for any suggestions in advance.....cheers.
Heel lift is NOT the way to go. Somebody (either Gaerne or SIDI) makes a women's boot with about 2" extra heel. The verdict, according to my GF, is that you can't push off with the toes-down foot position heels force you into. You can touch down better, but you're not any more stable than just getting a toe down. Backing out of a parking space isn't any easier at all.
It costs more, but you can have a good shoe repair shop add full length, thicker soles to any riding boots. Then you'll need to address the shifter with a thicker foot, but it's not that big of an issue.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:17 AM   #9
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Wink GS low suspension might be your solution.

I have a 30" inseam and ride 2012 GS. My feet just barely touch flat on both sides at a stop, no issues with this really and love the bike, but did do a 0-1 mile an hour awkward stop roll over because my foot landed in a gully past the point of no return when the weight and momentum owns you.

I avoided the GSA because my feet simply don't land flat, so I suppose it depends on what you're comfortable with, but I think the roll over can happen more because of the high center of gravity and landing situation than your leg length, but obviously leg length plays a factor.

They do make a GS Low suspension
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:29 AM   #10
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Why spend the money for a GS and make an R out of it? That is what you will be doing and the bike wont be as good as an R
Simple... the OP stated he likes the look of the GS better.

Beemer... buy what you like or you'll regret it.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:19 AM   #11
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OK, I'm tall but have a 30" inseam.
I ride a GSA and just put on new suspension with proper sag.
I have a corbin seat in the high position. I can flatfoot one side if I shift a little.
I've had the bike about 13 months and a little over 15k miles.
The only time I have an issue is when I've been riding the HD fora while.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:31 AM   #12
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Once you get going...not a problem :-)

I owned a 97 1100gs (which I just sold) and I have to admit I had a few 0 mph tip overs because of the height. As long as you know eventually its gonna happen, you'll be good. IMHO unless your going to go off road and need the height, I would go with a lower bike.
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:41 PM   #13
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Hell yes you can ride a GS. I have a 27.5" inseam and ride a standard frame with a low Sargent seat. It took me a few weeks to get used the height and the weight of the GS but after a while, it becomes second nature.

It is by far the best all around bike I have owned in over 45 years of riding. Go for it.
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:54 PM   #14
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Hey Beemer, I'm 58 years old with a 28" inseam. If I listened to everyone that says you can't then I would not have and missed out. I bought this 08 used 2 years ago with 4000 km, it now is pushing 50,000. Sure I fell off a few times but so what. I can get a foot down and thats all you need.
This is a great bike! Dependable, comfortable ( with the original seat) and I can basically go where ever I choose.
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:03 PM   #15
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Hey Beemer, I'm 58 years old with a 28" inseam. If I listened to everyone that says you can't then I would not have and missed out. I bought this 08 used 2 years ago with 4000 km, it now is pushing 50,000. Sure I fell off a few times but so what. I can get a foot down and thats all you need.
This is a great bike! Dependable, comfortable ( with the original seat) and I can basically go where ever I choose.
Lifes too short to sweat the small stuff. Just my .02 worth

+1 What he said..and if I am not mistaken Jim from the JVD video's is not tall but does just fine on a GS.

PS. Thats a great pic..you can tell by the grin on your face, life is good.
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