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Old 07-13-2014, 10:02 AM   #2476
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In favor of the 2014:

I'm 5'10" with a 32" inseam and ride the 2014 GSA with the BMW Lower Seat and find it more comfortable than the stock seat. Ample knee-bend flat-footing it.

Even lower aftermarket seats are available.

In favor of the lowered 2015:

Unless you're planning on some pretty rough off-road riding I can't see
losing an inch or so of travel being a concern. I've bottomed out only occasionally and only on exceedingly rough trails. For example, the R1200R is popular among some Colorado DS riders as it sits lower and has enough suspension travel for most trails and dirt roads.

Then there's all that new 2015 model candy.......
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Old 07-13-2014, 10:08 AM   #2477
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Well GSA 2015 doesn't have that much differences.
So if you don't mind the lowering (which if you ask me I would try to avoid... affects resale etc. - or try just the GS saddle which is lower), I don't see why to wait.

If it was the new GS (with the heavier flywheel that your GSA will already have) and its new colors, then yes, I would wait.
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Old 07-13-2014, 10:26 AM   #2478
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Well GSA 2015 doesn't have that much differences.
So if you don't mind the lowering (which if you ask me I would try to avoid... affects resale etc. - or try just the GS saddle which is lower), I don't see why to wait.
You know I never even gave resale value consideration. That's a great point to consider.
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:58 PM   #2479
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In favor of the 2014:

I'm 5'10" with a 32" inseam and ride the 2014 GSA with the BMW Lower Seat and find it more comfortable than the stock seat. Ample knee-bend flat-footing it.
Flat footing + knee bend.. ok.. that's good to hear! Decision restored.
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Old 07-13-2014, 02:15 PM   #2480
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Flat footing + knee bend.. ok.. that's good to hear! Decision restored.
I'm 5'10" ( used to be 5'11") and have a 30" inseam. I can flat-foot the bike with my Seat Concepts standard height GS saddle in the high position, front & rear, with a little knee bend. I couldn't with the stock seat. I ride a '14 GSA with no suspension modifications.

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Old 07-15-2014, 05:45 PM   #2481
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I'm 5'10" ( used to be 5'11") and have a 30" inseam. I can flat-foot the bike with my Seat Concepts standard height GS saddle in the high position, front & rear, with a little knee bend. I couldn't with the stock seat. I ride a '14 GSA with no suspension modifications.

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Woa....with a little knee bend???

Don't own one, however, I tried this at the dealership.
I've a 30" inseam, and with a LOW GS/LC seat on the GSA, in the low position, I was quite a ways away from flat footing, much less having a litttle knee bend.

I was told the bike was set on rider only pre-load.

Gonna have to check it out again sometime I guess.

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Old 07-16-2014, 01:59 AM   #2482
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Woa....with a little knee bend???

Don't own one, however, I tried this at the dealership.
I've a 30" inseam, and with a LOW GS/LC seat on the GSA, in the low position, I was quite a ways away from flat footing, much less having a litttle knee bend.

I was told the bike was set on rider only pre-load.

Gonna have to check it out again sometime I guess.

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Yup, just a little knee bend. When my GSA had the stock saddle, I couldn't flat-foot it. Frankly, it was no big deal. My Seat Concepts saddle (std height for a GS) made all the difference. Also, in street shoes, flat footing isn't as easy. I can do it but I'm darn near standing. When you go to the dealership, wear your riding boots to get a true test.

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Old 07-16-2014, 01:47 PM   #2483
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Bike Update

Turns out I didn't pop a valve seat down in Mexico. Motorrad authorized the engine tear-down which proved the valve seats were all in place. But the right side cam gears were well out of spec - a known issue in Germany. So much so they've developed four sets of cam gears to account for variations from spec. The occurring slop caused the head noise and about 5% power loss. Hope to have the bike back in a week or so.

This just makes me long for electronically actuated valves even more.
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:00 PM   #2484
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Update - Got my VIN number today. Its in production now. Pulled the Trigger on the Akropovic can, gs lower seat, and side cases! Now I will re-read all posts and never fall asleep again until i nervously mount the big new bike for the first time a-la-Gaston at the dealership and ride off...

Thanks for the advice all.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:09 PM   #2485
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Good call on the Akro can. You're gonna love it. The guys I rode de Sol a Sol with said it barked like a dog all the way to Acapulco.

Hope you don't mind riding with ear plugs.
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:28 AM   #2486
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Love that feeling Mobthrob.
Some do it all the time.
I did it last time (with a bike), exactly 7 years ago.
I ordered my specs, said I would wait for 2-3 month.
Then it came, took a week more for the paperwork to finish, in which time I went to the dealer's window to see MY bike waiting for ME.
It smelled new. Something you cannot get from a used bike. I was her first. ;)
I took it a Thursday, 7 years ago, next day I want for a small run-in trip. In two days, the first weekend, I made around 700Km. It seemed so easy, even though I couldn't go over ~4000 RPM. By mid-next-week I gave it for the 1K check/oil-change.
Aaaah. Nice.
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:13 AM   #2487
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Love that feeling Mobthrob.
Some do it all the time.
I did it last time (with a bike), exactly 7 years ago.
I ordered my specs, said I would wait for 2-3 month.
Then it came, took a week more for the paperwork to finish, in which time I went to the dealer's window to see MY bike waiting for ME.
It smelled new. Something you cannot get from a used bike. I was her first. ;)
I took it a Thursday, 7 years ago, next day I want for a small run-in trip. In two days, the first weekend, I made around 700Km. It seemed so easy, even though I couldn't go over ~4000 RPM. By mid-next-week I gave it for the 1K check/oil-change.
Aaaah. Nice.
You'll have that feeling again soon, NLS. It's about time you bought one, isn't it?
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Old 07-18-2014, 05:29 AM   #2488
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You'll have that feeling again soon, NLS. It's about time you bought one, isn't it?

But I'll need to survive my wife's retaliation.
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But I'll need to survive my wife's retaliation.
Just don't tell her! As long as you get the same colour as your current bike, she won't notice!

My wife doesn't mind when I get a new bike, as long as I buy her something nice as well. As I've just ordered two bikes, it had to be a big present, so we're moving house!
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Old 07-19-2014, 03:08 AM   #2490
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Just don't tell her! As long as you get the same colour as your current bike, she won't notice!

My wife doesn't mind when I get a new bike, as long as I buy her something nice as well. As I've just ordered two bikes, it had to be a big present, so we're moving house!
In need of a bigger garage?
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