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Old 07-08-2013, 04:15 AM   #46
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I'll be enjoying my 2012 GSA for years to come. Not impressed.

Have you ridden the new GS? Traded in my 2008 Adventure, which was my favorite bike at that point, for the WC and all I can do is smile. Aesthetics aside, it it a huge leap in technology. I usually base my decisions on performance rather looks unless the looks are hideous. All I can say to those of you who will be keeping you oil cooled Adventures, don't ride the new bike when it is available because I think the performance will make you forget aesthetics entirely.

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Old 07-08-2013, 05:23 AM   #47
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Have you ridden the new GS? Traded in my 2008 Adventure, which was my favorite bike at that point, for the WC and all I can do is smile. Aesthetics aside, it it a huge leap in technology. I usually base my decisions on performance rather looks unless the looks are hideous. All I can say to those of you who will be keeping you oil cooled Adventures, don't ride the new bike when it is available because I think the performance will make you forget aesthetics entirely.
But what about the performance of the switchgear on the new models?

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Old 07-08-2013, 06:29 AM   #48
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But what about the performance of the switchgear on the new models?

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Old 07-08-2013, 10:33 AM   #49
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I'll wait for a couple more years, my 2010 is still soooo good, love the low end grunt of the camhead and see no reason to upgrade.
Never use the peak horsepower anyways. Something to be said for simplicity, I'll add water later
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:03 PM   #50
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I like! So what would it cost in the US? Gotta start saving.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:29 PM   #51
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I have been involved the automotive industry for over 30 years and found it is ALWAYS best to wait a few years after a new model comes out before buying it, then the manufacturer can iron out all the bugs.

Much like yourself, I never use the peak horse power either.

It is comforting to have the last of the Oily Camheads

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I'll wait for a couple more years, my 2010 is still soooo good, love the low end grunt of the camhead and see no reason to upgrade.
Never use the peak horsepower anyways. Something to be said for simplicity, I'll add water later
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:18 PM   #52
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I have been involved the automotive industry for over 30 years and found it is ALWAYS best to wait a few years after a new model comes out before buying it, then the manufacturer can iron out all the bugs.

Much like yourself, I never use the peak horse power either.

It is comforting to have the last of the Oily Camheads
Having said that if I had a 2005 or so GSA with high mileage, nothing would stop me from buying an early model 2014 GSAWC
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:53 PM   #53
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I like the black engine & wheels. Needs that option for the standard bike.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:42 PM   #54
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:41 PM   #55
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Wonder what it weighs?

My loaded 11 GS with ESA, OEM lower crash bar, Nav IV and laced wheels is 540 fully fueled. Dad's comparable 13 GSW, identically equipped minus crash bar and with cast wheels is 523 on the same scale.

Wet weight on a 13 GSA is listed as 570. Theoretically (and hopefully) the '14 "GSAW" could actually be a tiny bit less.

I know the 13 GSW weight is listed as 525lb vs. 510 for the 12, but it seems that unlike the oil cooled item, the GSW doesn't gain any weight when fully optioned up (or perhaps they weighed a GSW with ESA).

Then again the GSW doesn't have a front preload motor...and it's conceivable that the GSAW might.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:02 PM   #56
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I too have been waiting on pins and needles for these pics. Thanks for posting what you found. I'm not sure how I feel about it visibly. I have ridden the bubble boxer GS and loved the motor/tranny. I'm not going to pan it yet, as the final edition may be a bit different. The crash bars bother me though as the seem focused on the radiators, while ignoring the tank. It seems to me that if the the tank is protected like the current model there isn't a chance in he'll the radiators could take a shot. They used that approach on the GS..

Either way I'm excited to finally have some idea of the future direction
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:14 AM   #57
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Good to see a proper picture of it at last, not just the back half!
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:35 AM   #58
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no fog/running lights either. My guess is that these are very preliminary pics, and that the final incarnation will be similar, but different
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:09 AM   #59
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Looking great!
If you "can" afford, yes.
My 06 piggies got to hit 1000's more kilometers before I can even contemplate....
Ignorance is bliss.....must resist temptation to test ride
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:26 AM   #60
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Still undecided about a big adventure bike. This new Adventure looks great, but then I think of the beast on its side on some gravel road and trying to pick it up. Probably no harder than the top heavy KLR I once had, but even that one I had to remove the top case to be able to right it. So spoiled by my 690-so easy to pick it up and get going. Apples and oranges I know but that is the main sticking point for me with these bikes. The weight. I was riding on some hard packed gravel covered roads the other day. Not much traction. Going downhill and having to scrub speed to make a turn(and not go over a cliff!) is tricky enough on my 690. I can't imagine being on a 500 lb bike. So yeah, I really like the new adventure and may end up buying one, but it would probably end up being 95% road riding.

BTW, I am not a KTM snob. Big adventure bikes are also all the KTMs. Really annoyed with my 990 SMR at the moment as it starts week 4 at the dealer with an immobilizer fault! We have a good BMW dealer close by and that is going to be a huge factor in my next purchase.
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