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Old 05-15-2014, 10:52 AM   #1
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BMW R1200GS vs KTM 1190 Adv R Comparison Test

Just published online by Cycle World:

http://www.cycleworld.com/2014/05/12...pecifications/

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Old 05-15-2014, 01:41 PM   #2
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Gotta love a comparison test written not to piss off either advertiser....
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Old 05-15-2014, 02:34 PM   #3
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big and bulky

they should lay down each bike and see how easy its to rise up again by yourself , the its shows how good the big girl can hide its weight
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Old 05-15-2014, 02:47 PM   #4
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disappointing read

BMw must have told CW to tone it down after the 3 way comparison with suzuki and the standard GS. The ups and downs are a joke. Good thing Jimmy Lewis rides better than he writes.
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Old 05-15-2014, 02:49 PM   #5
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No real surprises there: Beemer good for comfort, KTM good for hauling ass.
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:29 PM   #6
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pretty weak comparison and telling us what we already know. would be nice to see a real comparison that's not so vanilla and toned down.
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:31 PM   #7
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Some other criteria I'm surprised they omitted:

filtering / splitting lanes?
off-road ability?
race track ability?
safety when cornering?
ABS performance?
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:23 PM   #8
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the fat girl

the fat girl is closer related to the Honda crosstourer than you might think .
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:27 PM   #9
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Tyre???

Which Tire is on the KTM?
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:35 PM   #10
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Which Tire is on the KTM?
Big Blocks on both
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:58 PM   #11
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The guy I ride with has a 2014 GS1200 Adventure. It's a very nice bike with some features I wish the KTM had but I got what I wanted. Different riders for different bikes.......both are outstanding.
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Old 05-15-2014, 05:13 PM   #12
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But give the tires grip and the KTM destroys the BMW, making it seem as if the GS were caught between gears every time.

And maybe that is the story of the powerplants: The BMW has three gears for every situation.

The KTM has the right gear (both have appreciably wide-ratio six-speed transmissions).

The GS pulls from 2,000 rpm with authority, wanting a shift at 7,000 and taking its time getting there when compared to the KTM.

Im so happy i purchased the 1190, an amzing bike, inspiring, confident,
All round its a winner in my garage...
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Old 05-15-2014, 05:38 PM   #13
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The GSA is like Chuck Norris. It doesn't split lanes, it creates them :)

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Some other criteria I'm surprised they omitted:

filtering / splitting lanes?
off-road ability?
race track ability?
safety when cornering?
ABS performance?
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:45 PM   #14
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Both are exceptional bikes, isn't it great we have choices.
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Old 05-15-2014, 07:01 PM   #15
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This article should fall under humor rather than a vehicle comparison. It's hilarious reading Jimmy Lewis' attempt to seem impartial to the results of the ride test. He knows the KTM ate the BMW's lunch, but has to meely-mouth his way around this feelings in the article so as to not incite BMW.
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