Update and a few more questions
Wow, interesting afternoon. It was a great day so I took the chance to ride the GSA and a new Yamaha Super Tenere.
First, a little more background. I am 5-11 and have about a 32 inch inseam. Riding the GSA today I get the point many of you made re the wind protection. I am sure that a GS(A) will lengthen my riding season. Most of my riding will be local with a mix of in town and highway. Might be an occasional long trip thrown in.
So, I rode the GSA. I could really love this bike... if it were an inch (half an inch?) shorter. It has a Corbin seat and we lowered it as far as it would go... and I can't quite flat-foot it. It was fine but I worry just a little if I will get comfortable with it.
The bike is a 2009 in pretty nice shape (37000 miles) with some nice extras. Since the current owner is quite a bit bigger than me, (maybe 30 or 40 lbs) can I expect that the bike will sit a little lower once I get the suspension set to my liking?
I also see some talk about Hyper Pro lowering kits. Is there a consensus on these? Do they work? Do they lead to other problems?
My last two bikes were Yamahas. After reading the reviews I was ready to spend the same money and get a NEW Yamaha. After I got off the GSA, I rode the Tenere, it was fine, and I crossed it off my list. Wind protection was nowhere near the GSA and the engine seemed quite a bit more "buzzy". different class of machine.
Am I right that there was another significant upgrade in engine in 2010?
All thoughts are welcome.