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    Which GS?

    Here is a good one; I am looking to buy a GS and would like some advise from GS Riders. Just sold my R1100R and must have another bike soon.
    I am not interested in off roading, shorter rides,maybe up to 250 Miles, some slab time but mostly in town, 2 lane HWY. I am leaning toward a GS because of the ergos,I am 6'4 and about 230lbs. Do not need anything with low suspension.I think that I would not be looking at a thumper GS because of power or the lack thereof.Any input is welcome.

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    Just my two cents, but other than your concern about ergonomics, a GS is way overkill for the riding you are describing.
    If you must have a GS, look at a F800.
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    +1 on the overkill with the GS. Take a look at the R1200R Roadster. It is a better setup for what you are describing. You will be surprised at how much better the Camhead, or even the Hexhead version of the Roadster is than the R1100. The premium for the GS is not worth it for your particular application, and the Roadster is capable of going most places the GS can go anyway. It is also a fun ride, and can mount the same luggage the RT carries if you want to tour with it a bit.

    One thing to remember about the Roadster a lot of us have discovered: When you start adding windscreens, luggage, etc. you are quickly into the RT price range without all the additional goodies of the RT: Adjustable windscreen, cruise, radio etc. Try the RT also. I traded my Roadster for the RT and am regretful only in the fact I did not go with the RT much, much sooner. It is probably the best all-round bike BMW makes, and definitely the best one I have ever had. I pretty much use it as a daily driver, and in city traffic or open road and twisties it is an absolute hoot to ride anytime, anywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ka5ysy View Post
    +1 on the overkill with the GS. Take a look at the R1200R Roadster.
    For someone 6'4" tall? I'm only 6' with a 32" inseam and find myself chewing on my knees when I get on a roadster. The advantage of the GS is the tall suspension which is not only great for leg room, but for soaking up the bumps on what passes for maintained 2-lane roads in this area. Even on the R1200GS I found it to be more comfortable after dropping the footpegs a half inch or so.

    Karsten, you need a test ride or three to know what bike is right for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KARSTEN View Post
    .... Just sold my R1100R and must have another bike soon............. I am leaning toward a GS because of the ergos,I am 6'4 and about 230lbs. Do not need anything with low suspension.I think that I would not be looking at a thumper GS because of power or the lack thereof.Any input is welcome.
    I think a 1200GS would be perfect for you. It offers great ergos and surprisingly effective wind protection, yet it still feels like a naked motorcycle.
    14 R1200GSA, 93 R100R. No car is as fun to drive as any motorcycle is to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milo View Post
    I think a 1200GS would be perfect for you. It offers great ergos and surprisingly effective wind protection, yet it still feels like a naked motorcycle.
    +1.

    The R1200R Roadster is a great bike, but would be way small in terms of ergos for your size. My wife rides a 2012 R1200R. She's 5'6" and 135, and the R fits her perfectly. I'm 5'8" 165, and the bike is even cramped for me. Too bad, as the R is a great machine. On the other hand, my 2012 1200GS is very roomy and makes a great road bike. I use it as a sport tourer, not an off-road machine, and it is awesome for the pavement. A couple of thoughts on the GS as a sport tourer:
    - Spring for the Adventure panniers. The standard GS panniers suck. Don't have enough carrying room, particularly the exhaust-side pannier.
    - If you don't want a taller windscreen, then at least put the GS/A wind wings on the GS. Makes a big difference for such a cheap mod.
    - The stock rider pegs are way too skinny. Put some PivotPegs or other wider pegs on it.
    Otherwise you'll find the mods that you want for the bike. Its a great machine. I've been through a number of bikes looking for the perfect (for me) sport tourer, including flirting with the new Ducati Multistrada for a year and 15k miles. I've come back to the GS and I'm staying...

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    thanks for the responses,overkill ??? are not all BMW bikes overkill? Yes they are, even thogh I have been riding them for 30 + years.What does that mean anyway? Overkill?Could I find I cheaper bike to entertain me? sure, a v strom is nice but I am hooked on the bavarian bikes for a reason.We all are and there are tons of reasons why.The Roadster is very nice but too cramped for me.My question is more along the lines, or should have been, what are the differences between the F650GS which I guess now is the 700GS and the F800GS, enough power? or just go with the 1200GS.

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    Power?

    EVEN the F700 today has more HP than our R100s of past and not even close. I think the HP question is very subjective to personal needs and most need much less than whats available today in HP. At 6' even, I find the GSA1200, the biggest of them all, a very comfy ride with legroom to spare and no finer touring, all day ride out there. Anybody over 6' should consider the bucks spent on the bigger GSA. 'cause its the best bang for the bucks spent. Most add the GSA stuff anyways, after the fact, when buying the GS1200. It clearly is built for adventure and offroading too, so if one kept it on the roads only, they would be fine but very limiting to their fun factor. Too many opportunities to explore and having the bike to do it is icing on the cake. Randy

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    Cool F800gs

    My opinion is one among many...I would suggest the F800GS. It is comparatively light weight, so it is easily moved and parked. Its ergonomics make for a very comfortable riding position, especially for someone 6'4". It can carry hard luggage for those little errands around town. The current model has 85 horsepower - which is what a 2004 R1150GSA had, and the F8 has 100 pounds less weight than the 1150. The 2013 F800GS has had several component upgrades from the previous model years. I just changed my '09 R1200GSA for a '13 F800GS because I felt the F8 is a plenty capable bike for the kind of riding I do and it is much easier to handle versus the 1200GSA. If you want to cross continents, then the GSA is definitely the bike of choice. If you're using the bike for short trips and a daily rider, something of a medium sized bike would be a better decision. Regardless of our individual opinions, there are reasons the GS is BMW's best selling model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwestly View Post
    A couple of thoughts on the GS as a sport tourer:
    - Spring for the Adventure panniers. The standard GS panniers suck. Don't have enough carrying room, particularly the exhaust-side pannier.
    - If you don't want a taller windscreen, then at least put the GS/A wind wings on the GS. Makes a big difference for such a cheap mod.
    - The stock rider pegs are way too skinny. Put some PivotPegs or other wider pegs on it.

    Or you could just buy a GSA and these good suggestions will be standard. And you will get to ride 300+ miles per tank regardless of your speed. I use my GSA as a touring bike, as well as very light off road (I am 5'-9) and motorcycle camping.


    Good luck!
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