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    Perpetuating the Myth

    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    Yes, BMW's GS bike are huge. Almost a parody of a motorcycle.

    Point being, I guess, that in spite of their size, folks do tend to ride them well in serious off road conditions.

    Looking around, the vast majority of bigger D/S bikes I see on the roads, are the GS's. there are plenty of smaller D/S bikes around here, but the big ones are almost always GS.
    A GS is around 516 lbs, IMO more like 500. That Yamaha is a BUNCH more like 575. Triumph Explorer 570. Take a look at an FJR or C14, now there is some beef. My previous bike was a Tiger 1050 and my GS feels lighter than the Tiger and handles WAY better.

    So why am I listing street bikes????? I bought my GS to run 2 lane, asphalt twisties. Dual Sport? Hell NO! One sport. Why, because it handles great, don't believe me??? Try and chase one. Yes, absolutely, yes, a lot of guys do dual sport, but check GS owners and I'll bet 90+ % of their riding is on the street and most of that 10% is not Paris to Dakar type stuff. Just sayin....
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    I'm a 33" inseam, have the taller Sargent Enduro seat on my F800GS and it sits up taller with less sag on the Ohlins Suspension. I can't flatfoot it and don't care, it really doesn't matter. Having the ground clearance for off road matters more. It just means that sometimes I have to be off the bike to push it back out of a spot. Rarely in riding do I need both feet flat on the ground.

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    I ride a GS and I love it because it fits me physically and is a fantastic all-purpose street bike. I will take it on dirt or gravel roads, but no serious offroading. No way. Put me on a small displacement5 dirt bike for that stuff, thank you very much. I want no part of wrestling around a 500+ lb bike in mud or sand.
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    Tenere wet weight: 578 lbs

    Camhead R1200GSA wet weight: 564 lbs

    Wethead R1200GS wet weight: 525 lbs.

    R100GS wet weight: 468 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sedanman View Post
    That's how I ride my HP2 enduro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Tenere wet weight: 578 lbs

    Camhead R1200GSA wet weight: 564 lbs

    Wethead R1200GS wet weight: 525 lbs.

    R100GS wet weight: 468 lbs.
    R80G/S - 420 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboyatheart View Post
    Interesting technique, but what does he do at a stop light, with or without a fully loaded bike?
    Easy ... just slide your butt over to the side of the seat and put your foot on the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by royce View Post
    Bottom line: one should only ride a bike that "feels" safe and comfortable, and for me, that ain't a GS. I wish it were.
    Very sound logic, Royce!

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    It's partly an age thing

    Early in my riding experience, I rode a lot of tall bikes without a great deal of problem even with my short inseam. However, as I have gotten older, weaker and less stable, I don't do as well. It's harder to keep a tall bike upright when it gets unbalanced now and it hurts more when I try to keep it from tipping over and I strain something. What was easy in my 20s is more difficult in my 60s. For me, Medicare and a lower seat go together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chewbacca View Post
    ........... I bought my GS to run 2 lane, asphalt twisties. Dual Sport? Hell NO! One sport. Why, because it handles great, don't believe me??? Try and chase one. ..........
    Absolutely, take a rider off even a R11/12S or any of the K's and on a tight twisty road he will be as fast as ke was on those. Let him get a few miles and get comfortable and he will be faster. They are SO easy to hustle through the tight corners, they immediately raise your confidence, and you ride faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pffog View Post
    Absolutely, take a rider off even a R11/12S or any of the K's and on a tight twisty road he will be as fast as ke was on those. Let him get a few miles and get comfortable and he will be faster. They are SO easy to hustle through the tight corners, they immediately raise your confidence, and you ride faster.
    I fortunately found an 03 R1150R that I could afford a couple months back, coming from an 07 WeeStrom and 03 KLR. I have not ridden a GS, but the R is extremely better handling than those dual sports. If I wanted a more off-roadable bike would the GS be much of an improvement over the R on pavement?

    I did the Black Hills a few weeks ago and learned so much about riding with the R on the Needles highway... I can't wait to get back!

    I never could get comfortable with the Wees top-heaviness at low speed and parking it etc. Is the GS more top heavy like the wee?

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    Price

    A friend just bought a Yamaha Super T after test riding the new GS. He could not justify the $5000 additional price for a bike with similar add ons. I ride a GSA and really like it but I was impressed after riding the Super T.
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    A GS is a very sneaky bike. You can take turns effortlessly on a GS that were sphincter tighteners on other bikes. It IS different, and takes some getting used to. If you just jump on one and take a short spin, you probably won't appreciate just how good it is.
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    My local Yamaha dealer, as well as the rest of the US dealers, all received this letter yesterday. I'm a loyal BMW GS Owner/Rider, but the Super Tenere certainly isn't going away!

    September 10, 2013

    Dear Yamaha Motorcycle Dealer,

    The 2014 model year Super Tenere will be introduced in March 2014.

    Dealer order allocations for the 2014 Super Tenere will be based on each dealer's retail sales of 2012 and 2013 Super Tenere models.

    We hope this information helps you better plan your current and future retail business plans.

    Sincerely,

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    Quote Originally Posted by beemerdons View Post
    My local Yamaha dealer, as well as the rest of the US dealers, all received this letter yesterday. I'm a loyal BMW GS Owner/Rider, but the Super Tenere certainly isn't going away!
    Good, now... if we can only get Honda to bring its Crosstourer in.... *with* the aluminum frame....

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