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    Cowboyatheart
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    Does anyone know what you lose with a lowered suspension R1200GS?

    obviously ground clearance,

    But does that mean cornering ability (e.g. heads hit ground sooner on pavement?)
    or any of the electronic goodies, like ESA or cruise control for example?

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    the answer is, according to the dealer...

    apparently you loose NOTHING except ground clearance, cornering is still good, AND no loss of any features (including ESA and cruise)!

    Lowered suspension takes the unladen seat height down to 790mm. I might just be able to fit that.

    I will try one out in a few weeks when they get some new ones in.

    The other option is a F700GS with regular suspension and low seat, that fits me well, from a seat height perspective, but I haven't ridden one yet.
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    With factory lower shocks, they definitely ride harder. I also think a GS feels better balanced and more agile at low speeds with the lowered suspension.
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    The way BMW does lowered suspension doesn't change the minimum lean angle. The lowering comes off the travel of the shock - off the fully extended position. The maximum compressed shock length remains the same as a standard suspenion's shock. This does require a higher spring rate to prevent the shock bottoming out, so the ride will be firmer. I don't know if ESA is available with the lowered GS suspension, but a dealer should be able to answer that question.

    That's the short answer..
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    Haven't looked at a GS, but on the RT the lowered version comes with longer "feelers" on the driver footpegs.

    This suggests reduced cornering lean angles to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Haven't looked at a GS, but on the RT the lowered version comes with longer "feelers" on the driver footpegs.

    This suggests reduced cornering lean angles to me.
    Kent - never noticed this. I can't imagine BMW reducing clearances since that would open them up to liability.. (that they knowingly made a bike that touched down sooner than another one of the same basic design.)

    I'll have to look next time I see one..
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