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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 2009, 1:36 pm Thread Starter
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Just got through watching the "Long Way Round" and "LWD" series. Don't think I'm going to go on a three month trip but would definitely like to try the "adventure" riding thing (maybe three or four weeks at a time.

Took a demo ride on a 1200GS (no Adventure in stock to demo) and was extremely impressed. I don't think I'm ready to give up my R1200S but I think it may be time for my GT to morph into a GSA.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 2009, 4:30 pm
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Shoot Hazard a PM... He has both and rides them both like they were designed to do. He should have some good insight on the huge differences between the two...
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I have a 2007 R1200GS as well as my 2006 K1200GT. Two complete opposite ends of the biking spectrum. I love both and would miss either.

* The GS is very easy to swing a leg over, start and run around town, I feel the GT is like taxiing out a Lear Jet in comparison for a run to the grocery store. I think the GS is over 100 lbs lighter...

* The GS is made for ease of maintenance, and the GT, well, is hard to do anything but change the oil and final drivve fluid for most "normal" people...

* I did an Iron Butt last year on the GS, and the trip would have been WAY MORE comfortable on the GT- and faster too! Very little protection on the GS from wind, rain, etc.

* The GS is fairly a common site on the road. The GT still seems pretty rare,at least in my part of the country. Both have a different but great curb appeal.

Basically, if I want a very "care free" ride, I'll take the GS. If I'm interested in a little more "excitement', I'll take the GT. I think the GS is much easier to deal with in tight, stop and go traffic, the GT was made for stretching it's legs on the freeway.

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Pretty much what Brahma said.

If I had to give up one I think it would be the GS. I just love the power and the handling of the GT. However 2 weekends ago I had the GS in the dirt and really loved it. Also been south of the border where the GT cannot even go, so it would be a hard decision.

The GT puts me where I want to be on the road when passing. Sometimes on the GS I start to pass or some such and find myself thinking oh crap I'm not on the GT

It really sounds like your comparing the R1200S to the GT and which one to keep. Seeing how I never even rode a R1200S I cannot comment. However the GS would be a good compliment to either bike.

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I ran both for a while and loved both. The weather/wind protection issues are much less on an Adventure than a stock GS and I found the protection very good albeit not GT standards.
Agree with others that they are opposite ends of the spectrum re many aspects but once you know how to get the best out of both it gets much harder.
I decided to sell my GSA due to D.E.W.S or Departing Estranged Wife Syndrome, however after a two week 6,000k trip on it earlier this year it was getting harder to justify 2 high end bikes that did so many things so similarly for much of the ride.
I think the GT would have won out for me as it did when the D.E.W.S. clause was evoked but if you can afford to run both for a while I highly recommend it.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 20th, 2009, 1:04 pm
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I had the R1150GS Adventure and the old K1100LT. That was almost a perfect combo. I didn't have riding buddies on this side of town and wasn't using the GS as much as I should. Since BMW didn't replace the K1100LT until the K1200GT in 2006, I thought I would have this combo forever. The new GT got in my blood, I sold both the others and never looked back. It was sure nice to have both.

I might get a Ural sidehack when I retire, as I plan to get a dog. With 2 wheel drive, it could substitute for the GS. Just a thought.
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