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Thread: GS vs. GSA? Why did you chose one over the other?

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    I looked at both and when I finished pricing out in getting a GS to what I wanted on the GSA the choice was easy.

    So now i am farkling a GSA instead

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    I have had two GS's and now am on my second GSA. I picked it because of the larger gas tank although it didn't give me the range I was hoping for. The 1200 doesn't get as good of mileage as the 1100/1150's did. It also came with things that I would have had to purchase extra on the GS. crash bars, skid plate and the like. I ride my bike in remote places where gas stations are not always open, not a problem witht he GSA. The GSA has a lower first gear and came with spoked rims. I did buy the BMW adventurer bags which I wouldn't again. They are shorter than the Jesse bags I had on other GS's. Some of my gear doesn't fit so now have to strap it on the outside.

    Really didn'y buy it because I thought it was "cool" I bought it because it served my utility needs. My bike is decked for distance travel and I rarely ride it in town.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Ah ha! Another victim of the test ride.

    Checkbook. For a test ride don't leave home without it.
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    Sweet pics, guys! BruceH... tell me about the lighting on your bike (PIAAs?). I believe a GSA comes with fog lights as part of the package, right? Are the smaller PIAAs set up with the high beam? Also, when I look at the package options on both models of GS, I noted that it appears that the "switchable" on/off GPS is an option. Is that true? From what I've seen on showroom floors, I assumed that they were all switchable.
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    I chose the GS. Lower, less awkward in town and lighter. I have a friend that has the GSA, he loves it but because of his heigth (5' 9") he seems to fall down a lot.

    Forget the cost and get the one YOU want.

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    As many times as mine has been on it's side on a trail, I'm sometimes glad that I don't have the GSA! I don't have Charlie Boreman there to save my butt. I'd say the GSA wins in the SWEET lookin rides dept, but opinions are like....

    I bought the GS because the ADV seemed so much bigger coming from a Duc, and the GS had a little more off road appeal....to me. They are both worthy, and tougher than one can imagine.

    200 miles is plenty on range for me for one sitting. Maybe it's A.D.D, or the back, or the butt.

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    I'll use this opportunity to post a picture of my bike. This is my second GS. I bought it with Adventure bags and black spoke wheels. I also have the "low" option. I'm 5' 10" and it fits me perfect. I also have a Sargent seat, BMW tall windscreen, Bags connection electrified tank bag, lowered pegs and some other small stuff. I need to get the Adventure rear rack and top box so my wife feels more secure. I hope all the responses help you make the right decision.






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    gs v gsa

    I chose the gsa because of the long range tanks as it cheeses me of a bit having to keep stopping every two hours or so to tank up.However if you're running with a fellow on KTM or f800gs as I do you have to stop anyway, at least you don't have to strap on extra cans of fuel.Also you get a better windshield and the bigger tanks keep your legs drier.I prefer the wire wheels over the cast type and you get the crash bars too,though you're paying for it.For some reason in Canada (well my neck of the woods) you can't get a test ride , had I done so Iwould of gone for the deeper first gear as the standard is too high when two up and loaded. I think they look better than the gs too

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    Brude H has some neat lights! The stocker GSA driving lights "HIT" the ground as one comes off the bike in dirt riding. The driving lights should have had crash bars around them. I see these lights are higher mounted, above the bars I like. Anyhow, my GSA was my best choiuce too and a very good decision @ 62000m now and very happy. '07GSA. FYI; The tank holds 10gallons and I have done this more than once, running quite close to PUSH mode. Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    The stocker GSA driving lights "HIT" the ground as one comes off the bike in dirt riding. The driving lights should have had crash bars around them.
    I am on my third housing on the right side...

    Still my favorite bike for all around fun...had to get a bigger tank to keep pace with the RT's I ride with on occasion
    I too have been very close to push mode while out in West TX and NM on back state roads on my first '05 GS.
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    GS - GSA Crash Protection

    I have been looking at getting a GS or GSA as well. I was recently introduced to police style slow speed training, and I inevitably drop the bike a lot. Assuming I would have to buy some sort of crash bar for the GS, which bike can hold up better to the low speed pavement drops? Are there items that commonly need replacing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carockwell View Post
    I have been looking at getting a GS or GSA as well. I was recently introduced to police style slow speed training, and I inevitably drop the bike a lot. Assuming I would have to buy some sort of crash bar for the GS, which bike can hold up better to the low speed pavement drops? Are there items that commonly need replacing?
    the GSA comes with it from factory

    As I posted earlier the reason for me going with the GSA, is by the time I would get a GS to where I want it, I would have covered the difference in addtions to get where the GSA starts at
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    Thanks for all the replies. Bruce H, the shot of your bike is now on my desktop. A prime example of the "cool" factor I was talking about. I was asking an ABS question that might have been missed: Is the switchable ABS an option on the late model (2010, 2011) GS/GSA bikes? I haven't seen one on the showroom floor that didn't have this, but the literature on the bike shows it as an option.
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    All bikes comming to the US has ABS. And it is switchable.

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    You can order a bike without ABS - you will have to wait for it.

    Also you may want to consider re-sale if you do get a bike without ABS as this is a sought after feature
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