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Old 05-13-2012, 02:08 AM   #31
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It makes a great daily commuter. Rain or shine. I only take the truck when there is snow or ice in the forecast.
Rides: 2009 F650GS; 2010 R1200GS

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Old 05-13-2012, 02:29 AM   #32
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Awsome commuter - 42MPG and I get to use the HOV here in Virgina. My bike has 10,000 miles and the car ('11 5.0 Mustang/Brembo) 3,000 miles on it so far this year. I'd say the bike has a smoother ride compared to the car.
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:36 AM   #33
Oh!? That is deep.
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Commute on my GSA most every day (ride the other bike some days) breeze to ride with lots of cover in rain or cold weather. Also ride it to and through the local trails but it will see a lot less of the rougher trails as I recently traded my VFR in on a KTM 690ER.
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:45 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by Goldburg View Post
Anybody using their 1200gs as a daily commuter? I'm drooling over the thought of picking one up to do my rides up to the mountains, but I'm wondering if it's too much for my 40 mile commute every day.
"Too much"? How do you mean?
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Pete, If your question was directed to the OP, then the answer is I don't have one yet. Thinking about it, though. 90% of my miles are commuting. Put on 20k since '07, but I want the bike for my long rides to the mountains and I'm just wondering if I should look at the f650/800 family instead.
I still don't understand your concern. Do you mean "would the smaller bike be better for riding in congested traffic?" ? Of course. They're pretty much always better for sub-30 mph, heavy traffic and filtering at lights.

But if you mean "Do you have problems riding in heavy traffic at low speeds, filtering, and stop and go?" then the answer is no. Not at all. The only problem I have is getting to work without getting any more performance awards from the CHP, because lane splitting at "go straight to jail" speeds is easy too.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:36 AM   #35
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When I was looking at getting back into riding, I was thinking primarily commuter riding.

A buddy told me that he was getting rid of his Harley's and if he had to do it again he would of gone straight to the 1200. The bike is big and takes some getting used to (I took two riders courses...Beginners and begin to feel comfortable enough to ride it.) but it was worth it!

I love the bike. You won't be disappointed with it as a commuter and it can do so much more.

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Old 05-13-2012, 10:56 AM   #36
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I commute on my bike too. It's the perfect commute bike!
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:18 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by lopaka View Post

I like the low speed handling (you just gotta believe). I can creep along almost stopped.

So what if I paid almost what I paid for the wife's Civic.
Isn't the low speed handling one of the coolest things about the GS??? Honestly, the high speed handling is just as cool. But I *love* being able to slow down and creep at a near standstill, still have my feet on the pegs, and accelerate once the light turns from red to green...

All around the GS is the "best" motorcycle out there. I rode mine 200+ miles yesterday (not a lot to some of you but a lot in a day for me) and once it's warmed up the thing is just static at four bars of temperature whether i'm in the 6500 ft elevations of the Sandia/Manzano mountains or the 88 degree heat of the valley bombing along at 80mph. It's such a tough bike. I love that the bike is way tougher than I am....That way, it'll always be up for whatever I am. What more can you ask for out of a motorcycle??
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:35 PM   #38
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bumping along in that enduro gear is cool. . .. balancing while waiting for stopped traffic to move. . ..

filtering and making some heads turn. . ..
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:47 PM   #39
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Ride mine almost every day here in FL, plays dirt bike, truck, commuter, and recently dive gear hauler. You getting a GS(A) is not a bad choice

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Old 05-13-2012, 10:15 PM   #40
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Why not but personally I don't because 4 wheels are much more comfortable.
When in heavy congested and very slow traffic I don't like the constant stop&go and the engine get's too hot. Is that just me?
I prefer the GS during weekends on empty roads.
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:49 AM   #41
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I commute 60 miles per day March-Dec if there are not storms in the forcast. 42mpg and fun beats 20 mpg.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:41 PM   #42
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I use mine for commuting. It is a 45 mile round trip for me. Sometimes it's superslab, but other days I take the county roads. The fact that it can carry so much is a plus and I agree about the high seating position being an advantage.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:53 PM   #43
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Don't make my mistake!

Great commuter.
You can never go wrong by adding lights.
But I will never again purchase TKC 80's tires and leave them on. Went through the front tire in 4500 miles. Previous front tire lasted 19,000 miles (Cont Trail attack).
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:53 PM   #44
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I got myGSA 3 months ago. I travel 100 miles each way passing the “Orange Crush” in heavy traffic; into the “Belly of the Beast” as it were.

It feels great, way better than a car. I ride every day in any weather and love it. It does seem that cars notice the bike well; could be the day glo green jacket, fog lights and/or physical size of the bike. I only notice the size of the bike at or near stopping on the freeway, something I do not like to do.

I get an honest 40 MPG and 3 full days of commuting between fill ups. The GSA works for me as my first street bike, the ride is easy comfortable and the bike has plenty of smooth power on tap.

Consider me a full fledged fan.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:08 PM   #45
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