GS or GSA

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Bumpaman, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Well. Color me delusional. :D There is very little that I can't, won't, or haven't already done on mine. Best. Bike. Ever. For me. ;)
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  2. WindSailor

    WindSailor Been here awhile

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    Not at my weight.

    But then again I 'could' let the wife talk as we travel down the road and then I'd have all the hot air I need. My God - I hope she doesn't see this.:eek1
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  3. jaymboze

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    Or fill up your panniers with more beer...:freaky:lol3
    That would surely work...!
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  4. srpuywa

    srpuywa Big 'G'

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    I thought the ESA had a ~S~ and ~SS~ setting for short legs
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  5. TuonoBiker

    TuonoBiker Been here awhile

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    It sure was !!!:freaky
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  6. RTinNC

    RTinNC Long timer

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    +1 :clap
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  7. hardpackrider

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  8. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    I can relate to what some are saying about gradually turning a regular GS into a GSA. I got an 09 GS 1) because it was a great deal, and 2) because I was getting back in the saddle after a couple of years hiatus and the GSA just felt too big. I didn't really like the idea of ponying up several grand upfront for features I may not need although I'm sure my GS will end up looking a lot like a GSA.

    I've already added the Adventure cases, rear rack, auxiliary lights and crash bars. And I have plans to add winglets, an extra outlet, and maybe the Adventure windshield eventually. I'll probably never get around to upgrading the tank capacity but 200 miles is about when I need to stop and stretch anyway.

    I don't think you can go wrong with a GS or GSA. I like that I got to build up my GS the way I like it. If I'd gone ahead and got the GSA I probably would have swapped out some of the extras (cases, lights, seats...) anyway.
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  9. TuonoBiker

    TuonoBiker Been here awhile

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    I think you're right - you can't go wrong either way. For me (and the wifey) the GSA was just that much further along in being properly outfitted. Our plans are to do a lot of camping from the bike and so far I haven't had to add anything to give us the carrying capacity needed for all the gear. I will need to add some side case top-mount dry bags however...and again, the GSA side cases are MUCH better suited/designed for this.

    I have a Harley Street Glide and you can get enough luggage on that bike for two people and a week long trip, but there is no way it has the capacity to carry camping gear for two for any length of time. Not to mention a harley SUCKS on dirt roads getting to camp.

    No doubt though, the GSA is a large touring bike...it does not pretend to be some tiny, flyweight road racer. I'm always confused when people knock it for being too big/too heavy blah, blah, blah....not sure why they do. It's actually very light for the "large touring" bike category. IMO, it easily does long-haul duty right next to a Goldwing, full-dresser Harley, K1600. Granted, you don't have the "luxury" aspect of those other machines, but it's got luggage capacity, weight carrying capacity and loads of comfort on ALL roads. Very few tour bikes that can do all that.
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  10. luckygrownup

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    If you are tall the GSA. If you are shorter than 6'0" the GS makes more sense. Also until the new GSA comes out the 2013 GSA is not water-cooled. So, the new 2013GS has more power than the 2013 GSA.
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  11. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Not necessarily if you're familiar with the bike. I'm 5'10" with a 30" inseam and handle both with ease (sans sidecar.) My stopping technique is slightly different for each, and I never had any problem with stop and go, low speed maneuvers, or mounting/dismounting the GSA.

    Pete
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  12. leftystrat62

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    sounds like someone needs some off road riding training so he can handle the big boys bike:lol3
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  13. JustKip

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    Right!

    There's a lot more to riding than inseam length. I'm 6'-1" with a 34" inseam, and I prefer the standard GS. It just makes a better substitute for a Ducati Monster than the more top heavy GSA. Then I can snap the hard cases, RDL seat, and tall windscreen onto it and go touring, and the 200 mile range has gotten me all over the western US without much concern.
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  14. RTinNC

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    I think the point is that in general the GSA is a taller bike than the GS and therefore, that may be a key decision. NOT for everyone for sure as I have seen women 5'7" handle a GS just fine but in general the taller bikes are preferred by taller riders. I know if I were not 6'3" tall with 34" inseam I'd probably look harder at the GS. In fact being taller can be a real pain as many bikes to not fit me well. Not to mention trying to find riding gear!
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  15. JustKip

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    3 words; Russell Day Long!

    The difference in seat to peg distance between GS & GSA is only the difference in seat padding...about 3/4 inch. They are the same bike except for bolt on bits.

    I had a GSA seat on my GS for a year. Although it did make a difference in knee pain, I actually found it worse in the groin comfort on long rides.

    Now, with the Russell seat, I can do 600-700 miles a day, every day. I didn't buy the GSA simply because most of the extras that come with the GSA were things I'd replace anyway, like the seat and windscreen.

    Unfortunately, my GS came with cast wheels, so I found a gently used set from Woody's Wheels. Spokes are only a $500 option on a GS, but when you buy a used set they'll cost quite a bit more. If you plan to ride "off road", spend the $500 up front! (although it is nice to have a extra set for street tires)
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  16. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    I had a RDL on my 08 GSA, always used it set in the high position too. I'm 6'2" and that was a comfortable setup for me, but I couldn't flatfoot that sucker. I only dropped it one time and that was pulling out of a motel parking lot. The exit had a great deal of slope to the right, I was turning left, just barely moving when I grabbed a handfull of front brake to stop for a car. With bar cranked to the left a bit and full tank of fuel I couldn't hold that fat pig up when she shifted to the right. It dumped me on my ass and laid there on its side in first gear,Rear wheel turning, mocking me and my feeble attempt to alter physics. I shut the motor off and as I was about to try and pick it up a delivery truck driver stopped and helped. Didn't hurt a thing other than a scuffed bar end. I think having the panniers on helped prevent anything worse.
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  17. GrizzLee

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    Btw: I have 30k miles on my bike now. See my other videos and blog posts. She is a big girl, but I'm 6'3" and the bike feels exactly right for me. I have yet to crash it. I've done a couple of 4x4 roads in B.C. where I've questioned my choice, but in the end the bike has done everything I've asked of it and more. I'm extremely satisfied with my choice of a GSA.

    FWIW I bought a F650GS Dakar for my son to use AND for personal use to tour some of the logging roads in the PacNW. However, for all of my multiday trips, hands down, the GSA has won my heart. The taller suspension and fuel tank has been a blessing for me on the remote trips up north. You can always carry extra fuel if you feel that your travels will define the need. And if you are really concerned about weight, take a look at the F800s or the Triumph Tigers. Lots of choices..
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  18. Pongo

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    awesome film grizz, well done.
    I have been in allot of the BC you filmed and you missed some great stuff, keep coming back!
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  19. srpuywa

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    GrizzLee - dammit , now all those folks will want to come up where we live!
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  20. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    What I can't ride, I hike or paddle ... :evil

    You are correct, there is a great deal up there to see and do. A lifetime's worth. I wish I had more vacation. BC has the best of everything I love to do.

    Sorry about that.... You are correct. We need to keep it a secret. BC is probably the best place on the planet IMHO. Count me as those wanna be Canadian's :rofl I have property up at Bowron Lakes. Someday I'll retire... someday

    Here is more from my BC trip last Septemeber.


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    BC is the best!!!!
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