GS vs GSA What is the difference really?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Voz, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Iron Rey

    Iron Rey Wingnut Extraordinaire

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    Lowered first is a huge plus when you are in the shit.
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  2. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    ^^Lower 1st is very advantageous when you're off-road. I never understood the benefit of a taller 1st.:hmmmmm
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  3. dlbushey

    dlbushey Adventurer

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    I've read this entire thread. I had an 07 GS for 3 years, and less than a month ago sold it to buy an 07 GSA.

    Why?

    Well...I can tell you that I was ready to upgrade the GS with Ohlins, and the GSA already had them. I wanted the larger fuel tank, and the GSA has it. I wanted the extra suspension travel, and the GSA has it. So...I guess you can say I did it because I WANTED TO!

    I like the GSA better. It's physically a better fit. What's the real difference between the GS and GSA? Since I'm the only person who's opinion matters to me on this issue, I just like the GSA better.

    But they're both great bikes.
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  4. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

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    A different view. I purchased a new 2010 GSA in June 2011. It now has 36K on it. The biggest variable in the GS and GSA is the skill set of the rider, get on the bitch and ride it!:freaky

    Just wanted to clarify my post for the rocket scientist trolling the basement; the more you ride it the better you will determine any creature comfort or mechanical variances that like or dislike.
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  5. GPL-TX

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    I just had a BMW salesman tell me that all GS & GSA come with the enduro transmission since 08 or 09. Based on these posts it appears he misspoke. If the enduro transmission was an option in 08 is there a way to tell if a GS has that option?
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  6. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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  7. Fibzzz

    Fibzzz Resident Cynic

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    If you can easily power your way up and over the curb at Starbucks from a dead stop without having to slip the clutch and gas it, then it has the enduro trans.

    Kidding aside, I love the lower first gear and find it very useful in everyday riding. Starting off on a hill with a passenger and/or loaded panniers is a cinch. And on rocky trails or badly rutted fire roads, it's awesome -- you can just tractor through the bad sections without having to touch the clutch.
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  8. 200GRLSWC

    200GRLSWC Been here awhile

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    I opted for the enduro trans when I upgraded from the previous '06 GS to the '08 GSA. I rarely ride off road, but even in just street riding, on steep hills, or heavily loaded at low speeds, the lower gear is great. Why would anyone want it higher?

    I don't remember if I paid a premium for that option, or if it was part of a "package" or what, but I'm glad I have it.
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  9. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    and range. at least about 125+ miles range .. . .. :lol3 :lol3 :lol3

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  10. Kyle B

    Kyle B "Dirty Jobs"

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    The cast wheels will run through the same kinds of rocks and ruts as will the spoke wheels. When you catch up to me after the rocky section, we'll talk!!!
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  11. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    that may be the case, but cast wheels bend. BMW cast wheels don't bend as often, but they do bend. And when that happens it isn't a matter of having a lumpy ride, it's a matter of the tubeless tire not holding air anymore.

    A fellow at the RDV last week road 20 miles on a flat front because of this, and when I was at Engles BMW in Kansas City they also had a bent wheel.

    It hasn't happened to you (yet) and it may not ever, but let's not pretend it doesn't happen often enough to mention.
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  12. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    Right, no liquid cooled GSA yet.
    BMW always start with the new motor on the GS and then work their way into a GSA and RT, etc.
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  13. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.

    You got that right, especially with a large single plate dry clutch. Unless you can pick through the trail at 14 mph, the bike wants to stall. And because you really shouldn't work the dry clutch under load, it's a bit of a sticky situation. And don't dab.
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