GSA to K1600?

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  1. sskelton

    sskelton Bemis

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    I have a 2015 GSA with BMW panniers and top box. My wife likes to ride, but not off road. All my friends have sold their bikes. Mostly, I ride with my wife on the road. However, I do go down some dirt roads when I can. Thinking of switching to a K1600. I know my wife would be more comfortable on trips and I might too. Anyone done this? Thoughts appreciated. If this is posted in the wrong place let me know.
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  2. RunninRanger

    RunninRanger Rainy day Rider

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    A K1600 would be a really nice cruiser. I've some on dirt roads in and around Moab last year.
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  3. BMWGSA

    BMWGSA Gelände/Straße

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  4. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    I have both, a 2012 K1600GT and a 2016 R1200GSA. I like both for differing reasons. I am on my GS far more than my K, but when she wants to ride, the GS is no match for the K. I have toyed with selling my K, but the market is quite soft and I am now leaning toward keeping for riding with her, while keepong the GS for daily duty.
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  5. dronespeed

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    on or off road, with or without passenger, I 'll choose the gs over the K any day.
    and I dont think Its much more comfortable the K over the gs for the passenger anyway
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  6. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    Agree with your post as to preference of the GS but you’re out of your mind if you think pillion comfort is the same. The K kills the GS in this regard, as it is designed to.
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  7. Gone Troppo

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  8. B2R

    B2R Been here awhile

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    I have done exactly that. Went from a GTL to a GSALC and back to a GT. My wife just loves the GT. She has some back problems, but would get on the GT any day to go on a long distance ride. My advise would be to by a GT and not a GTL. There is around 90 lb between the bikes and the GT feels much easier to handle. It is a fantastic tourer one or 2 up. The GSA is good but not in the same class.
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  9. Russ

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    The K1600 is a good all rounder, your wife will love it.
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  10. mudmonster

    mudmonster Been here awhile

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    Just keep both have the best of both worlds
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  11. slowriding

    slowriding Dopeless Hope Fiend

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    I own a GSA and a K1600GT, I like both for different reasons. If my wife didn't ride with me and I could only have 1 bike it would the GSA. Since she does travel with me I kept my GT, it is a great touring bike.
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  12. WoodButcher

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    I have both a GSA and K1600GT. And for similar reasons. I wanted something that my wife would be more comfortable on, but wouldn't be boring like a Goldwing might be. I know of too many guys who bought Goldwings thinking their wives would ride with them and then are stuck with a Goldwing. I'm only knocking the wing as a daily rider, go have fun bike. It is great for what it does, but there are a lot more fun bikes to ride solo.

    The K bike has gotten to be my main ride these days since I commute. I've gone to knobbier tires on the GSA, which is good also. Now I'm not wearing those out as fast. Plus my GSA is an 09 with over 70k miles so I'm happy to put more miles on the newer bike.

    Anyway, the combination of both has been really nice, but unless I start riding the GSA more, it may go away.
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  13. selecw

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    I have a 2012 GTL and a 2005 GS. The GTL is superb for long distance mile crunching - adjustable screen, heated seat, good range, smooth engine, large panniers. Two up, the low center gravity and seat make it very easy to handle. They depreciate heavily, so don't buy a new one. I just put mine up for trade to a GSA as I don't do much two up riding and I want to do more off road!
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  14. Volfy

    Volfy Fava beans & a nice Chianti

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    Who could blame her? Riding off-road 2up on a fully loaded GSA has got be be a harrowing experience for the pillion, even if the pilot is an accomplished dirt rider.

    K1600 is not a perfect bike. I bought my GT knowing there were things I don't like about it, but big-and-heavy is not one of them. To me, it feels no heavier than the Trophy SE it replaced, even though the specs suggest otherwise. After I just switched to a GTL low seat, I could swear it dropped another 75 lbs. Amazing how that works.

    IMO, it is one the best bikes for exactly what you are looking to do. And now BMW has added a couple of more flavors to the Big K ice cream truck... the Bagger and Grand America. The immense torque will pull smartly whether you are riding solo or loaded to max GVWR pulling a trailer. I would hazard a guess that this is the reason big fat V-wins and Goldwings are so popular with touring riders.

    Despite the very similar looks, GT and GTL ride differently. The new B and GA even more so.

    Yes, resale is atrocious. Work it to your advantage. I picked up a '14 GT practically brand new for less than 1/2 of one that hasn't been farted on.
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  15. krussell

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    I went from 2009 GSA to 2012 GTL. The GTL is very nice in a straight line on pavement. It's also fine in twisty stuff but the GSA is a lot more fun. I kept mine two years and went back to the GSA.

    My wife and I road the 2009 all over the place together, and she was very comfortable. The seat on the GTL was bigger, but the buffeting was atrocious. I tried many windshields and she hated them all. We went from all day rides sometimes for days at a time to an hour or two at most. I'm 6'4", she's 5'8", we couldn't figure it out.

    As stated, the depreciation is dramatic. Buy used, or if you must have new make sure you really like it or are prepared to take a beating. Given the amount of money your spending, I'd checkout other bikes in the class, especially the 'wing. I seriously considered the 'wing when I bought the GTL, and suspect had I gone that route instead I'd still own it. Your pillion will love it, and it's not the slouch that people make it out to be. Make sure to consider the RT as well. You get the comfort without all of the heft. For me the RT is much more engaging, while being as comfortable as the GT.

    If you are tall, you'll find the GTL and the 'wing much less comfortable than the GSA. At least I did.
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  16. sskelton

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    That's a thought....but she's a keeper. I really like her.
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  17. Hillclimber06

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    Yup I am considering k1600 too. But plan on keeping my 2010 GSA trade or sell my 2005 Dakar. I promised. I only get to keep three bikes. One has to go. I am just looking for a street tour machine and one more comfortable for the wife. They are both keepers. But wow New GTL loaded was 40k ouch.


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  18. B2R

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    The best of both worlds is to have a GT/GTL and adventure bike. The latter is for general use and a little offroad and the Gt is for touring in style.
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