GSA W vs GS W Am I Missing Something

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Bikerboy108, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. DMilan

    DMilan Been here awhile

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    Yes, you can order a bike without the standard package.

    I see though, it's bit confusing, there doesn't appear to be a "standard package option" for the GSA as there is for the GSW

    d'milan
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  2. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    GSA all the way! If the weight of the fuel is an issue.....fill it half way.
    I top the tank any time I get gas and deal with it.
    Out in the sticks, low on gas
    NO ONE asks the GS, KTM, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki or Yamaha rider "can you spare
    some gas"?
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  3. jpalamar

    jpalamar Long timer

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    If I missed this, my bad, but what about the performance differences? Seems I've been told gearing different, heavier flywheel (for slow riding), and the GS really is a sport bike in disguise. It is faster than my K16GT, of course much lighter, and handles like a dream. I've been thru 4 Adventures and loved them all, but really are heavier and bulkier. But the bottom line is buy what you like best, to hell with price, as the comparison betwen the two bikes too different to evaluate by dollars alone?
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  4. LaSelvaRider

    LaSelvaRider Been here awhile

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    My lowered 2014 GSW is so easy to get on and off of as well as the comfort factor of the ride is fantastic. I had a 2006 R1200GS before and now no more nose bleeds from the altitude of the bike. Handles very well on or off road. Different strokes for different folks.:clap
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  5. Otherworld

    Otherworld Been here awhile

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    At this end of the market, when it becomes a cost play the buyer is missing the point.
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  6. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro SupercĂ zzola

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    I seriously doubt that
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  7. Dusty1013

    Dusty1013 Been here awhile

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    It's all a matter of personal preference.
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  8. LaSelvaRider

    LaSelvaRider Been here awhile

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    Amen
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  9. RichBMW

    RichBMW Long timer

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    All anyone is talking about is price, but ride both, and you'll find that they are completely different to ride. The GS is a great hooligan bike, is light, and fun on the mountain roads. The GSA is more of a pack horse, still fast, but not as fun and chuck able on the back roads, and MUCH heavier.

    People buy the GSA, because they think it is the best GS, and like to be able to tell their mates down the pub it's the best and most expensive. They are different bikes, and fill different roles.

    Get whichever bike suits the sort of riding you do, don't get the GSA because it seems like better value by the time you add bars, lights etc, as you'll regret it if you don't need the extra size, or weight.
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  10. BigJimbeaux

    BigJimbeaux Adventurer

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    cheap shot! :lol3
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  11. Zuppy51

    Zuppy51 Adventurer

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    I voted for the 2014 GSA myself.
    Reasons:

    1. I'm 6'5" and this bike just fits me better.
    2. The larger tank and plastic fairing blocks more wind.
    3. I was going to add panniers, aux lights, crashbar, led, gps prep. It was all included with the GSA.
    4. The finishes on the frame and final drive, plus forks in all black were a huge plus for me. I love the looks of the bike.
    5. It comes stock with off road pegs, and adjustable brake pedal for when standing.
    6. Better gear ratio off the line and better flywheel feel. Pulls like a tractor.



    Cons:
    1. Windshield is still not tall enough for me.
    2. It does not handle the turns as easily as the GS. I have to muscle it more.
    3. It's wider, taller and harder to move around.
    4. I still needed bar risers. I would have expected it to have a higher rise in the handlebars.
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  12. mefly2

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    No dumb dumb here ... the GSW was all that was available last year when I purchased mine. Likely, however, that I would have bought an adventure if the price was right and they were available. The only negatives to me are the step over height and weight .... I have added bars and panniers to mine; so, there really is not much difference. The GSW is the best ride on two wheels that I've owned!
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  13. BigJimbeaux

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    This is getting tough for me - I just need to test ride them both. I just saw the new GSA and it is a beast! Do you guys in the USA ship your bikes overseas to ride? If so, I see a reason for the GSA as I lived in Russia and South America and know that petrol can be a problem. At any rate, this thread has been fun to watch.
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  14. ShaftEd

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    Fully loaded GSW looks to be 20,000 and a fully loaded GSAW is 21,500. So 1500 for the tank, windscreen, heavier flywheel, crashbars, blacked out rims and engine, and don't forget the beak extender. Not a bad deal if you want all that stuff.

    For me, I've owned an 1150, 1200 Hexhead, and now GSW (total of 230,000 miles). All standard versions. Never was a fan of the bloated tanker look. I prefer alloy wheels over spokes, don't run crashbars and don't like barndoor windscreens. I believe the standard GS is a better sportbike, better off road, and better for commuting. The only real advantage of the Adv model is for long distance touring.

    I'd bet many buy the Adv model for the "Look", and I suppose there's nothing wrong with that. Otherwise we'd all be riding KLR's!:lol3
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  15. Beecher Snipes

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    Adventure has a heaver flywheel. Makes it smoother and probably easier to ride slowly.
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  16. milo

    milo Been here awhile

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    I believe this is only on a GSA with the premium pkg. It's also included with a GS with a premium plus pkg. Either way panniers are additional.





    Heavier flywheel but I believe the gear ratios are the same?
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  17. pistole

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    imho , thats a big factor. If you're tall (six foot and above) , the GSA seems tailor made for you.

    if you're small/average , the GSA may be too much bike.

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  18. jpalamar

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    +1I chuckled because you hit the nail squarely. I was recently drooling over the roadster MB at about 200K, with the ceramic brakes an additional 10K. I laughed because I could clearly see that the 10K a pittance in that player's market?
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  19. hammick

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    My '13 LC retailed for $19,865 with every option including spoked rims. I'm assuming the '14 model has gone up in price a little. If the new GSA feels
    comparatively less top heavy than the previous model it is probably the better deal.
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  20. Scottishman

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    Both great bikes, no question!

    I have a 2012 GS, currently in the UK, which I will ride in Europe this spring. I rode it for 22,000 KM in South America last fall. Biggest issue I had with it was that I ran out of fuel 4 times, and had to use auxiliary fuel bottles. Without them, I would have been toast.

    I have ordered a GSA primarily for fuel range, and although most of the riding I will do with it will be in a North America, it will be better for me in more extreme conditions (such as Alaska) and longer rides. I am 6'1", so size is OK. Price is close enough not to worry about. Looking forward to getting it in May, though!
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