How Much Better is the New GS?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Cricket100, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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  2. IrishCatholic

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    So, when you switch to enduro mode and the mapping changes, along with the suspension, abs and traction control, it is still unsuitable for the dirt?
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  3. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Irish...I felt/feel the same as Bemiiten....

    I have been told..if you get it into enduro PRO mode, it begins to resemble the old bike...in power delivery..

    Seems like going backwards huh? Lotsa power, tamed by computers, back to what it was...wider tires, less suited to dirt..more to asphalt..

    GS riders have spoke...and Bavaria was listening..:lol3 frankly, I'm suprised..it doesn't have a 17" front on it..

    :lol3
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  4. IrishCatholic

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    My 2014 GSWC is on a ship that left France today and is headed for New York. My thinking is this. I live in central Texas, which has basically no public land, and it's 8 to 10 hours on the pavement (highway or two lane rural roads) to get "off-road". Most off-road opportunities available to me are unpaved roads of some sort in national forests or parks and I believe that FOR ME the new GS's various capabilities reflects my future use of this machine very well. If your circumstance has you preferring the former models - great! I'm very comfortable with the reality that 90% of my miles will be on the pavement (perhaps more than that) and consequently I like the direction the GS has taken. I'm not claiming it's better that prior models, just more suitable for me and I suspect I'm pretty typical of most GS owners. By the way, I find myself disconnecting the front sway bar and engaging the lockers on my Jeep Rubicon far less often than I envisioned when I order it last year - I'm sure my GS experience will be similar.
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  5. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Perfect post...
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  6. Centurion210

    Centurion210 Pilot in command

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    From one Texan to another: I could not have said it better! +1
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  7. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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    I can only compare it to my '05. Set up as you noted the '13 is much better than the '05. The enduro ABS/ASC is magic. However, I think part of their complaint is related to technique. If you want to grunt along at very low speed/low RPM near lugging the engine the earlier bike is better. The camhead, in particular, had a bump in the torque curve at about 2300 RPM. See http://www.motorcycle.com/gallery/gallery.php?g2_view=largephotos.Largephotos&g2_itemId=377518

    But why stay at low RPM? You've got a wet clutch. USE IT! Keep the RPM at about 3K and slip the clutch. It gives you plenty of torque and more control than you had with the older bike. More torque... more control. Yeah, its a different technique. Well, its a different bike.
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  8. mefly2

    mefly2 Long timer

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    I am a long ways north of Texas, but...Yep, yep, & yep ...even with the jeep, too.
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  9. Mav

    Mav Something witty...

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    Yeah... so what would a combined experience of a couple hundred thousand miles count for anyway...

    Just to be clear IC - it's far from 'unsuitable'. Anytime you have an opportunity to open her up, the engine is an absolute weapon, reminding me of my HP2 (I should do the maths to compare power-to-weight). And the ABS and traction control are mighty impressive.

    It's just that when you get to the slow, technical sections, the engine seems to want/need a lot more revs to keep it going. This is not bad, per se, just very different... and I can imagine this being even more pronounced when 2 up and loaded, on a GSA size bike.
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  10. pebe

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    How much better? that much better :freaky

    My offroad skills are nothing to null
    My offroad experience are not much more

    On a 2011 GS (with Heidenau K60 Scout tires) I have had the pleasure to enjoy some gravel roads and some mud... :D:D:D and lots of fun :D:D:D

    On my 2014 GSW (with Michelin Anakee 3, the newest version apparently :huh) I have the feeling that my offroad skills are "good" and that i must have lots of experience :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

    I love the GSW more and more every day i ride it (and i ride it every day...)
    This bike is stunning far beyond my expectations :D:D:D
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  11. HwyChile

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    It would be nice if we had more off road areas and dirt roads here in Texas to explore the state like the ones running through other states. I recently went to Cloud Croft, NM to ride off road on a dirt bike and it was a lot of fun to ride fire roads and trails. I've never owned a BMW or any other dual sport, but I am thinking of getting one so that I can hopefully explore the US and other countries. The new GSWC looks like the ticket.
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  12. roamer

    roamer Been here awhile

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    I have a 06. I just spent a week in the Dolomites on a 12 chasing a 13. I came home to Arizona and put my money down on a red or white 14, witch ever comes in first. UPS just dropped off my $3500 Touratech order, I can't wait to get the bike now. First time I had all my farkles before the bike.

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  13. mefly2

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    My dealer just "plugged-in" my Enduro Pro module last week - I got my GSW in early April and the module was not sent with the bike. Yes, it works well in moderate off road gravel / dirt. Not sure about mud ... and have not yet tried it in snow - soon to come, however.

    Pro allows you to power the rear wheel around in turns and still maintain anti-lock on the front brake; very nice engineering!
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