If you could do it all over again: R1200GS vs...GSA vs. HP2

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by BMW-K, Apr 16, 2008.

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So, if you could do it all over again, which would you buy?

  1. R1200GS

  2. R1200GSA

  3. HP2

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  1. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    I love my GS but I don't buy the whole "it's the only bike you need" thing. I have a Ducati 900ss, a SV650 track bike, a couple vintage bikes, and I need a real dual sporter as well, looking at the new CRF250l. The GS is my commuter, touring bike, and, well, adventure bike, but its a bit too industrial and sanitized. But great at doing what it's supposed to , within its limits.
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  2. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    I voted the GSA for fuel tank size and overal comfort on longer tours...although I would do a 21" Woody's wheel conversion cross laced and tubeless...but that is just me.
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  3. Desert Skies

    Desert Skies One brick shy...

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    In 83K miles, I have never seen where a GSA would have been better and only a very few times where I wish I had the HP2.

    Plain-ole GS has suited me well. :1drink
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  4. jachard

    jachard Been here awhile

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    I vote GS, not nuts about the "Milch Cow" ( WWII reference) looks of the GSA and if I need to run like a KC-130 I'll strap a rotopax on.

    Caveat here I'm a light guy and pack light too.....
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  5. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    I have the standard GS, but voted HP2
    The biggest thing that kept me from buying one was the limited tank range.
    The GSA has never appealed to me at all, but I would love for my GS to have another inch of suspension and loose 75-100 lbs without losing fuel capacity. 200+ miles on a tank is plenty for me.
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  6. rocky burns

    rocky burns Been here awhile

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    I have a GSA and a HP2 and i know which i would lose from the collection if i could only have one...... HP2 will never be for sale:D:D
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  7. portablejohn

    portablejohn Sociophobe

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    I'm going to stick with my GSA. The pickup truck of motorcycles. Just the other day I rode an hour back from Harbor Freight with a sand blasting cabinet and 44 lbs of blast media, a rock tumbler and a couple of other things.

    A whole case of beer (in bottles) fits in the right side case. The upper crash bars make a good lash point for 8' long materials laid on the top of the saddle bag.

    The large tank is convenient for transporting fuel. If I ever need gas for the mower, saw or generator, I just siphon some out. Come to think of it, I have carried both my chainsaw and generator on my motorcycle.
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  8. bikecat

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    There is an aftermarket farkle that adds 7 litres to the HP2 by installing an auxillary tank under the seat.
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  9. Mr.Mushman

    Mr.Mushman Been here awhile

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    Love my 2012 GSA but if I had the opportunity, I would love to had an HP2 in my garage for its light weight and raw power ...
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  10. I GS 1

    I GS 1 I 90S I

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    Now with the new water cooled GS on the market, I'm not sure the choice remains between those three.
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  11. capeklr

    capeklr Been here awhile

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    Upgraded to the 1200 for two up touring, got the GSA as here in Africa fuel can become a problem if you venture far from the big cities.
    Would love the HP2 though. I've riden one off road.:D
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  12. taoman

    taoman Taoman

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    I own a 2008 R1200GS and a 2012 R1200GSA. IMHO the GSA all the way.
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  13. mikerd400

    mikerd400 Long timer

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    I had an 05' GS, and got a new GSA in 2009. In 2010, I rode up up to Prudhoe Bay and Inuvik. I met a guy riding a F800GS, and it had plenty of power, and was much easier to ride through the deep gravel. On the road. my GSA is a dream, but I like riding in dirt also, so now I would go with a F800GS.
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  14. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    I guess this thread got raised from the dead?


    5 years after the purchase of my 1200GS, would I do it all over again?

    The first thought that I had when I saw the poll was 990 Adventure. And then the sensible side of me said "1200GS."

    Sigh...why can't I ride both at the same time?
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  15. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    So...that's another vote for the HP2, then, right?
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  16. GSMarc

    GSMarc Long timer

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    now, yes :D

    I think that less weight is more better than more horses
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  17. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    I had an 1150. Rode the 12GS. Did not like the front end on the 12, in comparison. Just couldn't keep the front end planted, never got that comfy feeling from the front.

    Did a test for a mag, comparing the HP2 and the SE. Once I figured out the shock, that HP2 railed offroad, lots of fun. I'd own one. Over an SE.

    But I knew what I planned to do with my next bike, and I didn't see the HP2 come up in my thinking for that. Time has shown that I made the right choice: GSA.

    I'm not a little guy, and I raced for a number of years, those two things gave me an advantage compared to many riders when it comes to off road. I single track this bike (minus the bags), and run it all over hell's half acre. Has 160 on the clock now, so it gets used. I have a nicely set up 350 in the garage for playing in the woods, but the truth be known, it rarely gets ridden. When I go out to the garage, 99% of the time I hop on the GSA.

    Why it over the regular 12? The weight. Yes, the weight. Most of the extra weight on a GSA is on the front end, and that difference made it plant, and I could turn on it the way I wanted. I'm front end dominant, as my tire wear proves to me: I have to change tires as a set, most times because the front tire is finished. Got a few rear tires with life still on them kicking around, if you ever need one.

    By my estimate, I conclude that my circumstances are not common. Because of this, I rarely, if ever, recommend a GSA to anyone. Truth be known, most times I recommend a 650 Strom if folks are more street oriented, a 950 if they're dirt guys. Or a KLR if their budget is tight.

    Of the three, I wouldn't own the regular GS.

    The new one? When i wear out this bike in a couple of years, so far, the front runner for replacement is the sooper-ten. If they make it with a bigger tank. Or the new waterhead, if they adventurize it, and it pans out better than my hexhead GSA.
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  18. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo TeeMarrZee

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    I've had all three. Hp2 stays. Modded just right for me.
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  19. seniorasi

    seniorasi Banned

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    Definitely the GSA. Having ridden the GS there are similarities but the GSA gets my vote due to suspension, seating, crash protection, amount of fuel, and wind protection.
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  20. PartTimeTravel

    PartTimeTravel Been here awhile

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    R1100GS

    no bullshit clutch, final drive, metal tank, shit servo brakes, bad gear ratios, extra useless crap. it just works and goes forever. But BMW will never bring the 'it just works' models back.
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