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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by bjorn_dakar, May 2, 2013.
OK you guys, new rider here on a 2011 G650GS.
I am 5'10" (177cm) with a 32" inseam (810mm).
I had a stock KLR for a few months but found it top heavy and unsettling. :eek1
I would love a GSA sometime next year and would do only bitumen and gravel roads. My biggest drop risk is parking and slow maneuvering.
Is a GSA manageable for someone my size?
My $.02...sure. You might consider the low seat if needed.
I'm 6'0" with 32" inseam....easily manageable for me. I've had two KLRs if that helps.
I am riding the GSA with the regular seat (5'8" 30 inseam). Before that, I rode a R1200 GSA. The 800 is easier to handle.
Here's a list someone put together....
I looked at all of them and threw out any that weren't made in the USA. Then I threw out anything that did not cover the catalytic converter. That brought the list to a manageable size.
Many good ones remained..I went with Black Dog. Extremely rugged, covers the cat..US made and two bolts and it's off.
I've ridden it down in Baja a number of times...hit a bit rock down near Valley de Trinidad..didn't dent it but it ground down aluminum and made an awful sound. Couldn't be happer with Black Dog...so much so I purchased their rear rack as well.
Wow that is a great spread sheet! You must be an engineer or just super anal or maybe OCD.
Seriously that is great. You may want to add the Touratech expedition
As I gain confidence I'll probably try the stock GSA seat again as well.
1. F800GS - sold after 50000KM
2. F800GSA - decided to sell after 15000KM due fact: is too heavy up top
3. Bought another F800GS and is much better
Found F800GSA on the trail very bad (heavy and low power) compared with former F800GS. That is why I decided to switch back to basics.
Will we see you on the Tassy Safari this year ?
Not sure I understand: Except 2 gallons more gas under the seat, what could be so much heavier up top? You can always fill the gas tank a little less if you want less weight.
F800GS wet weight 214 kg
F800GSA wet weight 229 kg
F800GSA is modified a little bit and heavier on the front than F800GS.
Not sure what was is, but did not liked it. I feel much better with f800gs.
Since I owned both models for so many kms, I will fill it under subjectivity.
I think you'd be right to place it under subjectivity. The weight difference is gas tank and additional fairing to balance out the width of the back. I'm not sure what else, but the bike is anything but heavy up top. It's one of the most well balanced bikes that I have ever ridden. I have over 21K on Nellie and she's done nothing but great. I have heard that the GS are a little more nimble but the difference is longevity in the gas tank only.
After lurking for a while, I finally ordered the BDCW skid plates. Now, looking for the best/highest quality crash bars.
You won't be disappointed. I slammed it a couple of times going up Hagerman Pass. When I got home there was a couple of healthy dents. :)
I have to agree with being well balanced. People split hairs here and I continue to say they are both big heavy pigs but if you have the desire and skills, you can take them almost anywhere.
I like Sigs...my friends like Glocks and some like Barettas. If some bad guy is coming at you they all have the ability to dispatch the bad guy as long as you have the mindset and skills to put a round on target. They don't all weigh the same, they don't all have the same controls and none of them feel the same...but all good guns. Same as the GS, GSA, KTM, Triumph, Yamaha and the like. They all get you there. We should spend more time celebrating the fact that we live in a country that provides us the ability to ride what we want when we want, than worrying about if the bike looks too wide, doesn't carry enough gas, carries too much gas, yada, yada. :)
Well said indeed.
Hey guys, I just changed my rear tire, sprockets (F & R) and installed a DID chain. I hopped on and rode down the 1/4mi driveway only to discover that I didn't have a rear brake. Yes in case you're wondering, I did pump the break earlier after re-installation. As soon as I realized that I didn't have a rear brake, I remembered that I didn't hook the ABS/Speedometer cable back up (I hope I didn't loose the screw). I didn't have time to check it because I had to get to work. :huh
Do you loose your rear brake when that puppy is disconnected? Anyone heard of that before?
My guess is the sensor doesn't see the wheel turning so it figures it is locked and releases the brake.
Thanks Sorebutt I reconnected after waking this afternoon. Cannot find the screw so I just borrowed one from the front fender. I'll get a real replacement later on...and be checking that one too. I'll let you know how it goes.