Let's see your GS offroad!

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Clayton Bigsby, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. Ocho NA

    Ocho NA Been here awhile

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    Yeah I’ve crashed there on my other bike. I’m already scared of sand with 50/50 tires, I’m still not sure how much I want to test the AAs.
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  2. AndyTAZ

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    Had an EPIC day cruising around Bragg Creek, AB, Canada in early September. Powderface Trail to Sibbald Creek Trail to Hwy 40 to Smith-Dorrien Trail through canmore and back to Hwy 40 and Sibbald and Powderface. Fob started giving me grief about being 'out of range' and then the 50% power thing, scared the s4it outta me as I wasn't traveling with my spare. That won't happen again!
  4. CrustyAPO

    CrustyAPO Long timer Super Supporter

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    What really sucks is being on strike and having to be back every 4th day to walk to picket line. I thought I would be off for two months with no other responsibilities. Still get to do some small rides around the State.
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  6. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil. Supporter

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  7. RobLS

    RobLS The Navigator

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    I’ve been around that area but not where you’re talking about. Typically out that way during MotoGP, I’m in the general Houston area.

    I do have a question for you after reading this post however in regards to going from lowered suspension model to standard GSA HP.
    I had a 2017 standard GSA. I made do with the height but have always felt like life could have been a tad easier if I went with lowered suspension. I’m waiting to pull the trigger on a new HP GSA until I can test a lowered version. I’ve ridden the Utah BDR and plan to ride more, but I use the bike every day.
    Does it make sense to wait out for a lowered model or should I say screw it and get standard? I just don’t know how the change in suspension would affect its handling on road and adjustability and capability off road.
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    GSteve Long timer

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  10. BimmerJAG

    BimmerJAG One of these days...

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    Cataract2 Where to?

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  12. 4NLegion

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    Somewhere on leg 3 of the MA BDR if I remember rightly.
  13. tentative_rider

    tentative_rider Wanna Be On Gravel

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    well that’s a really good question, there are so many factors at play, having owned both standard and low GSA. I would say if you are uncomfortable with a taller bike the low does not have any real world disadvantages unless you are some sort of superstar. That being said, the combination of the ESA and a low seat brings the seat height of my 2019 down close but not as low as my 2016 with the factory low suspension. I’ve had a couple of real white knuckle moments trying to turn around on a crappy gravel road, and have not yet tried to maneuver it at low speed into a rough primitive campsite. I’m sure at some point I will drop it and be cursing but I generally ride with a group on longer trips and so there’s plenty of people around to help pick it up. Also I use soft bags when riding on extended trips so risk of crushing the aluminum side boxes is avoided.

    I went back to standard suspension on this new bike because well honestly I just didn’t wanna wait so I can understand what you’re saying. They had one incoming with standard suspension and a low seat and the HP colors and wheels.

    I will say that if you’re riding fast on rough stuff the standard suspension is more plush, but again like I said, in the real world, I don’t think the low has significant disadvantages.

    Really, you can’t go wrong either way, I do occasionally miss the security of being able to put both of my feet firmly down on uneven ground, But after a decade of riding these big bikes I am relatively good at the “cheek slide” and switching my feet rapidly in order to get one or the other down firmly. I also have a 2006 HP2 Enduro, and after Riding that for a day, my 2019 feels like a low rider...
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  14. RobLS

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    I get all that. I guess really the only situation I keep thinking of is maneuvering out of parking lots or parked situations when I have to walk the bike back. Which in the past if it was too difficult I would just get off the bike and walk it. Yeah I may just say screw it and get the standard suspension.
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  15. RoundTrip

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    Don't buy a bike just because you can back it up without getting off. Adapt, overcome.

    Btw, I have a GSA with the low suspension. :D
  16. tentative_rider

    tentative_rider Wanna Be On Gravel

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    You’ll be happy with that.

    I didn’t mention before but one big difference with low suspension is you lose quite a bit of cornering clearance especially at the foot pegs, I learned quickly (after a few oh shit moments) to pigeon toe my boots way inboard while leaning over on my 2016 GSA.

    I like not having to do that on the new 1250.

    Go sit on the different BMW low seat options, they are actually pretty damn comfortable.

    TR
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  17. RobLS

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    Damn. And I was already turning my foot out when leaning in turns. Sounds good then.
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  18. PARIAH

    PARIAH Been here awhile

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    Not off road, but dirt.

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  19. goman

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    Yes it was. If you look at google earth there is access right off the AK Hwy. Note it was June at the time.
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  20. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil. Supporter

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    Thanks for the information.

    KR