New Water cooled 1200GS Where is the bottom end?

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  1. tksmith

    tksmith Another GS Freak

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    Had a quick ride on a new water cooled 1200GS ADV today, Been a GS guy for years and still have my 96 1100. I can't believe how that low end tractive personality is gone!! Tried a hill start on it and had trouble getting it to move. My 950 has more bottom end and they are pretty useless down low in comparison the oil head.

    Have you guys that have moved from the oil head to the water bottle found the same thing??? :dirtdog
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  2. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    Don't buy one then.
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    tksmith Another GS Freak

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    Wasn't going to Troppo, just wondering if it was just this one or are they that much different?
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  4. baloneyskin daddy

    baloneyskin daddy bikaholic

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    I've spent time on an RS and a GS and while they may not pull as much down low they rev so much easier and smoother with so much more power everywhere else maybe the difference has thrown you off. They certainly aren't gutless.
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    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    Sorry, was taking the piss... :D

    I've owned two WC boxers and have ridden many many km on them. Plenty of grunt, IMHO. Liked them a lot more than a mate's older non-WC one.
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    tksmith Another GS Freak

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    Figured. All good. Knew it was a bit of a "leave yourself open' question. I think its the new wet clutch . Might take a little time to get used to.
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    tksmith Another GS Freak

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    Nope certainly not gutless!. I liked it over all for the small time I had on it, just a little hard to get moving on a pic. The new clutch I think.
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    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    See if you can get an extended test ride. Well worth it.
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  9. calum

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    I had the opposite experience my 1150rs would stall very easily and was not happy below 2500rpm. I find the WC nearly impossible to stall and will pull from 1500rpm.
    I admit the WC clutch is a bit hit and miss you never know where it will bite
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  10. vagueout

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    That reluctance indicates the need for a good throttle sync imo.:*sip*
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  11. waybill

    waybill wayward

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    Also a standard 1150 has a somewhat longer 1st gear than 1100 or 1200 oilheads, and 1150Adv.
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