Why is the r1200gs more comfortable?

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  1. freud

    freud Adventurer

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    I might find a different approach here:

    As most questions if you already know the answer this may seem too obvious. To me unfortunately is not and I'll explain why:

    -The size of the bikes is almost the same, in lenght, being thr F narrower than the R.

    -The backreste is the same, given that you have the aluminum top case.

    So where does the comfort difference come?

    wider seat?

    Better wind proteccion?

    The suspension?

    If so, an F bike could become as or even more comfortable than a stock RGS if you get a big screen, handlebar risers and a custom wide seat, while retaining the nimblenes for lane splitting.


    What would you say? or what do you know?
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  2. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    Have no clue. Don't have one.
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  3. CheckerdD

    CheckerdD Long timer

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    I own both a 1200 and 800 GS. I think the 800 is more comfortable. Lower, lighter, the gearing is more appropriate for American roads and speed limits. The 800 is better off pavement. Have a nice day. Dave
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  4. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv Super Moderator

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    Everything is better than 8GS OEM seat. Change seat, windscreen, raise the bars, lower the pegs and there you go the 8GS is comfortable!
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  5. jackalsour

    jackalsour Xennial

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    Depends on the person. I tried a Kahedo/Touratech seat and it was horrible for me. I tried a Corbin seat on my old bike and it was also unbearable for me, way too wide and stiff. If I wanted a windscreen, I'd take the car. The wind feels like I'm moving faster without speeding :rofl
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  6. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    I suppose you could put a 19" wheel on the F800GS for more "nimbleness." But then there are other issues.

    Fred
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  7. Reaver

    Reaver Why am I still here?

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    A 1200GSA would make me more comfortable in my manhood.



    But 800 is where it's at. :cry
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  8. stephen.stallebrass

    stephen.stallebrass Been here awhile

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    I considered the R12GSA but went for the F8 and I love it. I've been all over with it too... I would get yourself an Airhawk cushion, some Rox Risers, some wider Pivot Pegz and a taller wider Flip screen. Mine is pretty comfy. Nevertheless, there remains this niggling part of me that still wants a GSA... I have a GTR1400 which I love too but getting back on the F8 reminds how much I love the F8.
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  9. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW! Supporter

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    Why?

    Well, for me it isn't. I put 47k on an R12Gs and I could never quite get comfortable on it.

    The F800gs fits me better and by default, is a more comfortable bike for me.
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  10. Reaver

    Reaver Why am I still here?

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    I've ridden both extensively and went with the F. 2 F's actually.

    A lot has to do with your intended riding. Two up cross country? R12. Battling cross winds a lot? R12. Solo travel cross country and off road? F8. Parking lots and crazy traffic? F8.

    I could have had either but I got tired of man handling the R in and out of the garage, parking spots and backing up. I feel it's a total overkill for Central and South America.

    I feel the R is a touring bike with benefits. :D
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