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Offline Cranky1

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Re: I have a GS1250 itch, thoughts???
« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2019, 02:17:12 AM »
I’ve already changed to a 43tooth rear sprocket, but now it sucks with a passenger taking off on a hill or anything of that nature.  I rode my bike 16xr premium for 2 hours with my wife, then a gs for an hour then 2 more hours on the. Xr. I think if 5 and 6 gears were higher then I would be much happier with the stock gearing on my Xr.
.914x.6096x.914. Only if she is 1.6002!
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Re: I have a GS1250 itch, thoughts???
« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2019, 09:43:36 PM »
Mine has a 42 on the rear and it's not an issue, even two-up. I find it much better at motorway speeds and less revvy in general....outright acceleration is down a tad but she's still got plenty of poke.

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Re: I have a GS1250 itch, thoughts???
« Reply #22 on: January 10, 2019, 10:29:56 PM »
I’ve found that the temperature seems to make a big difference on my bike. The hotter the ambient temp the worse it takes off.
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Sounds better in us measurements.

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Re: I have a GS1250 itch, thoughts???
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2019, 12:21:04 PM »
To the OP, I can tell you with absolute certainly that the 1250 power is not going to be anything close to your XR. I have two bikes, a 2015 GSA, and a 2018 XR. Two very different bikes. The 1250 has more power than the 1200, but far from the insane XR level. I use the GSA for offroad, long distance touring, cold weather (40 F and below) riding. Everything else I use the XR for. But don't kid yourself thinking that the 1250 is anywhere close to the performance of the XR, power-vise, cornering ability, agility and nimbleness.

If you are looking for the perfect touring bike, absolutely. go for it.
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Re: I have a GS1250 itch, thoughts???
« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2019, 02:07:13 PM »
*Originally Posted by Cranky1 [+]
I’ve found that the temperature seems to make a big difference on my bike. The hotter the ambient temp the worse it takes off.
Cold (and moist) air is more dense than warm air and produces more power.

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Re: I have a GS1250 itch, thoughts???
« Reply #25 on: February 06, 2019, 06:19:10 PM »
Before I bought my XR, I took a GS on a 600 mile ride from San Diego, California to San Francisco, CA up some great winding roads, canyons and coast roads. 

While the GS is a great bike, and great if you want to do adventure riding or off road riding.  I could not really get comfortable with the lack of connection with the road.  The tires, suspension and spoke rims all add up to a play in the corners that you don't get with the XR. 

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Re: I have a GS1250 itch, thoughts???
« Reply #26 on: February 14, 2019, 09:06:40 PM »
I own an xr and have ridden the new gs.For road use xr anyday in everway except pillion because I didn't get to test that...gs is really torquey loved that aspect but  different bike for throwing around if that's your thing...me personally would own a gs more so in my senior years as a slower pace of life this is just my own opinion and the gs is a great bike just xr all the way for me..
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