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Offline GPLongford

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Going back to GS - It was fun, but not perfect...
on: November 19, 2021, 09:18:34 PM
I got my 2022 S1000XR just before easter this year, and I realize, I'm just not "grown up enough" to have one...

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Re: Going back to GS - It was fun, but not perfect...
Reply #1 on: November 19, 2021, 09:42:08 PM
I’d have said the reverse  :001:, the grown up option is the GS....what has always put me off the GS is the ‘I’m so superior’ injection up the arse that all GS owners appear to have had 😀😀, and while I appreciate what a practical all rounder the GS is...Jeeze it’s great fun putting e’m to the sword...even better when they put up a fight...very childish I appreciate but highly addictive 😂

Enjoy your GS by far the more sensible bike 😜

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Re: Going back to GS - It was fun, but not perfect...
Reply #2 on: November 20, 2021, 02:06:05 AM
Shame on you for choosing a GS with a combustion engine 😁.I just finished reading an article in the FT that said that Norway had the highest electrical vehicle penetration in the world at around 77% (USA 2%+)  so the Government has lost billions in taxing combustion engines so will introduce higher taxes for these and also for EVs. Start saving or see if the dealer has an electric motor option for your GS😁

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Re: Going back to GS - It was fun, but not perfect...
Reply #3 on: November 20, 2021, 08:50:03 AM
I think if you are used to the grunt and ‘secure’ handling of a GS - then for a lot of people, the XR might disappoint.

I think that the GS in Norway possibly makes more sense- given the draconian speed laws and fines.

I know what Winger alludes to with some GS-riders, but I also know quite a few exceptionally fast GS owners (on the road).  Some use the GS as a posturing device, but many simply see it as one of the best all-round bikes out there.

The XR does everything I want of it, but would have to admit that I have not tried a 1250 GS.

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Re: Going back to GS - It was fun, but not perfect...
Reply #4 on: November 20, 2021, 05:39:24 PM
*Originally Posted by Mareng1 [+]
I think if you are used to the grunt and ‘secure’ handling of a GS - then for a lot of people, the XR might disappoint.

I think that the GS in Norway possibly makes more sense- given the draconian speed laws and fines.

I know what Winger alludes to with some GS-riders, but I also know quite a few exceptionally fast GS owners (on the road).  Some use the GS as a posturing device, but many simply see it as one of the best all-round bikes out there.

The XR does everything I want of it, but would have to admit that I have not tried a 1250 GS.

I was seriously debating a GS too but I'd have looked stupid showing up to a "GS riders" meet where everyone could be my grandpa  :745:

Jokes aside they are amazing bikes, funnily enough though I feel like they are smaller than the XR, deciding factor in the end was just me wanting an i4 instead of yet another twin, even if it's a boxer.

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Re: Going back to GS - It was fun, but not perfect...
Reply #5 on: November 21, 2021, 11:38:50 AM
*Originally Posted by Diavel [+]
Shame on you for choosing a GS with a combustion engine 😁.I just finished reading an article in the FT that said that Norway had the highest electrical vehicle penetration in the world...

I hope the first part here is a joke...
Well, how did this cgange to eleectric cars happen?
They cut taxes so the cars became cheaper to buy, cut taxes so the cars became cheaper to drive, cut taxes so the cars became cheaper to take on ferries, cut taxes so the cars became cheaper to park and so on...

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Re: Going back to GS - It was fun, but not perfect...
Reply #6 on: November 21, 2021, 11:42:38 AM
*Originally Posted by Mareng1 [+]
I think if you are used to the grunt and ‘secure’ handling of a GS - then for a lot of people, the XR might disappoint.

I think that the GS in Norway possibly makes more sense- given the draconian speed laws and fines.

Its about handling, I cant figure out "what", but I cant get the "feeling" I had on an GS in the corners with the XR.
And I cant stop thinking about the size of the speeding fines when I ride...

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Re: Going back to GS - It was fun, but not perfect...
Reply #7 on: November 21, 2021, 12:31:42 PM
There are many different BMW's. As a riding buddy once told me, if you test ride the bike & you come back with a big smile on your face then, that is the bike for you. BMW Mottorad sales folks look for that reaction to a bike.

GSA & GS BMW bikes are great rides. The new 1250 engine is a great improvement over the1200. I am sure the 1300 will be even better when it is released. Personally, I just cannot get my head to accept those "Boxes".

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Re: Going back to GS - It was fun, but not perfect...
Reply #8 on: November 21, 2021, 03:19:17 PM
I have both, 2018 1200gs rallie and 2021 xr
If I had to pick one over the other the gs would win
The seat (locking me in one place) and the dead throttle below 4000 on the xr ruin it for me, power over that is great though
The gs is more versatile, I can hit the corners pretty hard and ride dirt all in the same day

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Re: Going back to GS - It was fun, but not perfect...
Reply #9 on: November 21, 2021, 07:10:01 PM
funny that no-one ever mentions the dead spot on the GS between 9k and 12k rpm (I think it is more pronounced than the XR below 4k!!)  :164: