THe mighty GS - Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Forum
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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-19-2018, 03:07 AM Thread Starter
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THe mighty GS

I had to take a chums F800 GSA to the dealers for a service (sucks being retired ! ) and must say I always enjoy riding it. Itís very smooth for the most part, handles well and best of all, could teach Honda how to design a bike with good wind management. Youíll never pull your hair out trying to decide what screen is best or should you fit an air dam to the petrol tank......

Anyway, on leaving the 800 off, I was offered a choice of three bikes to use, R1200R, R1200 GSA or the 1200 GS Rallye. I chose the Rallye. . Now, itís been 8 years since I sold my 12GS (Ď05 model) and I donít miss it in the slightest, so with a full tank of fuel provided, I cleared off for a few hours. Iím not going to rattle on about every little thing, but suffice to say today reminded me why BMW sell so many of these things. The new TFT dash is fantastic, the cruise control is a joy, the engine a peach and the way the GS goes about getting you from A to B is sheer magic. It really is a fantastic machine and I enjoyed every mile of the 122 I did on it before returning to pick up the 800.

Still wonít buy another one thoí......
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-19-2018, 07:48 AM
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Yup, they are very good. But there is quite a difference in price between the GS and Africa Twin. Pays your money and makes your choice.
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-19-2018, 07:59 AM
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I traded my triple black gs in for the afas. The gs is a brilliant bike but dull and just another gs.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-19-2018, 08:08 AM
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The 800 is one of the most boring bikes I have ever tried. It does everything well, but so boring. The new 850 should be better.
As for the 1200GS it is an amazing bike. I love the boxer engine, but they are very sophisticated and expensive machines, you don't want anything to break down once the warranty is over
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-19-2018, 09:05 PM
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Thanks for the report, I'm still going back and forth between the ATAS and a GS for my retirement gift to myself next year !!
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-19-2018, 10:19 PM
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I think the GS is the only bike I'd consider outside of my Africa Twin. Dollar for dollar, I think the AT is a better value and will prove less expensive to own in the long run. Plus there's a pretty significant difference in price of the two bikes.

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I just wish BMW still made a single gs. I had a 2003 F650gs with the rotax single and I always regret selling that beast. That 1200 gs is so expensive and if I was gonna spend that much I be getting a KTM super adventure or maybe a multistrada.

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I missed having a GS when I went to Poland for 2 weeks for the first and last part of the trip as these involved 500 mile days to get across Europe. Once there I think there would be little difference on main roads (single and dual carriageway) but on some of the road (cobbled tracks, gravel, sand) I was glad of the AT as it was far easier to ride off road than a GS for me. I find the AT far easier to get lost on as I have less to worry about turning it round when the road runs out.
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Before I got my AT, I rode a GS1200 adventure (probably a 2015 I guess. It was a friends) and it was my first go on a large adventure bike. (was a road guy).
I could not help but feel I was riding a tank (I mean like a army tank, though a fuel tank could also suit)

When I test rode the AT, I realised that big adventure bikes are not all like this. The AT had a nice nimble feel to it compared to the GS.

Bought the AT immediately. Now 10,000km later, still super happy.
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-21-2019, 04:31 PM
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I have had 5 GS's and sold my last which was a 2011, and bought my ATAS last summer. I ain't ever going back to BMW again. The AT is such a wonderful bike with so much character.
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