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Re: R1200GS

Paige,  I pretty much agree with you on most points.  My comfort issue 
is with the hands and angle of the grips.  The seat is as with any 
Beemer.  Go aftermarket.   I got a Rocky Mayer seat, and it's a big 
improvement over stock.

As to the suspension.  The shocks are good when new, but at 7k miles 
they are starting to fade.  I expect new shocks will be required just 
like on previous models.

The 1200's handle great.  Like a Ducati.  Or perhaps like a more 
powerful F650CS.  Holds the line much better than the RS.

Maybe I just need more time on the bike to have it grow on me more.

Bob Hadden '05R12GS, '62R27

On Sep 26, 2005, at 6:28 PM, plpklt@xxxxxxx wrote:

>  I just took my R12gs to the North Ga mountains for the very first 
> time.  I have only 7,000 miles on it and it blew me away with the 
> handling of it.  The roads were as great as ever but the curves seemed 
> easier and the roads seemed shorter than when I did them on my 96 Rt.  
> I could really tell the difference on how hard I had to work to make 
> it thru the curves.  On the RT,though it handled great, I had to work 
> it. On the Gs it was like power steering.  The close gear ratio meant 
> I never had to worry about dropping down a gear even in a turn, and it 
> had pretty good torque for the times I wished I had dropped down a 
> gear.
> I do know my tires have more sidewall wear than ever before and for 
> all the riding I never put a single seat pucker on her.     I'm no 
> racer and I know not to ride beyound my limits but this bike makes you 
> a better ridder, I'm convienced with just one trip to the mountains.
> As to the height of the bike, yes it is tall,  I'm only 5-10 and have 
> a 29" inseam.  I can only touch the balls of my feet down at the same 
> time but I am use to it.  It was imtimidating at first but I think it 
> feels normal now.  I don't think I could ride a bike that I could flat 
> foot, I would feel too close to the ground.
> As for all day comfort,  I rode 1100 miles this week end.  It got hot 
> as hell in south Ga coming home and yes I got monkey butt.  I blame 
> that more on the heat than the bike.  Believe me if i could have 
> ridden the last 100 miles standing I would have, and did a lot of 
> that.  Other than that, I find the position very comfortable.  I am 
> long waisted and the upright position make my back feel just fine.  
> Perhaps a better seat or a tough Butt is in order but that is 
> virtually the only thing about the bike I would change, with one 
> exception.  I think the lighting really sucks  perhaps I just haven't 
> figured out how to adjust it but If I aim the low beam high enough to 
> do any good the high beams lights up the trees... I'm adding driving 
> lights this week.
> Paige Poole
> 96 RT ( 76,000 miles)
> 05 R12Gs.. ( 7500 smiles)
> Dave wrote>
>> As the owner of a 1994 R1100RS who is thinking of getting a GS do you 
>> > see many major differences? I was curious as you made the change 
>> and I > think you were going to comment about them on the digest. I 
>> don't know > if you already did so.
>> Dave
>> 1994RS
>> Ottawa Canada