New bike - R1200GS

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New bike - R1200GS

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:17 pm

I used to own a R1150GS, quite like this:
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which I liked a lot until it started giving me a lot of back pain. I sold it to turnthomas about 6 years ago now and have always missed the riding style.

A couple of years back I testrode a 1200gs (bigger engine, more refined etc) and absolutely loved it. Sadly trade in values etc meant there wasn't any easy way to get one at that exact minute and so my monkey of a brain leapt off that branch and onto the VFR1200 tree, where it stayed for a while but was always looking at the other tree, where the GSs grew.

In 2013, they changed the 1200GS and gave it a whole new engine and loads more refinement and power and I've long since yearned for one, so I finally bit the bullet and PXed the Honda against one yesterday.

Dealer was a prick, as always but the bike's amazing!

Here's a pic from the dealer's site of my actual bike:
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It's a 2013, with 16k miles and a whole load of options:

Cruise control, LED lights and indicators, Electronic Suspension Adjustment, ABS, Traction control, Tyre pressure sensors, etc etc.

When I set off the differences to the older GSs were obvious - everything was very smooth and light and the bike felt pretty pokey. It was missing the urgency and excitement that I thought it might have but I could tell it was powerful and it was fairly comfy.

After a few minutes of riding I discovered it was in RAIN mode so I tinkered around for a bit and managed to find a mode called DYNA and what a difference! Suddenly it was urgent and exciting and I started smiling for the first time. It is Very Fast and handles like a dream - on my commute this morning I was leathering it round corners at far higher speeds than I would have on the VFR as it inspires so much confidence. I also unintentionally wheelied away from 3 sets of lights this morning! It's so potent and urgent it just makes you a bit of a hooligan. I reckon I might put it back in RAIN mode every now and then to slow me down and to re-appreciate the DYNA mode.

Loads of other stuff but lunch is here :)
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Greg66 @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:21 pm

Tokyo Sexwale wrote:Loads of other stuff but lunch is here :)


What?

Are you a resident in an OAP home? Or a bed ridden patient in a hospital?

Who the fcuk has lunch brought to them?

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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Disastrous @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:21 pm

:heart:
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Strawman @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:23 pm

Greg66 wrote:Who the fcuk has lunch brought to them?


The wealned in the City of London where takeaway establishments deliver their produce.
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New bike - R1200GS

Post by Käsemeister @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:24 pm

What has been seen cannot be unseen:

Headlampcockandballs.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Rod Rammage @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:26 pm

Käsemeister wrote:What has been seen cannot be unseen:

Headlampcockandballs.


Indicatorflyingjizz.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by WalMitty @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:27 pm

How many horse powers?
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by thekungfury @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:28 pm

It looks like it's a Transformer and the picture was taken half a second before it became a finished bike. Clearly everything on it is designed for a specific purpose but it seems assembled by committee and nothing joins up. So many jagged angles and while it sounds great for the job it's not pleasing to the eye, my eye at least.

The features on it are incredible. Cruise control on a bike sounds fiercely dangerous to me. I guess that's only for arrow straight traffic-less roads when on tour?
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:31 pm

>burp<

Also, of interest, was the comfort. It's got various settings for comfort and after fiddling for a while, I sorted out what it needed to be on and it felt great. The dealer was in North Yorkshire (I'm in Surrey) so I rode up on the Honda and arrived a bit sore and achy and then rode home on the GS and by the time I got back, I felt ache free. It had not only been an easy ride, it had cured my existing Honda aches! It's like a wizard, an ache wizard (?).
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Käsemeister @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:36 pm

That's a long run, good news.

Stillcockandballs.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:39 pm

WalMitty wrote:How many horse powers?

125 - doesn't sound a lot but it's significantly quicker (and lighter somehow) than my VFR and that was 170. Top end won't be of course but I never get remotely close to topping bikes out anyway.
thekungfury wrote:It looks like it's a Transformer and the picture was taken half a second before it became a finished bike. Clearly everything on it is designed for a specific purpose but it seems assembled by committee and nothing joins up. So many jagged angles and while it sounds great for the job it's not pleasing to the eye, my eye at least.

The features on it are incredible. Cruise control on a bike sounds fiercely dangerous to me. I guess that's only for arrow straight traffic-less roads when on tour?


I love the style - it's a rugged, brute of a thing - but see your point.

I used cruise a couple of times yesterday in Average Speed camera areas and it was quite good. I've never spec it myself but I guess it has its uses. Nice to stretch the right arm without losing speed I noticed.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:40 pm

Käsemeister wrote:That's a long run, good news.

Stillcockandballs.

ha, I'd not noticed those!
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by GingerNinja @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:42 pm

Does it have the hard luggage with it?

Well done again, this only adds to my dilemma over what all-purpose bike to get when I'm back on 2-wheels.

Also, think you'll need a new lid to going with it - definitely need a more adventure style one. Shall we all discuss your helmet?
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Deuteronomy @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:43 pm

WalMitty wrote:How many horse powers?


Don't do that.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by span @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:43 pm

It's early for lunch, isn't it?
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Strawman @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:46 pm

Tokyo Sexwale wrote: It's like a wizard, an ache wizard (?).


A Masseuse, but without the happy ending.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by WalMitty @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:47 pm

Deuteronomy wrote:
WalMitty wrote:How many horse powers?


Don't do that.


It was ironic. May be too subtle.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Deuteronomy @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:51 pm

WalMitty wrote:
Deuteronomy wrote:
WalMitty wrote:How many horse powers?


Don't do that.


It was ironic. May be too subtle.


I'm sure.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:59 pm

GingerNinja wrote:Does it have the hard luggage with it?

Well done again, this only adds to my dilemma over what all-purpose bike to get when I'm back on 2-wheels.

Also, think you'll need a new lid to going with it - definitely need a more adventure style one. Shall we all discuss your helmet?

No luggage.

Happily I still have my Arai lid from my GS days which happily is in a matching grey.

When you're ready and if you fancy it, let us know when you're up to it and you can have a go.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Turntable @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:22 pm

span wrote:It's early for lunch, isn't it?


You don't know TS.
by 830 in the morning he is discussing lunch, and by 11.59 he is virtually screaming with hunger rage as he legs it to a lunch shop.
Food is heroin to TS.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by thekungfury @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:25 pm

Tokyo Sexwale wrote:I used cruise a couple of times yesterday in Average Speed camera areas and it was quite good.

Actually on that absurdly long stretch of the M1 with the endless purple tube I bet it was handy.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:29 pm

thekungfury wrote:
Tokyo Sexwale wrote:I used cruise a couple of times yesterday in Average Speed camera areas and it was quite good.

Actually on that absurdly long stretch of the M1 with the endless purple tube I bet it was handy.


It all blurred into one really, such a bland journey, that I don't know where the bits where but there's only one average speed bit with rear facing cameras - all the other sections don't apply to bikes!
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by span @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:47 pm

Turntable wrote:
span wrote:It's early for lunch, isn't it?


You don't know TS.
by 830 in the morning he is discussing lunch, and by 11.59 he is virtually screaming with hunger rage as he legs it to a lunch shop.
Food is heroin to TS.

Hehe!

I miss that about working in an office, the getting really excited about lunch.

Cool looking bike, Tokes!
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by manfromdelmonte @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:54 pm

Cool bike.

Got the sun on my face, sleeping rough on the road.
I'll tell you all about it, when I get home.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Greg66 @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:57 pm

Deuteronomy wrote:
WalMitty wrote:
Deuteronomy wrote:
WalMitty wrote:How many horse powers?


Don't do that.


It was ironic. May be too subtle.


I'm sure.


Torques?

What is the giant beak thing that sticks out from the handlebars for?

A part of me would like a motor bike of the low and fast variety, where you drape yourself over the fuel tank and hang on for dear life. But I don't think it would be a good idea in the long run, mostly because there would be no "long run".
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 2:40 pm

Greg66 wrote:What is the giant beak thing that sticks out from the handlebars for?

A vestigial mud guard.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Greg66 @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:26 pm

Isn't the mud guard the thing that's directly over the tyre though?
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:29 pm

If you were to take it properly off road and fit enormous knobblies, you'd have to remove the lower mudguard. It's more a design throwback though really I think.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by Barbarianna @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:29 pm

Is this the kind of thing that people go into the desert with? Paris Dakar type things yes?
Or long tours round hilly passes in Europe, heading towards the orient. I like them for the visions they conjure up.
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Re: New bike - R1200GS

Post by GingerNinja @ Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:00 pm

Barbarianna wrote:Is this the kind of thing that people go into the desert with? Paris Dakar type things yes?
Or long tours round hilly passes in Europe, heading towards the orient. I like them for the visions they conjure up.

They're the bikes that Ewan and Charlie took on their trip The Long Way Round. They had originally asked KTM, but they said no so BMW stepped in, which turned out to be a stroke of marketing genius as they sold a shedload off the back of the show and have continued to do so ever since.

They've become a bit of the Range Rover of the motorcycle world though - eminently capable, but more likely to be found prowling they mean streets of Chelsea than the deserts of Morocco.
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