No I haven’t changed my mind about the R1200GS! There was a little problem though, it was called envy. The Adventure version was just so sexy! So I have traded in my ’08 R1200GS for a (very) low mileage ’14 R1200GSA.
As I have mentioned before, I am a big guy (my wife is tiny…she told me to say that). The R1200GS Adventure allows for a lot more weight on the bike. With my wife and I on the non-adventure we are left with about 10KG’s or so for our luggage. We get substantially more payload with the GS Adventure. We also get around a third more fuel in the big tank. I also just love the look of the adventure. I will post up a picture soon of the new bike, I haven’t had it out much since I bought it (stupid UK weather).
The biggest reason however for the change was reliability. We are doing a trip of a lifetime when we go around Europe and I don’t want to remember the trip for the breakdowns. If we had more time to do the trip, then sure lets take more risks and have a true adventure with a high mileage bike…but both my wife and I are Professionals with busy careers and limited time off. So we are making the most of the little time off we have by doing this trip.
I will be doing a video on the bike soon. I will talk about what a big change it was to switch from the 2008 R1200GS to the 2014 R1200GSA. Wow, what a change.