I met Ken in Radford, Va Thursday night and took ownership of the 1200gs! We headed up to the Blue Ridge Parkway for my first ride on her Friday morning! I had to work on my shifting, but it was all figured out that morning.
Then I got my 16 year old daughter out of bed at the hotel and she followed my the 4 1/2 hour ride back home. I picked some really twisty roads up in the mountains and then we made the long stretch on 58 back home. I decided i really like the bike but I needed to work on my low speed shifting and manuvering, so that's what I did this weekend.
My observations after a weekend:
- Suspension is plush compared to the Burgman. No real surprise there.
- The GS is SOOO much easier to move around that the Burgman. I expected to struggle with getting it in and out of the garage, but the Burgman transmission fights so much more than I realized.
- I think the range on a tank is about the same. That's disappointing...
-The ergos are so adjustable. The bike has a lowered suspension and risers on the bars to bring them back. I've got a GSA seat on it and it worked for the entire 7 hours i was on the bike Friday.
- I suck at the shifting. I'm getting better. The low speed shifts are the ones i'm working on. The bike has a new Touratech clutch which I consider 'grabby'. Yeah, that's the issue...