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Thread: Up side of 1250 on tour

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    My twopence worth FWIW.

    If I had a 1200LC I wouldn't be looking to change in a hurry although 1250 is peppier. This is based on my experience with my brother's 2015 GS compared to my new 1250.

    I came from a late TC ADV that I've owned for the past 6 years and, predictably, the difference is much more marked.

    Loved the slightly agricultural feel from the TC and it served me very well but the new bike is so much better, it really is.

    Easier to ride, smoother, without losing the whole twin 'vibe' (IMHO anyway), handles excellently and really does go.

    I like the toys and they work, so far

    To complicate things slightly I'm enjoying the standard GS format much more than the ADV that, IMHO is less rideable and versatile.

    Quite why I lugged all that extra weight and extra fuel around for all those years whilst stopping at roughly the same intervals as my riding buddies with tanks half the size I do not know

    Because of the above high up lard, my old TC also handled like a pig on stilts when loaded up with luggage and pillion at slow speeds.

    The new one is so much more balanced in comparison without losing anything and I wouldn't compromise that by going the ADV route again.
    Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edvard Munch View Post
    My twopence worth FWIW.

    If I had a 1200LC I wouldn't be looking to change in a hurry although 1250 is peppier. This is based on my experience with my brother's 2015 GS compared to my new 1250.

    I came from a late TC ADV that I've owned for the past 6 years and, predictably, the difference is much more marked.
    Just another data point on this. CWs have lent me a 1250GS today while my '15 GSA is in for its 24K service and I've just got back from a decent ride on it. I've got to say the engine/transmission package is vastly different from the older 1200. It's smoother, far more tractable at lower speeds (slow riding in 4th gear at 30mph is so much easier - and just for a lark I stuck it in 5th and it was fine), there's a real difference in dynamic mode and it picks up and accelerates better than the 1200 (altho' this was a bare GS cf my 1200GSA so the GSA is lugging more weight). Engine noise and vibration is much reduced and the exhaust note is very quiet - probably the only real negative. The gearbox is noticeably better than the 1200 and the QS is marginally better but then I've never really had a problem with the QS on the 1200. I didn't really notice any difference in the brakes but I did like the TFT screen - much clearer than having the older dials and small LCD screens

    All in all I found the 1250 engine/transmission to be way way better than the '15 1200 and frankly much more fun to ride and if I had the spare ££s I'd change today. However the difference from more recent 1200 models may not be so marked.

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