I just recently traded my BMW R1200GS Adventure for a BMW K1600 GTL - a true (large) sport bike. Electric smooth engine and power beyond imagine. But it was not as agile as the GSA. So, I went to my dark side and purchased a MS1260 S. I have had all of the iterations of the previous Multistradas - but I was TOTALLY shocked with the new 1260 engine and suspension systems and the agility, flickability of the the new Multistradas.Hi all,
I currently own a BMW R1200 GSA adventure. I also have a 1199 Pano Tri. I do not use the Pano so I am going to merge two bikes into one.
I have loved the GS for its road touring. I use the bike for riding to work and I run a top box where I change into my work clothes. It has been great however it is time to upgrade.
I really want to retain a Ducati as I have owned many for a long time. However the BMW has been so good it is hard to go past. So I am considering the new 1260 DVT Enduro.
What should I do? Does anyone have any opinions of the Enduro vs the GSA?
The BMS R1200 GSA is nimble - once you get it moving, it turns in well and has great engine breaking. The issue is the top-heavy weight. Think of moving 7 or more gallons of gas from one side to another in corners. Add luggage and a rider and it becomes noticeable.
Don't get me wrong, I loved dancing with the big girl in the mountains. Great reliability, great torque, but slower to get into the power. When I took the Multi and casually rolled on the power - I was literally thrown back in the seat. Then I hit the tight corners and found that I was basically riding an upright sport bike.
After 20-years of riding BMWs, and still riding one, I tend to believe that they provide exactly what you need for your interests. It is up to the owner to decide what that is - true off-road riding, fire roads and light trails, touring and so forth. The GS adventure will get you to the off road areas and let you ride off road - albeit on a very heavy off road bike. It will also act as a fantastic touring bike. Think of it as the Swiss Army Knife of bikes. It is a great tool that you decide how to use.
I found that switching to the MS from the BMW was exciting Fast, extremely powerful, light, and yet still providing a comfortable riding position for longer distances. Ride each, determine which feels better between your thighs and provides the best riding position - and go with it. You can't go wrong.