View Full Version : Looking for a gracious R1200GS/GSA owner.

07-22-2008, 12:58 AM
Hi guys!

I have touched on this briefly in the past, but nothing really came to fruition so I figured I'd bring it up again. :rider:

I am in the market for an R1200GSA but am still trying to take one out for a bit of a ride (an hour or two) with the wife before I plunk down 20 large.

I live in the San Antonio/Austin area and will gladly leave this:

For the duration of the ride as collateral (it's worth about 3x+ what a GSA is :lol2: ).

My wife and I currently ride 2-up on the Busa a lot (every weekend basically) and I currently commute about 1200-1600 miles a month on my '05 Busa. I love the bike, but would like something a bit more comfortable for the possibility of long road trips, camping trips, etc. on the bike.

Our biggest concern is just how it's going to feel compared to what we are used to. The 'Busa is an amazing bike on the highway (and no I don't just mean it's really fast, lol). It's smooth, stable, the motor is amazing at highway speeds, etc. So we want to see how the big BMW compares.

I know it will be very far down on power, and I'm okay with that. I'm not buying it for it's engine (I'd keep the 'Busa if that were the case), I'm looking at it for the complete package of good all-arounder, comfy and versatile.

So if anyone is willing to let my wife and I come up one weekend and borrow their GS or GSA for a couple of hours, I promise I'll return it in the exact same condition I left with it in and a full tank of gas. :)

Thanks in advance.


07-22-2008, 01:06 AM

Are you are serious about $20K for a GS? You can get into a used Goldwing for less. You can ride my Wing if you want.

Oh, as far as comfort for the wife, there is no bike more comfortable than the Wing.

07-22-2008, 01:10 AM
That's about what the GSA's run new by the time you get out the door (although I may come out better as I don't want ABS or any of the drive aids).

The main reason I want the GSA is something I can take offroad (yes, I know it's no dirt bike :)) as well as something that's comfy onroad.

I have ridden a few 'Wings and man, those things are like 2-wheeled Lazy Boys! :D

07-22-2008, 03:11 AM
Bring that M to Bryan and I'll let you ride my Strom. :trust: :trust: :trust:

You don't want no stinkin' GS.

07-22-2008, 06:03 AM
These folks ( can probably help you out. I have no connection with them. I was going to rent an FJR for a weekend before deciding for certain to buy but the bike was booked up. Rent one for a weekend, or even one full day, and you can learn if it is the bike for you without the purchase commitment.

07-22-2008, 08:21 AM
No R1200's in Houston. :(

Good idea though!

07-22-2008, 08:24 AM
Found this link at the Lone Star Cycle site....

I'd rent a GS before I would buy one.

07-22-2008, 09:11 AM
You need to CHROME those rims and ad to chrome accents. A few flames may help too.

JK. That car looks great the way it is. No blink please.

I would rent as recomended. Do not disregard the new F800 GS either

07-22-2008, 10:05 AM
Don't worry, I will not bling my car out. :D

I would like to rent if I can find one.


07-22-2008, 10:09 AM
Found this link at the Lone Star Cycle site....

I'd rent a GS before I would buy one.

That looks excellent! Thanks very much for posting that. :)

07-22-2008, 10:17 AM
I just have to say that the car is absolutely sick.

07-22-2008, 10:21 AM
I just have to say that the car is absolutely sick.

Thanks. She takes care of me. :mrgreen:

07-23-2008, 04:11 PM
+1 on taking the wing over the GS. The new wing's are really sportbikes with comfy seats.