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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 18-Jul-2019, 01:17 AM (262) Thread Starter
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I just joined the forum here and wanted to say hello. I'm new to motorcycle forums so not really too sure what to expect. I sat on a GS in one of the BMW showrooms here in the UK around 5 years ago and have yearned for one since. I can't believe I finally put a deposit down on a 2018 R1200GS last weekend and will be collecting it next week - really excited to get the keys handed over to me 😄 I've only ridden naked bikes until now so it should be an interesting transition. I'm over 6ft with 80% of my height being my legs so I've always felt cramped on bikes - can't wait to have something that fits me comfortably. I do long-distance commuting and will be doing some touring across the UK and Europe, maybe even some light off-roading as well.

I'm a total adventure bike and GS newbie so I really don't know what to expect owning a GS. I was hoping to get some insight from GS riders who are much more experienced and wiser than I am. Is there anything I should prepare for, any quirks or issues to look out for? Hints, tips, tricks, etc that's worth knowing? I'm doing research everyday to help get me prepared but any knowledge or help would be humbly appreciated.

Thanks in advance to anyone who's spent their time reading or replying to this, it's very much appreciated! Really can't wait to experience the GS 😄
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Hi and welcome to the forum and GS ownership. It's going to be a long week!!! Whereabouts are you? Don't forget to post some photos once you have your bike.

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Congrats on the new bike. I'd say take it slow and ease into it. Find a place to actually go really slow and get a handle on that. They are amazingly manageable bikes for there size but not exactly a naked. That's kinda where I came from as well. The GS continues to surprise me from twisties to trails. Enjoy.
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Hi and welcome to the forum and GS ownership. It's going to be a long week!!! Whereabouts are you? Don't forget to post some photos once you have your bike.
Thanks Dave, appreciate that. It certainly will be, especially as the next week is forecast for rain everyday so may have to wait a bit longer unfortunately. Based in sunny Scotland lol - will do, I’ll probably be out on it for most of the day when I pick it up so will try to get some pics in as well 😄
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Congrats on the new bike. I'd say take it slow and ease into it. Find a place to actually go really slow and get a handle on that. They are amazingly manageable bikes for there size but not exactly a naked. That's kinda where I came from as well. The GS continues to surprise me from twisties to trails. Enjoy.
Thanks man 😄 will do, I’ll probably ride about in rain mode for the first wee bit and grow into the bike. My current bike is less than half the power so with the added weight and size, it’ll certainly take some getting used to.
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Thanks man 😄 will do, Iíll probably ride about in rain mode for the first wee bit and grow into the bike. My current bike is less than half the power so with the added weight and size, itíll certainly take some getting used to.
I was on a modified Suzuki GSF1200S so it had insane power compared to the R1200 and it was lighter. The upright position, different range of torque and power delivery, lower weight distribution, suspension etc... That takes a bit of getting used to but when you do it's a blast.
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