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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 13-Dec-2018, 04:59 AM (458) Thread Starter
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1250 Reviews please!

Wondering if we have any new owners of the 2019 1250 model out there. I'd love to hear about your experience and your opinion of the new engine.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 13-Dec-2018, 02:20 PM (847)
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I do not own, nor have I ridden the R1250GS, but I wanted to see if it is better than my 2017 R1200GSA. I found this video comparing the bikes, side by side. I think it's a well done comparison. Check it out here:
After watching the video, I'm not going to trade my R1200GSA in just yet. The gains are negligible, in my opinion.
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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 15-Dec-2018, 04:19 PM (930)
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yes I bought 2019 R1250 GS Nov 30 . Have 1300mi on it. Owned a R1200GS 2013 ,15, 17.5 with total 97,000 mi. This 2019 is really a different bike. To start at 5mph you are at idle and parking lot speeds are much easier to navigate. The smooth running engine changes your idea of what your speed is. I always knew when I was approaching 80mph , now I'm at 100 and the feedback from engine is the same. I have a 9mi uphill mountain run that I have compared a lot of bikes on. My 2017.5 would come out of the one tight turn at 58mph. Yesterday I came out at 68 mph without trying, yes it is that much better. The suspension has been " fine tuned " for lack of better words. It just works better with engine rpm, brakes, and suspension settings. It now has no dive on hard braking. The throttle also works better in on and off rotations. I did not run fast on the straights and for 130mi I showed 52mpg. At 80mph 3 days ago I showed 42mpg for 140mi. I really like the TFT display.
The cons: the touring seat is good for 75mi. The cruise control disengages on freeway bridge bump with your hand on throttle. The spokes on wheels are loose, 7 in front 8 on rear.
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I appreciate the feedback. Nothing like first hand info. Hoping to hear more from 1250 owners.

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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 17-Dec-2018, 05:32 AM (481)
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yes I bought 2019 R1250 GS Nov 30 . Have 1300mi on it. Owned a R1200GS 2013 ,15, 17.5 with total 97,000 mi. This 2019 is really a different bike. To start at 5mph you are at idle and parking lot speeds are much easier to navigate. The smooth running engine changes your idea of what your speed is. I always knew when I was approaching 80mph , now I'm at 100 and the feedback from engine is the same. I have a 9mi uphill mountain run that I have compared a lot of bikes on. My 2017.5 would come out of the one tight turn at 58mph. Yesterday I came out at 68 mph without trying, yes it is that much better. The suspension has been " fine tuned " for lack of better words. It just works better with engine rpm, brakes, and suspension settings. It now has no dive on hard braking. The throttle also works better in on and off rotations. I did not run fast on the straights and for 130mi I showed 52mpg. At 80mph 3 days ago I showed 42mpg for 140mi. I really like the TFT display.
The cons: the touring seat is good for 75mi. The cruise control disengages on freeway bridge bump with your hand on throttle. The spokes on wheels are loose, 7 in front 8 on rear.
I saw a you tube video by Shawn Smoak that said there was a recall on a very short production run of wheels .. He didn't give details but it had to do with loose spokes..

Your actions speak so loud, I cannot hear what you say.
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I put 20 miles on a 1250 GSA a couple of weeks after my 100 mile demo of a 1200 RT. So take my comments as you wish. I found the 1250 to be very impressive. It was much smoother at idle (stopped) and pulled noticeably harder at all speeds. Yes, the GSA is lighter, but the ďAĒ is heavier than the base GS.

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I put 20 miles on a 1250 GSA a couple of weeks after my 100 mile demo of a 1200 RT. So take my comments as you wish. I found the 1250 to be very impressive. It was much smoother at idle (stopped) and pulled noticeably harder at all speeds. Yes, the GSA is lighter, but the ďAĒ is heavier than the base GS.
If you take weight/hp you would get GS 2013=4.2lbs, 2017=4.3lbs, 2019=4.1lbs, now add the increase in torque 2,000-9,000rpm and you have one very quick bike.
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I saw a you tube video by Shawn Smoak that said there was a recall on a very short production run of wheels .. He didn't give details but it had to do with loose spokes..
I was talking to my dealer today about the spoke wheels. He mentioned that recall and said it was a run of 2018s a while back. I had planned to order a bike with cast wheels. But after talking to two dealers, and looking at the current 1250 inventory nationally...as best as I can tell not a single one has spoke wheels, I concluded that it might hurt my resale if I get cast wheels. My dealer flat out told me today that if I order the bike with cast wheels there is no way they would let me back out of buying it...they don't want to stock one without spoke wheels.

There is a good chance I will pull the trigger on the bike on his floor tomorrow or Thursday...with spike wheels!

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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 18-Dec-2018, 07:44 PM (072)
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I've only had my 2019 R1250 GSA for a few days (100 miles). This one is replacing my K1600 GTL and even though it still needs to be broken in, I'm impressed with the motor and how the bike handles in the corners.

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Good Luck and keep us informed of you thoughts as you get some more miles on it. Looks like you got the ice grey, that's what I'm leaning towards although I'm not too keen on the red seat.

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