I recently took delivery of my new R1250GS with OEM lowered suspension. My previous bike was a 2017 R1200GS (standard suspension). I have definitely noticed a slower turn-in, immediately from leaving the dealership. I have no reason to attribute this to the lowered suspension, and I have researched the issue but have found no connection. But I can't help wondering.
Thinking it might be a slight spec change in the new model, I have checked the specs for the old R1200GS and the new R1250GS and notice that the critical rake/trail specs and wheelbase dimensions are identical. I assume those dimensions are essentialy the same for the lowered-suspension version but have not been able to verify that fact.
I am wondering if it can be put down to the diferent tyres - the new Michelin Anakee Adventure on the 1250 as compared to the Michelin Anakee III on the previous bike. The new Michelins are quite a bit chunkier, but not extreme.
The difference in feeling with the handling on the new bike is quite marked and I preferred the old one which felt more "agile". The new one feels less inclined to tip-in so readily. The feeling is similar to that of an under-inflated tyre, so I will definitely experiment with higher pressures, but currently I have them at recommended pressures.
Has anyone else had this experience?
Last edited by Cocoa-Ice; 15-Dec-2019 at 03:37 AM (400).