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Offline greper

1200 vs 800?
« on: September 14, 2015, 08:58:58 pm »
Hi all - done so much reading but have to ask here... If I sell my 800GS and upgrade to a 2015 1200 will I miss my 800???
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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2015, 09:04:12 pm »
Not for a minute......
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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2015, 09:14:06 pm »
The 800 has its place.However the 1200 LC defies its size and is a surprise package.I am fortuanate to have both.

800 for dirt(messing around)
1200 for rd/touring

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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2015, 07:17:53 am »
I had an 800 and personally wouldn't take a 1200 over an 800 but it depends on the type of riding you do. If you are considering it, it probably means you don't do much technical riding in which case I agree with Noneking
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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2015, 07:27:53 am »
with Dwerg on this - depends on use.  Had both - prefer 800 (but that is because of dirt).  Even today, just for touring - i will still go 800 as you never know when the urge to take that backroad shortcut cannot be ignored  :laughing4:
 

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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2015, 07:50:49 am »
with Dwerg on this - depends on use.  Had both - prefer 800 (but that is because of dirt).  Even today, just for touring - i will still go 800 as you never know when the urge to take that backroad shortcut cannot be ignored  :laughing4:

Agree, and normally when that technical back road happens I enjoy the 800. If I pillion a lot the 1200 would be my choice and not because of the bigger engine.
 

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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2015, 08:06:23 am »
I'm part of the 800 clang. Unless, like some have said, you ride 2-up a lot or mostly stick to tar and long distances. I'd probably take the 800 still.
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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2015, 11:33:09 am »
It depends.

I ride a 800 and I've never found myself wishing I had a bigger or heavier bike, on the contrary I find myself wishing for a light thumper a lot of the time.  I've found the F800GS to be the best compromise for me as I cannot justify two bikes - you can easily do very long stretches per day, and if you put in a bit of effort it's actually very capable in the off-road / technical / sandy sections.  Just get that front suspension sorted out.

That said, you know your riding better than anyone and if you are seriously considering a 1200 then I think it is the correct bike for you.
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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2015, 11:49:02 am »
I got the LC 2000km ago, have not missed the 800 once.
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1200 vs 800?
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2015, 12:20:22 pm »
The 1200 is a surprisingly capable bike in the rough stuff and in most cases the rider is the limiting factor . If you are serious about technical offroad riding, there are better bikes for that application than the two you are comparing
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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2015, 12:21:21 pm »
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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2015, 02:35:11 pm »
Gan ry die 1200 . Jy sal gou agter kom jy gan dai 800 intrade op die LC .
Die ry genot op die LC is net boek dele beter
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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2015, 03:23:41 pm »
The 1200 is a surprisingly capable bike in the rough stuff and in most cases the rider is the limiting factor . If you are serious about technical offroad riding, there are better bikes for that application than the two you are comparing

With you on this one.  Had a spin the other day on a 800GSA on gravel, but missed that oomf of the 1200.
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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2015, 03:30:44 pm »
The 1200 is a surprisingly capable bike in the rough stuff and in most cases the rider is the limiting factor . If you are serious about technical offroad riding, there are better bikes for that application than the two you are comparing

With you on this one.  Had a spin the other day on a 800GSA on gravel, but missed that oomf of the 1200.

Ek het ook albei gaan toets. Ek het die LC gevat en wat nog nie een oomblik spyt daaroor nie. Het ook al selfs n paar tegniese padjies gery.

Alles hang af van jou eie persoonlike keuse asook hoe goed jy n bike kan hanteer. Ek ken manne wat n 1200GSA wat lyk of hulle n plastic geniet op n drondpad.

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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2015, 03:37:40 pm »
Elke ou se idee van tegnies verskil seker ook maar. Die oplossing is heel eenvoudig, boek 'n 1200 vir die dag as jy weer jou fiets laat diens
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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2015, 03:39:42 pm »
Ek ken manne wat n 1200GSA wat lyk of hulle n plastic geniet op n drondpad.

Propshaft moet asb nie sulke stellings maak nie, ek is nie lus vir daai ou in Stellenbosch se geneul nie. ;) :peepwall: :pot: >:D :imaposer:
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« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2015, 03:41:23 pm »
Ek ken manne wat n 1200GSA wat lyk of hulle n plastic geniet op n drondpad.

Propshaft moet asb nie sulke stellings maak nie, ek is nie lus vir daai ou in Stellenbosch se geneul nie. ;) :peepwall: :pot: >:D :imaposer:

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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2015, 03:47:28 pm »
Elke ou se idee van tegnies verskil seker ook maar.


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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2015, 04:04:27 pm »
I had an 800 first, and then three 1200's. From my personal experience the 800 is more enduro orientated, for me it felt more "unstable" therefore I imagine that you could maneuver it easier if you know what you are doing.

The 1200 felt to me like a land cruiser. It is just so much more stable with the low down weight of the engine, and, with the torque, such a relaxed bike to ride, with enough oomph to really get going when you want to. Like previous guys said here, it is also just as capable when the going get tough, as the 800. 



 

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Re: 1200 vs 800?
« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2015, 05:03:47 pm »
I had an 800 first, and then three 1200's. From my personal experience the 800 is more enduro orientated, for me it felt more "unstable" therefore I imagine that you could maneuver it easier if you know what you are doing.

The 1200 felt to me like a land cruiser. It is just so much more stable with the low down weight of the engine, and, with the torque, such a relaxed bike to ride, with enough oomph to really get going when you want to. Like previous guys said here, it is also just as capable when the going get tough, as the 800. 





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