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Thread: GS1200 for commuting into London??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcolinwillis View Post
    Hi all..

    I've recently moved further out of London & now have a 70 mile round trip commute from home into the City every day.

    I am looking to change my current Yamaha 600cc for something bigger, as about half my journey is motorway & half is City roads. And I'm seriously considering a GS1200.

    But I'd be interested in some honest opinions from other London commuters whether they think it's a good commuter or too big for the congested roads into the City???

    I see a couple of other GS1200's most days on my journey & look on with jealous eyes!

    Many thanks,
    Colin.
    I commute most days into London on a GSA with panniers - never a problem. The GSA has better weather protection over a GS and the tank range is better.

    I used to do the same on a GS and kept filling it up every two days. The GSA range makes much more sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcolinwillis View Post
    Hi all..

    I've recently moved further out of London & now have a 70 mile round trip commute from home into the City every day.

    I am looking to change my current Yamaha 600cc for something bigger, as about half my journey is motorway & half is City roads. And I'm seriously considering a GS1200.

    But I'd be interested in some honest opinions from other London commuters whether they think it's a good commuter or too big for the congested roads into the City???

    I see a couple of other GS1200's most days on my journey & look on with jealous eyes!

    Many thanks,
    Colin.
    Just do it. Having had the same dilemma a couple of months ago on my mt 09 tracer, i bought a 2011 gsa and don't regret it a bit. 70 mile round trip a day down A1 to Covent Garden, no different than riding a smaller bike. Yes, i do get stuck sometime as the bike is large, but never long or often enough to say i hate it. Love my GS, best think i have done for my commuting and social riding!


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    Commute in regularly on my 2011 GSA no problem at all with Vario panniers on. For a ''commute only'' bike my old ST1300 was better, but I can only afford one bike at a time and the GSA is better on rough back roads/lanes. If I was only interested in traveling on motorways, A roads, and good B road's I'd have kept the ST1300.

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    I commute every day to Liverpool Street on my 1200GS and love it.

    The problems I find are not the filtering or wide bars as there's bugger all opportunity to do that. It's not necessary anyway coz I just ride round anyone I want to overtake.

    For me the biggest problem are the cyclists. They ride all over the place with no regard for other road users.

    The other problem is parking. I'm lucky and can park in the basement at the office. There are a few motorcycle parking bays around but they're almost always full of scooters.

    No chance of a big bike getting a spot but if you can sort the parking out then definitely go for it.

    It's the only way to commute as far as I'm concerned.

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