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    Quote Originally Posted by beaver View Post
    .................. i could go to a dealers and have a ride on a LC... but how much better are they than the hex head or TC?
    When the LC was introduced in 2013 I knew (ha ha) that was what I wanted to replace my 1150 GS which had done 96,000 miles without so much as a new clutch. (It had however had the final drive rebuilt at 26,000miles; 60,000 miles; 69,000 miles but was still good when sold. That being the benefit of sending it to an independent specialist for a complete rebuild and not just bearing replacements. The shimming was suspect on many bikes from the factory.)

    I went and rode an LC, so disappointed, the worst transmission I had ever had the misfortune to use, worse than the 1958 Triumph Tiger Cub I built from spares for my then girlfriend. Many upgrades later they still aren't brilliant and now get a quick-shifter which is supposed to mask some of the inadequacies.

    As part of his job my son had a brand new LC to evaluate over a weekend a few weeks ago. He summarised by saying that the fuelling was pretty poor, the gearbox was horrible and he wouldn't spend his own money on one. But go ride one and make your own judgement. Just make sure you check out all the issues that are documented on this forum.

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    that does not sound good then.. I was thinking twin cam but may start a post asking Hex v TC... some say no differance, some say lots?

    And I'm guessing the 1150 I tried must have been duff... I can't see how 22 years of development and 150cc more could ever make them worst?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaver View Post
    that does not sound good then.. I was thinking twin cam but may start a post asking Hex v TC... some say no differance, some say lots?

    And I'm guessing the 1150 I tried must have been duff... I can't see how 22 years of development and 150cc more could ever make them worst?...
    You need to try a watercooled one, they are in a different league for performance. Read the reviews too. Early ones could have crap gearboxes but YOU need to test ride. The 1150 is a charming bike but an old chugger. You pays your u makes your choice. You won't get any definitive answers on here as everyone is riding a different GS. Me I've had 1150x2, 1200 twin cam, and 2x1200 watercooled and the watercooled is the one to go for I ride mine daily. But that's my take on it. I certainly wouldn't run owt older than a twin cam , but the newest bikes are so much more than a few extra bhp.

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    Having just sold my TC GSA - and seeing the prices they fetch (don't fetch ). - If I was looking for a GSA - a 5-7yr old one with 25K-ish miles on it - would by my choice.

    At the prices - it is a lot cheaper riding than a rapidly-depreciating Liq-cooled jobby.

    Sure - it isn't as powerful as the LC, or have all the electronic doo-hickies that the LC has, but - they are still impressive bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiRich View Post
    You need to try a watercooled one, they are in a different league for performance. Read the reviews too. Early ones could have crap gearboxes but YOU need to test ride. The 1150 is a charming bike but an old chugger. You pays your u makes your choice. You won't get any definitive answers on here as everyone is riding a different GS. Me I've had 1150x2, 1200 twin cam, and 2x1200 watercooled and the watercooled is the one to go for I ride mine daily. But that's my take on it. I certainly wouldn't run owt older than a twin cam , but the newest bikes are so much more than a few extra bhp.
    Yes.. thanks for that... Its not that I can't afford a LC.. its maybe more I don't want that amount of dosh tied up in a bike that in reality, I'll not use a great deal. The idea of getting a GS is so I do use it more than the bikes I already have as its more of an all weather beast.... But I'll not go to work on it (much), so its a weekend toy... So hex or TC is where I need to be I guess....

    Al.. your GSA sounded nice.. dare I ask what it went for (if you don't mind?)... I'd like to spend up to £5k (maybe push £6k but don't tell the wife)... but for the use I'll give it in reality.. I can't justify the depreciation... maybe best going for a £4K 2005 hex?.. one just sold for not a lot more in the 'for sales' with I think 28K on it...???... is it a Yorkshire thing being tight LOL

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    It went for £6,300 - the thread is still on the forum.

    Pics are no more, but..........

    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthr...-2010-TC-model

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackal View Post
    It went for £6,300 - the thread is still on the forum.

    Pics are no more, but..........

    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthr...-2010-TC-model

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    And thats from a Jok LOL... that is VERY nice (I've got the pics?)... I would have bought that for sure... Love the colour and everything... Thats JUST what I'm looking for !

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