So I managed to carry out a back to back test ride today of the 2018 1200 GS Adventure Rallye TE and the all new 1250 GS Adventure.
My thoughts... there really isnít a lot in it in my opinions. Yes the new 1250 engine had some advantages, most notelably it feels a little smoother, especially in slower moving traffic whilst in 1st & 2nd gear. It also has a slight edge over the older 1200 engine, by means of pulling that little harder in the final 1000 rpm or so.
But to be honest, that aside they are indeed the very same bike spec wise and I certainly wonít be parting with another 3+k for the 1250.
The deal on offer for the brand new 2019 1200 GSA Rallye TE slipped through my fingers... with all three remaining bikes being bought whilst I was out on the test ride would you believe!
However, they have two used options that appeal, and I just need to decide which suits me best.
1200 GSA Rallye TE, 1 owner, 1450 miles, absolutely mint condition, 2 year warrenty and it comes with a very fruity akrapovic exhaust. £14,750. Contract Hire Purchase... £500 deposit, £197 pcm over 48 monthís, optional final payment of £8500 ish.
1200 GSA Rallye TE, pre reg Dec 2018, 7 miles, obviously mint as effectively new, 2 1/2 year warranty, no fruity exhaust. £15,999. Contract Hire Purchase...£500 despotic, £230 pcm over 48 monthís, optional final payment of £8500 ish.
I have no intention of making the final payment of 8k+ at the end of the 4 years. Iím very much looking at this as a very cheap means of renting a **** of a lot of bike for what I feel to be a bargain price. At the end of the 4 years Iíd either walk away or if they have something of interest simply trade it in and embark on the same deal.
As always I welcome your thoughts on the options. I loved the akrapovic exhaust which is itself £1000 so I find myself leaning towards option 1. This was also the actual bike I test rode. I appreciate option 2 hasnít seen the road before but of course itís a little more pcm, hasnít had all of the recall works done and needs running in... which is a pita.
Hereís a pic of the GSA dwarfing the Bobber!