KIWI RIDER 10 2018 VOL.1 - Page 43

WANT BIG BUT NOT HUGE? At the same time as we tested the GS-A we also had a normal GS with a TFT dash unit. For me the TFT dash is cool, very easy to read and has a multitude of display options, but not a must have – the normal analogue/ LCD dash is great too. What would sell it to me is if GPS was integrated in to it too. The GS comes with a 20-litre fuel tank, doesn’t have the crash bars, pannier frames or spot lights and has a slightly different rear carrier frame, but of about the same size. Also the seats are different with the GS-A running a one-piece flat seat (that I much prefer) while the GS has a two piece with the pillion seat being substantially higher. This step up to the pillion seat tends to lock tall riders in the forward position reducing freedom of movement and comfort; however the taller, more deeply padded rear seat is more comfortable for the passenger. Lastly the foot pegs are different with the GS-A having excellent, large, MX style pegs that offer great grip and comfort while the GS has small, skinny rubber topped ones that are awful by comparison. While in most respects the two bikes are the same, the GS feels like a much smaller and lighter machine when they’re ridden back to back. Honestly, the difference is greater than I expected and therefore I’d definitely recommend the GS over the GS-A for riders of smaller stature.