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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-22-2019, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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I've been away for years, sold my Vtx 1800 and bought used bmw 1200 gs. After some time, really missed my vtx, so I just bought it back from my son who was not using it much. All the cool stuff of the gs, tech stuff like canceling blinkers, heated grips, air pressure sensor, temp, oil change indicator etc. didn't compare with the FEEL of cruising, whether 45 mph or 85. I wonder if it is torque that I am talking about? The gs is just as fast, but different type of speed. No pushing you back at acceleration on gs. Anyway, I moved from Florida to Tucson AZ and have the shipper to deliver it about 09/04. Really happy about it. Anyone experience this?

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GS around 90 torque and VTX around 100 so a little difference. Torque is the power that peels your hands off the bars coming off a stoplight. Just cruising around is just visceral feel of the large twin pistons over the tiny 6 pistons of the 1200, it's a big difference to me anyway and why I never wanted a Wing

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I was sold on the VTX the moment I threw my leg over the saddle. It has cork like no bike I've ever been on before! I don't care much for top speed I just love the feeling of twisting the throttle and feeling the power!
I know the GS as well. You probably miss the handling though. Although the VTX is much more powerful the GS handles much better especially on tight corners.
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Torque and the thump and mirrors vibrating.
I am a short shifter on my 1300, I get to feel the bottom end a lot!

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Torque and the thump and mirrors vibrating.
I am a short shifter on my 1300, I get to feel the bottom end a lot!
Hi Hans,

What does "I am a short shifter" mean exactly? Pls confirm. Thx


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For me I shift near 3k RPMs (my guess) much of the time. Go a short distance, shift..
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As others have said it is the torque, whether on a bike or car that puts you back in your seat when you twist the wick or put the peddle down. My FB is advertised to have 119ft.lbs. at 3500rpm. After owning my VTX for 9 years and then buying the FB I can easily tell the difference between the two, the FB has more low end grunt. But I don't believe it would do more than take the VTX off the line and out to maybe an eighth of a mile. After that the VTX would leave it behind. But that sheer grunt on the FB has almost left me behind a few times before I got a backrest, it has that much power and without a firm grip off the line or just accelerating at slow speeds it can be a challenge to hold on.

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Does 'torque' have something to do with the difference between my VTX1800 and my KLR650?
On my VTX when I tell it 'accelerate' the response is 'done', while on the KLR the response is 'I'll get back to you'.



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Does 'torque' have something to do with the difference between my VTX1800 and my KLR650?
On my VTX when I tell it 'accelerate' the response is 'done', while on the KLR the response is 'I'll get back to you'.
The VTX 1800 is a power cruiser, the KLR650 is a zombie apocalypse tank. the KLR makes about 33ft/lbs torque at almost 5000rpm. It is not built for speed or power, but for reliability and versatility. BTW, the KLR responds very well to airbox, carb and freezer flowing exhaust mods. A power wheelie becomes a real possibility, and you'll be quicker than a Sportster 1200.


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