Hmm, interesting post. OK, I've only had the bike a day and I may be jumping to conclusions, but my GS feels as if it may be restricted. I'm comparing it to my XT600E which only had 43 (I think) bhp when new 18 years ago, but the GS feels a lot less lively, and is supposed to have 50 bhp. The throttle feels to have a lot of excess travel, too. When I get a minute (family visiting at the mo) I will pull the side panel off and check the throttle body, but is there anything else I can check to make sure I have an unmolested version?
Edit: sunny afternoon, dry roads, heavier throttle hand - yup, more go than the XT. The long-travel throttle was making me think it had less power, but in fact the ponies just live higher up the rev counter. Had an easy 80 on back roads and plenty of oomph to overtake cars on the A-roads. Ignore comments above
Last edited by Black Dog; 25-08-2012 at 02:48 PM.
XT660R (2006) - the new workhorse
XT600E (1994) - now off the road and undergoing surgery
F650GS (2004) - now sold