BMW GS - Wrist Twisters
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 18 Old 04-17-2008, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
Alaska bound
 
fehren2800's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation Donation Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 3

BMW GS

I was at the new local honda dealership tonight and they have a really nice BMW GS. It is an 05 1200, and has about 12k miles on it. It looks brand new, and they want 10,500 for it. I don't know jack about BMW's, anyone care to educate me?

Any known problems, issues etc. I doubt I'll pick this up as the garage is full right now, and I have other crap to do. I can see myself owning something like this in the future though. I'm going to try and get a test ride on it next week.

After many years and many dreams I have realized my goal of riding in all 50 states!

Now the rest of the world!

Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgment. --Leonardo Da Vinci
fehren2800 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 Old 04-17-2008, 06:10 PM
Site Founder
 
jetblast10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 9,698
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Extraordinary Ride Trackday Recognition Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 6

wire or cast wheels?
ABS & heated grips?
panniers? topcase?

jetblast10 is offline  
post #3 of 18 Old 04-17-2008, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
Alaska bound
 
fehren2800's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation Donation Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 3

Quote:
Originally Posted by jetblast10 View Post
wire or cast wheels?
ABS & heated grips?
panniers? topcase?
wire wheels.
Don't know about abs/grip heaters
No luggage.

I didn't look at it too much. The salesman was really trying, and my wife wasn't helping at all. She kept telling me to buy it??? Sometimes I wish she would be like most women and stomp all over my dreams. :001_smile:

After many years and many dreams I have realized my goal of riding in all 50 states!

Now the rest of the world!

Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgment. --Leonardo Da Vinci
fehren2800 is offline  
 
post #4 of 18 Old 04-17-2008, 06:28 PM
Site Founder
 
jetblast10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 9,698
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Extraordinary Ride Trackday Recognition Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 6

it's a deal.
It's probably got ABS & heated grips.

if it had panniers it'd be a steal but you wouldn't regret it.

I had an '05 myself with the same number of miles when I sold it and often wish I hadn't sold it.
Easily the most enjoyable all around bike I've owned. It does everything well and a few things exceptionally well.

jetblast10 is offline  
post #5 of 18 Old 04-17-2008, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
Alaska bound
 
fehren2800's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation Donation Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 3

How does it handle on the street? It looks to be somewhat of a handful. I know it isn't best suited for the slab, but sometimes that is the only way to get to the good stuff.

How is the fuel economy? Not such a big deal, but I was just wondering the range of the GS without stopping for fuel.

After many years and many dreams I have realized my goal of riding in all 50 states!

Now the rest of the world!

Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgment. --Leonardo Da Vinci
fehren2800 is offline  
post #6 of 18 Old 04-17-2008, 06:44 PM
Site Founder
 
jetblast10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 9,698
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Extraordinary Ride Trackday Recognition Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 6

actually it's amazing on the slab. I know people who have both a Goldwing and a GS in the garage and choose the GS for long hauls. It goes long distance very very well. Around town it's more nimble than it looks. If it has the ABS that includes power brakes (yes, one finger stops) and the brakes are linked, meaning it automatically applies the rear brake for you. It's a work of art.

Offroad it's capable, with knobbies it'll get you just about everywhere you'd want to go but it is heavy offroad, that's the only caution. It's not a lightweight dirtbike but surprisingly enough with street tires it's absolutely fantastic on the highway or around town.

jetblast10 is offline  
post #7 of 18 Old 04-17-2008, 06:44 PM
Imaginifer
 
1000RRHooligan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: In the box to the left.
Posts: 430
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Outstanding Restoration 
Total Awards: 1

Must be getting old, huh? 37 states on a CBR900RR and NOW you are looking at a BMW GS! LOL You might as well just hit up the last few states on the RR and then buy the GS and hit all those states over again in half the time, with double the comfort. Great accomplishment, I'm jealous.

Low Post Whore!
1000RRHooligan is offline  
post #8 of 18 Old 04-17-2008, 06:57 PM
Power 2 the pedal
 
Ridge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: North Cackalacky
Posts: 10,093
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Extraordinary Ride Donation Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 6

Quote:
Originally Posted by 1000RRHooligan View Post
Must be getting old, huh? 37 states on a CBR900RR and NOW you are looking at a BMW GS! LOL You might as well just hit up the last few states on the RR and then buy the GS and hit all those states over again in half the time, with double the comfort. Great accomplishment, I'm jealous.
I don't think anyone has ever done it on a CRF230L...



As for the GS, get it. Beautiful bike and loads of them have traveled around the globe.

Ridge is offline  
post #9 of 18 Old 04-17-2008, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
Alaska bound
 
fehren2800's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation Donation Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 3

Quote:
Originally Posted by jetblast10 View Post
actually it's amazing on the slab. I know people who have both a Goldwing and a GS in the garage and choose the GS for long hauls. It goes long distance very very well. Around town it's more nimble than it looks. If it has the ABS that includes power brakes (yes, one finger stops) and the brakes are linked, meaning it automatically applies the rear brake for you. It's a work of art.

Offroad it's capable, with knobbies it'll get you just about everywhere you'd want to go but it is heavy offroad, that's the only caution. It's not a lightweight dirtbike but surprisingly enough with street tires it's absolutely fantastic on the highway or around town.
Hmmn... Cool.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 1000RRHooligan View Post
Must be getting old, huh? 37 states on a CBR900RR and NOW you are looking at a BMW GS! LOL You might as well just hit up the last few states on the RR and then buy the GS and hit all those states over again in half the time, with double the comfort. Great accomplishment, I'm jealous.
Yes, I am a little old. I am doing another 8 states in July. By next year I will have ridden all 50 states, and 49 on my RR. Then I will retire it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ridge View Post
I don't think anyone has ever done it on a CRF230L...



As for the GS, get it. Beautiful bike and loads of them have traveled around the globe.

After many years and many dreams I have realized my goal of riding in all 50 states!

Now the rest of the world!

Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgment. --Leonardo Da Vinci
fehren2800 is offline  
post #10 of 18 Old 04-19-2008, 08:55 PM
Fool in the Rain
 
HondaJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Posts: 10,284
Rep Power: 1
 
Garage

Awards Showcase
Donation Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Extraordinary Ride Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 4

My buddy I tour with has one. Great bike. Very nice to tour on. Little heavy for the dirt, but if it's got the spoke wheels then it's ready for it.

Buy it!

"Towards the end of the vid, it looks like she may have had a bafflectomy." - MarylandMike
HondaJim is offline  
post #11 of 18 Old 04-20-2008, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
Alaska bound
 
fehren2800's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation Donation Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 3

I have been looking on Ebay and cycle trader at the GS. One thing I noticed is that there seem to be a lot of 05's for sale. I'm wondering if the average buyer loses interest in 2 or 3 years, or that the 05's are known for some type of issue?

What is the cost of maintenance on this machine? I know it isn't as bad as a Ducati, and working on the bike looks easy enough with the heads sticking straight out the sides. I just wonder. I hope they sell it soon or else I might have to buy it, although there isn't any more room in the garage for it now. I *might* have to get rid of one, hmmn.....

After many years and many dreams I have realized my goal of riding in all 50 states!

Now the rest of the world!

Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgment. --Leonardo Da Vinci
fehren2800 is offline  
post #12 of 18 Old 04-20-2008, 06:40 AM
Site Founder
 
jetblast10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 9,698
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Extraordinary Ride Trackday Recognition Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 6

It's the 3 year flip.
The '05 has no unusual concerns nor is prone to problems.

Maintenance isn't bad if you learn to do it yourself. Valve adjustments and carb synch is easy, change the oil and service the final drive and that's about all there is to do.

jetblast10 is offline  
post #13 of 18 Old 04-20-2008, 08:34 AM
Tribunus Laticlavius
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Northern California
Posts: 7,109
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation Donation Donation 
Total Awards: 3

A skinny Ewan McGregor was on the tonight show discussing his amazing GS ride across Africa. They showed him low siding the GS on a smooth dirt road. He clarified crashing dozens of times because it is heavy with a high CG. Ahem... His after market suspension failed in the harsh conditions. Looking forward to the video. He was awesome in "long way round"!

dream is offline  
post #14 of 18 Old 04-20-2008, 10:12 AM
Heavy Metal
 
ratdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: swamp in the wood
Posts: 4,304
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation Extraordinary Ride Donation Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 5

i think a 650 is heavy in anything other than basic dirt roads

i can't imagine a tiger or big gs doin the kind of stuff i do...wouldn't want to try it

ratdog is offline  
post #15 of 18 Old 04-20-2008, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
Alaska bound
 
fehren2800's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation Donation Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 3

Quote:
Originally Posted by jetblast10 View Post
It's the 3 year flip.
The '05 has no unusual concerns nor is prone to problems.

Maintenance isn't bad if you learn to do it yourself. Valve adjustments and carb synch is easy, change the oil and service the final drive and that's about all there is to do.
I've done all of the above except the final drive. I assume that refers to the shaft? What is involved in that, and at what interval is it required?

Quote:
Originally Posted by dream View Post
A skinny Ewan McGregor was on the tonight show discussing his amazing GS ride across Africa. They showed him low siding the GS on a smooth dirt road. He clarified crashing dozens of times because it is heavy with a high CG. Ahem... His after market suspension failed in the harsh conditions. Looking forward to the video. He was awesome in "long way round"!
Sweet. I'm looking forward to that as well. I really liked the long way round and hope the new video is as good.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ratdog View Post
i think a 650 is heavy in anything other than basic dirt roads

i can't imagine a tiger or big gs doin the kind of stuff i do...wouldn't want to try it
I have no real dirt experience other than tooling around the yard on the wifes TTR 125. I suppose "learning" how to ride in the dirt on a hulking big GS isn't the correct way. I see lots of expensive drops in that plan.

After many years and many dreams I have realized my goal of riding in all 50 states!

Now the rest of the world!

Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgment. --Leonardo Da Vinci
fehren2800 is offline  
post #16 of 18 Old 04-21-2008, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
Alaska bound
 
fehren2800's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation Donation Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 3

Well, I just got back from looking at this bike again. I have a test ride scheduled for the weekend... It doesn't look good for my bank account!

After many years and many dreams I have realized my goal of riding in all 50 states!

Now the rest of the world!

Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgment. --Leonardo Da Vinci
fehren2800 is offline  
post #17 of 18 Old 04-21-2008, 06:09 PM
Bitten
 
bloaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Virginia Beach
Posts: 5,451
Blog Entries: 1
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Community Leadership Extraordinary Ride Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 4

lol

Congrats on the bike if you pull the trigger

Congrats on self control if you do not.

Virginia Beach Remodeling
Spoiler:
Ride In Peace Marcus Randolph (Kahuna) 12/17/06
bloaker is offline  
post #18 of 18 Old 04-21-2008, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
Alaska bound
 
fehren2800's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation Donation Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 3

Quote:
Originally Posted by hondaf4iguy View Post
lol

Congrats on the bike if you pull the trigger

Congrats on self control if you do not.
Ha, ha, ha... Thanks. I think I have a little self control. I used to get a new bike almost every year, and in 2000 I got two! But since 02 nothing has really spoke to me. All the new bikes are better, faster, etc., but I don't ride that fast on the street anymore that I would notice. It is hard to believe that it has been 6 years since I got a new street bike. I have picked up some other stuff, but a 18 year old FZR 400 and a 27 year old Suzuki don't really count.

I'm actually hoping I DON'T like it, then I can get back to business as usual. Decisions, decisions...

After many years and many dreams I have realized my goal of riding in all 50 states!

Now the rest of the world!

Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgment. --Leonardo Da Vinci
fehren2800 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Wrist Twisters forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome