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    Been to look at my first GSA, didn't test ride it, just bought it.

    Crossing everything

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    Dont test ride a GS.

    I too had never ridden a GS, 5'5'' is a little on the stunted side I thought. However I had previously owned an R1200ST and really liked it but, I wanted a more relaxed riding position due to many years of injuries so, I bought a Tiger 800 and loved it for three years then, earlier this year, I went abroad with two mates and their GS's. Well, late in June I went to Pidcocks in Long Eaton and signed my life away for a factory lowered Triple Black. I picked it up last Thursday and I'm boring the crap out of anyone who'll listen, and some that wont, about how great it is. I truly cannot believe just how good this bike is, how the hell do BM make it feel half the weight of the Triumph? even though there's no more than 2kg between the two of them, the GS loaded and fuelled is actually a good deal heavier but, just doesn't feel so. Brilliant piece of engineering and a sheer pleasure to ride, roll on the next European adventure.

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    Thinking of buying one

    Firstly, I'm a newbie, and I've just made the mistake of testing a 1200 GS. Yes, I bloody loved it. I was very surprised by how smooth it was (I rode an air cooled one a few years ago), the handling was superb, in fact, everything was excellent. So i'm very tempted to swap my Triumph Explorer. What I'm looking for is some reassurance on reliability. I have read elsewhere of problems with paint flaking off engines and frames, and of mechanical failures. So, if I buy a new GS, will it be reliable? I would appreciate real life experiences from you chaps on here. I hope it's good news Thanks in anticipation.

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    48000 miles

    I bought my first gs in 2011 twin cam put 18000 miles on it not one problem , in 13 i got a water cooled kept it two years gear box was not great. No problems in 15 I got another which was brilliant another 18000 miles not a fault if you buy used get a late build 14 model the heated grips work and it has the heavier crankhttp://www.ukgser.com/forums/images/smilies/clap.gif

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    I took out a factory lowered GSA today - I was previously convinced due to my height anything more than the 800GS would be my limit. However after a good ride out today the plan has changed! As per my post in the newbie section.

    They have a un-reged factory lowered Triple black - Pretty close to a deal, as per my post, since that post i've had a call back offering a little more "assistance" to do the deal.

    Monday could be the day.....

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    After having the GS for a few months...wow!! Love it

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    Im taking the 5th......

    Got to love the GS. I have just bought my 5th, a 2016 GS adventure. the down side is I've got another 9 days before I get home from work, when I do eventually get home there is my new bike sat waiting for me. Im counting every day/hour/minute/second...tick tock......

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightflight61 View Post
    Firstly, I'm a newbie, and I've just made the mistake of testing a 1200 GS. Yes, I bloody loved it. I was very surprised by how smooth it was (I rode an air cooled one a few years ago), the handling was superb, in fact, everything was excellent. So i'm very tempted to swap my Triumph Explorer. What I'm looking for is some reassurance on reliability. I have read elsewhere of problems with paint flaking off engines and frames, and of mechanical failures. So, if I buy a new GS, will it be reliable? I would appreciate real life experiences from you chaps on here. I hope it's good news Thanks in anticipation.
    Mine's 18 months old and I've had no problems with it. There have been/are corrosion issues being reported to BMW under warranty with the common fix being to change the engine/gearbox and FD FOC but that doesn't effect reliability. Mine has a crud catcher, fender extender and rear hugger to help protect it and I use FS365 too. Don't forget for ever disgruntled rider there will be the silent majority who have no problems across any make/model, but there are tossers on here who are repeat buyers which says something. The GSA/GS also outsells everything else in the large capacity section so on a pro rata basis there's always going to be more complaints about them, whether they are any less reliable than any other bike is anyone's guess. I'll be buying another next time round

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    Quote Originally Posted by littleade View Post
    Mine's 18 months old and I've had no problems with it. There have been/are corrosion issues being reported to BMW under warranty with the common fix being to change the engine/gearbox and FD FOC but that doesn't effect reliability. Mine has a crud catcher, fender extender and rear hugger to help protect it and I use FS365 too. Don't forget for ever disgruntled rider there will be the silent majority who have no problems across any make/model, but there are tossers on here who are repeat buyers which says something. The GSA/GS also outsells everything else in the large capacity section so on a pro rata basis there's always going to be more complaints about them, whether they are any less reliable than any other bike is anyone's guess. I'll be buying another next time round
    Well said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Nutty GSER View Post
    Well said.
    +1, bought mine in Sep 2015 and have had no issues with it at all. Wash it regularly with Muck off, ACF 50 in the winter other than that i ride it, enjoy it and have no worries about corrosion or mechanical / electrical failure...
    Emptiness is the starting point - In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend , drop all your preconceived fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is so useful? Because it is EMPTY.....

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    I always feeling boner when riding my GS, no viagra needed. Anyone has same feeling?

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    Hi All,

    I'm not biker for too long. I was at the age of 15 dirt bike rider, had terrible crash and stopped riding for 14 years, didn't even sat on bike after.
    Always had GS in my mind 1150 then almighty R1200GS but never thought I'll have one. 1,5 years ago my mate took me to Motorcycle Live and that was a trigger.
    Licence in 3 months, will Gs be good first bike? Didn't know so bought F800S, 6 months later during service my F BMW Cooper let me have a ride. Dream came true
    3 weeks ago bought my first GS oilhead. Happiest man in the world since.

    Shouldn't test ride GS

    don't do it just buy it

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    I have never driven a BMW motorcycle, I have never ever even sat on one...

    Coming from a trouble free Ducati Multistrada DVT...but with that bike I always find myself (47 yo) riding that you should not do...always 50 kph over the speed limits, wheelies etc. Time to settle down a bit, I need my licens and life is good.

    When touring in europe I see only GS and GSA, I mean all these riders cant be wrong.

    Soon I will know what the hype is all about. PXed my Multistrada to a brand spanking new 2018 GS rallye with everything and some more except sport suspension and knobbys.

    So I really followed this advice, didnt I?

    Pick up next week

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    Enjoy your new bike Marinus

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