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Offline Royman

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BMW 1200GS or 1200GS Adv for a first bike
« on: December 21, 2014, 10:51:31 pm »
Hi fellow dogs,

I am new to the bike thing. When I just got my licence I rode with my dad's BMW 650 Dakar a few times in town. 8 years later I decided to do a rental bike trip in the Cape and rented a BMW 800GS ( greatest holiday ever ). Now I am looking towards buying my own and starting with heavy biking trips on dirt roads and places people with cars only dream about.

The question is. Should I save for a normal 1200gs or bite abit more and go for the Adventure? Furthermore, should I go used or new?

Please advise cause I think this group would know best.
 

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Re: BMW 1200GS or 1200GS Adv for a first bike
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2014, 11:06:08 pm »
Two questions first: How big and tall are you and how much money have you got?

If big and tall get the GSA.

If rich buy new. ;)
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2014, 11:09:06 pm »
I am relative big. 113kgs and 190cm tall. I am planning to save up so lets ask this then, is the Adventure really the extra buck worth it? Why not the 1200 with extras?
 

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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2014, 11:09:23 pm »
Thanks for the reply...
 

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Re: BMW 1200GS or 1200GS Adv for a first bike
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2014, 11:13:43 pm »
Your size and weight go GSA. The GSA just carries weight better and packs better.
A low mileage 2010-2013 would do the trick.
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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2014, 11:20:28 pm »
In my opinion the extras on GSA makes it the better buy. Adding same extras to a GS will cost you a bit more. Also benefit of the extra fuel range, better suspension and at 1,90 m the taller GSA will suit you. It's an awesome bike.

BUT..........

If you are fairly new to biking, try out a few bikes and brands before you fork out R250k. ........my 2c
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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2014, 09:24:38 am »
Doesn't have to be new. There is a pretty good one for sale right how. Low mileage.... :biggrin:

Seriously, peeps are taken back when they see this. Little do they know. This one rides like the first day but if you compare the price difference to the new LC one, oh boy. Also depends, how much you intend to do. If I do not find a buyer, I will put on another 50,000 and won't even worry about it for a second. In good hick, always serviced by BMW and very few problems.
 

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« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2014, 09:47:23 am »
@Noneking, thanks. The bit of research I did about what I want to do and where I want to travel to let me to decide on the BMW, other brands have also not attracted my attention, I think its because my first bike I rode was a BMW and it just sticked.

@ChrisL thanks for the feedback guys.

@KingLouis, what is the specs of your bike?
 

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Re: BMW 1200GS or 1200GS Adv for a first bike
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2014, 09:49:30 am »
Please allow me a bit of advertising.  I going to be a bit more blatant than KL.

My Gs is for sale. From my perspective the only benefit is the suspension and the larger fuel tank. My range on a tank was 290 km. Its rare that towns are further apart from each other.  My bike's got a 21" front wheel,  which make a huge difference, especially in sand, as well as a power Commander and Oem pannier racks, as well as loads of other extras.

See for yourself:
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Re: BMW 1200GS or 1200GS Adv for a first bike
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2014, 09:51:23 am »
The new LC Adventure is the answer - if you can wait & save.....

My "first" big DS bike was a GSA 2010 model, after much research.

The advantages over the GS is the taller suspension, crash bars, fuel range, screen and seating position. My mate bought a standard GS and regrets not waiting a little longer and getting the Adventure version - 500km on a tank....  :biggrin:

But see if you can get the LC - it's even better than my bike!!

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« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2014, 10:01:37 am »
I am 188cm and about 125kg. Previous 09 as well as current 14 are normal GS.  I prefer the GS over the GSA for my purposes.  I have no good reason why.  I just do.   I reckon ride both and then decide.
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Re: BMW 1200GS or 1200GS Adv for a first bike
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2014, 10:14:42 am »
Any 1200 for a first bike (depending what your adventure is) to me, is just crazy.  :eek7:
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Re: BMW 1200GS or 1200GS Adv for a first bike
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2014, 10:28:46 am »
Any 1200 for a first bike (depending what your adventure is) to me, is just crazy.  :eek7:

True enough....

Given an ideal world, I should never have looked at a GSA immediately - a 660Z would have been a better "in-between" bike, however getting the GSA was a one-off deal, trading after a year wasn't an option for me.

Having said that, it took the best part of a year to get really comfortable with the Lump, to understand it and ride it properly.....

But then maybe I am just a slow learner...!  :biggrin:
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« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2014, 10:40:07 am »
@Noneking, thanks. The bit of research I did about what I want to do and where I want to travel to let me to decide on the BMW, other brands have also not attracted my attention, I think its because my first bike I rode was a BMW and it just sticked.

@ChrisL thanks for the feedback guys.

@KingLouis, what is the specs of your bike?
Sorry for whatever reason cant copy/paste the link from my tablet. It s in the trade buy smalls section for sale. 2012 model 105,000 km full specs plus panners/top box. I'm 1,90 / 95 kgs and have done plenty two up fully packed with the wife. Can't beat the adventure for that. Let meknow.
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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2014, 11:05:20 am »
@KingLouis I am going to look a bit more. You did some driving in the last 2 years, where did you go?
 

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Re: BMW 1200GS or 1200GS Adv for a first bike
« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2014, 12:05:51 pm »
My big gripe with the GS is that the 300km per tank that it gives is enough for between most towns in SA but then you have to ride
there in a strait line and no zigzagging in between.
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Re: BMW 1200GS or 1200GS Adv for a first bike
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2014, 12:36:07 pm »
No. 1 Buy a GS and regret it till you bought a GSA specially two-Up.
No. 2 Be Patience or buy cheep to resell if it is the wrong choice.

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« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2014, 02:04:29 pm »
@KingLouis I am going to look a bit more. You did some driving in the last 2 years, where did you go?

Mainly commuting plus trips to Mpumalanga, Durban, Cape Town every now and then some dirt, am easy on the throttle, average consumption around 5.5l/100 kays. Gives you a safe range of 550 kays plus Vat.
 

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« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2014, 02:10:17 pm »
Bought a GSA as my first D/S bike, never had regrets in the last 2 years.  Love the suspension and 500+ km's per tank, especially in the Karoo and Namibia.  And yes it's heavy, but only for the once in a while that you've got to pick it up! ;D
 

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« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2014, 02:21:52 pm »
@Noneking, thanks. The bit of research I did about what I want to do and where I want to travel to let me to decide on the BMW, other brands have also not attracted my attention, I think its because my first bike I rode was a BMW and it just sticked.

@ChrisL thanks for the feedback guys.

@KingLouis, what is the specs of your bike?
Sorry for whatever reason cant copy/paste the link from my tablet. It s in the trade buy smalls section for sale. 2012 model 105,000 km full specs plus panners/top box. I'm 1,90 / 95 kgs and have done plenty two up fully packed with the wife. Can't beat the adventure for that. Let meknow.

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