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Offline JacoM

Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #40 on: May 12, 2008, 04:24:01 pm »
The BMW marketing people must also  get some credit in my opinion. Take  any good product and support it with a ongoiing marketing strategy and changes of success (=more sales) are better than average.
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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #41 on: May 12, 2008, 04:26:18 pm »
Maybe because 1st time D/S buyers are more attracted by the broad versatility of the GS. Lots of 1st time buyers around.

Maybe, and most probably because BMW is one of the only bike brand that understands and applies the word 'SERVICE' and customer relationship.


Yup, i think the customer relationship is a biggie, as is the motorplan, on-call stuff, etc.
Especially for first time buyers who don't know anything about taking care of a bike.
BMWs shouldn't breakdown, and if they do, you've got the on-call service. - I think for many thats reason enough to buy BM.


You pay for that on call and the service levels make no mistake ,it is not a freebie tacked on
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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #42 on: May 12, 2008, 04:48:59 pm »
The last time I checked Bike SA, the 990 Adventure was priced at R 126 000, where's the 'KTM on call' in that?
How much is the new R1200GS?
 

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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #43 on: May 12, 2008, 06:22:42 pm »
GS 1200 = Midlife crisis
KTM 990 = Second childhood
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Some people learn the easy way....some the hard way..... ;D ;D
Anyone that says either bike is the best in the world is misinformed..... >:D
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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #44 on: May 12, 2008, 08:25:03 pm »
Why so many? Because although my dream garage has at least six bikes in it (including a couple of KTM's a Beemer and even a Harley), my current budget allows for only one, and the R1200GS really can do it all.
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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #45 on: May 12, 2008, 08:50:49 pm »
GS 1200 = Midlife crisis
KTM 990 = Second childhood
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In December we went down to C.T. for a wedding. For every bike I saw I saw a gs. Got to be a good bike. No amount of hype could con sooooo many people. Maybe when I get older......
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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #46 on: May 12, 2008, 08:59:54 pm »
Why do i see so many GS's on the roads?

Because Honda does'nt build the CD200 Roadmaster anymore?! ;D

Seriously, it's the best dual one can buy!! Fun on tar ...... Fun in the bush, what more can one ask for?

As for the 1150's ... there are plenty here in the Eastern Cape, just visit Ulysses Port Elizabeth on a good club evening.
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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #47 on: May 12, 2008, 09:04:38 pm »
I've been riding Jap bikes all my life (38 yrs) and bought my first BMW in Sep last year.  In fact I just did a bit of an informal poll on the BM forum in Cape Town and nearly all the respondents had Jap bikes first.

I loved most of my other bikes, but this one is kind of special - I think it's because you buy a whole package, the most important of which is the support and service, even down to the insurance (ok you pay but no hassles), roadside assist (definitely not perfect but it's there) and even informal stuff like the workshop guys putting aside their own time to give a maintenance course over the weekend for anyone who wants to attend.

And man those bikes can take a hammering!!!  Repairs might be expensive but even with spectacular spills offroad it's generally fairly minor stuff - flickers and mirrors, with maybe a screen or a dent on the exhaust.

Fully agree with most of the (intelligent) comment on this thread, but I'm certainly glad I made the choice I did!
 

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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #48 on: May 12, 2008, 09:07:52 pm »
It is simple, Would you rather buy a bike you had the oportunity to ride or one that just looks good in the window?? Go to BMW and you can ride all their bikes and make an informed choice. NOBODY els in PE can offer you a test drive on any of thier models. You have to buy first and then decide if you like it or not.
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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #49 on: May 12, 2008, 09:18:32 pm »
It is simple, Would you rather buy a bike you had the oportunity to ride or one that just looks good in the window?? Go to BMW and you can ride all their bikes and make an informed choice. NOBODY els in PE can offer you a test drive on any of thier models. You have to buy first and then decide if you like it or not.
Could'nt agree more!! Auto Cycles gave me the Tiger for 2 hrs, BM gave me the GS for the weekend (2006)
 

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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #50 on: May 12, 2008, 09:23:40 pm »
Why do i see so many GS's on the roads?
Get youself one and ride it, then it will all make perfect sense!!!!!
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« Reply #51 on: May 13, 2008, 12:58:00 pm »
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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #52 on: May 13, 2008, 01:06:25 pm »
I searched for mountains in Gauteng and couldn't find any ;)
 

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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #53 on: May 13, 2008, 02:10:38 pm »
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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #54 on: May 13, 2008, 02:19:33 pm »
Why do i see so many GS's on the roads?

.... because that's where they belong !!!!!  ;D ;D ;D
 

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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #55 on: May 13, 2008, 02:19:43 pm »
Ama replaced the pegs before you bought the bike.

You should have seen the dents in the tank.
Not to mention the bent subframe.



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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #56 on: May 13, 2008, 04:01:33 pm »
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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #57 on: May 13, 2008, 09:42:43 pm »
So I rode a KTM 990S on Saturday and a 1200GS today. Rode both bikes before, but since I'm in the market for one, I took a decent test ride on both.

The KTM is a big scrambler. Snatchy power delivery but very punchy engine. Awful seat. Not pillion friendly. Hooligan tool. I did a powerslide with pillion 10 meters after hitting the gravel - I just couldn't control myself.
Great bike.

The 1200GS is MILES ahead of the 1150GSA (which I owned) in terms of refinement and finesse. The 1150 felt like a tractor and irritated me with its weight. Great tourer though..
The 1200 feels lighter than the KTM990 - probably due to its low-down weight.
It handles like an extension of my body: Look into a corner and she tips in; reach the apex and twist the throttle and up she comes. No drama, just excellent poise and remarkable stability.
I dont like the handlebars and the seat could be higher.
Other than that its an excellent machine.

Whats next for Kaboef? ;D
A red one, please. 8)
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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #58 on: May 13, 2008, 09:52:13 pm »
Why do i see so many GS's on the roads?

They actually get used, don't just stand in the garage all polished up.  ;)

Handlebar raisers is a must Kaboef. Hope you get one soon.
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Re: BMW GS QUESTION.....
« Reply #59 on: May 14, 2008, 06:51:33 am »
Kaboef's post says it all.