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Offline PieterKLR650

Sell 2014 Vstrom & buy 2014 GS 1200?
« on: February 18, 2020, 10:42:52 am »
Bought a 2014 Vstrom(new shape) in 2018, now on 35k mileage.
Heart always drawn to a GS but always concerned about the maintenance cost of the brand...
The fact that they manage to clock up such big mileage also draws the attention.

Can possibly get a 2014 GS1200 with 23K on the clock, spotless condition for 150K....obviously trade in the Vstrom. GS has panniers etc.

Not a big fan of offroad riding but if the opportunity arises, then one doesnít want to be concerned about the bikes abilities.

Is the myth true about the fact that BMW is indeed such a high maintenance cost bike?

Obviously if I do buy the BMW would the idea be to keep her until at least paid for in full. Travelled 7000kmís with the Vstrom since Octí18 until now.

Would appreciate some suggestions/advice etc.


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Offline Omninorm

Re: Sell 2014 Vstrom & buy 2014 GS 1200?
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2020, 10:52:21 am »
I had a 650 Vstrom and a 1200GS LC.
If I would do it over again I'd take the 1000 Vstrom as you have and never look back.
1200GS is an awesome bike but the Vstrom is special. Can't really tell you why but a major thing for me on the 1200GS I could never get used to was the lack of front forks. Just didn't have a nice feel of the front....bike never set a foot wrong but I could not get as comfortable on it. Personal thing.
Swapped bikes with my mate who had a 1200 RS and i was way way more in tune with that bike for the 45 minutes than I was with the GS in 2 years of owning it.

Imho keep the 1000 Vstrom.

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Re: Sell 2014 Vstrom & buy 2014 GS 1200?
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2020, 11:09:25 am »
IMHO sell the Vstrom

Exactly opposite opinion to omninorm:

I had a 1000 Vstrom, then started liking gravel. Mine wasn't particularly reliable with the clutch basket shudder and such. Bought a 1200GS and never missed it. The GS was better just about everywhere. Even the front end feels better with road riding, so I disagree big time here with Omninorm, its a common opinion that the GS is baas on tar road holding as you don't get front end dive with braking like on other bikes.

the gs was faster, more comfortable and mine was more reliable. It has better resale as well and much better dealership as well as aftermarket support.My BMW services was also cheaper when I still cared for dealerships.


its a no brainer.
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Offline Omninorm

Re: Sell 2014 Vstrom & buy 2014 GS 1200?
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2020, 12:27:45 pm »
IMHO sell the Vstrom

Exactly opposite opinion to omninorm:

I had a 1000 Vstrom, then started liking gravel. Mine wasn't particularly reliable with the clutch basket shudder and such. Bought a 1200GS and never missed it. The GS was better just about everywhere. Even the front end feels better with road riding, so I disagree big time here with Omninorm, its a common opinion that the GS is baas on tar road holding as you don't get front end dive with braking like on other bikes.

the gs was faster, more comfortable and mine was more reliable. It has better resale as well and much better dealership as well as aftermarket support.My BMW services was also cheaper when I still cared for dealerships.


its a no brainer.

Agree 100% with the braking comments. The GS was amazing under braking but yeah. Could not gel wit the front end and as stated...not the bikes fault but the rider, I like to feel where the wheel is...not just trust it's doing it's job :)  BMW Dealership experience is second to none. Agreed there as well.
But I'd take the 800gsa or new 850 GS above the 1200gs or Vstrom.

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Offline Superboet

Re: Sell 2014 Vstrom & buy 2014 GS 1200?
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2020, 01:19:49 pm »
I also went from a Vstrom 650 to 1200GS(AC).

I will never go back. The parts are definetly more expensive but not excessive. I am on the heavy side and always have my wife with me so the extra carrying capacity and the extra power came in very handy for me.

The GS is also very comfortable on long distances.

Me(GS) and a friend(Vstrom) swopped for a day while riding in Golden Gate. I must tell you with the little bit less weight and lower sitting position, the Vstrom handled much easier in the turns there, but when I got back on the GS I knew why I made the switch. We used to ride together a lot and for a day trip of +- 600km there was never more than a half a litre difference in the amount of fuel we put in when we stopped to refuel.

And then there is always that difference between the cleanliness and maintenance of a shaft compared to a chain.

But different okes for different strokes.

The best idea is to ride them back to back on the same day on the same road in the same wind conditions. Very important.