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Old 12-08-2012, 03:32 PM   #1
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Advice: 2008 BMW 1200 GS Adventure 103k $9000

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Looking to move up to a big BMW GS. Currently have a 09 KLR 650 and a 1995 Sportster 1200. Looking to sell both of these and replace with the BMW.

Is this is a decent price for a 2008 Adventure with 103k on the clock? Any fears about that high mileage?
Dealer is reputable and has passed their technical inspection.

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http://www.rfalconepowersports.com/n...62&pov=2764455

Just started looking. I'm looking to spend between $8-$9k on a 1150 or 1200 GS or GS adventure.
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:38 PM   #2
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Too high when you can get one with 25K miles for near that, maybe one year older.

However, a lot depends on the bike and accessories it has, plus maintenance.



This one has Michatech bags and Ohlins, so not bad. Still depends on the overall comdition and maintenance history.

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Old 12-08-2012, 03:46 PM   #3
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Inmates,
Looking to move up to a big BMW GS. Currently have a 09 KLR 650 and a 1995 Sportster 1200. Looking to sell both of these and replace with the BMW.

Is this is a decent price for a 2008 Adventure with 103k on the clock? Any fears about that high mileage?
Dealer is reputable and has passed their technical inspection.

Link:
http://www.rfalconepowersports.com/n...62&pov=2764455

Just started looking. I'm looking to spend between $8-$9k on a 1150 or 1200 GS or GS adventure.
Remember...this is the DEALER who's trying to SELL you the bike.

Had you said "A friend of mine who has the same bike and many years of experience in maintaining them...looked at the bike and all of the SERVICE receipts and says this looks like an EXCELLENT/GREAT/GOOD/FAIR bike"...I'd be more impressed.

Take some time...do some homework...it's YOUR MONEY.

Here...go to SearchTempest.com (searches all the Craigslists in the country) and SEARCH for "R1200GS".
Set the distance to 3,500 miles and EVERY GS in the country will show up.

Do an Excel spreadsheet:
Columns:
YEAR, PRICE, LOCATION, MILEAGE, ACCESSORIES, COLOR?

Sort data by YEAR...

NOW you'll intelligently KNOW what the value of various YEAR GS's are worth.
When you find ONE that looks interesting...ask the SELLER about maintenance...WHO did it?...GOT receipts for it? Damage?

Good luck with the hunt. I found BOTH my GS and RT on CL.
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:52 PM   #4
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If you're going to put some miles on it why not be patient and look for a lower mileage one. Winter is the time to score deals but deals aren't at dealers. Do some research if you haven't already. 07 & earlier reg GS have servo brakes. 06 & earlier GSAs. The accessories make a lot of difference. It's nice to get some you really want. A bike with ones you don't want just raises the price etc etc
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:03 PM   #5
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If you're going to put some miles on it why not be patient and look for a lower mileage one. Winter is the time to score deals but deals aren't at dealers. Do some research if you haven't already. 07 & earlier reg GS have servo brakes. 06 & earlier GSAs. The accessories make a lot of difference. It's nice to get some you really want. A bike with ones you don't want just raises the price etc etc

No, the regular GS stopped the servo-ABS in 06.

Otherwise I agree with you.

Jim
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:05 AM   #6
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If you're just starting to look and you're not in a hurry, you might as well keep looking - doesn't sound like a once in a lifetime opportunity :).

As Jim said, service and accessories are important. Cases, lights, shocks, windshield, gps, seat, ... If it's configured just the way you want, then spending more is justified.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:58 AM   #7
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Also remember, there are a fair amount of changes from the '07 to '08 and the '09 to the '10. Personally I would look for an '08 or newer, if you can talk to the owner or the one you are looking at, do so, if he comes back with a good report (he no longer has skin in the game) offer the dealer $7K and see what he comes back with. While I agree that there may be better deals out there, the GS's and especially the GSA's are holding value pretty strongly.

Good luck and keep us updated!
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:20 AM   #8
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Guys, Thanks for the advice. Spent the day reading up on search tempest (great tool!), ebay, and cycle trader.
Will definitely make me a better consumer as the search continues.
Really like the set up of this bike (Adventure, ABS, hard cases, crash guards, lights, tall wind screen).

Will do a road test, look into the service records and see what they can offer, otherwise I'll keep looking
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:56 PM   #9
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More and more camheads and hexheads will become available as the waterhead circulates and proves it worthiness to the BMW faithful and they begin upgrading.

I think they are asking too much for the bike.


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Old 12-11-2012, 04:39 AM   #10
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As previously stated, value will come down as the water cooled ones hit the market. Also the straight GS is usually about 2k less than the GSA and I have absolutely no use for the extra couple gallons and extra 50 pounds, so that's a thought as well.
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