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Old 07-08-2012, 04:09 AM   #1
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Suspicious GS1200.

I lucked for my first GS 1200 and found one used for good price.
It is manufactured 24.03.2009. ,have low milage and is imported from UK.
From pictures in advert I relise that it has camhead engine.
Is it possible for bike made in 2009 or engine is replaced for some kind of reasons?

Or may be it is better to forget this bike?
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:33 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

I'm not really sure what you are asking and I assume that English is not your native tongue. So with that being said...

It would be unusual but not unheard of for a 2009 GS to have had it's engine replaced. If you suspect that it has been replaced then I would just move on to the the next bike. There are too many clean late model GS's out there to get one with a questionable history. Good luck.

Oh, and fill out your profile dammit.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:41 AM   #3
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Could be the pictures are not actually the bike being sold...
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Old 07-08-2012, 01:27 PM   #4
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That was my first thought. I had that "bait and switch" tried on me once before.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:15 PM   #5
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The build date and the model year are often not the same. The UK often has them out earlier than the US.

That said, a UK bike might be a bad idea. The speedo is in Kms, and the headlight is designed for right hand drive roads.

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Old 07-08-2012, 07:44 PM   #6
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... That said, a UK bike might be a bad idea. The speedo is in Kms, and the headlight is designed for right hand drive roads...
Hi, Jim! I sense that the OP is outside of US. Date formatted "24.03.2009" would rarely be written by a "US-American", as Miss Teen USA from South Carolina said once.

As ausfahrt wrote to the OP: noob, fill in your profile!

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Old 07-08-2012, 08:27 PM   #7
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The build date and the model year are often not the same. The UK often has them out earlier than the US.

That said, a UK bike might be a bad idea. The speedo is in Kms, and the headlight is designed for right hand drive roads.

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UK uses MPH, but good point about a foreign bike if he is not located in the UK.
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:17 PM   #8
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Well, the signature says he is from Latvia. That is in the Baltics. They drive on the right side. UK drives on the left.
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:29 PM   #9
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The build date and the model year are often not the same. The UK often has them out earlier than the US.

That said, a UK bike might be a bad idea. The speedo is in Kms, and the headlight is designed for right hand drive roads.

Jim
I think that all of Europe except for the U.K. measures speed & distance kms. In fact Britain and the U.S. may be the last holdouts in the rest of the world.
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:16 PM   #10
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I think that all of Europe except for the U.K. measures speed & distance kms. In fact Britain and the U.S. may be the last holdouts in the rest of the world.
You are right. The headlight is an issue still.

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Old 07-20-2012, 12:00 AM   #11
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Another replay, from the Baltics

Hi,

I live in Lithuania, which is a neighbor country to Latvia. It is quite popular down here to import used bikes from UK. Most of them are "lemons". So my replay to original question is: just forget it!

As someone else has mentioned above, the first problem is headlight which needs to be replaced in order to pass technical inspection. That's pretty good amount of $$$ or (your choice ) .

You better search the german ebay or mobile.de for a good bike.

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Old 07-20-2012, 02:47 AM   #12
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When were camheads first manufactured? I have one of the first to arrive in Oz in February 2010, if not the first and it was manufactured from memory in October/November 2009.

(In fact I had a huge blarney with the dealer over a "2010" GSA whose compliance plate clearly stated it was a 2010 model but the registration papers showed it was manufactured in 2009 - that was when the VIN number was allocated.)

The OP has the date of manufacture 24th March 2009 - correct me if I am wrong but that seems real early. Too early. Something is sussed (not right).

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Old 07-20-2012, 04:34 AM   #13
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UK uses MPH, but good point about a foreign bike if he is not located in the UK.
NOT!

UK as in Britain/Ireland/Scottland, uses KPH....
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:38 AM   #14
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NOT!

UK as in Britain/Ireland/Scottland, uses KPH....
Wrong, we use MPH.
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:34 AM   #15
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Wrong, we use MPH.
Let's see........

1- You drive on the wrong side.
2- Your money used to be pounds, now Euros.
3- Your spanners are Whitworth.
4- Your early motorcycles were positive (+) ground.
5- You eat meat stuffed into a goat's stomach.
6- Men wear skirts.
7- You talk funny.

Even with all that, you're some of the nicest people on earth as long as you're sober (Scotch whiskey.....ugggggghhhhh.....give me bourbon please....lots of it).
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