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Old 03-29-2013, 08:56 PM   #16
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Thanks these feedback help. I think I am going to do it. I could wait for a lower priced one to come by... but the riding season is just starting... I want to ride!
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:03 AM   #17
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In Canada, it appears we face higher prices. I paid $12,000 for an '07. It had the GSA aluminum panniers and pretty reasonable farkling - PIAA 510's, Kaoko, engine guards, etc. It came with low mileage - 20,000 miles, which is changing quickly. Not a mark on it. The "BUT" was that it was a US import.
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:40 AM   #18
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If you're shopping for a GS the Flea Market in here is a good starting place to watch prices. All the book values go out the window. The owners are selling them for what they think they can get. A couple of weeks of watching bike prices will give you an good idea of what you can expect to spend. Yea, you have the folks that think their bikes are made of gold but then you will see prices that are really low. Patience.

It will also give you a good idea of what type farkles, if any, you want on a bike.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:05 AM   #19
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When I picked up mine I watched prices for awhile. I figured out what a fly and ride would cost to a couple different places, and what basic farkles I considered necesary.

Then I watched.

One popped up somewhat local, higher mileage (still low), basic farkles. Although slightly higher cost it was "cheaper" than anything I had seen. I've doubled the mileage and couldn't be happier.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:16 AM   #20
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This is the time of year that prices are their highest. But I would think there should be a little higher than usual number of older GS's come available because of the new LC? Still a nice 07 should be under $10K, heck I just sold my 09 with bags, Clearwater lights, HB crash bars, and some other farkles, with 17K, mint condition for $10,500.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:54 PM   #21
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I picked up my 08 GSA for $11K with 10,000 miles on the clock in mint condition. Just have to keep an eye out and look for deals. Dealers will have them priced at the highest price possible. Best time is wait for winter. Weather is getting warmer so prices will go up. Come winter for those who garage their bikes are more willing to sell if they found they didn't use it as much as they thought they would. Just wait for the off season. You will save a lot. There are plenty of good deals out there. You just have to take your time and look around. Do your homework and most importantly DON'T RUSH..
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:13 PM   #22
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My spotless 05 with 8k miles and BMW bags was $9,000. I'm OK with that price a year later because it has been flawless. "Spotless" turned out to have a mucked up windscreen, but I got one on eBay cheap enuf. I sometimes think I want a newer model, but love this one, so why bother!
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:23 PM   #23
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I'm also shopping cash in hand. I want an '08/09 GS. I've seen them $11k to $17k with Farkles. Mileage from 18k to 60+. I also think there will be a few more older ones as the WC start delivery. I don't mind paying a fair price for a good value. Down side for me is it needs to be local, fit is critical. I've sat on the standard height and that works. Lowered seat and/or suspension might not fit so.......Patience Grasshopper.
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:28 PM   #24
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I'm also shopping cash in hand. I want an '08/09 GS. .... Down side for me is it needs to be local,

It would benefit you to have your location in your profile.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:09 PM   #25
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Doh! Thanks!
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:30 AM   #26
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I know people are expecting the price to go down on used GS/GSA's because of the WC, I really don't see it, the GS/GSA'a are great bikes in their own right and I think far fewer will be jumping ship then let's say the folks that purchased the new 1600 GT/GTL, you can find used LT's for next to nothing if you look hard enough...I know that's not what you are looking for, it is just that the GT/GTL was such a leap whereas in my opinion (I have test ridden one) the new LC just isn't that big leap.

In 2010, I sold my 2008 GSA with 110,000 HARD miles (but very well taken care of and running perfectly) for $9500 and I felt both the buyer and I did well.

What is your budget?

Like others say, take your time but prices will climb probably 10% in the next month as it gets warmer, study the different model years, ride 'em if you can, take the plunge to the dark side with the rest of us crazy inmates and have fun!
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:50 AM   #27
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2010 gs

My bike has 17K, Akrapovik and uptuned engine, GSA bags and frame, Ohlins ESA, Ztechnik windscreen, crash bar and engine covers.
Looking at the last of the GSA's this year. Not so interested in the LC (yes, I drove it).
Question, trade, sell or hold for a rainy day?
The 2010 was purchased at the end of season, I ride +15K/year.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:34 AM   #28
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My bike has 17K, Akrapovik and uptuned engine, GSA bags and frame, Ohlins ESA, Ztechnik windscreen, crash bar and engine covers.
Looking at the last of the GSA's this year. Not so interested in the LC (yes, I drove it).
Question, trade, sell or hold for a rainy day?
The 2010 was purchased at the end of season, I ride +15K/year.

Since your Camhead is so well set up and with only 17K I would probably "hold" for a few years then maybe look at an LC Adventure.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:54 AM   #29
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IMO, first and foremost, shop for what you want. Then comes, can you afford it. Next comes match the condition to number of miles. Low miles means a lot more if you look at the bike as a commodity. I've always bought bikes based on what kind of riding I do, not how much resale I expect. If you get a GS with higher miles but it obvious that it is well maintained, miles can be a non-issue. Buying a bike is a lot like picking a wife, if it looks good, grab it. (then again looks can be deceiving )
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:09 AM   #30
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Since your Camhead is so well set up and with only 17K I would probably "hold" for a few years then maybe look at an LC Adventure.
Good point. But, I rode the GSA for 3 weeks in Africa this winter and really liked it for rough roads and long miles on the tar. Its a different ride and very stable at all times. The new LC left me cold; not quite a hot rod, not quite a GS.
I see you ride the GSA. Should I put one in my garage?
I appreciate your input.
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