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Old 09-22-2014, 09:31 AM   #1
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opinion - 2001 1150 gs - 63,000 km

Hay All,

I looking at an 2001 1150gs with 63,000 km (40,000 miles). It's no princess and has been used the way it was intended....

-The clutch was done at 43,000 km
-The rear bearing/final drive was done last summer, km's unknown
-New rear brakes

Its farkeled up, K+N, bar risers, lowered pegs etc. etc. etc.

I think its priced fair.......

Opinions? Thoughts? Concerns?


Thanks all...
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Old 09-22-2014, 11:28 AM   #2
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Hay All,

I looking at an 2001 1150gs with 63,000 km (40,000 miles). It's no princess and has been used the way it was intended....

-The clutch was done at 43,000 km
-The rear bearing/final drive was done last summer, km's unknown
-New rear brakes

Its farkeled up, K+N, bar risers, lowered pegs etc. etc. etc.

I think its priced fair.......

Opinions? Thoughts? Concerns?


Thanks all...
Valve adjustments done? check the ball joint rubber for rips, does the owner know what state the tranny input spline is in?

Check for excessive noise at idle which goes away when you pull the clutch in (could be input shaft bearing).

Does it downshift easily?

Fork seals ok or dry and split?

Put it up on main stand and spin front wheel to feel for bearing friction, do the same for back and drop in first, usually get around 1" back and forth from backlash, check for FD play and pivot play.

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Old 09-22-2014, 01:38 PM   #3
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Get rid of the K&N. How is the driveshaft?
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Get rid of the K&N. How is the driveshaft?
+1, don't like K&N's myself, see if you can find out how long its been on there.
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:18 PM   #5
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When the clutch was replaced (?), what parts were installed? What was the condition of the transmission input spline? Who did the work?
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:08 PM   #6
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Scooter, if the price is right to you and it runs good, have at it.

It sounds like it has some of the goodies you want.
My 01 GS runs very well and is one of the best bikes ever have owned (have owned a Lot over the last 4 decades)

easy to find parts and aftermarket pieces for it.
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:10 PM   #7
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What's expectable on rear wheel,6-12,9-3? Is 1/8 inch ok?
How much play is bad? I just bought one and rolling the dice.

I checked for vibration on fool pegs,pulling up hill along with decelerating.Didn't really feel much.I'll be greasing the main/drive shaft soon.
04 1150 gsa rides like a Cadillac/tractor.lol Have fun!
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:31 PM   #8
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Have you ridden it? Smooth, or jerky? How's the suspension, and does it stay in gear when you shift from 1st to 2nd? Do all the lights/signals work?

With the bike on centerstand, grab the rear wheel and test for side-to-side and top-to-bottom wobble. Should be none or just a faint hint.
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Old 09-26-2014, 08:24 AM   #9
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They're good bikes. I have a 2001 GS that I enjoy regularly and am proud to ride.

Don't expect thrilling performance, the tractor comment covers that, but handling is excellent for such a tubby thing and 80 to 90 MPH cruising can be accomplished with aplomb and in good comfort. I'd assume that if a clutch was installed that the clutch slave and spline lube(s) were also attended to but you should make a point of finding that out. Check the brake lines for condition and see if they have been replaced. A new style left side chain tensioner is a plus. Not a deal killer if you need to add it yourself.


If the bike runs well, everything works and the consumables (fluids, tires, brakes, battery, fuel filter, etc.) are fresh you can anticipate many happy miles of serviceable riding. Any 14 year old machine is going to offer some challenges in respect to parts that have exceeded their useful life. The best way to make these bikes sensible to own is to work on the basic stuff yourself. It's not that hard, parts are available and most procedures are easy to accomplish. If you're looking at the bike with that sort of perspective and the rest of the package appeals to you, they are a fine way to go.
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Old 09-26-2014, 12:25 PM   #10
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My 2005 GSA has 60k km and I consider it barely broken in. There is a big service required at 60k, so if it hasn't been done, you should factor that in to the price.

You don't mention where you are in Canada but you can post in the Canada regional forum and see if there is an inmate in your area who is familiar with 1150's to check it out.

If you are in the Calgary area, I'd be happy to check it out for you or let you ride mine to compare.
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:08 PM   #11
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What's expectable on rear wheel,6-12,9-3? Is 1/8 inch ok?
How much play is bad? I just bought one and rolling the dice.

I checked for vibration on fool pegs,pulling up hill along with decelerating.Didn't really feel much.I'll be greasing the main/drive shaft soon.
04 1150 gsa rides like a Cadillac/tractor.lol Have fun!
The old style final drive design (without the hole in the middle) has no wheel play. If you do find play, ascertain whether it is the FD bearing or the Paralever pivot bearings.

Also, if you replace either the pivot bearings or the crown wheel bearing, remove the driveshaft housing and inspect and lubricate the splines in the drive line when you reassemble. Also, check the driveshaft u-joints for wear and have the joints replaced if found to be notchy or not smooth.

As for ride, the older oilhead GSes have a rather agricultural ride, kind of like a John Deere tractor with mirrors.
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Old 09-27-2014, 07:55 PM   #12
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opinion - 2001 1150 gs - 63,000 km

Hay guys....thanks for all the great info.....

.....update....

For the last year I have been researching dual sport bikes and for the most part KLR's. My budget was in the $4000 range. I started this thread as I found the 1150 mentioned for an asking price of $4900. As the price was close to my budget I had to look closer, and like I said its a COOL looking bike!

Fast forward to just a few days back. I found a 2011 KLR with only 2800km! It's in new condition with a price a bit less than the GS. This morning I took the plunge and bought the KLR.

I've been on this site every day for 2 years. The kindness of everyone and the willingness to help is awesome.....what a great community.

So thanks again you guys. I'll be spending more time in the thumper forums now but the BIG GS is still the dream bike to own. One day.........one day.

All the best.
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