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Old 08-28-2009, 10:35 AM   #1
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Should I buy this bike? Advice please..

Hi,sold my '94 R1100GS last year, I'm mostly in GSpot, my first post here..

Live in Turkey, most expensive gas of the world, 2.2 Usdollars/litre, BMW parts difficult to find and expensive, you are lucky overthere..

Anyway, I'm interested of buying this bike, it is 1200 km away from where I live, no chanse to ride and test the bike, have to think twice, your comments are imprtant to me.

It is '96 R80 Basic October production for Europe (VIN 0266819)
81kkm, recently rebuilt engine and new paint (original white is better)
Kalahari gas tank (he does not have the original small Basic tank)
Extra single P/D seat will be given
Original black pannies will be given
Have been negotioteing on the phone quite a while, his final price is;

4700.- USDollars.

What do you think, is it a good deal ?
here a couple of photos;



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Old 08-28-2009, 11:19 AM   #2
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I would need to know why it had to be totally re-built after only 50K miles.
You should get $1000 off for that colour.
Your gas is no more expensive than ours.

I've gambled and bought 2 vehicles (BMW R67/2 and Morris Minor Traveler) without seeing them. Just trusted what the sellers had to say. If I ever even THINK of doing that again, I pray that a stray bullet lodges in the center of my brain.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:29 AM   #3
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For sure, it will have much less power than your old bike. Personally, I would be very hesitant about buying bike without a test ride and checking things out like fork action, engine and driveline lubricant condition, etc.

That said, it is difficult here to know about your bike/economy over there, so don't really know if the price is good or bad where you live. You can always figure on adding more cost to fix or adjust something to your needs, so add that in on the deal.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:36 AM   #4
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I would need to know why it had to be totally re-built after only 50K miles.
You should get $1000 off for that colour.
Your gas is no more expensive than ours.

I've gambled and bought 2 vehicles (BMW R67/2 and Morris Minor Traveler) without seeing them. Just trusted what the sellers had to say. If I ever even THINK of doing that again, I pray that a stray bullet lodges in the center of my brain.
dude - $2.20/liter is more than $8/gallon. That's quite a bit more than I pay.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:40 AM   #5
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I would need to know why it had to be totally re-built after only 50K miles.
Current owner don't know much about BMW bikes, that's what told by previous owner.
I think the same, why one should rebuild 50kmile boxer engine ?
I guess it is only cleand up..

(Thanks for the advice )
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Old 08-28-2009, 12:08 PM   #6
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Hi there,

You don't mention where the bike is located but perhaps you could have someone else check it out for you? When we rode through Turkey a couple of years ago I contacted a couple of people in the Horizons Unlimited communities in Istanbul and in Ankara. You might check out the HU community webpage at http://horizonsunlimited.com/communi...tEnglish.shtml and scroll down to Turkey.

I had some trouble with my R100GS in the south near Adana and met Enver. He takes care of all the police bikes and he must have the world's largest collection of R80GS Kalaharis (all ex-police bikes). If the bike is near there you might be able to arrange to have Enver have a look at it. If you take a look at our website in the Turkey chapter http://www.ekke-audrey.ca/chapter_6___turkey.htm and scroll down three quarters of the way you'll see a photo of Enver's shop and the telephone numbers.

Good luck!
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Old 08-28-2009, 12:12 PM   #7
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I am a romantic, I love quirky, I love when things are not quite so I never buy a bike that is "right" so I would buy that bike!

it is yellow, so live with it, or paint it, one thing for sure, you will never lose it
So it has had work done, read through the threads on this forum, 75% of the bikes have been rebuilt wether they need it or not, so why let that worry you

Just buy the damn thing, ride the hell out of it up in the mountains, and if it goes bang, then so what, just put it back together again, and ride it until it goes bang again.

I would buy it, nice bike
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Old 08-28-2009, 01:13 PM   #8
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If the bike is near there you might be able to arrange to have Enver have a look at it
Enver is such great old guy, bike is 80 km away from Enver, in Mersin.
There is another good old BMW mechanic in Mersin, deals with ex-police bikes, Devran Usta, I spoke them both, they know the bike and said nothing bad about the bike but it is a bit too expensive, all they want selling one of their bikes at higher price.

Thanks for advices..

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I am a romantic, I love quirky, I love when things are not quite so I never buy a bike that is "right" so I would buy that bike!
Me too.

But the budget is tight, if she needs a repair, will have no money to spend.

I will offer him 4000.- and see..
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Old 08-28-2009, 01:33 PM   #9
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That's what I'd do - offer him a low offer see if he jumps.

IU dunno if I'd chance a bike site unseen - that motor swap at, was it 50K --miles-- ot 50K --km--? If it was KM, I'd worry the bike was trashed. I think I'd ask someone to check it out. Since you know someone who knows the bike, ask THEM what the story is.

After all, you don't change out boxer motors at 50K km. Or even 50k miles. Normally.

Boxer shorts, I hope. (At least if you're around me!!) Boxer motors? No way.

I've seen the same bike here in California go for like $us 3000-$3400 all the time. Buyer beware.

BTW - Saw one in Perugia, Italy, a few months back for 2800. No idea the condition riding wise (didn't have the cash to be real super interested) but it looked like it was a daily rider. YMMV and all that.

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Old 08-28-2009, 01:40 PM   #10
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The bike looks great, however the seller obviously knows something about them to charge that sort of money. I'd buy it.
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:38 PM   #11
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Life is short.

I like it (which doesn't matter) and you like it (which does matter).

I say GO FOR IT!
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:41 PM   #12
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dude - $2.20/liter is more than $8/gallon. That's quite a bit more than I pay.
I was thinking a liter is a little less than a quart, but then I made it a gallon. Somehow. I live in my own little world, but it's OK-
they know me here.
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:57 PM   #13
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...but it's OK- they know me here.
...and seem to also be mind readers!
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:16 PM   #14
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Life is short. One gets old soooo quickly. The bike is there and speaks to you. Offer what you can afford.

Live life.


One day, you will only have memories. Make them good ones.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:27 PM   #15
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So, I'm like the only one who actually likes the color? Go figure, Dutch without drugs and still out there
Well, since both experts in the neighborhood know the bike and tell you it's okay, whats there to think about but the price? Go for it!
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