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Old Today, 02:45 PM   #1
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R1200GS 04. Advice please

Hi all.
I'm wanting to buy a BMW R1200GS. Probably between 2004 and 2007. Just wondering if there is anything I should be watching out for , any common problems or faults. Any advice will be much appreciated.
Thanks very much in advance.
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Old Today, 03:21 PM   #2
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Final drive, driveshaft and rear wheel carrier ("flange") immediately come to mind. All those things have gone bad & had to be replaced on my '05. Lucky when the FD/DS when I caught it before the DS destroyed the swingarm.

Now that everything's been replaced, it's not so bad, but given the chance to do it over, I wouldn't buy a bike from that generation on a dare.
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Old Today, 03:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. I've kinda been watching an '05. Any other maintenance issues to look for?
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Old Today, 03:39 PM   #4
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Final drive was only issue for me,BMW replaced it under warranty at just over 30,000 miles.
Early 05 did not have EWS antenna failure issues.
My bike at 79k miles has good flanges(uncertain if they replaced that when FD was done)
Early 05 had better toolkit than later ones.

I would not shy away from one,if you know its history.

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