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Old 08-18-2014, 05:36 AM   #1
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I'm looking at 2004 r1150 Gs under 5000 miles like new any opinions
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Old 08-18-2014, 07:12 AM   #2
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I got my 04 1150GSA in 2003, it has now 98.5kmiles. I've just ordered a 15 GSA. It's not because I don't like it anymore, not because I think I've outgrown it, not because it doesn't take me places... None of that, it's simply because I want to try something new. Actually it's only recently that I started to ride in the dirt, and that made me enjoy the bike even more. I say if it's a good deal, definitely go for it.
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Old 08-18-2014, 07:21 AM   #3
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I'm looking at 2004 r1150 Gs under 5000 miles like new any opinions
change all the fluids, tires and brake lines.
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Old 08-18-2014, 07:40 AM   #4
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I'm quite infatuated with my 04, blue/white.

Chose it to keep away from FD, CANBUS and the silliness that comes with significant model changes. 04s don't seem to have the issues that most early model change BMWs experience.

+1 on changing all fluids, and while you're at it, change the brake lines for Spiegler SS. Guarantee that the brake fluid will have made a "coronary bypass" necessary in them with so few miles and likely never changed.
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:24 PM   #5
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I Just heard about some issues with servo assist brakes
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:15 PM   #6
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No issues on mine, zero. I have owned it for three years, 16,000 miles.
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:38 PM   #7
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I Just heard about some issues with servo assist brakes
no problems here either, 2006 with 99300kms on clock.
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:41 PM   #8
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I Just heard about some issues with servo assist brakes
i believe there was 2 models that came out that year. The 04 was single plug??? and it had normal abs brakes. 04 and half had dual spark(4 plugs) and shit servo breaks. Mine crapped out in the middle of MTN pass in CO. $1200 part alone on, it was a couple months old and under warranty. You can check to see if its servo by 4 spark plugs and if it has nearly no brakes when the bike is turned off. And the brake servo assist pump squeals like hell at stops if you use the front brake...
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:50 PM   #9
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i believe there was 2 models that came out that year. The 04 was single plug??? and it had normal abs brakes. 04 and half had dual spark(4 plugs) and shit servo breaks. Mine crapped out in the middle of MTN pass in CO. $1200 part alone on, it was a couple months old and under warranty. You can check to see if its servo by 4 spark plugs and if it has nearly no brakes when the bike is turned off. And the brake servo assist pump squeals like hell at stops if you use the front brake...
even if you use the rear
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:25 PM   #10
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Just sold my 04 1150 GSA. It had 78k miles, and served me well. I loved the look, it was a great bike. I had the servo brakes and never had a problem with them, or anything else on the bike.

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Old 08-24-2014, 04:55 PM   #11
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I have a 2004 duel spark with the servo ABS. I bought it with 7500 miles a couple of years ago and after round trips to New York and Alaska, and countless rides around Colorado mine is at 35000 trouble free miles. I favor this bike because it is the last year of the 1150 so BMW had several years to work out the issues. The 1150 is also the last year before BMW really jumped into stuff like electronic suspension control. After several long trips I like the idea of fewer electronics to fail when there is no dealer in sight.

I would say try and get a good deal on it, change the fluids and ride!
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:08 PM   #12
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If it has sevro brakes and if they crap out it's not a beg deal. They can easely be removed (but you lose the ABS) and all is well again. These bikes their maintenance issues are well documented with fixes or work arounds. Go for it.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:08 PM   #13
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I've put many miles on a friends '04 GSA -- outstanding bike! I've also rented two different 1200's, both pre-water head. Nice bikes, but not as planted on the road as the 1150. Off road (gravel) they felt lighter and more responsive.

IIRC, the GS and the GSA had different gearing. I believe the GSA had a lower 1st and a taller 6th than the non-GSA.

The one I road had the servo brakes and we had no problems. Be careful the first time you use them aggressively as the tank doesn't yield when you manly parts are crushed against it

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Old 08-24-2014, 08:17 PM   #14
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40,000 on my 04. Love the servo brakes. I can afford a new GS, but don't want to part with this one. Great sport tourer.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:53 PM   #15
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I Just heard about some issues with servo assist brakes
No problem here at 185,000 km. BTW if your bike has kept idle for years, beware of moisture in the brake fluid. Change it yearly. On the command and caliper channels.
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