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Old 12-06-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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bmw dealers in mid west

im looking at buy a 1200gs or gsa next spring like aprilish and selling my wr250r

on cycle trader there are some dealers which had a lot of used gs's gate way bmw in st louis, and cycle werks in barrington, country side bmw also

has anyone delt with any of these dealers or could recomend a good bmw dealer in the illinois wisconsin iowa area

i am deffly gonna look on the flee market first when the time comes. but want to keep options open

thanks
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:08 PM   #2
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Getting serious about GS hunting...

http://www.searchtempest.com/results...min&maxAsk=max

1. Click on the above link...and LOOK at the code in the browser window...then
2.Substitute YOUR ZIP for 80237 in the above and you'll search EVERY CRAIGSLIST in the country!

Make a spreadsheet:
Columns: YEAR, MILEAGE, LOCATION, COLOR, ACCESSORIES, PRICE

Sort by YEAR

You'll have a GREAT idea of what a GS is worth!

BTW...I found GS's in SMALLER market cost less...due to supply and demand.

Good luck with your hunt.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:11 PM   #3
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Gateway BMW in St. Louis is awesome! I bought my 800GS from Honz. I moved from St. Louis and have been around the east coast for two years since I bought my bike and still think Gateway is one of the best places I have been.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:11 PM   #4
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I second that, Gateway BMW is the best. Of course I am prejudiced as it is the closest dealer to me . But really they are great people who treat you like family
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:26 PM   #5
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Bmw of Barrington is excellent to deal with. Just bought a new gsa from them and am very happy with their service. Countryside is ok but I cannot stand their service manager so I try not to ever go there. Call Jim at cyclewerks of Barrington he impressed me a lot.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:07 PM   #6
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I can not speak to Countryside, but the other two are first rate.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:11 PM   #7
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Another Vote for Gateway BMW, Honz and the crew are great to do business with and will go above and beyond even after the sale.....
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:41 AM   #8
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Awesome guys thanks for the help!
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:14 AM   #9
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One more for Gateway! I don't think a better dealer exists.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:03 PM   #10
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I can not speak to Countryside, but the other two are first rate.
My comment above struck a nerve, so I thought best to elaborate. I have purchased lots of bikes from Barrington over the years, from John to the new owners. Had a lot of service performed there as well with never a problem and I am good very friends with the employees there. I have purchased 2 bikes via Gateway and had service work performed there as well and consider that group of misfits an absolute hoot to hang with. Good folks all. But I have never purchased a bike from either Chicago BMW or Countryside, nor have I ever had service performed at either location. I do know Cary pretty well and he is a great guy. Purchased a new helmet and jacket there in the last year and was treated great, received a discount, without asking, was allowed to return the helmet for a different size a couple of days later with no questions asked. But I have no experience buying a bike or servicing it there, which I felt the OP was asking about. Didn't meam to ruffle feathers or give negative impression of Countryside.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:55 PM   #11
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Countryside is below average.

Gina's BMW (Iowa City, IA) is extraordinary. I had a bike maintained there for many years and they have ridiculously knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful staff. If I lived in a 100 mile radius still, I wouldn't consider any other place. Please do yourself a favor and check them out.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:03 AM   #12
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I can not speak to Countryside, but the other two are first rate.
What he said.

I've not been to Countryside either. Jim in Barrington is great and St. Louis is outstanding also.

I've heard good things about Milwaukee, but never been.

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Old 12-08-2012, 01:05 PM   #13
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I bought new GS from Jim B. in Barrington and cannot say enough good things about him. Recommend highly. Countryside is doing a good job of building a solid dealership. Carey C. has been a friend for years. He will not steer you wrong. We're lucky to have them both in the Chicago area.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:02 AM   #14
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Mischlers BMW/ HD in Beaver Dam WI.
about 2.5-3 years ago.while recovering from knee surgery, I stopped in to blow time and look at things I would probably never afford or buy. Art Mischler came over and struck up a conversatition, I said at sometime- before I turn 55 or 60 I would like to own one of these things and ride to Alaska and blow a whole summer on the road. stupid talk for a 48 year old that never had a street bike longer than 6 months.(I had always been an off road thumper dual sport guy) A year ago august Art calls me out of the blue and announces "I have your bike!" which I had of course completely forgotten about even having had a conversatition on. he had found me an older but very nice R1100gs. knew the past owner and everything about it, and gave me it for ( what I felt ) a very fair price, and since has proven to be very fair. In the last 16 months the wife and I have ridden it almost 20,000 miles and love it , because I think, Art listened and knew what I wanted and knew the bike that would fit my want/ needs. I'm sure many dealers can do this for you, but I do appreacate the service and way I was treated, so I'm speaking up for the small local guy in WI. lj
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:34 PM   #15
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i grew up in beaver dam and went to mischler's all my life.
Its perfect I grew up in a Harley family but like bmw's.
Now my son likes harleys (he's 7)
Art has joked that my kids may be the first ones to buy a bike from him.
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