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Old 02-22-2013, 05:40 PM   #1
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RT 1150 vs 1200

I am going to Alaska. Hopefully this Summer. I am looking for a GS to take me there because I don't want to take my K1600GT. With the K1600, I can't afford to spend a lot of $$ on a bike. I have my eye on a few bikes:

1. 2004 R1150GSA with 90,000 miles for $5700.00 It has luggage, sergeant seat, crash bars, Olins etc. Just serviced. There is nothing to add.

2. 2006 R1150GSA limited edition 45K for $8700.00 nothing to add but maybe shocks (still stock)

3. 2008 R1200GSA no ABS, No ESA, No on board computer. The owner wanted no issues. It has all of the other add ons. Nothing to add. 35K $12,500

Bike 1 is right within the budget. Has everything I need. Jump on and go.
Bike 2 is stretching it to pay cash. One owner, belonged to a Marine. Might have to buy shocks.
Bike 3 is ideal but I would have to finance a part of it. I like it because it does not have much to break.

I am new to BMW, but not to bikes. I don't know that much about the GS series other than watching the Long Way down/round series.

I have read about the FD issues, fuel strips, ABS, etc. I would really welcome some opinions. This will be my first time to Alaska. I have ridden enduro bikes before and a lot off road. I just don't want to break down in the middle of no where and have to pay through the butt to get my bike fixed.

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Old 02-22-2013, 11:56 PM   #2
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I've owned 1100, 1150 and 1200's.

They'll all do the job. Buy the cheapest and spend the rest on having a good time.
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:50 AM   #3
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#3 - those are hard to find, I think they were a small run made for the BMW schools but are you sure it's a GS Adventure or a GS, the one I looked at awhile back was a GS.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:14 AM   #4
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#3 - those are hard to find, I think they were a small run made for the BMW schools but are you sure it's a GS Adventure or a GS, the one I looked at awhile back was a GS.
Yes, the guy ordered it that way because he was going on a long trip and didn't wanted to the bike as simple as possible (less to fail)
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:19 AM   #5
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Why don't you want to take your 1600GT? There's a ride report of a couple guys that rode theirs up to Alaska last summer. Seems like it would be a comfortable ride.


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Old 02-23-2013, 07:48 AM   #6
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I own a 1150GSA and a 1200GSA. I would take the 1150. For what ever reason i like riding that one on gravel/offroad more. Buying the 1150 gives you extra money for the trip + you can swap out a F/D bearing in an hour on the 1150.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:28 AM   #7
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I like the idea of the 1150, maybe a slightly greater chance of something going wrong like the FD but much, much cheaper and easier to fix than most anything on the 1200. For the record I have a 1200 but looked long and hard for an 1150, never found a great one and got a great deal on my 1200 but would have preferred the 1150, the one with 45k miles sounds promising!
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:20 AM   #8
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20 years ago when I had a R100 GS Paris Dakar I rode it from WA back to Ohio and on the way back the oil cooler took a rock and started leaking in Iowa. I made it to a Honda dealer in Storm Lake and we found a hose at the local auto parts store bypassed the oil cooler. Rode back home with no problems and got another oil cooler put on. BTW someone did make a bypass for the remote oil cooler.

BMWs are great, pretty reliable bikes but the dealer support can be sparse in the middle of the country, but thats why BMW MOA puts out the "Anonoymus Book" for help on the road and of course the internet helps a lot where you can get a signal.
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