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Old 02-21-2013, 05:50 PM   #1
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2007 GS1200 1000 miles

Alright. Someone sell me on a 2007 GS 1200 with less than 1000 miles. Comes with BMW hard cases all around and a tank bag. In like new condition. He is asking 12,500 and not a penny less. Just sold my 2008 Honda GL1800 Wing in fall. Bought hoping wife would want to do long trips...she wasn't interested. Likes all day rides around town though, but I will be the only one on it most of the time. Goldwing was an awesome affair but it will not get used as intended. Bikes I've owned: 600 Katana, 650 Vstrom, 1100 Shadow, Honda ST1100, 1800 Wing. I really liked the V-Strom, ST and Wing(gotta love tunes). I like the off road capabilities of an adventure bike but the St and Wing sure were smooth.
V-Strom was fun but my hands were numb after 40 miles.

Me thinks an AD bike will fit my requirements. How is the ride though and is a 2007 1200 with just shy of 1000 miles for $12500 a good deal?

p.s... I am not afraid to turn wrenches so I'm not worried about DIY maintenance and fixes short of serious fails. Are there any I should be concerned about with the GS in 2007?

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Old 02-21-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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Great year. Had a standard GS in silver, was hands down the smoothest bike I've owned to date. Traded it in on a 2012, still miss it for some subtle reasons. Non-servo ABS and simple suspension made it a good year for those appreciating reliability.

Bad thing Is that people who own them tend to rack up miles. The good is that with good care (mechanical and cosmetic), a few miles don't mean much. The GS breaks in after 10,000 miles and only gets better.

Good luck. Don't forget to search CycleTrader and other oddball sources since I have seen low mile bikes owned by pilots and doctors who just didn't have time to ride them.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:01 PM   #3
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Was ABS standard?
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:03 PM   #4
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Forgot to mention it comes with a Garmin GPS w/ Bluetooth.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:13 PM   #5
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Too few miles. Dry seals, tires, mechanical things don't like sitting. I honestly would wonder about it being reliable.

And for that price?

Shop the flea market here, you'll see the prices and goodies they come with.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:15 PM   #6
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Was ABS standard?
Yes, though you could get them without it. Standard GSA or GS Adventure?

I would personally prefer it to have around 6K miles. That way you would have the first major service done. The bike is out of warranty, so there was no time to find any defects and fix them under warranty.

At any rate, for a standard GS that is a decent price, but not great!

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Old 02-21-2013, 06:16 PM   #7
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ABS was optional for(I think) around $1000. Heated grips, hand guards and cast wheels were a common package.

If the bike speaks to you, get it. By 2007, the bugs were worked out of the first 1200GS. In 2008, the compression was raised and a 5hp bump. I thought the bike felt rougher at idle in 2008 with little discernible improvement in power. Ironically, my 07 felt smooth right up until the 4500 range that plagues all 12Gs'

Simple bike to maintain and wrench. Everything's out in the open, and beyond the few recalls (brake line routing, ring antenna and fuel pump gasket) it's dead simple. Keep up on the final drive maintenance to prevent anything in that area.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:33 PM   #8
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My '07 with abs was an early built, September '06 unit. I mention this because '07 was the first year the 1200 GS abs didn't have the servos. I don't recall the exact mileage but my abs failed with less than 10k miles. Warranty covered the expensive replacement.

I've read on this site about a couple of other '07 models where the abs failed early on. I would be willing to bet they were early production units with the new non-servo abs. If this bike's build date isn't early then I wouldn't sweat the abs.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:54 PM   #9
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Great replies. Keep them coming.. I emailed the seller for more info per your replies.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:55 PM   #10
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Also... how ould I know when the unit was built? VIN???
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:14 PM   #11
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Also... how ould I know when the unit was built? VIN???
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=836736

68. HOW CAN I TELL WHEN MY BIKE WAS ACTUALLY BUILT? AND...A LOT OF OTHER DATA ABOUT YOUR SPECIFIC BIKE!
http://www.bmw-z1.com/VIN/VINdecode-e.cgi
...OR...
http://www.bmwarchiv.de/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html

You'll need the VIN to proceed.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:32 PM   #12
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I'm a low mileage maniac.

I would buy that bike. It's basically brand new for almost half price.

We just paid $11000 for a 6000 miles 2006, for Colleen to replace her 1150. Low miles are always good.
I was an Auto/Moto/Vehicle Dealer for over 35 years. Poppa says "You are never in trouble with a low mile unit, someone will always want to buy it from you"....it's true. I've got as much as $2000 over book for low milers, just throw the book away...that's a new bike!

Could there be problems? Of course. I'd look for how it was stored and used. The tires may be too old to use, take a good look at ALL the rubber, you'll see if it's bad/brittle/affected.

To me that's a cherry find. I go nuts for that stuff.

I'm looking for a Garage Queen right now as a keeper for myself. Within 500 miles of 91711 California. $8500-$12,500. I sure do like the non servo, regular suspended versions, and would probably step up for the right machine!
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:35 PM   #13
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Conveniently I was on this page 5 minutes ago. Here you go.



This is excellent condition, from a dealer. 2 caveats, a dealer usually gets a little more than a private sale. However the average mileage for the bike of this vintage is about 22k according to KBB, so yours is a lot less than that.

My personal opinion(this being the Internet and all) is that if there was ever a bike that I would worry about having too FEW miles on it, it woulda be this one.

I would pass.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:49 PM   #14
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does that year have servo brakes?
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:20 PM   #15
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does that year have servo brakes?
No.

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