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Old 01-24-2015, 07:35 PM   #1
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2012 GSA Known Issues

G'Day Ladies and Gents, I was hoping I may lean on you good people for some assistance regards a GSA I am very interested in buying. By way of introduction, I am an Aussie (which means 1) I am mad and 2) I like beer) aside from these obvious flaws, I love riding motorcycles and have been riding, racing and building them for nigh on 40 years.

Ok, so, here's the thing. I currently live in an Asian country where the lose collection of criminals and thieves aka the government, see fit to impose such massive import duties on bikes (and cars) as to make prices astronomical. As an example, a 4-5 year old GSA here wil cost as much as a brand new 2015 in the US. Its like being arse raped and being asked to bring your own Vaseline. This is not appealing at all! That said, there is no other choice so I guess its a case of closing ones eyes and thinking of England. Yikes!

Seriously however, I would very much appreciate any input into known issues with the 2012 GSA that I should look out for. Any and all help and advice would be awesome. If I get this wrong, the Minister for War & Finance, also known as my darling wife, will no doubt whip me repeatedly with a random bike chain..............and probably enjoy it!

Thanks all, much appreciated.

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Old 01-24-2015, 08:10 PM   #2
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Same bike Same question

Dragon I just picked up the same bike (R1200GSA, 2012), with 5,000 miles, drove it 2,000 miles to get it home with no issues yet. In the process of changing out all the liquids in the bike to have a common base for the bike. I'll be interested in what you hear from folks as I have the same question as I'd like to address any known issues before a planned trip this coming summer.

Good luck,

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Old 01-24-2015, 08:30 PM   #3
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Cheers Jerry, Im looking fwd to some input from the forum members. Congrats on the purchase mate! Hope to have some pics of my own up soon.
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:35 PM   #4
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The late model Camheads are bullet proof. 10.5k round trip to Alaska and back with nothing more than a rear tire change. I was on an '11 GSA and my buddy was on a '12 GSA.
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:52 PM   #5
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Just over 22, 200 miles on mine and not a hitch.

It just runs...fresh oil every 6k miles...ride, rinse, repeat.

I adjusted valves at 6k, no adjustments. 12k, 1 valve was out a bit...new shim. 18k, all good. 24k coming up soon and I doubt they'll need adjustments.

Maintenance is not finicky, imo. Lots of internet rumors how they are sooo needy. I call BS. Change fluids just like any other bike and it will give you great service.

The 2012 and 2013 are the last of the greats!!! That being said, I refuse to ride the new LC models.

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Old 01-24-2015, 09:01 PM   #6
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What he said! Love mine to death. 36k on a 2011 and 8k now on a2012
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Old 01-24-2015, 09:04 PM   #7
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Thanks gents. Im a big fan of regular new, high quality oils and certainly not scared to get the hands dirty!
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Old 01-25-2015, 01:25 AM   #8
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I'm a long time oil head rider, but if i was to update it would be a cam head, largely because i can still maintain it myself. If only i could find one without esa etc. Lemme guess you are living in malaysia or thailand??
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Old 01-25-2015, 01:53 AM   #9
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I'm a long time oil head rider, but if i was to update it would be a cam head, largely because i can still maintain it myself. If only i could find one without esa etc. Lemme guess you are living in malaysia or thailand??
Yep. A new 2014 GSA is approx USD42K here. Bastards.
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Old 01-25-2015, 04:05 AM   #10
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50,000 on my 2011 1200GSA (same bike). No issues other than normal maintenance. They don't have the fuel strip issues or final drive issues that older ones had.
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:53 AM   #11
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The only problem with my GSA is it keeps convincing me I can go places that look too difficult!
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Old 01-25-2015, 06:49 PM   #12
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The only problem I have had is a crappy seat. Just stay current on fluids.
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:38 AM   #13
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The only problem I have had is a crappy seat. Just stay current on fluids.
Mate, I ride Harleys, everything is crap. A GSA will be like heaven in comparison!
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:24 PM   #14
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Mate, I ride Harleys, everything is crap. A GSA will be like heaven in comparison!
True that....wife and I were using a Street Glide as the touring rig...owned the FLHX and GSA for a full year together - one ride on the GSA and the wifey never wanted on the back of anything else. Neither did I really...batwing fairing sucked for me and the ride quality was no where near a GSA.

Granted the FLHX has a 1 inch lower suspension than the other Touring models...but still. And we're "lightweights" (I'm 180, she's 105) compared to a lot of HD riders....no disrespect meant to anyone....just seems to be the way it is. So, point being, we shouldn't have been stressing the suspension!
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Old 01-26-2015, 02:59 PM   #15
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I have over 50,000 mi on mine. Two issues I had was heat went out on right grip and gasket leak between trans and engine. Both were fixed under warranty. Caught the leak very early and no contamination into clutch. I guess that could be a spendy issue out of warranty since the bike needs to split in half.
Other than that, love this bike.
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