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Old 07-18-2013, 07:53 AM   #1
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Buying Advice - 2008 1200GS

My local dealer has this 08 1200GS, full service history, 31K miles and I am in negotiations to buy. I have them at 10K plus TTL. Based on the flea market and Craigslist research this appears to be a good deal. It's got most of the right farkles on it except for engine guards. Touratech GPS mount, ram mount for a radar detector?, all 3 cases, upgraded foot pegs (unknown brand), Rox risers.

It has ABS, ASC and heated grips. NO ESA.

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Old 07-18-2013, 08:23 AM   #2
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What are you waiting for? Sounds like a quality reasonably low mileage machine with good farkles on it at a good price!

The 08 is one of the best of the Hexheads!

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PS You list of accessories is lacking. There is more on the bike than you mentioned.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:30 AM   #3
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What are you waiting for? Sounds like a quality reasonably low mileage machine with good farkles on it at a good price!

The 08 is one of the best of the Hexheads!

Jim

PS You list of accessories is lacking. There is more on the bike than you mentioned.
Thanks for that. I did see that extra light on the left side and didn't think it was stock. Is there anything else I'm missing?
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:32 AM   #4
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What are you waiting for? Sounds like a quality reasonably low mileage machine with good farkles on it at a good price!

The 08 is one of the best of the Hexheads!

Jim

PS You list of accessories is lacking. There is more on the bike than you mentioned.
Definitely .

It looks almost exactly like the '08 I had, except for a few different farkles.
Great bike.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:36 AM   #5
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It also has the clutch and brake reservoir protectors $90 appx, a TT windscreen extension $100 Appx, a Throttlemeister throttle lock $140 appx, the GS Adv engine guards, $200 appx (These are not very good on their own as they will smash out of shape pretty easily. They work better with a crash bar), and factory wire wheels, the base GS came with cast, the wires were an upgrade of $500.

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Old 07-18-2013, 08:44 AM   #6
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The pegs look like stock pegs with rubber inserts, but I can't tell for sure.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:46 AM   #7
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I'm with Jim, buy the bike and enjoy it.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:03 AM   #8
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The pegs look like stock pegs with rubber inserts, but I can't tell for sure.
They are Suburban Machinery pegs: http://www.suburban-machinery.com/R1200GS.html


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Old 07-18-2013, 10:04 AM   #9
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Me too. Good bike, good deal. Jump on it.

And, it's Namibia Orange, the best color. Why, the prestige alone of owning a Namibia Orange GS can't be measured in dollars, right? (old quote from Used Cars)
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:38 AM   #10
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Me too. Good bike, good deal. Jump on it.

And, it's Namibia Orange, the best color. Why, the prestige alone of owning a Namibia Orange GS can't be measured in dollars, right? (old quote from Used Cars)
Thanks everyone for the dissection. I do love the color and amazingly I am old enough to know the used car Kurt russel reference. Classic!
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:55 PM   #11
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Pulled the trigger, picking it up on Saturday. Thanks everyone.

My first ADV bike.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:59 PM   #12
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Pulled the trigger, picking it up on Saturday. Thanks everyone.

My first ADV bike.


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Old 07-19-2013, 12:23 AM   #13
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Pulled the trigger, picking it up on Saturday. Thanks everyone.

My first ADV bike.
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Go easy on the throttle until you're used to it. The Namibia Organge ones are known to be faster, too.

Congrats !!
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:52 AM   #15
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Pulled the trigger, picking it up on Saturday. Thanks everyone.

My first ADV bike.
Congratulations. It is the same colour as mine, Namibia Orange. I purchased mine in May 2008 and now have 26,000 km on the odometer, not a moments bother, a great machine. I purchased mine with all the luggage as well and quickly fitted H&B engine bars, a mud sling and fender extender.

I think the GSA head guards and spoke wheels on your machine are special, a great idea. Service it every 5,000 km (3000 miles) and you won't have any trouble. I use Castrol SAF XO in the gearbox and FD and change it annually with the break fluid as well. Just put new rear pads in mine, don't ya just love the balanced braking - not; if you ride aggressively the rear pads don't wear, if you ride sedately the rear pads wear quickly.

Enjoy.

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