BMW GS1200 Adventure

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  1. Diesel Fumes

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    BMW 1200GS Adventure

    I had a chance to ride a 1200GS street bike this past weekend. it was great.

    Anyone here live with a 1200GS adventure who would like to tell me about it? Is it worth buying one new or used?

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    id say my favourite bike ever :bowdown:
     
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  2. Thunderbear

    Thunderbear Yggdrasil's Forester.

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    That is a sexy fucking beast. Almost competes with my favorite:

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    Marine motherfucking motorcyle messenger bike :boink:
     
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    Great bike for adventure riding but it's a beast. Heavy as hell so it's not for a small rider (over 500lbs wet, not counting what you pack). It's also a wrestling match in anything more than fire roads or dirt trails if you aren't a muscular guy.

    If all you're going to do though is ride roads, then it falls into the "ok" catagory, many more suitable bikes that outdo it for road touring at alot less cost.

    Now, if you are going to do true adventure riding where trails are part of it and you're going long distances, it's up there in the top 3. Although there are many other "adventure" bikes out that are cheaper. BMW also means more expensive parts. So weigh that as well.

    If you're a lighter/smaller rider and long distances aren't what you are planning on, then look at the 650-800cc adventure bikes.
     
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    The "bags" on that bike are hideous!

    One BMW I do really want to ride is the R1200C
     
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    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    What size is the tank?
    Edit: 8.72 gallons. Fuck
     
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    I do hate the panier style luggage too but it's designed to be beaten to hell and back and it does the job.
     
  7. Diesel Fumes

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    I would punch babies in the face to be able to have one of those.
     
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    better start saving then, they are supposed to be releasing a civilian model soon. It's been delayed due to higher military orders, but it's coming...

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    1200GS is dead sexy
     
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    Ghost Load i'll see your kidcarson and geekboy and raise you OT Supporter

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    gs fan here. i want to replace my tiger with one. bmw's are twice as expensive but four times as nice. they are also designed to be driven daily where most other motorcycles are simply recreational use. this is much more apparant in the road bike models. oh. btw those bags are goregous.
     
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    It's the exact same bike as the F650. even the engine is the same, just detuned a bit more on the 650.
     
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    Go for the 1200
     
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    BMW's crowning achievement is the 1200.
    the 650/800 has a few goodies, but the market for that cc range has many others at alot less cost where the technology isn't that different.
    (and the 1200 will have alot more competition this year as well)
     
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    BMW's last forever, which is really nice. And that is a sexy bike.
    I would ditch the side bags, and get street tires, and go ride everywhere on it.
    That bike is too nice to take offroad. haha
     
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    I prefer the 650, lighter, more responsive, easier to handle, and cheaper. I want to try the 800 and see what it's like.
     
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    [​IMG]> that tank
     
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    Fuck the 650 and its rotax engine.
    It's either the 800 or nothing.
     
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    That was my first bike ever. I bought it off the showroom floor, put about 10k miles on it then bought a Harley Crossbones. The BMW has been sitting in my garage for 6 months now with only 1 ride. Compared to the cross bones, it sucks. I love the looks of the R1200C but damn, it's not much fun to ride when you've ridden other bikes.
     
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    The 1200GS Adventure was nicknamed "The Mother Ship" because of it's 8 gallon gas tank. I sat on one and it seemed comfortable enough but son of a bitch it rides high. I'm a full 6' tall maybe more and I can only reach the ground on my tip toes.

    I love the looks minus the square bags. Don't know how it rides but I would suggest taking it for some serious test rides before you buy it. My R1200C has a NASTY habit of almost dumping me at very low speeds while turning. I don't know what it is but I'll be turning slowly and in full control, then all of a sudden, it's like someone pushed the bike over and it damn near falls. I've never experienced this with any other bike ever. I think it has something to do with the boxer engine but I dunno.
     
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    Sounds like you've solved the problem. 8 gallons? fuck me.. that mother must run forever.
     
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    lol I solved it by buying a HD but that's not really solving the problem at all.

    You know, I really wanted to love that bike and I guess I always will but now that I've ridden the cream puff HD, I don't think I'll ever go back.
     

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