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Old 10-15-2012, 03:34 AM   #16
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Simple answer. No.

The Varadero is built like a hammer. I had a BMW 1150GS, bought used with 33,000 miles on it. Corrosion was an issue and the FD had play come first MOT i had to try and get it through. I cut my losses and sold it.

Buy a set of cans for the Honda and let rip!
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:17 AM   #17
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It seems to me you paid too much for the bike in the first place. You must have made the seller very happy. But, now that it's done I'd say it's a keeper. Being both a previous Honda and BMW owner, I'd say Honda on reliability and cost of service is the frontrunner. And, if your not fixing it yourself, that's what really counts.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:39 AM   #18
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go to a dealership and ride one. hammer the gearbox and you'll know why you love the 'dero
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:07 AM   #19
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OP is not in North America (no 2011 Varadero here even in Canada). So we cannot compare prices with North American prices.

You can get new 2010s here for around $11k plus taxes etc.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:15 AM   #20
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Honda Varadero vs. BMW R1150GS

Same problem. :)
I have a beautiful Varadero (2006 with FI and only ABS) with perfect condition. Odometer: 64000 km (40000 miles).

The Dero is a gorgeous bike, reliable, powerful but boring (IMO) and so heavy. The bike is fit for me (I am 6'7 tall) but it is doing like a pig in heavy traffic (slow speed). And the Vara has poor running gear.

The problem is I like the flat twin too.

I am thinking of exchange my Honda with a ten years old R1150GS with perfect condition (ODO: 49000 km ~ 30600 miles). My friend's bike with verifiable past.

Like adi.barda: "My brain says: stay with the Varadero, my stomach screams go for the GS". :)
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:56 PM   #21
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Dealer!

Here was blowing out new 2010 Deros at $9999. couple of years ago.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:11 PM   #22
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I own an 1150GSA and have ridden (and have friends who own) the Veradero. I like them both but i got the GSA with 10,000km for half the cost. There is a 'dero here on the floor of my local dealer and everytime i go there i look a it and wonder if i made the right choice but everytime i ride the big German girl..i am good with my decision.
From your post i think i hear a hint of longing because it is the standard to which most people set their marks from but it is just a compilation of a box of mechanical parts. No more...no less. Be happy that you have a very capable machine and get out there and ride it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:45 AM   #23
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Here was blowing out new 2010 Deros at $9999. couple of years ago.
Still is!
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:13 AM   #24
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Finally

Well, I finally traded my Varadero to a 2010 KTM Adventure R. What a bike!!! the best I've ever had. Superb engine, transmission & suspensions out of this world. Truly amazing bike. will never ever replace it.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:50 AM   #25
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Well, I finally traded my Varadero to a 2010 KTM Adventure R. What a bike!!! the best I've ever had. Superb engine, transmission & suspensions out of this world. Truly amazing bike. will never ever replace it.
Well, it seems the problem solved.

Congratulations for your new bike. May I ask you why the KTM and not the Beemer?
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:55 AM   #26
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Just luck I guess. I got a really good price on my Dero from the dealer which had KTM ADV in very good condition and low mileage. The KTM was my dream bike for long time but couldn't afford it.
I think the GS12 is slight better for 2 up on road riding but the KTM is far better for off-road use. Also the KTM looks like a much more simple machine and I like that. After riding the KTM i'm not looking at anything else
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