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Old 09-27-2012, 10:22 AM   #17566
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Just figured I'd share this spot with ya, seeing as I just had to replace my 5 year old factory battery....
http://www.batterystuff.com/powerspo...sYTX14-BS.html

seems like they have very competitive pricing, and a lot of choices....and they said 4 days max from Or. to Ohio
I always bought Odyssey sealed batteries down in Colonial Hts, from that battery warehouse place, but that wasn't in the cards from my current location....
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For anyone using these folks, they ship fast!!!!
I called my order in 9/25 @ 10 a.m. east coast time....
the batt arrived today @ 9:10 a.m., here in Ohio on the lake.....
Medford Oregon to Ohio 72 hours...And FREE shipping to boot.....wow
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:37 AM   #17567
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1200GS on CL...

So....I'm doing the S500 in a couple of weeks on the DRZ, enjoying short rides on the ZRX1200 and racing the YZ250 in VCHSS every now and then. But I've never had a 1200GS, and I've ridden with the Richmond BMW club a few times, plus others..... What's you're guys thoughts on a 2005 and up model ? What should I look for ? Is the one listed locally a good deal ?

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Old 09-27-2012, 10:44 AM   #17568
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Blue,

The 1200 GS is a great all a rounder. I am partial to the 07, you get a ton of the older benefits without the electric brakes. Stop by any time and take mine out for a spin. PM for details. Also dig around the oilhead forum there a bunch for great guys and this has been addressed many times over.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:51 AM   #17569
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:43 AM   #17570
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So....I'm doing the S500 in a couple of weeks on the DRZ, enjoying short rides on the ZRX1200 and racing the YZ250 in VCHSS every now and then. But I've never had a 1200GS, and I've ridden with the Richmond BMW club a few times, plus others..... What's you're guys thoughts on a 2005 and up model ? What should I look for ? Is the one listed locally a good deal ?

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2005 has servo brakes. PITA in my opinion.

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The 1200 GS is a great all a rounder. I am partial to the 07, you get a ton of the older benefits without the electric brakes. Stop by any time and take mine out for a spin. PM for details. Also dig around the oilhead forum there a bunch for great guys and this has been addressed many times over.
+1 on this. 07'- 09' are safe bets.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:37 PM   #17571
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1. Don't be afraid of a GS with 50,000+ miles, from what I understand, most FD issues occur by then if they are going to occur.
2. Pay a mechanic to go over it. Don't worry if Guy tells you it's a piece of $hit, he hates all BMW's and thinks that ALL of them are POS. Ask him if it's a POS that is mechanically sound, LOL!
3. Read this: http://www.clarity.net/adam/buying-bike.html
4. Negotiate a price based on servicing needs, tire, brake, etc condition. Be willing to adust price some if it has thousands of dollars in farkles (bags, lights, GPS, windsheild, aftermarket saddle, etc) included.
5. My bike is a 2005 with power brakes. I hated the thought of them before owning this bike. Now, I love them. 100 mph to zero stops occur so fast and easy that it can literally turn your stomach! It's like a carrier landing! I'm not joking, ask around!
6. The local bike in question is a '07 (considered one of the best years to own due to no power brakes, threaded valve adjustments and good history) It has $1500 worth of luggage, $200 in headlight/oil cooler guards, spoke wheels ($500 upgrade) which are a VERY nice to have and only has 23,000 miles. As far as price...I'll stay out of that and avoid any trouble with buyer/seller. Do some research and decide for yourself. I've seen nice, loaded '06-07's go in the $9500-10500 range so I don't think you are far off. Happy hunting....
http://richmond.craigslist.org/mcy/3289340871.html


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Old 09-27-2012, 12:50 PM   #17572
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Sorry if I wrinkled you about the 05' Eddie. I found mine to be annoying.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:52 PM   #17573
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Thanks Guys, and thanks Eddie. I've been told you have done quite a bit of impressive riding with your GS, it'd be great to catch up sometime and chat. My focus lately has been woods racing although I have the 17's on my DRZ now and am putting some time on it before the S500, the poor thing has sat while I race the YZ. My ZRX has been a fun bike to scoot around on but I've always wanted to try a GS........

So here goes nothing.....off to find another bike, and to sell the Kawasaki.

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Old 09-27-2012, 01:02 PM   #17574
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Blue,

The nice thing about a GS is that once you buy one everything seems like a compromise. I used to want for bikes but now that I have the GS a want for riding time! Of course these statements hold true whenever you find the perfect bike. For some the perfect bike is a GS for others its a Strom, a KTM 990, or a Connie it just depends on were your gonna ride and your personal style. For me its a GS all the way.

PS Eddy is right about the servo brakes they will stop you so fast it will make you puke, but so will the maintenance and the replacement cost if the pump fails.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:03 PM   #17575
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...off to find another bike, and to sell the Kawasaki.

Whatever Loftis, LOL. I have thicker skin than to get mad or cry if you don't like my (better than your) brakes!

So my friend, tell me about this ZRX you mentioned...? You see, I am a frequently relapsing sufferer of MBD (Multiple bike disorder) Yes, it's a sickness, I know...But really, inquiring minds want to know...tell me more! Pictures? LOL!

+1 what Andrew says...after 45+ bikes, the GS is my favorite! I've had it over a year, that should say something when most bikes only "visit" my garage for a few months.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:08 PM   #17576
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Whatever Loftis, LOL. I have thicker skin than to get mad or cry if you don't like my (better than your) brakes!

So my friend, tell me about this ZRX you mentioned...? You see, I am a frequently relapsing sufferer of MBD (Multiple bike disorder) Yes, it's a sickness, I know...But really, inquiring minds want to know...tell me more! Pictures? LOL!

+1 what Andrew says...after 45+ bikes, the GS is my favorite! I've had it over a year, that should say something when most bikes only "visit" my garage for a few months.
I would never wish or try to make you cry about your Tom Servo brakes Eddie. I on the other hand have very thin skin due to my non powered brakes
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:05 PM   #17577
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+1 what Andrew says...after 45+ bikes, the GS is my favorite! I've had it over a year, that should say something when most bikes only "visit" my garage for a few months.
Eddy, goes through bikes like postmen go through shoes. He did talk about selling the GS to get another bike once, but it didn't happen. I think he talked himself out of it since, he kept saying he had rides planned that the other bike just could not do.

After tomorrow I'll be broke but own a garage (and house). That means it will be some time before I can fund another bike. Luckily I have 2 and ordered tires last night. They were an early house warming gift to myself.

Are there any rides this weekend? I feel like getting the WR out for a little exploring since last weekend it got fixed.

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Old 09-28-2012, 06:49 AM   #17578
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I can understand that you've made plans to meet former compatriots from work at the Pinewood Inn. I kind of wonder how many are up for a RTE this week anyway.

I vote for Pinewood Inn this week and move City Dogs to next week.
+1 and what time??? Im new to the RTE made it to the Alamo tho....
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:52 AM   #17579
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+1 and what time??? Im new to the RTE made it to the Alamo tho....
11:30 seems to be the favorite time, and that's when I will be there.

Look forward to meeting you.

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Old 09-28-2012, 07:01 AM   #17580
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11:30 seems to be the favorite time, and that's when I will be there.

Look forward to meeting you.

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Can't make it today.. y'all get in there and do us proud.
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