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Old 05-12-2012, 07:11 PM   #481
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Just bought mine today. Harry at Champion BMW in Charleston was great to deal with. Thanks Tim in Greenville for your time, and Cindy in Charlotte? You never called me back? I guess you have more sales than you can keep up with.

I only have about a hundred miles on but so far I like it.
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:53 PM   #482
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Well let the journey begin! I signed papers today and will pick up Tuesday! Can't wait!
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:56 PM   #483
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Sertao Panniers

Does anyone have any pointers as far as getting my best bang for the buck on panniers for my Sertao? Will the standard GS 650 Panniers fit on my Sertao? Any information is greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:49 PM   #484
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2012 klr otd

I'm picking up a 2012 KLR this Saturday. The OTD price at the dealer is $6,693.09 before the $250 cash card I get from Costco, and the $250 Show Bucks cash back I get from Kawisaki for test riding the KLR, for a net OTD of $6,193.09.

I put 79,000 miles on a 2001 F650GS single. I just don't see the BMW being worth almost $4,000 more than my KLR. I mostly ride on paved roads so the 21" front wheel on the BMW Sertao is also a negative on paved roads.

Hope you all enjoy your new BMW as much as I enjoy my new KLR and the $4,000 I have for accessories, gas and travel expenses.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:10 PM   #485
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Does anyone have any pointers as far as getting my best bang for the buck on panniers for my Sertao? Will the standard GS 650 Panniers fit on my Sertao? Any information is greatly appreciated.
FIgure out how your going to use them. You have hard/soft choices. Hard obviously retains shape/function when empty. Soft carry mostly the same volume but well, they're floppy empty. Check out wolfman and giant loop for soft panniers. I use mine off road and take off when not in use. Some leave the hard panniers on full time.

Trax are a cheaper hard option all the way up to the Jessies or Pelicans. And yes, the F (pre-g) and later G panniers will fit.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:45 PM   #486
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I'm picking up a 2012 KLR this Saturday. The OTD price at the dealer is $6,693.09 before the $250 cash card I get from Costco, and the $250 Show Bucks cash back I get from Kawisaki for test riding the KLR, for a net OTD of $6,193.09.

I put 79,000 miles on a 2001 F650GS single. I just don't see the BMW being worth almost $4,000 more than my KLR. I mostly ride on paved roads so the 21" front wheel on the BMW Sertao is also a negative on paved roads.

Hope you all enjoy your new BMW as much as I enjoy my new KLR and the $4,000 I have for accessories, gas and travel expenses.
Enjoy your new KLR, I had an '02 and it was a good bike. I still have my DR 650 and it is a good bike. I can afford the extra $4000 for the Sertao and I can afford to buy extras too. You can spend some of that $4000 you saved on a smaller front wheel for the KLR since you find the 21" to be a` negative. Save some $ for oil, the KLR tends to use a little at highway speeds. No big deal just check your oil level daily on trips.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:12 PM   #487
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I'm loving this Setao, went back country riding today, I was very impressed, the shocks never bottomed out even blasting over the washboard.

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Old 05-14-2012, 08:53 PM   #488
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Does anyone have any pointers as far as getting my best bang for the buck on panniers for my Sertao? Will the standard GS 650 Panniers fit on my Sertao? Any information is greatly appreciated.
I fitted the TRAX panniers and they have worked out very well 16,000km so far with no problems even surviving a couple of spills with only minor cosmetic damage
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:34 AM   #489
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Does anyone have any pointers as far as getting my best bang for the buck on panniers for my Sertao? Will the standard GS 650 Panniers fit on my Sertao? Any information is greatly appreciated.
I picked up the pannier rack from Touratech partially because they're great for supporting the bike when it goes down on its side. A rattle can of black and they look as good as new.

As for the racks, when I want, I attach Ortlieb quick release soft moto bags. Fit great, easy on and off, repairable, waterproof (even after getting banged around), flexible enough to cram into another bag and large enough to cram more bags in there to increase capacity.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:06 PM   #490
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I couldn't find the regular G650GS thread so I posting here.

I'm going to go test ride a sertao and a regular g650gs tomorrow. If I buy one, i twill never go offroad, so is there any benefit for me to pay the extra for the sertao?
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:36 PM   #491
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Prob not but ride both anyway. It's your bike mate.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:36 PM   #492
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I couldn't find the regular G650GS thread so I posting here.

I'm going to go test ride a sertao and a regular g650gs tomorrow. If I buy one, i twill never go offroad, so is there any benefit for me to pay the extra for the sertao?
I would say no. With its 19" front wheel the stock GS turns quicker, it has enough suspension travel to iron out bumpy roads nicely and the convenience of tubeless wheels cannot be overstated when it comes to fixing a flat. You can always add the taller "Dakar" seat if you find the stock GS to be too low. And the money you save going with the stock GS can fund some nice suspension upgrades if and when that time comes.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:51 PM   #493
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^^^ I agree, I would just go for the Standard G650GS and save some coin. I had no interest in the standard G650GS, but that is because I plan on using mine primarily off pavement. The standard G650 is really designed for primary road use, so you are right on the mark.

That being said, the Sertao looks better (IMO) and would probably sell faster, hence retain its value more, but that's the only reason I could see you getting the Sertao. For whatever its worth, my dealer was willing to negotiate heavily on the G650 price, but would not budge on the price of the Sertao.
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I fitted the TRAX panniers and they have worked out very well 16,000km so far with no problems even surviving a couple of spills with only minor cosmetic damage
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:38 PM   #495
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So I test ride one today, it felt tamer than my dr650 at low rpm. Had more top end though for sure. I didn't like the wind screen, it hit my helmet just wrong so I had a lot of buffeting and noise. I'm guessing that's removable?

Still considering it because of the ABS. I thought I was going to switch to a vstrom 650 abs, but the insurance on them is like 3x the insurance on the g650gs, so I'm back to considering the bmw for that reason.
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