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Old 05-26-2012, 09:56 AM   #16
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GoodScoot 4 U

If you really want a worry free scoot then w/o a doubt buy a

I think most will agree, if they don't, then
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:02 AM   #17
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Great replies...makes perfect sense too about airing problems on a forum - DOH!

OK, so I'm heading to Reno Sierra BMW to see what they have!

Ask about the extended warranty. Trust me on this.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:09 AM   #18
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Don't get the extended warranty, trust me on this.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:42 AM   #19
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Like everyone has already stated, its the internet and people use it bitch more than praise.

Besides, if Ducati finally can put together a decent working bike, so can BMW, and they have been for alot longer than the Italians.

Buy with confidence, and im not even a fan of German engineering.
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:01 AM   #20
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Stinkin things, mine is broken too...well...maybe removing the bodywork to get it painted does not count as broken. Probably counts as stupid planning though.
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:20 AM   #21
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I've had two Oilheads that have gone tits up major on me.

Final drive on one, clutch splines on the other. (Poor maintenance on my behalf).

Guess what?

I bought another Oihead both times! I'm on my third in 12 years and about 200,000 miles.

It's about as good or bad as anything else.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:11 PM   #22
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THEY DONT!
230k on several 12GS's. 1 leaky rear shock replaced on wty. Currently riding solo in eastern europe on my '09 12GS.
Have been in 49 states and now 18 countries on them/yeah, there ok!
pffffftttttt....rookie
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:23 PM   #23
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Don't get the extended warranty, trust me on this.

You're right. I'd have much rather paid out of pocket for the $4400 in repairs my extended warranty handled.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:28 PM   #24
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The only fault I had in 45,000 miles was a lambda probe in the exhaust and even that didn't strand me at the roadside, just a lumpy response on the throttle
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:50 PM   #25
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gs breakdowns

Six years and 42,000 miles and absolutely no problems. I would ride this bike anywhere,and I have. Richard
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:09 PM   #26
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I've been wanting another GS for a few months so came back to ADV to start my search. I'm amazed at all the broken bike threads! I don't have thousands of $ to upgrade/modify/FIX a factory GS. So my enthusiasm is quickly draining for a bike, that while it has a loyal following, appears to spend more time down than being ridden!

So, should I drop my hunt for a GS/A and just go with the Yammie Tenere.......my enthusiasm for things German is fading.
And you own TWO Harleys?? Tell me about those . . .

Had an 07 GS, reliable as a stove. I was always impressed with it, so a '12 took it's place.

Spend enough time in ANY forum, and you'll be discouraged with any product, service or person. If the Internet was a portal on reality, everyone south of the Mason Dixon would be an idiot, everyone in New York would be a jerk, and all cities are populated with mask wearing thieves.

Test ride some bikes, let your own perceptions be your guide. BMWs might not be the most 'sexy', but they've been the most reliable for me and many others.

Also, it depends how you care for your bike. I see lots of members here bragging how they never wash their bikes, pics of them on their sides. A few weeks go by, and they start a thread like 'my bike has a problem. . . .'. Go figure.
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:10 PM   #27
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The silent and vast majority are out enjoying trouble free miles (and not posting). The very few unlucky ones have the time to post ;)
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:17 PM   #28
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02 gsa

Just dropped in to check on cost to have splines replaced? Had to laugh when I saw this post. My 02 GSA only has 22K and a major repair just 2K ago for clutch and trans seals. Have a sinking feeling when the repair was done the splines or something wasn't done right? Just a guess. Headed out this AM to work when a slow ratcheting sound quickly increased and the engine quit. As I was coasting to side of the road at 40 mph I pulled in the clutch and then the wheel locked up and she came to a halt. Was able to shift it into neutral to roll the bike to a safe spot. Ruling out FD and most likely the trans as well. The clutch lever locked up for an hour or so then loosened up some. Very strange sounds pulling it in coming from the clutch.

My GSA has never let me down and take it on many back road rides. Yes, it gets dirty most of those limited 22K miles we've had it. We love the way it hauls gear and us to out of the way places in comfort. I'll probably buy another if need be or if the cost is too much to fix this 02. What drives me nuts is I really like this bike and don't want / need to spend the $ for a replacement. Time will tell. Sucks having a DNF GSA sitting idol right now. But shit happens.....
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:27 PM   #29
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So, should I drop my hunt for a GS/A and just go with the Yammie Tenere.......my enthusiasm for things German is fading.[/QUOTE]

I did.
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:55 PM   #30
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Its the nature of the internet sir or mam. Very few people sit around forums and make threads such as "Day 813. Bike is still great. Discuss!".

Over on xs400 there's maybe half a dozen guys that regularly post to give people advice/info about the bikes. The rest of the population there pop in with problems or to ask questions. A few working on projects.
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