2005 1200GS known issues?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Moto Vader, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Briggy

    Briggy Adventurer

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    Had my '05 since new and have done a reasonable amount of dirt riding including the Baja with over 87,000kms (50,000+ miles) on it. Only problem ever was a brake system warning after the bike was on its side for a couple of minutes... Turned out to be because the brake fluid reservoir was a tad low. I love it but the 07s had a number of improvements.
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  2. r'elise me

    r'elise me Been here awhile

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    Can anyone say if the 06 GS/GSAs had the same problems as the 05s or were the big problems resolved in late 05s? I'm looking at an 06 GSA and the comments here are concerning - bad FDs, transmissions, engine seals, brakes, ABS modules, wheel flanges - we're talking many, many, many thousands in repairs. Should I just pass on pre 08s?

    While we're at it, can a GS be converted to a GSA ride height? Do the late models' electrically adjustable suspensions negate having to mod the suspension like serious GS owners do on the older models? Is that option worthwhile on the latest models - as in worth spending extra $ to buy a newer one vs buying an older one and tricking out the suspension? Thanks!
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  3. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    what does one mean by "whizzy brakes"
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  4. IJM

    IJM Hinderant Backbenderz

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    I think that's a reference to the noise the servo assist pump makes for ABS equipped models.
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  5. Bob Southgate

    Bob Southgate Been here awhile

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    I bought my '05 brand new in July 2005 and it now has just over 40000 miles on the clock. Whilst under warranty I had some cosmetic issues and also two sets of front discs replaced because of warping. Since the warranty expired in July 2007 I have had to replace the following parts which are outside of the normal wear and tear items:-

    battery in June 2008
    battery in June 2011
    seal behind the alternator pulley in September 2012
    fuel pump controller in October 2012

    Not a very long list. It is still on the original final drive and there have been no issues with the servo brakes. I have changed the brake fluid every two years (Jim Von Badens DVD was a godsend) and I change the final drive fluid every 12000 miles.
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  6. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    Do you charge your battery when it isn't ridden? Just curious. My 08 is on it's original battery and I put it on a tender when it's in the garage. Batteries are like oil threads, charge, don't charge, defective batteries, cheap batteries, Odyssey
    batteries, etc...
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  7. Bob Southgate

    Bob Southgate Been here awhile

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    I was using the bike on a regular basis up to a year ago so I didn't feel the need to charge it on a regular basis, but I have been using my optimate charger more often to keep it topped up.
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  8. GSgeorge

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    I bought my '05 gs in 2009 with 28000 miles from a dealer(sjbmw),I now have 71000 trouble free miles!:1drink
    I can remember a final drive seal,thats it! Great bike
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  9. Grants

    Grants Been here awhile

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    I have 2005 GS, with almost 50 000km on it, and no major problems so far.
    ok I had some issues with final drive bearings, but I believe this was my, and my mechanic fault. Brakes are squealing, but so what? They are working fine, and I cannot imagine riding w/o ABS. Maybe it`s because I haven't reached expert off road riding level. The same story goes to servo brakes, well actually I like the, especially in "on road" conditions. From my point of view all you have to do before buying is to have a good inspection before buying and that`s it.
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  10. rebake

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    I just posted yesterday about mine being mostly trouble free.Today the battery went dead.Ed
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  11. espressoforyou

    espressoforyou Adventurer

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    I would look closely where the engine and transmission bolt together for signs of an oil leak. Might just be a very slight line of oil where the two parts join together. I have a 11-2004 build date 2005 r1200gs and have many, many, many counterbalance seal, engine output seal and transmission input seals go bad.
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  12. jolly green giant

    jolly green giant biggles

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    Two years ago I bought a 2005 with 6000km on the clock and it now has 17000km all on tarmac. The only problem so far has been the rear disc brake flange which I replaced as soon as I discovered lugs were damaged. Still has the original battery fitted and I do not have an optimizer. Very pleased with my bike but news about component failures is somewhat disconcerting.

    [​IMG]
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  13. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    if i'm not mistaken mine is not equipped with servo's. the 1150gs adventure has a year with servo's and I've seen a 1200gs with them. but mine (2005) does not.

    anyone know for sure which ones are equipped with them and which ones aren't?
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  14. Mike M

    Mike M Long-timer

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    I put about 12000 miles on my 2005----it was totaled in an accident (crazy incident) and I got a 2006 as a replacement. I remember having a couple of issues but really--they were rather minor so it wouldn't stop me if the 2005 you found has been serviced and maintained properly.

    The more concerning issue was the servo-brakes----although it's more of a preference issue. The whizzing sound is annoying, but on one particular occasion, when someone pulled out of a gas station and didn't see me---I grabbed hard on the brakes, the servos power assist did their job and saved my ass. I do recall having a brakes indicator come on and brake operation was limited, due to a brake system failure. I forget the specifics but it was related to the servos and covered under warranty. That was early on and no other issues with the brakes after that.

    The other issue was the early-version centerstand the 2005's came with----definitely more difficult to lift the GS up on it due to it's position and design. It was redesigned and my 2006 had the updated stand. Much easier to use. The early stand is easy to recognize with it curved crossover bar.

    Good luck with the purchase.:wink:
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  15. Martad00

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    I have an 05 and have put 20,000 miles on it with limited issues. The only real thing was the brake system telling me the ABS system wasn't working even though it was. One of those sensor errors that scare you real good for no reason.

    My dad has the 2008, and it has a few additional features, but I have been very happy with the 2005.
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  16. OkieTom

    OkieTom Been here awhile

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    I have a 2005 GS that I bought with 4000 miles on the clock, now has 52,000 trouble free miles. Basically just tires, and I have all service done at my dealer at recommended intervals.....
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  17. tom28734

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    I bought an 05 last spring with only 8k miles. It's been fault free for 10k miles this year. I have no service history on the bike. I just changed the brake fluid and it looked OK. It uses no oil - and leaks nowhere.

    From what I have read on the forum, most of the major troubles seem to come with offroad use. This is a heavy bike to throw around in the rough, and you should expect things to break if you do that.:eek1
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  18. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    My current one has 120K miles on it. The clutch was replaced 12K miles ago. Other than that just normal wear and tear items.

    Jim :brow
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  19. 1200gsceej

    1200gsceej Long timer

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    Mine is a late-production 2005. Now has approx 40K miles (no, I don't ride as much as I'd like to). All required/recommended service done at appropriate mileage.
    I had the main seal leak (at 16K miles?) fixed under warranty.
    I've not had any problems w/my servo brakes.
    Do be sure to check for this problem on the bike (not just a 2005 issue): http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=711467
    -ceej
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  20. Tebpac

    Tebpac Been here awhile

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    How can I figure out when the bike was manufactured? Have a 2005 GS that I bought going on 2 years now. Had 36400 miles on it when purchased from the dealer and now has 41000. (Yeah I know, I don't get out enough!) Had the tranny seal replaced by dealer prior to purchase. Brakes are ok but I find the fast blinking brake light will come on now and then. I shut off the bike and apply the front brake handle off and on and then it's fine. Think its the brake handle that is sticking. I can't say the brakes are wizzy but they do make a high pitched noise when applied. Enjoying the bike emensely compared to the cruiser I had. Appreciate the JVB video! Here's hoping for some more trouble free years.....
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