70,000 miles too much for a '95 R110GS?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by sect8dr, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. sect8dr

    sect8dr ride them all

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    Got an offer for a trade, my DR650 for the GS. It has just had the valves adj and oil changed, final drive rebuilt last month, pivot bearings replaced last month, transmission splines lubed March of 2011. Just wondering what kind of longevity i could look for out of this bike. Owner says almost strictly commuter duty for the last 20,000 miles. Appears to be very well taken care of. 70,000 miles sounds like a lot but i know that these oilhead engines were known for being very reliable, I am just looking for a little insight as to what i should be looking for if i go to inspect the bike.

    Thanks for any help.
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  2. rebelpacket

    rebelpacket four-stroke earth-saw

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    There is one chap on here who just rolled over 450,000 miles on his R1100GS.

    I think you'd do just fine with 70,000 on it. I wouldn't bat an eye.
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  3. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    This is one impressive bike, you will have to take a while to get used to the German way of doing things and riding. When that happens, then wow.

    So far no one has worn one out. Does not mean things will not need replaced, they will.. Easy bike to work on.

    The only trouble spot remaining is if it still has the M95 transmission, with the non undercut shift dogs.

    there have been people that get along with them, many were upgraded to M97 and are then fine.

    You might check.

    Linky

    http://www.largiader.com/tech/oiltrans/

    Rod
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  4. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    I hope not, my 1150 has 65,000 on it.

    How it was maintained and what sort of shape it was in means so much more.
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  5. Ranger159

    Ranger159 That'll Do DONKEY!

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    Ride on !!! 70K, the engine will out last the frame of the bike, keep it maintained and keep riding.
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  6. Ragin Rabbi

    Ragin Rabbi Semper Fidelis

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    Different, yet similar, I got a 2004 1150 Adv with 70,000 mi. in February. I have logged 3,400 mi since then, not bad for really only 1 1/2 months!! With this early spring or no real winter here in the east it was easy!

    However, this being my first boxer I find myself worrying over every little noise. I am going to be taking it into a BMW dealer and have them give it the once over, valves, sync, etc. and I know it will cost. But I figure it is piece of mind as I am not a mechanic.

    Buy it, ride it, enjoy it!

    Now, I need a good reputable place here in Maryland, and Battley is NOT my choice....

    :lol3
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  7. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    A lot of folks don't consider them 'really' broken in until 60,000 miles. :D I've seen plenty 1100s with well over 100,000 miles. If it's what you want I wouldn't let that mileage bother me.
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  8. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    no problemo.

    you've got a fresh final drive which from the 100,000+ mile reports seems to be the thing that wears out. the motors are under-stressed and run forever.
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  9. Benton629

    Benton629 Business Casual

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    I bought a 95 R1100GS with 62,000 miles last October.
    It was well maintained and I've put 5000 more trouble free miles on it.

    I would buy it. Everybody on this site are been great with info and suggestions if a problem should arise.
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  10. bigdave-gs

    bigdave-gs Explorer

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    My 04 GSA has 70K miles on it. Just had the final drive rebuilt along with new pivot bearings. It's good for another 100,000 miles ! ! ! :clap Buy the bike your looking at and ride it. :1drink
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  11. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i had a 03 1150gs with over 100,000 miles with no troubles, i traded it for a 650 dakar so i could ride tighter trails though. both great bikes.
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  12. rheritage

    rheritage Been here awhile

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    My 02 GSA had 81K on it when I picked it up last summer, rebuilt the TB's and put another 6K on it last summer. Ride it, keep the fluids fresh and you're good to go.
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  13. bdarling

    bdarling Weatherman

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    Uh-oh...the engine IS the frame on these things :D

    I bought mine with 69,000 miles and I'm up to 83,000 a year later. I've never been stranded, but the bike has had "issues". Without diving into too many details, two of the head studs on my left cylinder have pulled out, causing the head gasket to fail. The good news is that it's an easy 2-hour repair. The bad news, for me, is that one of my repairs failed. A testament to the reliability of BMWs is that my engine is running smooth and strong even in its less-than-perfect state. I may just live with the oil leak until the winter.

    My '95 R1100R gave me 14,000 miles of perfect service and that bike had over 60,000 miles as well. Bottom line: I wouldn't worry about 70,000 miles on one of these bikes.

    -B
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  14. cardoctor1

    cardoctor1 Been here awhile

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    hope not. just bought a 00 r1150gs with 62k. just waiting to ship it home from florida
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  15. sect8dr

    sect8dr ride them all

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    If i can get a hold of the owner this weekend i am going to check it out. Sounds like it has been maintained very well and looks great for a 95. Not sure on the transmission but he says runs great and is riding every day. Have long been waiting to listen to the missus and get the 1200GSA but i think i will try this out first for a while if the deal goes through.
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  16. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    My 95' GS cross the 70.000 mark in 1998 and is been working really well since then (not even ones let me stranded in all this years), nothing to be afraid this things are build to last.
    [​IMG]
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  17. Ranger159

    Ranger159 That'll Do DONKEY!

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    :huh yup, absolutely right there, spaced that, I remember installing TT hard parts on my 95' because of the potential for the sub frame (part of gear box) to crack with heavy loads off road. thanks for the reality check.

    To the OP: install some TT hard parts on the sub frame, don't look back, keep the rubber on the trail
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  18. rudolf35

    rudolf35 Warped & Twisted Mind

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    Once I got over the little sounds and rattles of my 01 GS I had nothing but a good time with it. Have it at 61k and it is running stronger and stronger; got it with 40k on it. As noted, keep the fluids changed and it will take you as far as you care to take it - mileage wise.

    :evil
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  19. Quedok

    Quedok Been here awhile

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    I have had my R1100GS since it was new in 1996 and it now has 109,000 miles and counting. All that was done other than routine maintenance was to have the transmission gone thru at 100k. It shifted fine but It had a bearing noise that I wanted to fix. I also put in a new clutch while I was at it. The bike has been nothing short of fantastic for me all these years. I would never replace it for another, it just runs too good for that.

    This is the best bike I have ever owned and only wish they made women this good.
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  20. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    The paint will fall off a GS before it wears out mechanically...and then, parts are still available for older vintage BMWs...boxers especially.

    Buy it without concern.
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