Another R1200GS Adv. 100,000 Miler

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by jdub, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    I thought it most appropriate that my faithful 2007 R1200GS Adventure just rolled over the 100,000 mile mark while carrying the lovely Missus jdub and I on a great 5,124 mile trip through the western U.S. The event happened on beautiful U.S. Rt. 89 just past Bear Lake, shortly after crossing into Wyoming from Idaho. I'm getting used now to seeing six digits on the odometer! A few appropriate pics marking the occasion are provided below.

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    This bike continues to prove itself as the best, most versatile motorcycle I've ever owned, and I'm already looking ahead to at least the 200,000 mile mark with it. While various issues on GSs/GSAs have been well documented on this forum, this bike has had zero issues with the final drive, driveshaft u-joints, ABS, etc. It just continues to take all of the road miles and the off-road usage (including drops) as well and as reliably as could be expected of any bike.

    For anyone interested, here's some historical background:

    - I purchased it used from Carolina BMW in August 2008 with 15,717 miles. The key/antenna ring thingie had already been replaced under warranty at 8k miles.
    - All engine oil changes performed every 6,000 miles per OEM recommendation. Used Castrol GTX 20w-50 until 30k miles, then Mobil 1 15w-50 synthetic ever since. Has always used about half a quart between changes; less consumption during long trips/less starts, and more consumption with shorter trips/more starts.
    - Gearbox and final drive oil changed every 12,000 miles per OEM recommendation, using Mobil 1 75w-90 synthetic.
    - Bob's BMW replaced leaking gearbox output seal and clutch slave cylinder under warranty at 35k miles.
    - NGK DCPR8EIX Iridium spark plugs used for the last 60k miles, on second set now after 48k miles on the first set.
    - Battery changed once, at 53k miles.
    - Elka custom-built shocks installed at 50k miles; serviced/rebuilt at 90k miles with no wear or damage found.
    - Bob's BMW performed three recalls at 59k miles: front brake hose, fuel pump controller seal, and fuel tank mounting hardware.
    - I pulled the gearbox at 68k miles for clutch spline lube, details can be found on this thread (no issues found, and the original clutch is still installed). I'll pull the gearbox again this winter for another lube and check of the clutch thickness, likely at about 120k miles.
    - Rear brake disc replaced at 75k miles, too thin to pass annual PA state safety inspection.

    Tire history:
    1. Replaced Anakees with Tourances at 16,606 miles.
    2. Installed Anakee 2s at 28,591 (11,985 miles on Tourances)
    3. Installed Shinko 705 bias ply at 39,918 (11,327 on A2s)
    4. Installed TKC-80s at 44,340 (4,422 on Shinkos, had the infamous tread block separation)
    5. Installed TKC-80s at 51,270 (6,930 on 1st pair of TKCs)
    6. Installed Tourances at 56,514 (5,244 on 2nd pair of TKCs)
    7. Installed Tourances at 67,783 (11,269)
    8. Installed Heidenau K60s at 71,805 (4,022 on Tourances, kept for later remounting)
    9. Reinstalled Tourances at 83,893 (12,088 on K60s, both still had thousands of miles left)
    10. Installed Kenda Big Blocks at 89,193 (9,322 total on Tourances)
    11. Installed TKC-80s at 92,008 (2,815 on BBs)
    12. Installed Tourances at 97,073 (5,065 on TKCs with tread remaining)
    (Note: Below additional tire update info added 5/28/2014)
    13. Installed new Pirelli Scorpion Rally rear and used TKC-80 front at 109,957 miles (12,884 on Tourances)
    14. Installed new front TKC-80 at 113,615 (8,723 total on front TKC-80)
    15. Installed new rear TKC-80 at 115,210 (5,253 on Scorpion Rally)
    16. Installed new TKC-80s at 120,232 (6,617 on front, 5,022 on rear)
    17. Installed new Conti Trail Attacks at 123,312 (sold TKCs w/ 3,080)
    18. Installed new Trail Attack 2s at 136,651 (13,339 on TAs)


    Except with the BMW dealer warranty/recall work as noted above, I perform all of my own maintenance including tire changes and balances. Maintenance is per the BMW schedule, except for the last 60k or so miles I've only checked valve clearances every 12k miles instead of the 6k miles called for. The most I ever find is two or three valves off by .0005" (one-half thousandth), and I'll adjust those when I find them. I haven't even bothered checking throttle body synchronization in probably 36k miles because the bike remains perfectly smooth and I'll only mess that up if I fiddle with the TB sync.

    I'll add two more pics below for your viewing pleasure, the first I took while descending Beartooth Pass (U.S. Rt. 212) in Montana because the routing on the GPS screen was pretty unique with the switchbacks. The second is an end of trip shot, again with the lovely Missus jdub and some gray/bald guy who spends a lot of time riding and loving this GSA!

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    I hope all of your rides go well, my fellow inmates!
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  2. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Congrats! Hope you have a great time getting to 200K.:D
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  3. ghostryder

    ghostryder Long timer

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    Congrats.....hope you enjoy it for many more miles!!!!
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  4. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Great job, Jdub!! Congratulations. :ricky
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  5. kildala2000

    kildala2000 The GS Store.

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    Good Job, :clap
    I know you will make the 200K mark with good maintenance and some TLC. :wink:

    Ride Safe,
    Rick
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  6. AdventurePoser

    AdventurePoser Long timer

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    Great post, JDub! Thanks for the detailed info about the bike as well....For me, 24,000 on my 2011 GSA since last April and no issues.

    I've had about a trillion bikes in the past (ok, 8) all of them except one a BMW and this GSA is easily the best overall scoot I've ever owned, bar none! This summer 12k miles around the intermountain west, the deep south and then up to Maine for a lobster roll.

    One thing...you might try the Shinko 705 radials. Super inexpensive and great mileage. Reasonable on dirt roads too. My front Shinko has 14,000 on it and looks new. Replacing the rear every 8-10 k. Not bad considering a full set costs about $140.....:clap

    Ride safe,
    Steve
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  7. Litespeed602

    Litespeed602 Going in Circles

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    Good to hear you are home and well. Sounds like a great trip:wings, Lisa must be as tough as you:D

    More photos ----more photos :lurk
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  8. mtwillyman

    mtwillyman Lost and Cornfuzed

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    More posts like these could restore my faith in the marque. Post brightened my morning.
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  9. Big Bro

    Big Bro Adventurer

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    It's great to see posts like this. Most folks just post when they have a problem, so thank you!
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  10. cozmo2312

    cozmo2312 Canyon Carver

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    so much this! thanks!
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  11. bobobob

    bobobob IN HOC SIGNO VINCES

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    Nice detailed report. Thanks. :thumb
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  12. Davis53

    Davis53 Been here awhile

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    What kind of seat for 100,000 miles? Looks like a Sargent?
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  13. AdventurePoser

    AdventurePoser Long timer

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    I agree...I'm not the highest mileage rider out there (about 270,000 in the past 12 years) but I've done nearly all those miles on BMW's and have suffered only one breakdown that required a tow truck.

    So far, I am a very happy GSA rider!

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    Steve
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  14. Bluecomet

    Bluecomet What, me worry?

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    Great positive report and success story. Your experience is why I bought a Beemer. Thanks for sharing!
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  15. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    congrats on 100K good luck on 200K:clap

    Thanks on the low down on tires & maintenance..:deal

    I love these bikes....:freaky
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  16. slowoke

    slowoke Adventurer

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    Nice report thanks, it is reassuring to read reports like yours.
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  17. waspp

    waspp Been here awhile

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    It's easy to post up when you have a problem and complain about your bike or a manufacturer so it's nice to hear a positive story about your faithful machine. I have the feeling there are a lot more stories like this that people just don't mention. Congrats and safe journeys.
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  18. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    Not sure how tough either of us are, but my wife's a great sport and the best passenger one could hope to have on the back of a bike. She loved our low-level flying through Deal's Gap two years ago, even waving to the roadside photographers like Killboy while heeled way over in the corners. And when the going gets interesting (like the below pics from a West (By God) Virginia camping trip when the road went from two-lane pavement to single lane pavement to dirt and water), she has no problem taking a hike while I navigate the bike through. A real trooper, and I'm a really lucky guy!

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  19. fasterlaster

    fasterlaster Been here awhile

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    100k since 2008 isn't sitting at home reading forums. It sure is great to read stuff like this, and contrats on the rollover.
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  20. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    I've tried eight different seats on this bike, including Corbin, Rick Mayer, Russell, Touratech, etc., and have settled on this Sargent as best for my all-around uses. I used an Airhawk on top of the Sargent for the first few days of the trip dead-heading west, but then stowed the Airhawk once I hit Colorado. Moving around a lot while riding is a key for me to stay comfy.

    I honestly think the Sargent finally broke in during this trip (I've put probably 25k miles on this one, and bought it used on the Flea Market last year). I tried another Sargent on this bike previously, and ended one 775 mile day in extreme pain on it - it was sold the next day. Just like everyone's butt is different, I guess all seats are different too.

    My wife has also tried Sargent, Rick Mayer and Corbin passenger seats, and her final/favorite set-up is an OEM standard GS (not-GSA) seat with an Airhawk pad wrapped with non-slip shelf liner. She's good for 200 mile stints with this set-up, before we both need get off and stretch our legs.
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