Bmw r 1200 gsa

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by USRider, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. USRider

    USRider n00b

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    Found a 2007 BMW R 1200 GSA for sale today but I have to make a decision on it quick. Anyone have experience with one of these? Good bike, bad bike? Any known problems I should be looking for? Bike looks to be in great shape. Only 20,800 miles on it. Any comments would be much appeciated.
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  2. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    Take a couple minutes and poke around on here and you'll find any real problems. Some complain about the final drive problem, doesn't happen to all of them, I think it's more a maint. item type of thing. From reading about it it's nothing someone mechanically inclined can't handle.

    Properly cared for you can get 200k on them. Have fun.:D

    Personally, I'm looking for the previous generation, 2K- 2K5, just personal preference.
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  3. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    You need to look around in Oilhead Boxers. Then again, if you want to buy the binge, you probably shouldn't look there.

    In all seriousness, look for any sings of leakage around the transmission, clutch, driveshaft, and final drive. The fuel strips go bad at an alarming rate. I think that year had servo brakes (not sure) and if so some people didn't like them, harder to do a brake fluid flush.

    Most important is some kind of service records, doesn't have to be done by a dealer but brake fluid, tranny fluid, FD and of course oil changes are pretty critical on these bikes.
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  4. Haroon

    Haroon RIDE for PASSION

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  5. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    How much are they asking?

    Off to gspot boxers
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  6. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Red Flag #1: Highlighted above. Number 1 reason why buyers (of all products) make BAD decisions.

    Red Flag #2: You have no experience with this bike...

    Red Flag #3: No homework done.

    Slow down...do some homework...then you'll be confident...IT's YOUR MONEY!

    This isn't the ONLY remaining BMW that you can buy...like the ad for Lay's potato chips said "Eat more Lay's...we'll make more!"
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  7. Wdwrkr

    Wdwrkr Long timer

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    ^^^. Like he said.. What's the rush?? If someone is pressuring you to make a quick decision that is generally not good. These bikes are available often enough on the flea market that I wouldn't be pressured into buying one to quickly. If it's a case where it seems to good to be true it probably is. That said my 2008 has been rock solid aside from fuel strips.

    No servo in 07 they were great brakes just a PITA to service, and if they went it was bukko denero
    Beyond that others will disagree, but I think the late 07 and 08s were among the best to date, but I own one so I'm biased.

    10s and on are a bit faster, but these are plenty fast.
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  8. koenig

    koenig Been here awhile

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    Sorry it's an Aussie thing. I hope your enquiry is genuine not just a waste of everyones time. I own a 2007GSA. Great bike, just under 100 thousand ks now. This model had series 2 ABS, not servo. Much cheaper to repair. Look for all the usual things, such as service history. Oil leaks, should be none. Put bike on centre stand and try to rock rear wheel from side to side holding it at the 12 and 6, then the 3 and 9 positions. There should be zero movement, I don't care what anybody says. Any lateral movement indicates either a rear drive issue or a pivot bearing issue. $1800 dollars fixes both with a new final drive assembly, this will also give you a new brake mounting flange which has been known to crack.
    Take the thing for a ride. Trust me they inspire confidence and a big smile. If the handling is a bit hinky or you feel unsure, then pass it by. These bikes are just not like that. If the previous owners have fu... with it. Sorry modified things be wary and make sure the modifications are of high quality and done for a reason. Driving lights for example may be useful to you.
    Hope some of this helps and good luck.
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  9. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    Yes, and good bike. Click on my 2nd link below for lots of details, and good luck!
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  10. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    It's the n00b's first post, and he hasn't checked back in after 2 days on "I have to make a decision on it quick!"
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  11. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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    We scared him off with our replies. We need a welcome wagon, girls with warm cookies and coffee when a n00b arrives.
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  12. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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  13. Ayrshire Bull

    Ayrshire Bull why the hell not?

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    fixed
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  14. koenig

    koenig Been here awhile

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    What worries me a little is that you have a sheep as an avatar.:rofl:roflNot an expat Kiwi per chance?:lol3
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  15. matthangen

    matthangen 07' R1200GS Adv.

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    I've actually made a deposit on a 07' GSA with 35000miles and appreciated your advice, especially on the rear wheel/final drive test. I think most guys don't want to take the time to look around the forum, google, and read other folks answers. It's the path of least resistance rather than avoiding looking foolish. I'm doing a fly and ride on the 15th. Owner has maintenance record, serviced at BMW, and is retired. I've got no reason to think it's anything but outstanding condition but will be looking for oil leaks, funny feels, and loose rear ends.
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  16. koenig

    koenig Been here awhile

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    Well it looks like we helped somebody anyway. Isn't a 'boobie' some kind of sea bird. I don't quite get the reference.:lol3
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