Buying Advice - 2008 1200GS

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by polarice, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. polarice

    polarice Former Ice Pirate

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    My local dealer has this 08 1200GS, full service history, 31K miles and I am in negotiations to buy. I have them at 10K plus TTL. Based on the flea market and Craigslist research this appears to be a good deal. It's got most of the right farkles on it except for engine guards. Touratech GPS mount, ram mount for a radar detector?, all 3 cases, upgraded foot pegs (unknown brand), Rox risers.

    It has ABS, ASC and heated grips. NO ESA.

    Hit me with your concerns and comments.

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  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    What are you waiting for? Sounds like a quality reasonably low mileage machine with good farkles on it at a good price!

    The 08 is one of the best of the Hexheads!

    Jim :brow

    PS You list of accessories is lacking. There is more on the bike than you mentioned.
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  3. polarice

    polarice Former Ice Pirate

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    Thanks for that. I did see that extra light on the left side and didn't think it was stock. Is there anything else I'm missing?
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  4. Lensgrinder

    Lensgrinder Long timer

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    Definitely .

    It looks almost exactly like the '08 I had, except for a few different farkles.
    Great bike.
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  5. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    It also has the clutch and brake reservoir protectors $90 appx, a TT windscreen extension $100 Appx, a Throttlemeister throttle lock $140 appx, the GS Adv engine guards, $200 appx (These are not very good on their own as they will smash out of shape pretty easily. They work better with a crash bar), and factory wire wheels, the base GS came with cast, the wires were an upgrade of $500.

    Jim :brow
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  6. mb90535im

    mb90535im '05 R1200 GS

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    The pegs look like stock pegs with rubber inserts, but I can't tell for sure.
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  7. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    I'm with Jim, buy the bike and enjoy it.:D
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  8. JimVonBaden

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  9. hyena

    hyena Been here awhile

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    Me too. Good bike, good deal. Jump on it.

    And, it's Namibia Orange, the best color. Why, the prestige alone of owning a Namibia Orange GS can't be measured in dollars, right? (old quote from Used Cars)
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  10. polarice

    polarice Former Ice Pirate

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    Thanks everyone for the dissection. I do love the color and amazingly I am old enough to know the used car Kurt russel reference. Classic!
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  11. polarice

    polarice Former Ice Pirate

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    Pulled the trigger, picking it up on Saturday. Thanks everyone.

    My first ADV bike.
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  12. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    :clap:clap:clap

    Jim :brow
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  13. Lensgrinder

    Lensgrinder Long timer

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    Good Move.
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  14. hyena

    hyena Been here awhile

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    Go easy on the throttle until you're used to it. The Namibia Organge ones are known to be faster, too.

    Congrats !!
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  15. rmarmbruster

    rmarmbruster Roba

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    Congratulations. It is the same colour as mine, Namibia Orange. I purchased mine in May 2008 and now have 26,000 km on the odometer, not a moments bother, a great machine. I purchased mine with all the luggage as well and quickly fitted H&B engine bars, a mud sling and fender extender.

    I think the GSA head guards and spoke wheels on your machine are special, a great idea. Service it every 5,000 km (3000 miles) and you won't have any trouble. I use Castrol SAF XO in the gearbox and FD and change it annually with the break fluid as well. Just put new rear pads in mine, don't ya just love the balanced braking - not; if you ride aggressively the rear pads don't wear, if you ride sedately the rear pads wear quickly.

    Enjoy.

    Cheers

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  16. sandbagger

    sandbagger Adventurer

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    Good Luck!!! I have the Exact same bike/color love it with only 55,000 miles, still runs as the day i picked up from dealer.
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  17. polarice

    polarice Former Ice Pirate

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    Got it home and started looking a little harder.. found all kinds of "other" stuff.

    Close up of the RAM mount

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    Remote for a passport radar detector?

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    I'm new to the GS is there something missing here?

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    Storage cylinder

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    12V converter to cig lighter plus a USB/wall charger

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    Does anyone know what model Garmin this mount takes?

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    Not sure but the tool set looks complete.

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  18. polarice

    polarice Former Ice Pirate

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    I didn't get enough seat time on Saturday so I had to take it out on Sunday and mix it up with some street and dirt.

    Love this bike so far.

    Question - I have adjusted the seat into the high position because it felt like I was riding on my NUTS (sorry ladies). Unfortunately the problem is still there. I'm wearing jeans while riding for now but man this nut busting is getting old.

    Any advice?

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  19. JimVonBaden

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    Jim :brow
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  20. BluByU

    BluByU Been here awhile

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    I believe your GPS mount is a TT cradle for a Garmin Zumo 665?

    Interested in selling the mount?
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