Ease of Maintenance GSW vs GS

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by wanderlost, May 11, 2018.

  1. wanderlost

    wanderlost Been here awhile

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    After years of riding and loving Triumphs, I am strongly leaning towards a 1200GS. Reading as many threads as I can here, it seems that most agree the wet heads are better performing. My question is how much harder would it be for the average home mechanic to do valve adjustments and basic maintenance on the wet heads vs the 2010-2012 versions? If I can do most of the regular maintenance then the money saved can help justify the premium on the brand.

    I do know to get the JVB CD's etc once I get a bike, the question now is if I want to do home maintenance should I go wet head or not

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  2. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler n00b

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    Having owned both, I find maintaining the LC to be a lot easier than the 2009 bike I had. I think the oil head air filter was easier but everything else is better on the LC.
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  3. LowOnFuel

    LowOnFuel In the crapper

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    Go wet for the win...

    Others will surely disagree.
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  4. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler n00b

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    GAAAHHH, LC has too much technology! We sent a man to the moon with what's in a calculator today. computers are evil!!!

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  5. LowOnFuel

    LowOnFuel In the crapper

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    And whatever you do, don't get one of them with a damned key FOB. :lol3

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  6. atwoodtja

    atwoodtja Been here awhile

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    Oil changes, air filter, valve adjustments are roughly the same effort. Both gens use shims under followers for valves. LC valves are very stable. Timing adjustment on the LC is easy with a proper tool set. There is no throttle body adjustment. Final drive maintenance is roughly same, change the oil periodically, check the u-joint for rust and clean after water crossings.
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  7. wanderlost

    wanderlost Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the replies so far. So does one buy a box of various size shims to have on hand for valve adjustments? I miss screw and locknut simplicity.......
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  8. LowOnFuel

    LowOnFuel In the crapper

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    You can go that way, or just buy the size shim needed after you check the clearances and determine what size is needed to make it right.

    You will need a micrometer either way.
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  9. JimVonBaden

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    I agree 100%.
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  10. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    No trans oil to change on the Wethead either.
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  11. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    It is rare enough that they are out of tolerance, and when they are by so little, that you just measure it, slap it back together and order the one(s) you need if they are out.
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  12. wanderlost

    wanderlost Been here awhile

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    Thanks everyone. Sounds like the wet head wins. Now it is just time to find the right deal. Leaning towards buying and end of season bike from the Rawhyde school. They do lots of add ons and offer free classes and tours as part of the package.
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  13. RunninRanger

    RunninRanger Rainy day Rider

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    Sounds like an excellent way to start your LC ownership.
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  14. eri

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    many bmw bike clubs bought K bike shim kits and members could 'swap' shims for minimal cost

    ask around, there may be a club? doing similar with LC shims
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  15. Gundy

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    Just curious as a 2009 GSA owner who has a friend who will soon be selling his 2017 with 300 miles on it.....does anyone prefer the older gen bikes??


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  16. Adam Giles

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    I sold my 2009gs 3 weeks ago and bought a 2014gsa wet head a week later. I test drove new ones but found a great deal on a well farkled, low mileage 2014 in my favorite gsa color, army green. So in the end I saved about 50% over new and am very pleased with the bike.

    I think the biggest difference for me is the additional 30 horsepower. It really makes a difference. I also own a 2015 K1600 GTL that puts out 160 horsepower. So hopping on my 09 with 100hp or so after riding the 160hp K1600 it just felt underpowered. Bumping up to 130hp on the wethead and keeping in mind the GSA wieghs 100lbs than the big K1600, I find it to be plenty of pep.

    The other thing I appreciate are the electronics. The 09 had abs, but no adjustable suspension or riding modes. Having the ability to adjust suspension, abs sensativity, and engine response/traction control is really nice.

    So my opinion having owned both is go with the wet head. There are some great deals on used if you are patient. It always amazes me to see a 2016 with 3k miles and 3k in farkles come up for sale for $16,500 but I see it all the time between cycle trader, the flea market here, and my local craigslist. Fall is a great time for the buyer on the used market.

    Good luck whatever you decide. They are both great bikes.
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  17. Bikerboy108

    Bikerboy108 Pat from Jersey

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    Well on my 05 1200 I think I needed 3 tools to get skid plates off and had to change final drive fluid thru the abs sensor ... BUT comparing recent 1200 vs LC the Lc is such a better bike even if it was harder to maintain - And it Isn’t- GET THE WETHEAD
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  18. JimVonBaden

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    There are always a few who prefer the older to the newer, but the newer bikes are generally much better than the old ones in most ways.
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    Seems like a unanimous response! I love my ‘09 but maybe I’ll keep a closer eye on that ‘17 when it comes up for sale :)


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    I just sold my 09 a couple of weeks ago and have a friend picking me up a 13 on Friday. I'll let you know my experience, but I'm hoping it will be a good one. :)
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