GS 1200 Fail

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by sound_guy, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. sound_guy

    sound_guy Let's go!

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    We did a fun group trail ride yesterday. One of the riders (you know the type with far too much confidence Vs ability) lost control of his bike on a downhill gravel section. He had the sence to bail out, the bike went over a 6 foot drop-off. It landed front wheel first and snapped both fork legs clear through along with quite a bit of other damage. He was OK but the bike is a near write off and only 6 months old. Hours were spent getting recovery sorted out as of course the bike was unrideable. I was shocked how fragile the machine is. Didn't take a photo as I thought that would be a bit insensitive. So I for one won't be considering one of these for serious adventure riding. I wonder if the new water cooled model is any stronger? Give me a set of conventional forks any-day! Anybody else had a show stopper with the big BMW?
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  2. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Though I don't own a GS1200, I saw one the other day at the local independent shop that had t-boned a car at about 30mph and was surprised there was not more damage.
    Personally, I think if you drop anything at speed, 6 feet on to rocky terrain, something is going to snap.
    The first snap will likely be the shutter of a camera.
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  3. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Yes...I do own a GS and never considered 'normal operating practice' to:

    1. Drop over a 6 foot cliff,
    2. T-bone a car at 30MPH

    and still expect the bike to be rideable.:huh

    I believe what you're describing is spelled "T-A-N-K".:rofl
    There a bit more $, as well. No BMW, IIRC, doesn't make any.
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  4. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    Nah, the first snap is usually the femur!:evil
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  5. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    crazy that would never happen to a real dirt bike

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  6. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Talk about taking a 'nap'...these look like they're in a COMA :rofl:rofl:rofl

    Hope you're NOT the owner of these beauts.
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  7. mb90535im

    mb90535im '05 R1200 GS

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    I'll never forget back when I was still a young stupid adult, a buddy of mine and I borrowed his father-in-law's VW engine rail buggy.

    My friends decides to take a jump off a sheer 4' drop at around 60 MPH. :eek1

    All I can say is thank God we were wearing helmets. Both seats ripped completely away from the floor board, my buddy broke his collar bone on the roll cage, and my tailbone was sore for weeks. Damn wonder it didn't kill us both.

    500 lb. GS off a 6' drop, I don't think so.
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  8. dieselpete

    dieselpete Been here awhile

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    Sounds like he forgot to engage the "levitation control"!


    Yes, it's a BMW, but its still a heavy chunk of metal!
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  9. GS Addict

    GS Addict Pepperfool

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    Can't resist......."They all do that!" :deal
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  10. milo

    milo Been here awhile

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    And a $18K one :eek1 . That's depressing, at least he's alright though. I hope he has full coverage insurance.
    Essentially for the price some of us spend on luggage you can pick up a nice used 250-650cc dual sport to play around on trails.
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  11. mcstark

    mcstark Living brappy...

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    Did he not disengage the ABS?
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  12. y2blade

    y2blade Long timer

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    lol :lol3
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  13. srpuywa

    srpuywa Big 'G'

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    I got to find the picture of my ST1300 when I T-boned a car at around 30-40, still looked new from the tank back, broke the steering head off of the engine
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  14. simmonsk133

    simmonsk133 Adventurer

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    To the insurance comment: Will Comprehensive insurance aka Progressive cover this??? I was under the impression that off-road, you are on your own. That greatly limits my sense of adventure when on a $16K bike.
    :eek1
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  15. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    "They all do that".
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  16. srpuywa

    srpuywa Big 'G'

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    What would a KTM 990 do? :rofl
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  17. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    6 foot drop onto the front wheel and you're surprised something broke?

    I can't think of any bike that I'd expect to survive that.
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  18. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    The guy wouldn't have lost it on a KTM. :deal
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  19. WindSailor

    WindSailor Been here awhile

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    Yep

    Not too many things survive a sudden stop especially when you've got some speed up and come to a very sudden stop.

    Been there done that. Here's a hint - don't lock your knee when you hit.:cry

    That's what Insurance is for. I'm going to have to check about off road excursions though... good point.
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  20. WindSailor

    WindSailor Been here awhile

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    Same thing goes for a mo-ped. He wouldn't be going fast enough.:D
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