how much are people paying for used R1200gs

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by utahluca, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. roadtrip22

    roadtrip22 Been here awhile

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    I picked up my 08 GSA for $11K with 10,000 miles on the clock in mint condition. Just have to keep an eye out and look for deals. Dealers will have them priced at the highest price possible. Best time is wait for winter. Weather is getting warmer so prices will go up. Come winter for those who garage their bikes are more willing to sell if they found they didn't use it as much as they thought they would. Just wait for the off season. You will save a lot. There are plenty of good deals out there. You just have to take your time and look around. Do your homework and most importantly DON'T RUSH..:deal:deal
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  2. tom28734

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    My spotless 05 with 8k miles and BMW bags was $9,000. I'm OK with that price a year later because it has been flawless. "Spotless" turned out to have a mucked up windscreen, but I got one on eBay cheap enuf. I sometimes think I want a newer model, but love this one, so why bother!
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  3. Coma

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    I'm also shopping cash in hand. I want an '08/09 GS. I've seen them $11k to $17k with Farkles. Mileage from 18k to 60+. I also think there will be a few more older ones as the WC start delivery. I don't mind paying a fair price for a good value. Down side for me is it needs to be local, fit is critical. I've sat on the standard height and that works. Lowered seat and/or suspension might not fit so.......Patience Grasshopper.
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  4. ridewv

    ridewv Been here awhile

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    It would benefit you to have your location in your profile.
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  5. Coma

    Coma Been here awhile

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    Doh! Thanks!
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  6. Iron Rey

    Iron Rey Wingnut Extraordinaire

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    I know people are expecting the price to go down on used GS/GSA's because of the WC, I really don't see it, the GS/GSA'a are great bikes in their own right and I think far fewer will be jumping ship then let's say the folks that purchased the new 1600 GT/GTL, you can find used LT's for next to nothing if you look hard enough...I know that's not what you are looking for, it is just that the GT/GTL was such a leap whereas in my opinion (I have test ridden one) the new LC just isn't that big leap.

    In 2010, I sold my 2008 GSA with 110,000 HARD miles (but very well taken care of and running perfectly) for $9500 and I felt both the buyer and I did well.

    What is your budget?

    Like others say, take your time but prices will climb probably 10% in the next month as it gets warmer, study the different model years, ride 'em if you can, take the plunge to the dark side with the rest of us crazy inmates and have fun!
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  7. middlepatent

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    My bike has 17K, Akrapovik and uptuned engine, GSA bags and frame, Ohlins ESA, Ztechnik windscreen, crash bar and engine covers.
    Looking at the last of the GSA's this year. Not so interested in the LC (yes, I drove it).
    Question, trade, sell or hold for a rainy day?
    The 2010 was purchased at the end of season, I ride +15K/year.
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  8. ridewv

    ridewv Been here awhile

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    Since your Camhead is so well set up and with only 17K I would probably "hold" for a few years then maybe look at an LC Adventure.
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  9. TuefelHunden

    TuefelHunden Been here awhile

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    IMO, first and foremost, shop for what you want. Then comes, can you afford it. Next comes match the condition to number of miles. Low miles means a lot more if you look at the bike as a commodity. I've always bought bikes based on what kind of riding I do, not how much resale I expect. If you get a GS with higher miles but it obvious that it is well maintained, miles can be a non-issue. Buying a bike is a lot like picking a wife, if it looks good, grab it. (then again looks can be deceiving :D)
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  10. middlepatent

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    Good point. But, I rode the GSA for 3 weeks in Africa this winter and really liked it for rough roads and long miles on the tar. Its a different ride and very stable at all times. The new LC left me cold; not quite a hot rod, not quite a GS.
    I see you ride the GSA. Should I put one in my garage?
    I appreciate your input.
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  11. ridewv

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    To be honest I haven't ridden it much yet. I rode an 09 GS with no intention of getting rid of it. A couple months ago when I went to the Harley dealer to buy a couple spark plugs they pointed out this 2012 GSA they'd just taken on trade. It was well equipped with bags and only 115 miles. They were going to wholesale it but offered it to me for that if I wanted to buy it right then. So I did just to gain 3 years, get the Camhead motor, and a couple years warranty.
    At first just riding it 15 miles home I wasn't sure I liked it as well. I never cared for the "Hummer" GSA styling but I must be learning to ignore it, or maybe it's even growing on me? Rolling it around the garage I could feel it was heavier and noticeably wider with those bags too. I finally got to put 250 miles on it Saturday and am warming up to it. Once moving it feels basically like the GS. When my friend on a GS pointed to his tank meaning it was time to look for gas I looked down to see I still had 130 miles remaining! That is kind of nice. The wide top load bags certainly hold a lot and are so easy to load. Rather than use liners I had them Linex'd. The windshield is nice but not a big improvement for me because I like the one on a GS just fine. It is noticeably taller in the saddle, which I like, even with the Corbin off my GS.
    You can certainly make the argument for buying a 2013 which would be the last of the oil cooled GSA's. But I have a feeling the new 2014 GSA will be very nice. If money isn't a problem I'd buy a 2013, you may never want to give it up. But if you find that you like the new LC Adventure even better just trade your 13 in on one after 2-3 years.
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  12. mexipike

    mexipike Been here awhile

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    I picked up a 2005 1200 gs for $6700. It has 90k miles. I'm not sure if that's too much, but it had jesses and a few other choice upgrades. It's right in the range of what I could afford and I knew the owner and history and I didn't have to travel to get it. If I saved up another 2 grand I could have gotten a low mileage with more accessories, but that may have meant a couple months without riding. I couldn't be happier with what I got!
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  13. utahluca

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    Well, I made my decision and bought a 2006 1200GS. For reference, It had less than 6K miles, barely used ... , and I paid $10K. I am sure that waiting a little longer would have given me a better price, but a bike that new, I thought was worth buying.
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  14. bobframe

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    How useful would it be to have every GS transaction listed in a registry?

    The idea is that buyers or sellers would submit (anonymously) a few key data points (Model, year, mileage, locale, important farkles...AND...price paid/sold). The registry would be sortable by those elements so someone wishing to buy or sell could ask questions like:

    - What's the newest year bike sold for $XXXX or less?
    - What should I expect to sell my 20XX 1200GS for?
    - What does a upgraded seat do to the selling price of bikes?
    - How much does extra high (or low) mileage do to the price of bikes.

    Again, all of the data would be based on real sales data...not what somebody is ASKING for a bike and not some "imaginary" number from a book. In order to be included in the registry there had to be both a buyer and a seller that agreed on a number.

    Personally, I think it would be a great tool for buyers (who wants to underprice a bike...and who wants to waste weeks of selling time by overpricing a bike??) and sellers (never overpay for a bike...and quit dreaming about buying a bike for next to nothing) by allowing the market to operate more efficiently.
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  15. genka

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    I don't think you'll get enough volunteers. And the data reliability would be questionable. When I was shopping around, I saved ebay results over the course of about 2 months. It gave me a good idea on what can be considered a deal.
    I spent a lot of time, but eventually got a steal 07GS with 8k miles, saddlebags, crashbars and wire wheels for $9600. It was 2.5 years ago. And I had to fly to get the bike. I think it was the best vehicle deal of my life.
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  16. little foot

    little foot Scratch and Sniff

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    this is an 08 with 46,000 ABS computer, driving lights, bags, tinted windshield, spokes and thats pretty much it. I would start at 10k and work from there.




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  17. bobframe

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    I agree, getting people to participate and to be truthful would be a challenge. But setting this aside...how useful would it be? I guess the question is so obvious that you went straight to "implementation challenges".

    My experience is that the data set "completed transactions" is pretty limited on eBay. But the idea is the same...data on completed transactions is highly valuable to the marketplace. Maybe its so valuable that buyers and sellers would pay to see it?

    After all, its what drove the OP to ask his question in the first place.
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  18. utahluca

    utahluca n00b

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    It would be nice. Honestly, the statement from the local dealer made me reflect. They insist that japanese bikes sell below NADA values, but BMW bikes sell ABOVE NADA values. That I am ok with. What he couldn't say was how do you base how much above value? :) I guess it is in the percieved value of the seller and buyer... still a reference is nice to have. Based on what you guys have been saying, I may have paid on the high end, but the bike is clean, low miles, and I look forward to ride it.
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  19. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    If you feel like you got a good deal, you did.

    Any small difference in actual price will mean nothing in a year after enjoying the bike!

    Jim :brow
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  20. abruzzi

    abruzzi Long timer

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    People often look at NADA/KBB backwards. Vehicles sell for what the market will bear. This varies by region, vehicle, and condition. NADA/KBB attempt to provide a window into what others are paying on average, but it can be way off. I recently bought a 2004 GSA, for about $2000 above NADA value (about $800 above KBB value.) But based on the market, I got a pretty good deal on a relatively low mileage bike.

    If you're buying a used Toyota Camry then going in with the mentality that "I'm not going to pay more that NADA" makes some sense, but on a more specialty vehicle, it is kind of putting the cart before the horse. Trust the market before you trust a book that tries to give a snapshot of the market for thousands of vehicles (and probably has a lot less data to work with when it comes to specialty vehicles like motorcycles.)

    Geof
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