Looking for Help From Afghanistan

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by usmcshepherd, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. JKGREEN

    JKGREEN Been here awhile

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    You will not find a better bike than the R1200GSA. I ride mine with the sport bikes on the twisties - usually fast enough to be near the front of the pack. I also ride off road quite a bit. It handles fine off road as well. Took a trip to Colorado from MO and at times was cruising at 110Mph through Kansas and when I got there traveled all over the state and even rode over 2 off road mountain passes in Colorado - Mosquito Pass and Monarch Pass. The perfect bike for just about everything.
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  2. srpuywa

    srpuywa Big 'G'

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    Say no to the chain - go BMW, I'm 6-4 and owned airhead R100 GS's, R1150 GS/ADV and now a R1200 GS/ADV.

    although I'm looking for a KTM 640 for a 2nd bike
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  3. srpuywa

    srpuywa Big 'G'

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  4. feldjäger

    feldjäger Been here awhile

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    Semper Fi Devil Dog! Yes Afghanistan would be one hell of a place to ride, spent some time up in RC North, that being said go with the BMW GSA! I have this bike and love it! Its beast at time off road at times but I enjoy it more and more I take it off road. The road touring is top notch.

    I hope one day I can travel to Afghanistan on bike and see things not having to worry about the war catching up with me, even though that wouldn't stop me from doing it anyways!


    Stay safe, and remember get the big BMW with that deployment money :D
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  5. wbrisett

    wbrisett hmmm....

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    Semper Fi, amazing how many former Devil Dogs there are lurking this board. ;)

    As far as dealer support goes, I think BMW and Triumph are pretty much on equal terms. Yamaha beats pretty much everybody on the list, with KTM being the one I would worry about from that perspective. I'm very lucky in that I have all the mentioned dealerships in town, although the KTM dealership is a bit flaky. The BMW & Triumph dealerships are one in the same.

    I owned a Tiger 800XC and it was a great bike, but not for two up riding and my daughter and I end up doing a lot of that. My wife owns the Tiger 800, I traded in the Tiger XC and my RT for a used 2011 GSA, and haven't regretted a single day of that. The 1200 Tiger wasn't available at the time and honestly I'm not sure I could have gotten the deal I did on a new bike. That said, it might be worth looking at. The OP mentioned he would use this for a daily commute, which makes me wonder if the KTM isn't a bit too dirt worthy for that kind of service (kind of like my Buell Ulysses was a bit too street for the dirt... but doesn't mean I didn't use it that way).

    A buddy of mine has the Yamaha and loves it. He uses it a lot on the street and like me with the GSA, he hasn't regretted his decision on the Tenere.

    With the list of bikes mentioned, I don't think there is a 'bad' one in the bunch and I do think it's going to come down to personal preference at the end of the day.

    Wayne
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    USMC 1984-1989 (active)
    1989-1997 (reserves)
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  6. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Long timer

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    Get home safe, my brother. First Latte` is on me.:freaky
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  7. usmcshepherd

    usmcshepherd Master Guns

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    All,

    Thanks for the continued help and comments....I'm 6'4" so that was part of the reason I was looking at the Adventure and the fact that I'll probably (at least initially) be riding this largely as a commuter to and from work to save on the diesel for my truck. Someone recommended a V-Strom 650 to start...not sure about those personally, but I've heard a lot good about them as well as the KLR 650. Thoughts?

    Looking somewhat long term (and again keep in mind I am not retired yet) I would like to plan a trip next summer (2014) from VA to CO to ride to the top of Pikes Peak and perhaps do part of the COBDR.

    I hope to be in CA for a couple months before I get trasnferred to VA so I'd love to meet anyone on the W. Coast for a coffee for sure.

    Tim
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  8. Roughseas

    Roughseas Adventurer

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    Call me old school but I would personally go for the 1150 or a Jap bike, after helping a friend put together a 1200GSA, the electronics have scared me big time. But then you guys have BMW dealers spread across your continent and we guys in India have to be content with a couple!

    BTW the Brit guys returning home from Afganistan get to spend a couple of weeks in Goa...you guys should wrangle a deal like that :freaky
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  9. Kawidad

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    The Strom and KLR are in a totally different league. The wee strom is close, but not all that close. They are good bikes and a lot of guys will pick up a KLR to compliment the bigger GSA's, but they can't really supplement the big beemer. The KLR would work okay for a big guy, but the wee is not really set up for large riders. Large men do ride them all of the time, but they really aren't designed for that purpose. The KLR is a fine motorcycle if you understand it's purpose and it's limitations.:freaky
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  10. Izzy3

    Izzy3 Freak of Unnature

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    Being a 6'6" former HD rider, skip the intermetiate step and get the GSA. If you are going to be in VA, there is a great dealer just south of Q-town, Morton's BMW in Fredericksburg. They sold me my GSA when I last deployed.

    Get it and get it the way you want it.

    Stay safe and Merry Chrismas from VA.
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  11. kimokk

    kimokk Been here awhile

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    When are you transferring to VA? If you're coming to the DC area there are three Beemer dealers here. One of them, Battley's has a used 2012 GSA with only 1600 miles for $18995. It includes all three aluminum hard cases too. Also, there's always a coulpe of nice used ones for sale in the Flea market section here. I think someone is selling a '12 GSA for $17,900 in SC. I just picked up an '09 GSA and it fits me like a glove! Good luck and Merry Christmas!
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  12. usmcshepherd

    usmcshepherd Master Guns

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    I know I asked this earlier but would again appreciate anyone's feedback on buying used GSAs. I really like the look of a couple of the 2007 GSAs I've found that are nicely equipped and average 35k miles. Is something to be concerned with or am I crazy for looking at these used bikes when I can have a new Tenere for what these used GSAs are going for?
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  13. Wallowa

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    As always in life, it boils down to what you want. Ride them and then decide.
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  14. wbrisett

    wbrisett hmmm....

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    I picked up my 2011 GSA used. It was sold back to the dealership, and basically was pre-farkled. Had the Vario system cases, additional fog lights, had a Wunderlich seat (which I hated ... seats are such a personal preference thing). But this is really where things that add up really help you when buying used. I sold the rear vario case and seat here, put on a different top case that would hold my 17" laptop, put a stock seat back on the bike (I actually like the stock seat better than anything else I've tried so far), and thinned my herd our in the process. The 2011 I picked up was still in the 18K range, but I'm familiar with the engine and felt comfortable working on the bike should I need to do that while I'm out somewhere remote. That to me was the real key. Plus at the end of the day, everything else on the market is simply compared to the GS, so why not just get the standard bearer? ... and I really like our local BMW dealership and they have treated me and my wife well anytime we needed anything at all.

    Wayne
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  15. CheckerdD

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    Almost all the bikes I have owned in life were purchased used. I look at the bike, but try to form an opinion about the owner - would this person have maintained it? I have gone over 100k miles on several BMW's. They do hold up well. It takes an idiot to destroy one, but there are some people like that out there. I would never buy a used bike unless I met the owner, just my .02. Dave
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  16. MGB

    MGB ex. BmwDuc

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    Used Tenere's are hitting the market too, even less cost than a used GS. But I'm biased, I rode BMW's for 30 years and picked up a Tenere used last August. Being in Northern VA, you can probably find someone to let you ride theirs. I found a local AdvRider who let me take out his Tenere, that sealed the deal for me.

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  17. fastgpfred

    fastgpfred Adventurer

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    Used isn't an issue. The hunt is fun. I agree with CheckerdD. I want to meet the previous owner. I bought a used ZX9R a few years ago, You could eat off the guys garage floor. No problems with that bike. The pre-farkled thing usually won't be the stuff you want. My current 07 GSA I found used with no farkles and 18K miles...perfect! PM me where in Calif you're going to be. You're welcome to try mine. Bottom line, it's hard not to love a GS. Comfortable, easy to ride fast in the twisties, and a real pack mule!
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  18. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    Try and enjoy some time in Afghanistan, very cool people there. I travelled throuout most of the country in 1970 and really came to like them. Poor yet proud. Too bad about the Budda's in Bamiyan
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  19. BC61

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    Nothing wrong with buying used. I'd look at 2008 or newer for a couple of reasons. The 05-07 have a fixed upper triple clamp and handle bar clamp. At your height you'll want bar risers if you plan on doing much off roading. There are more options at less cost to accomplish this. Also I'd stay away from servo ABS which was standard in 05-06 and optional in 07.

    BMW NA has a military program for new purchases.

    If you get back to the states before purchasing and want to ride a GSA I can put you on one if you can get to Greenville SC.
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  20. AwolArn

    AwolArn Ride-Fly-Boat-Fish

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    WHATEVER! I ride my ole girl everywhere the GS's have gone on the rides I've been with. And I'm only 5'9 and 160# soaking wet. But I'm a retired Squid and have a mean streak endowed by my alcoholic Scottish father and my tender loving MARINE DI's at AOCS back in the day. :D

    First thanks to you ground-pounders. Hats off to ya and prayers up to heaven for ya. Thank-you for standing the watch!

    I have an 07 GSA. I bought it used in the fall of 09 with 17,000 miles on it and I love it. I think that starting with a solid used one that you can verify the history on is an excellent way to go. Mine has been trouble free. I can load the hell out of it and ride 500+ mile days on the slab without issue. Then strip off all the gear and go down dirt roads and trails to my heart's content. I've ridden it in California, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado back country. It's reliable and trustworthy. It's also quick and quiet. I have left more than one Harley and crotch-rocket-riding punk at a stoplight and in the twisties eating my big girl's dust! I do some minor wrenching on it too. I'm biased to the BMW, though they all are solid choices. My 2 cents worth: get back home safely and then I'm sure you will find some locals who will show you theirs and let you try them out. Then you will know which one fits and works for you. I know for me, a smaller bike would be better for off-roading. I was going to buy a KTM 350, but this SWEET HP2 Enduro popped up a month ago and well, now I have TWO 1200cc Boxers in the garage. I love them both. If you are around Las Vegas, hit me up. You can try them both.
    Best wishes and God Speed Marine.
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