Which year GSA should I buy?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by sarelp, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. sarelp

    sarelp Been here awhile

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    I'm looking to buy either a new or slightly used GSA. I just need some opinions what are the differences between the years from 08 to current. Also like to know what kind of issues there was? I currently have a 2001 GS, not for sale btw. Would it be a good idea to get an 09 without ESA? I also do all the wrenching myself so that part is not an issue. Thanks
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  2. JustKip

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    Guess I get to say it first. Get the newest you can afford, but they're all good in the years mentioned...and I'd get a camhead without ESA
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  3. sarelp

    sarelp Been here awhile

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    By cam head you mean 2010 and newer?
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    HelmetHead Cycle Been here awhile

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  5. aGremlin

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    I'd get 2010+, get a bit more power etc. Then again, if you read about the fuel strips, that's been changed, so maybe 2011+ (I think they changed back to floats mid 2010 or something)...

    Depends what you really want. I've got a fully optioned 2010 GSA, so ESA, RDC, ASC etc. Not everyone wants all of that.

    Re issues... 9 may be perfect, 1 may have some issues... depends which owner you are :D
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  6. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    2010 or earlier
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  7. sarelp

    sarelp Been here awhile

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    Do you think it's better or not?
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  8. mudmonster

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    2010 and up IMHO ,I've got 010 anniversary model with ESA and love it no faults at all best all round bike I've ever owned and I've had a few.
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  9. RichBMW

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    As has been said, definitely get a 2011 or newer, if funds permit:deal:D
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  10. tom28734

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    I've had Beemers for over 20 years, and bought an '05 with 8k miles last spring. It is a super bike. After reading around this forum for many hours, I see little difference for everyday use in the later models. If your ego isn't tied up in the age of the motorcycle, there are plenty of clean, low mileage early models available. (They all have PLENTY of power.) Wait until winter and shop eBay carefully, it's worth the trouble. You can even end up with a bike worth more than you paid for it. :evil
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  11. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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  12. JustKip

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    While I generally agree with the sentiment, "PLENTY of power" is highly subjective. I would love to trade my '07 for one of the overhead cam models for the extra midrange power! Just not convinced I'm willing to take the hit on a new one, and used ones are not that plentiful, yet.
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  13. BTL

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    I agree. Timing is everything. I scored practically new (643 miles) 2012 Triple black GSA with bags and some farkles. All for under 20$ big ones.
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  14. ShaftEd

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    08 had some good updates. Tranny changes, steering head changes, a bit more hp than the 2007. I consider 08 and 09 the best of the breed. I'm not a fan of the camhead (too much stuff crammed into that head, and I like threaded adjusters, and it has that goofy flapper exhaust valve), or esa (I'd rather get fully adjustable aftermarket decent shocks). OTOH, I'm not a fan of the GSA (too damn big/heavy), and would get the regular GS 08 or 09.:deal
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  15. tlwood99

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    My two cents: Never buy new. I own an 09 and had a little experience with a 10. The improvements of the newer motor were lost on me and the 10 is little loud going in and out of campgrounds late at night and early in the morning. I see the differences between the 08-12 to be very slight.

    If I were spending money I would look for the best price on a low mileage well cared for bike 08 or newer (and I too like the GS over the GSA). If that bike doesn't satisfy (which would shock me) you will be in a better position in a couple of years to get one of the new wetheads which I expect will be a game changer.

    Buying used I wouldn't let ESA affect my decision one way or the other. I am replacing mine with non-ESA Ohlins.
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  16. WindSailor

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    I had the same quandaries... actually went around and asked all of the individual bike shops that serviced BMW and asked the same thing - what year should I buy. They all said about the same thing - buy the latest and greatest that you can afford.
    I eventually decided to buy new and I wanted the 'camhead' version (bucket shims - which are supposed to stay in spec longer); and got the '11 GSA model. The '10 and later (I believe) have a float for a fuel level sensor compared to the fuel strip in the '09 and earlier models. The only problem that I have had is that I lost the rear main seal - behind the clutch - which was covered by warranty.
    Pretty much every year BMW has made improvements from the last - well kind of anyway. Which makes it hard to decide where to flop in. The 2013 'wethead' models has really caught my eye and has huge leap over the '12 models.
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    If you plan on upgrading in a few years then I'd go with what tlwood99 has said. I think the GS sells better than the GSA although I bought the GSA for the fuel range and protection.
    I'd be careful buying on Craigs List or Ebay for obvious reasons. If you do plan on something like that then I would take it to a dealer before you actually bought it and have them go through it. When I traded in my 650 Dakar for this bike, the dealership went through that bike like a fine tooth comb (looked for fault codes etc.) - and charged me accordingly for what was wrong. BUT on the flip side I would expect any used bike from the dealership be in top notch shape... I guess that would depend on the dealership too.
    -OR-
    Get the new wethead... I have no doubt it is better than the '12 model and maybe upgrade further down the road if you want to.
    Not an easy choice - been there.:D
    If I had to make that choice now; I'd probably go new. Call me stupid - but that wethead has me twitching... it's a personal thing.

    Spend some quality time in bike shops that service BMW bikes (including dealerships) to get their opinions and then make your decision.
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  17. angelo_balto

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    best buy 2010+model... best oil-cooled boxer ever!

    in my opinion (this applies ONLY to the 2010+ generation GS) just got the full ESA, ABS, etc...
    You will never regret it & it WILL keep a much better resale value.

    Even if you are an Ohlins guy, the are compatible with the ESA. After all, till 2015 ALL bikes will have electronic suspension as OEM, so without it you will be "the past":rofl

    Same thing happened with the ABS option a few years ago ... Now if you don't have it, you're on a Harley ... :clap:clap
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  18. Britome

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    I generally agree with this and I have ESA. That being said, my son has ohlins on a non ESA 2006 GSA and that ride is firmer and more superior o the ESA on my 2011 GSA.
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  19. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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    I'd just ride a goat, they are pretty quiet riding through the campground.

    You guys sound like you are discussing what is the best spoon for oatmeal

    Oh, yeah.....nevermind.
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  20. aGremlin

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    But Ohlins ESA is even better :evil

    With ESA fitted, you can then at least fit the Ohlins Mechatronic suspension instead of getting manual Ohlins.
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