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2011 BMW R1200GS...

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by roosterrooh, Oct 17, 2020 at 11:32 AM.

  1. roosterrooh

    roosterrooh n00b

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    Hello community,
    I have been away for awhile... after selling my Paris Dakar model to go live and teach in Thailand I came home and bought a much smaller bike 750 thumper. I'm looking to replace it with a '11 1200GS. Would like to hear from experienced hands what to expect. I understand that it is a camhead, so no fuel strip problem, but honestly I am not a wrencher.... thanks ahead of time for your insight and advice.
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  2. saitman

    saitman Adventurer

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    The best GS!!
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  3. roosterrooh

    roosterrooh n00b

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    Any ideas how it stacks to a 2005 GS, aside from the difference in years. If the '05 had only 7,500 miles on it vs. the '11 with 16,000, which would you take for the same price?
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  4. jrb_nw

    jrb_nw Adventurer

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    No brainer for me, the newer one. Most of the various issues were sorted by 2011/2012 - brakes, final drive, fuel strip. Plus it has 15 more horsepower than the 2005.
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  5. Callisto224

    Callisto224 Long timer Supporter

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    Definitely get the CamHead. Much improved over the 05 GS.
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  6. roosterrooh

    roosterrooh n00b

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    cool, thanks for that angle....
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  7. dirty_t

    dirty_t Been here awhile

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    ABS is easier to bleed on the Camheads, too (I've heard). Four valves rock - and it's got a great bark in the exhaust note. Fuel gauge actually sort of works. Last of the non-LC bikes is the best!
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  8. PerazziMx14

    PerazziMx14 Long timer

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    Where is the 05 and how much? I prefer hexheads.
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  9. BJMoose

    BJMoose that trick never works Supporter

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    Get the 2011, the camhead is brilliant (yes I'm biased). Maintenance is easy, valves seldom need adjustment and there is a wealth of knowledge here and from JVB. Consider the GSA model if a bigger tank and extras like fog lights, hard bags and engine protection (crash bars) are important to you.
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  10. acote

    acote Frogman

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    I Just bought the 2010 1200GS. I love it. I think you will too. My advantage in buying the used anniversary edition is it came with all the bells and whistles and many aftermarket mods as well for 1/3 the cost of a new one. The thing is like new, not a mark on it with 20,000km. It's certainly bigger and heavier than I'm used too coming from the F650GS but my abilities will grow into it.
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  11. Hiddenoaks

    Hiddenoaks n00b

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    Bought mine new and have enjoyed every ride. No regrets.
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  12. Jeff4155514

    Jeff4155514 Adventurer

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    I love my 2011 triple black, easy to work on and it tends to keep its value due to it being the last of the AC models.
    with me being 1.74m the ESA adjustment and the lowered seat works great.

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  13. kokemill

    kokemill Adventurer

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    I have a 2011 GS, rock solid no (ok 1) issues at +40K miles.

    Route 50 in Eastern Nevada fall of 2019.

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    Coming home on a gravel road in southwest Utah

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    the shoulder was a little squirrely in the deeper sand. I have ESA, heated grips, ABS, the only thing that doesn't work is the crappy switch for the aux lights (I see there is a thread with a fix). The only thing i'm changing is adding a shield in front of the radiator under the headlight, that took a beating from the huge bugs.

    I'm sure the newer models are nicer and have more HP, but I have never reached a max speed on this so i'm not sure who needs the more HP. Mine would be cleaner but it didn't rain the day of the pictures.
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  14. Limbow

    Limbow Been here awhile

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    Another vote for the 2011!
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  15. worthydog

    worthydog Shosholoza Supporter

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    I had an '07 and now I ride a '12. Both good bikes. The 07 (hex) was a few lbs lighter and the engine worked better at low rpms in the dirt. You could lug that thing and the engine never bitched. The 12 (cam) has lower gearing in 1st, more HP and revs higher on the road, but it gets grumpy if you lug the engine. Other than that, the same bike. I think the 05 had funny ABS systems that are expensive to fix. Or maybe that was the 06, but they were good by 07. The market is tough on these older GS's right now, so get a good deal. But I prefer the hex and cam to the Waterboxers.
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