High mileage GSsssesss

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  1. eri

    eri Been here awhile

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    with my high mileage 2013 GS waiting for what will be an obscenely expensive new starter switch

    the even higher mileage 2009 was pressed back into service to go visit neppi and his HMGS in tauranga with oldbeer on his HMGS

    here we are on the tiny, but perfectly formed, dirt road between matahura and kaihere tues1.JPG
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  2. neppi

    neppi Long timer

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    Thank you for today, fellas! Twas superb!

    I was over with having my bars not right and stopped at the Victoria Battery to adjust them. From that on things were better... ;)

    Somehow we missed the Starbucks photoshoot, but there’s always the next time.

    Cheers!
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  3. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    We shudda taken a pic at Maccas in Paeroa. Great to see you again and great job on that bike. Sounds pretty smooth to me. Beauty, as ever, is in the eye of the beholder.
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  4. neppi

    neppi Long timer

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    Well, you couldn’t even hear it next to yous fellas’ roaring beasts!

    I think it says in the rules that all of the GSsssesss in the Starbucks pic has to have double headlights. The time wasn’t just right for it yet.

    Cheers!
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  5. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    This was in @neppi 's driveway, at home.
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  6. Oscar

    Oscar Acerbic Prick Supporter

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    At the other end of the scale, I have a 1981 R80g/s with only 27,000 miles on it.
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  7. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    A statement like that really needs a picture. Is it still shiny?
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  8. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    Btw aggregate kilomileage with @neppi along is more like 400,000kms.
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  9. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    Depends on which bit you are looking at on my Bikes.
    • Gus (R100GS) has done 270,000 kms.
    • The Supertanker's motor (R100GS) has done 270,000+kms, & has been RTW. But the bike itself (R80 G/S) has only done 56,000 kms.
    So I win :D with a combined (motor) mileage of 540,000+














    What's the prize?
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  10. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    Lots of quality shed time, it appears :)
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  11. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    :rofl:rofl:rofl
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  12. Oscar

    Oscar Acerbic Prick Supporter

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    Why, yes.
    It is shiny...
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  13. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    That’s a cool bike @Oscar . Love the simplicity of it. Form and function and all that.
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  14. eri

    eri Been here awhile

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    the big tell on the original g/s is front disc wear

    maybe because of badly chosen water drain hole locations they wear with a HORRIBLE triple wave on the surface

    with only 27,000km the wave pattern should be just starting to form

    with 127,000km it's really pronounced

    probably they don't get 227,000km without being replaced
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  15. dazzadm

    dazzadm Long timer

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    I had one of these blue ones, sold it at 100,000km. Later on I had a white one, it had almost 200,000km when I sold it, it had been ridden out from England apparently.
    The Bemaha is at 260,000km. Original frame and engine, 100,000km of that is mine.
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  16. NZSpokes

    NZSpokes Been here awhile

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    So which of these is the best one to get? I quite like the twin cam GSA. Thinking about a replacement for my XChallenge.
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  17. neppi

    neppi Long timer

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    I think R1100GS would be the best to get! You could get mine!
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  18. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    I went for my first ride on my vstrom yesterday since i bought the GS. My current thinking is that, for what i do (not very adventurous riding) it makes more sense to have the GS and the Vstrom in the garage than the Vstrom and the drz400. The 400 only gets ridden out of abandonment guilt.

    Vstrom does (almost) everything the beemer does, has better gearbox (not hard) and is not much less comfortable. There's much more chance of both bikes being ridden if the choice is between the GS and the Vstrom. So the GS is staying for a while. I would sell it before i sold the Vstrom though.

    GS is still top of my charts for going round corners and comfort which is a big chunk of the whole bike experience for me. Easy to see why people grow to love them. Great bike. Apart from the gearbox.
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  19. neppi

    neppi Long timer

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    That’s only because you have the right kind of turnsignal switch!
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  20. eri

    eri Been here awhile

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    go out and try some

    i see cheap hexheads and wetheads but no cheap camheads

    the camhead's engine is a slight improvement over the hexhead, but nowhere near the improvement of the wethead
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