Life span of a Wethead?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by NZSpokes, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. NZSpokes

    NZSpokes Been here awhile

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    Hi All. Im considering buying a Wethead thats got about 50,000ks on it. Whats the life span on these like? I presume much more than that.

    Im new to these boxers so just getting a feel for the life of em.

    Oh and which of them can have Shift Assist pro?
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  2. Carlisja

    Carlisja A wandering soul. Super Supporter

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    Most 2014+ bikes have less kilometres than that but there are many with more than 100,000 and some that are double. The one you are considering is just getting broken in. I have an 2008 that I put over 260,000 kilometres on with almost no troubles.

    I don't know when GSAP was added.
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  3. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    He’s asking about a wethead. 2008 doesn’t compare.
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  4. MrVvrroomm

    MrVvrroomm Been here awhile

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    GSAP available on 2014MY and new GS.

    I have a local riding buddy that has just under 100K miles on his '16 R1200RS, same motor/drive train.
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  5. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist More Gelände less Straße

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    Life span can be as long as you would wanted it providing you keep maintaining the bike properly. Here's a thread with couple of high mi LC bikes: '15 w 128K ie. '16 w 145K miles and counting so you've got long way to go...
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/my-2-year-review.1375428/

    As for Shift Assist, it's easily to spot as you look at the gear lever if it's there or not. If you can't see the bike, check the VIN against VIN decoder and you'll find out if it does or not have SA...

    While earlier years were ok too, '15 and up were even better to own...
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  6. CrustyAPO

    CrustyAPO Long timer Super Supporter

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    From the Max BMW Parts Fische

    1) 23418536884 Shift Assistant Pro Retrofit. $675.71.

    “Permits upshifts and downshifts without using clutch or closing the throttle. Available as a factory option, retrofit is possible.”

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  7. Carlisja

    Carlisja A wandering soul. Super Supporter

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    I began with "Most 2014+...." I never said the 08 was a wethead. Regardless, 31,000 miles is pocket change to these bikes. I will have that much on my 19 before the year is out.
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  8. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    There are plenty of Wetheads at 50K miles or more, many at 100K. No reason to think they will die an early death! :deal
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  9. NZSpokes

    NZSpokes Been here awhile

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    Thanks everyone, its an ex hire bike with full service history.
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  10. Jontaff

    Jontaff Been here awhile

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    Keep them serviced and ride.
    If my old FJR can go 105,000 miles, the BMW is still getting broken in at that point. Engine is very robust, just regular oil changes (engine and rear drive) and valve checks etc. keep on riding and be safe.
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  11. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

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    An ex hire(rental) bike may be a non starter for some,but if good service history and a good price,might be the way to go.
    50,000k's is only 31,000 miles,so that is good.
    The 2014's had a few improvements over the 2013's

    Would certainly get someone who knows wetheads to give it a once over.
    Is there a local dealer or mechanic familiar with the wethead that will do a pre purchase inspection?
    Areas of concern would be any crash damage,condition of wear items such as clutch,brakes,suspension,tires.

    JR356
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  12. Boxerbreath

    Boxerbreath 2017.5 GS Black Storm

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    I put 138K in my airhead...oh sorry...
    Point is with proper maintenance you can get a lifetime out of any boxer;)
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