'10 GSA 30000 km report (18000 m)

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Bjorn_Granberg, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. Bjorn_Granberg

    Bjorn_Granberg Amor Vincit Omnia

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    Hello Boxer freaks!
    I just left my 2010 GSA for 30000 km service at BMW in Stockholm (Sweden). The bike has taken me almost all around Europe and since I am now sitting idle in a cottage on an island in the archipelago, what could be better than to write a report on the experiences so far. The story is posted on my blog, here: http://www.bjorngranberg.se/2011/08/my-bmw-r-1200-gs-adv-and-the-30k-km-check-point/

    Wroom Wroom!
    Björn
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  2. McFuryMcNugget

    McFuryMcNugget me specie in dea ist

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    Hejsan Sverge bra job och fin læsning.

    +1

    McFury.
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  3. Jason Abbott

    Jason Abbott Long time Idaho rider

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    Is it sarcasm (honest question)? I read twenty-five paragraphs of nit-picks sandwiched between "wonderful motorcycle" and "wonderful bike." :huh
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  4. Semper Fi

    Semper Fi Runs with Scissors

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    Agree on the too hard to clean - I just hose it down every once in a while
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  5. Bjorn_Granberg

    Bjorn_Granberg Amor Vincit Omnia

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    Hi Jason, I guess its just the result of being lucky to have had a good experience.
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  6. Farmer Palmer

    Farmer Palmer Been here awhile

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    Enjoyed your 30k km report, I've only ridden around 10k on my GSA30 so i'm way behind with the mileage.

    These bikes are many things to many people and overall i'm very happy with my machine. I don't really have any criticisms of my bike either.

    I like the 'new' engine and exhaust sound and I don't have the traction control or ESA or onboard computer on my bike as I was trying to keep the price down. I did spec heated grips and ABS aswell as the enduro first gear and in the UK the bike came with a complementary set of alloy BMW ADV cases complete with topbox and inner bags.

    I have fitted a shed load of Touratech accessories to improve my bike but I doubt any of them were really a neccessity but they do add certain extra qualities to my bike.

    The most surprising TT product i've fitted is the lockable screen extender, I bought mine cheap second hand for £30 just to try it out and must say it has made a huge improvement to wind buffeting, I'm around 6' 4" and have never taken the extender off the bike since I fitted it earlier this year.

    Fuel economy on the whole is ok for such a big unaerodynamic bike and a lot of my riding has been with loaded side cases, topbox and a pillion but I don't need to fill the bike till well over 320 miles and that's usually with the cheapest unleaded I can find. I'm guessing 44-50mpg and sometimes more depending on how I ride.

    As for cleaning.........It's a GS and it's going to get dirty, what I can't get at with the sponge or wheel brush isn't going to matter. I coat my bike with a mixture of GT85/Scotoil 365 to keep the salt at bay and when I wash it most of the crap comes off easily. The finish is till very good and i'll replace any corroding bolt heads with stainless ones as required. The Maier splashguard, fender extender and Touratech side panels make a huge difference in keeping the bike clean.

    What I would like say about the 2010/11 GS's is that they are well through the production run now and hopefully any of the niggles that were present on the earlier 04- bikes should be well sorted and I hope to have a long and relatively trouble free ownership.........Time and miles will tell!

    Look forward to reading your 60k km report in a few months time....!!

    FP.
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  7. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    I like your owner's report. I like the spirit which came through the print.

    If we all want a perfect agreeable report then write one & I'll be glad to agree to let you know how agreeable it is.

    My 09-GS is a near perfect a scoot that I have ever owned which didn't put me to sleep. I have done less to this bike than any bike I've owned, (upgrades). My prpblem is I have had to many bikes & just have not put in the seat time I should have to better know this BMW.

    Now I have sold all but two bikes & am learning just what I have missed in not riding this fun GS.
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  8. sdaddy

    sdaddy Adventurer

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    Great write-up:D I'm thinking of getting a GSA. At only 170 cm, I"m afraid I might be too short. What do you think?
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  9. opposedcyljunkie

    opposedcyljunkie Heavyweight Boxer

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    Measure your inseam instead. If it's at least 31-32", you should be good for a GSA.
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  10. sdaddy

    sdaddy Adventurer

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    Nope, only 29" here.... guess I'll rate only a GS with a low seat. PS, I currently ride a R1200S and touch only toes both sides at a stop.
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  11. Bjorn_Granberg

    Bjorn_Granberg Amor Vincit Omnia

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    There is an option with a lowered frame. Spoke with one guy in Marbella, Spain, that owned one of those and he said its the only one they import. If you want "the higher model" as he said, you have to make a special order. In Sweden its the opposite. So go check that out!
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