Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Innisfil, Ontario Canada
1000 vstrom vs. bmw800gsa dilemma
I have owned BMW motorcycles in the past, last one was a 2008 K1200S.
Great bikes, service is actually not more expensive then any other bike I have owned. Now, where the BMW falls down is getting service and parts. Finding a BMW Motorrad is not always easy, or seldom close by. Parts are not as readily available as the Japanese bikes. Also, you need to consider product quality. Suzuki quality is higher then BMW, by a large margin. All you have to do is look at the failure rates of BMW vs any of the Japanese manufacturers. BMW on the list of 10 biggest motorcycle companies ranked by percentage of product failures, BMW sits second last. Only Can-Am builds a lower quality motorcycle. All others, including Harley-Davidson, ranked much higher in product quality, with Yamaha at the top.
2018 V-Strom 1000 XT
2008 BMW K1200S, 2005(x2) Triumph Sprint ST 1050, 2005 BMW R1150R, 2004 Suzuki Intruder 1500, 2003 Yamaha 650 V-Star,1992 Honda 125 Enduro
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2018 V Strom 1000 XT
Honda NX 125 enduro, Yamaha V-Star 650, Suzuki 1500 Intruder,
BMW R1150R, BMW K1200S,
Triumph Sprint ST 1050 (Caspian Blue), Triumph Sprint ST 1050 (Silver)