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post #1 of 20 Old 05-05-2008, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Please help me NOT give the wee up for a 1200gs

Okay I bought my wee a handful of months ago and love everything about it except the wising sound, its also been referred to as a "weed eater sound," and its general look.

Okay please don't flame me, some people love the look, we all have different kids and wives and each of us love our own.

The wee is the best feeling bike I've ever ridden (have not ridden the 1200GS), easy to maintain, easy to freckle - and fun, but I've always wanted a BMW GS bike. Last night I watched the series "Long Way Around" on PBS and today its in my head to by a used 1200 GS.

Please help me not buy the 1200 GS.

Thanks and again and I mean no disrespect to the Strom or the people that love them.
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Buy it if you want it. I will still be riding my V.

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post #5 of 20 Old 05-05-2008, 09:23 PM
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I don't blame you! I love the GSA don't think the normal GS does it for me. When I decided I was buying a new bike I had 3 choices. The GSA, the KTM950 Adventure and the Strom. I could afford any of them, and took hard good look at all of them. I recently even thought really hard about trading the Strom for the new F800GS this fall.

At the time of purchase, I could not bring my self to pay the sticker price on either the KTM or BMW. I did lots of research and even though both bikes called me hard, I could not drop the money on them. I got a great deal on the Strom and have taken the bike anywhere the 2 big ticket bikes will go.

When the 800 was announced I was dead set on getting rid of the Strom for it. Then I got to thinking.... The Strom is fully farckled, all it needed was a new rear shock and front springs and gold valves to really polish the farkling. The new F800GS sticker price is about 13k, add hard luggage, skid plate, modulators, bark busters, stabilizer, seat, larger windshields, Zumo mount, crash bars etc and I am looking at over 20k!!!!!! I decided to get an Elka rear, new springs and valves up front and enjoy the Strom.

After my test with the new Elka rear, I am sure I made the right choice. Once I get the front done I will take it to some nice sand to test it out and see how she does.

Add to the price of the BMW or KTM the cost of the parts for repairs, or actual shop time if needed, and you will loose that itch really soon. Its not that I cant afford it, just dont see how parts and labor can be so much more just because of a name.

Also read up on reliability issues... There are tons more strom than GS bikes out there, and the stroms just dont break nearly as much as the GS. If I was stranded in Mexico lets say with a bike because it broke, I would like it to be a Strom since I know I can find parts just about any where. And when a chain goes, you can make due in a little town in the middle of nowhere.... where are you going to find a shaft for your BMW in the middle of Montana 300 miles away from the nearest BMW dealer.

Just my 2 cents

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If you go through with the purchase, remove all your farkles and put them in storage. That way, if you end up like some others on this site and sell the BMW you instantly have farks for you next Strom...
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If you hate the noise, install a slip-on. I wouldn't buy a BMW (at the moment) simply because of the rear drive issues.

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For the long version of my response to your post, see my very first post to this forum:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=13428

The short version is this: I previously owned a 2004 BMW 1150GS. I loved it, but ended up selling it. Several months later, after hours of online research, I had decided to buy the new Triumph Tiger instead of the new 1200GS (based mostly on looks since not many people had actually ridden one at that time)

One day I set out to buy my new Tiger. But just for fun I decided I should test ride some of the other bikes in the category. Luckily, I was able to test ride 4 bikes in a single day: V-strom DL 1000, V-strom DL650, Triumph Tiger, and the BMW 1200GS.

Long story short: I never even considered the 650DL until that day. But after I test rode those 4 bikes, the decision was really pretty obvious.

Moral of the story: Don't buy a bike or absolutely exclude a bike that you have never ridden...unless image is the most important factor in your decision.

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For the long version of my response to your post, see my very first post to this forum:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=13428

The short version is this: I previously owned a 2004 BMW 1150GS. I loved it, but ended up selling it. Several months later, after hours of online research, I had decided to buy the new Triumph Tiger instead of the new 1200GS (based mostly on looks since not many people had actually ridden one at that time)

One day I set out to buy my new Tiger. But just for fun I decided I should test ride some of the other bikes in the category. Luckily, I was able to test ride 4 bikes in a single day: V-strom DL 1000, V-strom DL650, Triumph Tiger, and the BMW 1200GS.

Long story short: I never even considered the 650DL until that day. But after I test rode those 4 bikes, the decision was really pretty obvious.

Moral of the story: Don't buy a bike or absolutely exclude a bike that you have never ridden...unless image is the most important factor in your decision.
+1 well said!

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post #10 of 20 Old 05-05-2008, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Exactly what I was looking for! Thank to everyone who posted! And my wife also thanks you.

I really appreciate everyones insightful feedback. The wee is a great bike and I LOVE the way it rides and handles. Not to mention its price and the fun and availability of the freckles.

I think I'm going to hold of buying the BMW 1200gs. Its is too costly and it sounds like an expensive bike to keep up - like ALL BMWs. The freckle pricing really put me over the edge. I'll revisit this after they come out with the new 800gs on the smaller frame - but, without airheads, why go with the bmw, I'm staying with the wee.

Now to buy a center stand, remove the tank sticker and find a cool sticker to take its place.

Job well done! Many thanks!
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