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post #1 of 169 Old 05-28-2019, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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BMW or V-strom?

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This community is awesome. Naturally, i have to turn to you guys for advice one more time. I have found a screaming deal on a 1 owner 2013 BMW R1200GS with dynamic ESA suspension, ON board GPS/computer in short the works and just a handful of miles in perfect condition. Should i buy it? The purchase price should be right below $10k. I am right on the verge of selling the Vee and getting on the Beemer? Absolutely Nothing wrong with my bike. I am simply just tempted by this sweet deal. I haven't seen a newer BMW in single digits for sale before.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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post #2 of 169 Old 05-28-2019, 10:35 AM
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Keep the Vee and spend the money for the BMW on fantastic trips. That otta take a while.
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how many miles do you put on your bike a year?is your bike your main transportation?how is your financial situation?
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Folks,

This community is awesome. Naturally, i have to turn to you guys for advice one more time. I have found a screaming deal on a 1 owner 2013 BMW R1200GS with dynamic ESA suspension, ON board GPS/computer in short the works and just a handful of miles in perfect condition. Should i buy it? The purchase price should be right below $10k. I am right on the verge of selling the Vee and getting on the Beemer? Absolutely Nothing wrong with my bike. I am simply just tempted by this sweet deal. I haven't seen a newer BMW in single digits for sale before.

Any help would be much appreciated.
I guess it depends on mostly subjective and emotional rationale rather than depreciation per hour ridden, and other arcane empirical data. To me, six years old is not "newer" and I owned my previous bike for 16 years.
Cycle Trader is showing at least two leftover brand new 2018 DL1000s for under US$10,000. virtually no miles, full warranty, But it's not a Beemer, so if you are of the "I'd rather push a BMW than ride a..." passionate set, deals on a DL won't matter. Besides, the '18 would.nt be substantially different than your current bike. Your criteria will be slightly-to largely different than other posters here on Stormtroopers, and the same goes for if you ask the same question on BMW MOA.
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BMW's are hit or miss, you either get one that's uber reliable or a problem child. Saying that though, the R1200GS is a beautiful machine. I'd own one if I could afford one.

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Guys,

Thank you for the responses so far. I am going to address some of the questions that were raised.

Financially i can afford it. I am not rich, but I can sell my bike and finance the residual balance and have it paid of in a year or two. I am estimating a small loan of $5k maximum $6k.

I am a casual summer rider. The weather here in Ohio in combination with work and family life only allows for a few thousand miles of riding per year.

I don't care about prestige and image I never have. If i did i wouldn't currently ride a 13 year old Vee.

I have always wanted a BMW, but never wanted to spend a lot of money for one. I used to ride my father's GS and I have to admit it was a silk ride.

I understand that replacing a perfectly functional motorcycle with one that is more expensive is completely unnecessary.

The GS looks a lot better, I am sure it rides and offers a lot more than my strom, but at the same time that is a double edged sword. The bike is out of warranty. If something does go bad it would be a lot of money to replace even if I DIY it.

I guess that is my dilemma:

Do i part ways with my trustful loaded Vee for a small monthly payment for a motorcycle that looks better, is more powerful with more amenities no farkles and the risk of expensive repairs down the road?

Sidenote: before this came up I had indeed decided that in the near future i would be upgrading to the Vee2. My plan was to buy a used 2014+ Vee2 this year or next year. On a good day i could buy a 2014 V2 for $6,500. That brings the difference with the BMW to approximately $3k.

I guess never thought the two bikes would be so close to price.
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Realshelby is a pretty reliable source of info on the ins and outs of BMW ownership, and has a pretty thorough knowledge of any issues that are specific to model years of the BMWs, and what years to avoid. He may chime in on his own, or you could PM him.

That said, if I found a good deal on a 1200 GS that I could reliably trust its history of maintenance, I'd certainly be more than tempted.
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If you have the cash-no loan involved-why not go for it.
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When I decided it was time to replace my 15YO Kawasaki Concours, I was waffling hard between the V-Strom and a BMW. The deciding factor for me came when I was at a motorcycle gathering and started talking with riders all who had owned multiple bikes that included both Stroms and BMWs. Every one of them not only encouraged me to get the Strom, but said the Strom was the best bike they ever owned for the money spent. I considered that high praise and went with the Suzuki.
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My brother just (day before yesterday) got a 2010 GS1200. That machine has a lot of great features and looks like a blast to drive! I'm afraid to take it for a ride for fear of making my little old 650 feel inadequate for ever more. Being a practical guy, I know I could not do justice to owning something other than my DL650 for the foreseeable future. My brother will take that BMW all over the planet, it was a logical choice for him to replace his ST1100. His gal has a BMW-700 adventure bike so it also makes sense that he evolve to the adventure stile too.

I really don't know what advice to offer. You only live once and if the 1200 is high on your bucket list then I say you should do it. The new Suzuki 1000 is also a very tempting step up...hummm.
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