Long WayI did, I bought an 03 GSA & sold the Strom all in one day. It wasn't that easy but I just want to own a GSA once in my life & the timing was right.
Nice, Thanks! After I pulled the trigger on the beemer I was riding my DL 1000 to show it to the guy who bought it. I was thinking to myself how great this bike is as I was thoroughly enjoying the ride... but the beemer is that one bike I have to own once... & I can't afford two bikes right now, or have the room for them.I'm a firm believer in ride what you like. BMW makes several bikes I would not mind owning
GLad to here it. Actually, I'm not a big fan of the newer GSA, I'm sure its a great bike but just too much plastic for me. I prefere the "utilitarian" look of the 1150 generation.Long Way
I have ridden Beemers since 1978. I switched to the WeeStrom last year. Your choice as far as BMW's are concerned is a good one. Stay away from the 05's and up because they have drive train issues, especially final drives.:weapons_73: Don't ask me how I know.
I would suggest you join the BMWMOA and the BMWRA. Both are excellent organizations and a wealth of knowledge. They also have great magazines.
Good luck and enjoy.
I wouldn't have bought the two bikes you mentioned either. I get that not everyone is into BMW's. Most of my riding friends look at them with a dissaproving puzzedled look on their face, ( ok, slight exageration).. But from where I sit, the pro's outweighthe con's.I almost bought 2 GS's, one the front ABS didn't work so I couldn,t test ride, the second smoked out of the lower cylinder when on the side stand, bad design. BMW bring more wallet.
Thanks! The GS fit me like a glove so it was hard to say no... he he.. the Strom will be a big part of my motorcycling memories!Long Way, that's a great bike you chose. I've heard nothing but good things about that model. Bright Side is right about the '05's and up. Serious final drive issues, I had one too on my 1998 R1100R. When it goes, be prepared for a very expensive bill ($1000+).
I love my airhead bmw. I also looked at new BMW's, same models as you, but they didn't fit me well and were generally too heavy. I've enjoyed my Wee, but after riding a Triumph Tiger last August, I think I'm gonna get me one of thoes....
Join the BMW MOA, then you'll get access to the forum. Really great people there, just like here!