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post #1 of 17 Old 04-14-2009, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Selling BMW 1150GS for 650 vstrom, HELP

Hi guys, I know all these questions have been asked & answered before so if you can point me to other forums that's cool, I appreciate any/all suggestions.

I love the BMW, BUT, the cost of maintenance, lack of dealer support, weight for the backroads & fireroads type of riding I like, plus having just ridden a vstrom have me ready to sell and buy!
so here go a few questions

1) Type of ridding will be 40 miles round trip commute approx 6 months of year. I am not a speed nut, commute, backroads, fireroads in that order
2) Cross wind issues?
3) Cost and schedule of scheduled maint?
4) Durability if/when dropped?
5) I am 5'11 210, cannot flat foot, close, do I really want a 1000, they feel/sit very similar?
6) What "must" have farkles are recommended?

Appreciate it...
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I sold my 2004 1150GS and bought a new 2007 DL650. I have put more miles on my DL than my GS, but I spent more on maintenance and service on the GS than the maintenance AND all my add-ons for the DL combined! Plus, I have 5 Suzuki dealers within the same distance as my BMW dealer.

I loved my GS while I had it, but the DL650 is a much easier bike to own and enjoy. Having come from a the GS, you'll want to add a few things (heated grips, Madstad bracket, better screen, better seat, center stand) but once you have the V-Strom set up, I don't think you'll miss the BMW at all.

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post #3 of 17 Old 04-15-2009, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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I sold my 2004 1150GS and bought a new 2007 DL650. I have put more miles on my DL than my GS, but I spent more on maintenance and service on the GS than the maintenance AND all my add-ons for the DL combined! Plus, I have 5 Suzuki dealers within the same distance as my BMW dealer.

I loved my GS while I had it, but the DL650 is a much easier bike to own and enjoy. Having come from a the GS, you'll want to add a few things (heated grips, Madstad bracket, better screen, better seat, center stand) but once you have the V-Strom set up, I don't think you'll miss the BMW at all.
Thanks Satch, confirming my thoughts!!
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How much does maint. run on a BMW? I'm looking at a couple of the models, 1200rt and the adventure version. I'm not sure if they are even a factor, only one dealer in this state! Next closest dealer is over 100 miles. The dealer I went to told me maint. was very minimal, I know they will tell you anything while sales are what they are now, just curious. BB
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I stopped by my local BMW/Triumph dealer. They have the Tiger and GS sitting facing each other and I felt really tempted. I have an '08 Vee and sales dork said that he would give me $8100 trade in. Told him I would think about it and went to look at some pants, friend at parts counter said that I would be stupid to trade unless I just couldn't live without the other bike. My summer is spent on the bike and I was told that the only thing the Vee would need is gas and oil changes. Bought pants and rode away on my Vee.
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How much does maint. run on a BMW? I'm looking at a couple of the models, 1200rt and the adventure version. I'm not sure if they are even a factor, only one dealer in this state! Next closest dealer is over 100 miles. The dealer I went to told me maint. was very minimal, I know they will tell you anything while sales are what they are now, just curious. BB

Horrible at least for the GS. The two riders I know well it would have run to many thousands if it hadn't been covered by the warantee - though that didn't help with the downtime (in one case ~6 months over two years).

Problems I've seen in new (< 2 yr) GS1200's, broken tooth in 2nd gear, final drive failure, ABS servo (x2) and a wierd electrical gremlin that I don't think they ever solved. (Dash would go blank).

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I have a 07 Blue Wee, it came with OEM bags and centerstand, I have added a group buy CBaileytaller screen and Madstadt braket for the screen. I found a used OEM topcase on this site for $90 including shipping. Last year I put about 5k miles on the bike, and only had to put out gas and oil change money. I sold my Airhead, because of parts and lack of dealer support. I am 5-10 and about 220lbs, I have no problem getting my feet on the ground. The Wee is a great bike for my 120 mi. commute. I have a couple more things I will add to help with the hiway miles I ride, a fenda extenda, keep stuff from hitting the oil coller, and a fork brace to help steady the Wee in the crosswinds. Pick the farkles you need to start, add the other goodies when you can. Just ride and ride safe! Dave

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From a GSA to a Wee

I owned an 06 GSA, and my experience with it led me to get something lighter and less top heavy. The BMW, while a great bike, is just not for everyone. I had to experience the "macho" image of having one. It is one of the toughest looking bikes out there, but, way to big for me. The Wee is pefect, I can do any maintenance on it, and the dealer network , if needed,is no problem when traveling. The power to weight ratio is great, so for me there was no need to get the more pwerful V. The money you save on the front end of the purchase will allow you to trick the bike out with a ton of after market items, and still have money in your pocket when the dust settles. I purchsed my 07 Wee used, with only 4400 miles on the clock. I love it and will be ridng it in an Iron Butt event May 16th in Virginia.
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I stopped by my local BMW/Triumph dealer. They have the Tiger and GS sitting facing each other and I felt really tempted. I have an '08 Vee and sales dork said that he would give me $8100 trade in. Told him I would think about it and went to look at some pants, friend at parts counter said that I would be stupid to trade unless I just couldn't live without the other bike. My summer is spent on the bike and I was told that the only thing the Vee would need is gas and oil changes. Bought pants and rode away on my Vee.
Were you tempted by the Triumph or the Beemer? I've always liked the Tiger myself and it fits me (ergo wise) to a T. That said, I'm thrilled with my DL650a.

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You'll need these

A fork brace. Don't ride an inch without one.
A set of crash bars. Just in case.
MadStad Adjustable Windshield Mount. Must have.
Gas & Go>>>>>>>> yer done here.

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