BMW GS Update

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Hi all,

Well I have had my 2019 GS for 4 1/2 months now and can say it is one awesome machine. I had a 2014 S10 but could not stand to ride it anymore so I jumped ship and have never looked back. The Beemer is just an amazing motorcycle is so many ways. Yes, its more money to buy and slightly more expensive for maintenance costs but its so much better than almost anything else I have ridden over my 45 year's of riding all kinds of bikes.

Miss this forum but still lurk from time to time to see what's going on.

Save your pennies and buy a GS or GSA, worth every one of those pennies!!
 

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EricV

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I very much hope you feel the same in another year. Enjoy your riding.
 

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I've rented BMWs on travel for years and been able to afford buying one for a long long time. I rent them because they are good bikes and a lot of BMW dealers around the world will rent.

Glad you enjoy yours.

BUT

I've had two leave me walking, friends with major issues, and don't trust them. When my son and I rode to Alaska, the first two bikes we came across were GS's in Hyder and the owners were chasing an electrical problem in one of them.

For a bike to own long after the warranty expired and just for riding itself, I'm on my second Super Tenere.
 

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I got over headaches. “Harleys”. My S10 does everything I need it to do and some. I have no doubt the GS is nice. I have friends that have them as well as the RT. And I was Tempted.

The BMW handle in my opinion handle 10 or 15 percent better. But since my skills have not surpassed the S10’s ability I am one happy camper. I like the longevity and reliability. Had mine since 2015 new. Not one problem with 25k on her. Tires and Oil changes that all I have had to do. Both my Harley’s had some issues. My friends with the BMWs have hade a few issues. Nothing major but a lot more upkeep. The RT disrupted a major trip with a faulty fuel pump.

Also have not had to modify my bike in order to keep up. On some days when I am on they have trouble keeping up with me.
 

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well , I myself still like my 2012 tenere , but it might come to a day when I start looking for an upgrade and we will see. I fit very well on the big boxer , feels like I could ride there all day. but the tenere has never let me down.... leaving for moab October 2nd. on a 7 year old bike with no reliability concerns . never say never , but the tenere doesn't worry me at all.
 
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I hope it serves you well. After reading all the suspension work I need to do on my S10 in another thread from today I might have to move on myself.
 

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I like them, but prior experiences with their dealers left me soured for life. Friend of mine recently wrecked his new GSA. 25mph in a turn slid out from sand and the bike was totalled from insurance. Too fragile and that dealer "experience". Not for me, but I do like them and hope good times continue for you on it.
 

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Goldwing , that is a nice looking machine . when I visit a bmw dealer I cant decide if I like the GS, or GSA, the GS looks lighter, GSA looks more substantial shall we say. all conjecture on my part, not ready in any case to make a switch . fun to look . enjoy your beemer.
 

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Congrats on the bike. Glad to hear you're enjoying it. I was just sitting on one of those at a dealership up in Maryland last weekend. Kept rotating between that, the GSA, and the F 850 GS. All three have their list of positives and negatives when compared to each other. Weight, chain drive, short valve check interval, easy valve check on boxer, there was no slam dunk winner.

In June I dipped a toe into the BMW pool for the very first time. So far 7K+ miles in and the bike has been outstanding. An undeniable higher level of fit/finish to anything I've ever seen on the Japanese side. My wife loves that they've shoved so much technology into this bike. She's a gadget person and all that stuff makes her happy. For me, I've heard an awful lot of stories of BMW reliability and I see much of those gadgety things as opportunities for issues. I'm taking a wait and see approach on forming my own opinion of what I think of the BMW ownership experience.

I can already say I understand what RonH means about the dealership experience, which is why we were at an out of state dealer last weekend and not where we bought my wife's GS. I understand my bar was set very high because of Romney Cycles, but damn, how low can you go?
 

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Looks like a fun ride, nice and fancy! Have you checked your spokes lately? Looks like some are missing!

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The GS a kewl bike, but a bad idea to own one where I live, No dealer, and that's must to own those, I value reliability over everything. So there is no way I'm buying a GS.
Most people in my area stick to Jap, bike just because there is a dealer network and parts are easy to get.
 
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