BMW R1200GS (2004 - 2012)

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DrPete
Reviewed: 24 June 2015

Nice to ride, but they get expensive when old. Mine was a 2005, non ABS, non ESA.

Fun to ride, and very nimble with the right rubber. Michelin Pilot Road 3 Trail transformed the bike for me. It's a heavy beast, but you really don't notice the weight once you start moving. The riding position is nice and comfortable, but a Sargent seat transforms it into all-day-and-then-some comfort. There's plenty of torque in the engine so it's pretty effortless.
Expensive to service - BMW parts and labour are reassuringly eye-watering, and still pricy if you can find a decent independent. Mine needed a new final drive (£1000 new; rebuilt by an independent engineer for £450), new front brake master cylinder (£200), new gearbox seal (£1800, because the bike has to be split in half to reach it), and a new left hand instrument cluster (£200) because the "waterproofing" plastic gasket covering the switches inside the cluster degrades with time.
The build quality was pretty rubbish overall, but mine lived outside and was used all year.
Loved the bike, but hated the bills.
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Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
3.0

DrPete would recommend this product
chevalier noir
Reviewed: 08 May 2015

Only for road, and not at all for adventure.

Comfortable, including with a passenger.
Not able of real long off road trip. Not enough reliable for that. In Kenya all GS (1150 and 1200) are breaking the rear chock, while the Kim riders just need a shower.
The bike is so good, that you don t feel anything on the road. So boring!
It's a pity that for this price BMW does not provide a roof and 2 additional wheels.
It s expensive, it s ugly, it s not good for long off road trip.
just able to try to give you a successful image ( or a sheep image?)
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Engine:
1.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
2.0
Comfort:
3.0
Build Quality:
2.0

chevalier noir would not recommend this product
Adamrover
Reviewed: 20 April 2014

A nice bike for touring and off road

Comfortable riding position, good equipment levels reliable and handles well on and off road. ESA, abs and traction control essential. Buy top spec. GSA has better range 270 + per tank. Good fun bike and cheap to run.add panniers and high screen. 300 mile a day rides are easy on these bikes.y
Heavy in slow traffic when filtering, easy to drop and heavy to lift if you don't know how. Fuel range is about 140 miles per tank. Had one of these first then upgraded to the GSA to get better range(270 miles+). Get the high screen as wind slap above 70 is tiring. In slow traffic in summer you get a lot of heat from the cylinders.
A nice reliable bike and good tourer to go any where. Go for the GSA if you are looking at touring as the range is a lot better. Opt for vario panniers unless you are touring off road as they hold more kit and can be minimised when not required. Metzeller tyres are best on these bikes.
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Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
5.0

Adamrover would recommend this product
The Professor
Reviewed: 07 December 2013

The most complete, finest bike I've ever ridden. If I buy again it'll be a GS and no, I'm not Ewan.

Riding position, gearbox, power across the range, comfort. The definitive function before for bike. This bike does everything and then some. Sales and after sales service has been a pleasure. I even enjoy the indicator system.
No problems at all - honestly.
I've been riding for more than 40 years and many bikes in that time. This has to be the most complete bike I've ever ridden. Just off a 350km trip and it reinforces every positive feeling I have for this bike. Even when I'm not riding it gives me pleasure to just go and look at it. Out of the box it is as close to perfect as I've ever had so my mods have been minor; added wider foot-pegs for rider and pillion, lower crash bars, adjustable levers and that's it. My wife loves it so who could ask for more.

I do a lot of road riding but also a lot of reasonably serious off road riding here in South Africa so no, I'm not a 'Sainsbury Warrior' (i like that).
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
5.0

The Professor would recommend this product
Eyore
Reviewed: 26 February 2013

Amazingly competent

Fantastic all day comfortable riding position, great brakes, supple suspension,huge range of accessories, corners like a good un.Just so utterly practical and fun too,
You need to be reasonably tall, looks arent everybodies cup of tea. The BMW long way down image needs to be shaken off.
Superb, why did it take me so long to try one.Open your minds and see why so many people love them.
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Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
5.0

Eyore would recommend this product
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