BMW R1200GS (2004 - 2012)

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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:
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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
Duddleston
Reviewed: 08 January 2013

From the moment you get on it, you will not want to get off it. Always amazed at how far you can lean it over.

I finally got around to buying a 2010 Adventure.
I commute 65 miles everyday, all year around. Whether I plod up the dual carriageways or tear up the back lanes you will never feel bored.
It makes 3 hours in the saddle easy, and is happy maintaining 90mph, returning around 48mpg at that speed. Tis possible to get 55mpg.
I chopped in a VRod (VRSCDX) and a ST1100, the idea being to combine the characteristics of the two. Twas a great decision; I have the sedate comfyness of the ST and the hooliganess of the VRod.
If in doubt, go take one out for a test ride. You will not be disappointed
Some of the range have issues, but not all, even for the same year.
I have run out of fuel, without any warning - there is a problem of the missing 10 litres, when pump does not pump out the right side of the tank.
The gearbox is a little clunky.
They are expensive.
I love it!!
I would be happy riding this all day, knowing I would have a smile at the end of the day.
Cost is an issue, but they do hold their value pretty well.
There a lot out there, owned by "Sainsburys Warriors" that are, fully loaded, well looked after and with low mileage.
Go get one.
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Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
4.0

Duddleston would recommend this product
R1200GSER
Reviewed: 07 January 2013

try it, challenge it, push it and open your mind Your gonna want one!

a bike that truly can be anything you want it to be, powered by a legendary boxer, more like a heart than a piece of engineering. this bike is worthy of all the good press it gets, because you wont need another, this ones grabs the emotion with its soul.
handles like a dream, easy to handle, just make sure you respect its size when manoeuvring at a standstill. but once on the move it could almost be a 50cc ped. this bike genuinely astounds, although it takes a while to grab your physche....
power is probably at a point where you can feel you are thrashing it, but it is in control really...


no cons, other than the usual little frustration of corrosion on the front engine cover bolts.
never before have I felt I dont want another new bike, I am happy with everything about this one.... the new "kettle" version will have to be good.. very good, to better this one.
Score breakdown



Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
4.0

R1200GSER would recommend this product
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