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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-28-2014, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Sad to say goodbye!

Well as my riding has transitioned to longer and longer trips I realized i have to move on to something bigger. Was holding out for the V 1000 but i just hate the "don't know what kind of bike i want to be" design of the new models.

So today I road home a lightly used R 1200 GS. 70 miles in I love the bike.
Hope it is as stone cold reliable as my V was.

I'll miss this great forum!

Thanks to all how have helped my Versys ownership be a fantastic experience.

If any want to fallow my international (or domestic) rides going forward, you can find me on instagram:http://instagram.com/worldtraveler100

Ride on!

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-28-2014, 07:26 PM
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Congrats. Tested a R1200GS this summer. Nice machine. It is a bit big for me, but doesn't get much better for long distance cruising.
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congrats on the new bike and enjoy. stop in and say hello from time to time
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If it has the troublesome fuel level sensor strip as in friend's R 1200 GT, we easily fixed its open circuit without removing in-tank fuel pump by zapping it 5 times at the connector with a wired fireplace lighter... I know this sounds kinda random, but you'll be happy to know about it when you lose all fuel level and range info.

http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....l-strip-zapper
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Reliability and BMW in the same sentence? Good luck!
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Congrats! Enjoy the new-to-you ride. Sounds like a nice find.

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Congrats on the new bike. I'm quite certain you're going to enjoy it. I rode a GS for a couple of days this summer when my K1600 was at the dealer getting a switch replaced. The GS is a nice bike and should be more comfortable than the Versys for longer rides.


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Nice bike, I have a husband and wife team that each ride one. That's right she has hers and he has his.

Funny thing is I keep up just fine with the Versys...most of the time they're asking ME to slow it down a bit will ya? Now when I'm 2 up on the Versys it's another matter they can leave me.

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Thanks for the positive wishes guys.

The fun part of the story is that i traded the V to the guy i got the BMW from. Went by his place today to drop of some parts and he is remaking it into his vision of what it should be, just as i did when i got it. Love that!

Hope to see him on here soon. That would make the third owner of this bike to be an active forum member!

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Have fun with the new ride.
My '09 got traded for a bike that got traded for a bike that got wrecked that got bought new again that's still in my garage. Always missed the Versys, and finally found a leffover '12 this year to add to my garage.
See you on your next one, they tend to get into your blood!

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I had 2 1150GSs over the years. I really enjoyed both of them and put a ton of miles on each. Like the OP, my riding needs changed and I wound up on the V which reminds me so much of my Beemers. I reckon any self respecting garage really needs one of each.

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My GS riding friends keep telling me how great they are, but no one has offered me a ride on their bike. LOL! One guy put 100,000 miles in 4 years and traded on a new water boxer GS.

I guess I need to try one,but right now my leanings are towards the Super Tenere.

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Funny you should say that. Yesterday I switched bikes with my Versys riding brother so he could get a twisty test ride of the GS.

He loved it and I loved being on a V again. But now the V feels like a little sport bike.

My leanings were toward an ST as well, but the local Yamaha dealer is half a crook and I won't do business with him. On the other hand the BMW dealer in Bentonville AR is fantastic. Since I only do the most basic wrenching, that is a big consideration for me.

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That is why I like the Versys so much, it is like a small, tall, sportbike. If I could afford it I'd have a smaller bike for commuting and a bigger bike for touring, but the V can do both reasonably well, it's a keeper.
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