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Old 06-14-2018, 05:49 PM
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A few weeks ago I got the idea in my head to take a cross country trip this summer and decided to buy a 2018 R1200GS to take my trip. I looked at the Triumph Tiger, found a 2017 XRT discounted by 5 grand but still selected the GS. After a bit of research I figured the GS is the slightly better bike and will have better resale value.

I purchased the GS at Hermys BMW and as usual they gave me a great deal on the bike and accessories which made the bike affordable. I'm picking the bike up tomorrow and will start breaking it in immediately. I looked at Givi and Shad panniers and top case but went with the BMW Vario panniers/top case.

The GS is my 3rd bike, I also have a 2016 K16GTL and 2017 ZX14R, but I'm not certain I will keep the GS for more than a year since I purchased it for the single purpose of riding cross country. I don't plan to do much off road riding but if the opportunity presents itself on my trip I'd like to be able to take advantage and get off paved roads.

I liked the espresso metallic since the GS stenciled on the gas tank looks better than just the plain tank. I would have purchased a bike with analog gauges but Hermys only had one bike in stock without the TFT display and I didnt like the color. Heres a picture without the bags.
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Congrats!

Those Anakee3’s suck off road, and I didn’t much like them on pavement either.
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Those Anakee3’s suck off road, and I didn’t much like them on pavement either.

From what I've read most people dislike the Anakee 3's but nothing I can do about it until they wear out :-(
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Yea but those tires get great mileage..if you can put up with their noise..
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Yea but those tires get great mileage..
They didn't for me
Less than 5,000 miles on the rear, front was cupped bad by then.
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That tractor is god awful ugly. Enjoy it!
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That tractor is god awful ugly. Enjoy it!

To be perfectly honest I've always liked the looks of the GS :-) I was in Frankfurt Germany in 2002 and saw a GS at a BMW dealership and thought it was a cool looking bike. Never had a desire to own one until now.
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Less than 5,000 miles on the rear, front was cupped bad by then.
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Nice looking bike wellcraft. You'll probably love it and never get rid of it.
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Re: Took the plunge and bought a 2018 GS

Good looking bike! Even better if it was parked next to a Tuono Factory

I liked the Anakee's
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Re: Took the plunge and bought a 2018 GS

Congrats on the new bike. I like most riders was always concerned with tire life and getting the best combination of performance and mileage.

Well that was until 2012 when I bought my first RR - I've done about 10K miles on the track in the past 3.5 years and have bought about 20 sets of tires at an average price of $425.00 a set.

So when getting only 5K miles out of a set of tires on the street - if those tires provided good performance I would be okay with that for sure.

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Good looking bike! Even better if it was parked next to a Tuono Factory

I liked the Anakee's

I actually looked at a factory Tuono last summer when I was looking for a second bike. Sparse dealer network , I didnt like the riding ergonomics and a sales person that didnt respond to emails drove me to Kawasaki. My ZX14R isn't as sexy looking as the Tuono but the ZX14R is a blast to ride and cheaper too.
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Gorgeous bike - you just need to get it dirty!

Enjoy!

For majority on-road, I liked the Metzeler Tourance's a lot on my KTM 950 Adventure and they seemed to be wearing well when I sold it.
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Congratulations. The GS is a great touring bike and can also do a little easy offroad with the Anakees.
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Congratulations. I have a GSA on order which should arrive in about 5 weeks time. Picked it for a similar reason as the aim is to ship it to South America and ride around there for a few weeks. I picked the GSA simply because it has the 30 litre fuel tank and there can be some big gaps between petrol stations over there.
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I bet if you waited about 3 months these current generation GS/A bikes will be on a incentive program as you would have been given a lot more purchase incentives in anticipation of the new 1250 versions ..
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I bet if you waited about 3 months these current generation GS/A bikes will be on a incentive program as you would have been given a lot more purchase incentives in anticipation of the new 1250 versions ..

I take your point but I've bought me last 5 bikes from one dealer, for whom I used to work part time. I get a good deal without having to push for it.......and I need the bike for September, guaranteed.
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Congrats. Def want to hear what you think of your GS after the trip
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I bet if you waited about 3 months these current generation GS/A bikes will be on a incentive program as you would have been given a lot more purchase incentives in anticipation of the new 1250 versions ..

I did consider waiting to get better incentives but I was satisfied with getting 2500 off list and want to start riding the bike now since i plan to take my trip in July/August. Besides the rumored 1250 engine may not be out until 2020 and there's no guarantee I'll get a better deal than I already received.
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I never understood why anyone would buy a compromise bike for sporty touring or just plain touring or why anyone would buy it to take its corpulence off the pavement. Until I met up with a couple of guys that rode their 1200GS like a hard enduro bike. I've got a fair bit of dirt bike experience but I still got the training at BMW Off-road school where they teach you how to ride a fat bike in gnarly terrain. I've done a couple of 1,000+ mile off-road trips on it now - off-road cred, check. Then I took it off down the BRP and into the Smokys on a road trip and railed on it in the twisties. It's no sport bike but it's got great ground clearance and the low end torque that makes it easy to ride fast without that frenetic feeling you get from wringing out a sport bike - check. And then, I just got back from a road trip of 4,200 miles in 11 days to Alaska on a GS and enjoyed every minute of it.

I no longer consider it a compromise bike. It's a swiss army knife. Yeah, it takes up a little more room in your pocket but you can do anything with it and enjoy it. Count me as one of the many who say if I could only own one bike, this would be it.

Great looking bike wellcraft! I like the graphics they've put on the newer bikes. Get ready to open your wallet - there's more stuff available for this bike than anything else BMW sells and before you know it, you're going to have bought a lot of it.
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I never understood why anyone would buy a compromise bike for sporty touring or just plain touring or why anyone would by it to take its corpulence off the pavement. Until I met up with a couple of guys that rode their 1200GS like a hard enduro bike. I've got a fair bit of dirt bike experience but I still got the training at BMW Off-road school where they teach you how to ride a fat bike in gnarly terrain. I've done a couple of 1,000+ mile off-road trips on it now - off-road cred, check. Then I took it off down the BRP and into the Smokys on a road trip and railed on it in the twisties. It's no sport bike but it's got great ground clearance and the low end torque that makes it easy to ride fast without that frenetic feeling you get from wringing out a sport bike - check. And then, I just got back from a road trip of 4,200 miles in 11 days to Alaska on a GS and enjoyed every minute of it.

I no longer consider it a compromise bike. It's a swiss army knife. Yeah, it takes up a little more room in your pocket but you can do anything with it and enjoy it. Count me as one of the many who say if I could only own one bike, this would be it.

Great looking bike wellcraft! I like the graphics they've put on the newer bikes. Get ready to open your wallet - there's more stuff available for this bike than anything else BMW sells and before you know it, you're going to have bought a lot of it.
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If your journey is taking you into California let me know, maybe I can meet you on the road, or share some local knowledge that you might not otherwise be aware of! Enjoy the bike, looking forward to reading about your trip and don't forget the photos!
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I took delivery of my 2018 GS today and had a nice 80 mile inaugural ride home. The GS is certainly a different animal than my K16GTL but that's a good thing because I didnt want another bike that was similar to what I already have. It'll take a few trys before I completely figure out all the functions the TFT display is capable of but so far I like it over analog gauges. Initially I was going to go with the analog display but I'm glad I went with TFT since it provides useful information in a easy to read format.

I'm very happy with how the GS performs when you select dynamic pro, shift assist pro will take a little getting use to since I'm so use to manual shifting but it's a great riders aid. I'll have to wear the tires in and wait until I exceed the break-in period before really seeing what the GS can do. I got a discount on a NAV VI so I opted to get one eventhough i already had a NAV V.

Overall I'm happy with the GS and can't wait until i hit the road on my cross country trip. I just have to take the next several weeks to recover from the money i just spent on the bike and accessories. Heres a picture with the Vario Panniers and top case.
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If your journey is taking you into California let me know, maybe I can meet you on the road, or share some local knowledge that you might not otherwise be aware of! Enjoy the bike, looking forward to reading about your trip and don't forget the photos!

Thanks for the offer but l'm not sure I'll get as far west as California. Right now I'm committed to traveling as far west as Arizona, Utah and maybe Nevada. I'll keep your offer in mind in case I decide to cross into California.
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Thanks for the offer but l'm not sure I'll get as far west as California. Right now I'm committed to traveling as far west as Arizona, Utah and maybe Nevada. I'll keep your offer in mind in case I decide to cross into California.

Some of the roads that Craig put us on out there were well worth the distance we traveled and the time we took to ride them. Thanks again for that and maybe next time we'll actually get to meet up. That LA traffic is a soul crusher or I would have made more effort to grab that beer myself.
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It'll take a few trys before I completely figure out all the functions the TFT display is capable of but so far I like it over analog gauges. Initially I was going to go with the analog display but I'm glad I went with TFT since it provides useful information in a easy to read format.

I'm very happy with how the GS performs when you select dynamic pro, shift assist pro will take a little getting use to since I'm so use to manual shifting but it's a great riders aid. I'll have to wear the tires in and wait until I exceed the break-in period before really seeing what the GS can do.

I never appreciated how spunky the R1200GS is until I took a loaner home one day and realized that with the traction control turned off how quickly it turns on the unicycle mode.
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Very light in the nose! Like a Citabria only in reverse
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great looking bike sir! I have a 2015 model and love it, befor eyour trip you might consider adding altrider lower crash bars....amazing how it protects you and the bike if you hit a critter along the way, ask the deer that I hit and the lower crash bar thru it off the road like a sack of potatoes! (doa)
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great looking bike sir! I have a 2015 model and love it, befor eyour trip you might consider adding altrider lower crash bars....amazing how it protects you and the bike if you hit a critter along the way, ask the deer that I hit and the lower crash bar thru it off the road like a sack of potatoes! (doa)

Thanks for the tip, I definitely want to add crash bars, highway pegs and auxiliary lights. I need to pay off the bags and GPS first before I spend anymore money on the bike.
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Nice catch!

You just might want to keep it longer than a year. It does a lot pretty good!


I got Shinkos 705 on my GS and up to now, I'm definitely impressed!


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Re: Took the plunge and bought a 2018 GS

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Nice catch!

You just might want to keep it longer than a year. It does a lot pretty good!


I got Shinkos 705 on my GS and up to now, I'm definitely impressed!


Hope that you can get Curt to do your ride report!


Or at least try to do your best!


Cheers

What kind of mileage are you getting with the Shinkos? I'm guessing I'll need new tires at some point during my trip and prefer to buy tires with longevity over grip.
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What kind of mileage are you getting with the Shinkos? I'm guessing I'll need new tires at some point during my trip and prefer to buy tires with longevity over grip.
Guys are reporting 5,000 miles out of them, they’re decent tires for sure, and inexpensive too!
I’m going to give them a try next.

I’ve used 2 sets of Metzler Roadtecs 01’s and have gotten better than 8,000 miles per set and changed them out with thread to spare. Awesome tire, but more expensive.
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Put a trailer hitch on the back of the K1600 and tow the GS to the gravel and dirt roads.

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Put a trailer hitch on the back of the K1600 and tow the GS to the gravel and dirt roads.



Awww, come on now. The beauty of the GS is that you can ride it 2,000 miles to the Rockies, do the Alpine Loop on it, then ride it 2,000 miles home. Tires are disposable and I never let wearing them out prematurely stop me from having the fun I want.
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What kind of mileage are you getting with the Shinkos? I'm guessing I'll need new tires at some point during my trip and prefer to buy tires with longevity over grip.




Just got them on a thousand miles ago. No apparent wear whatsoever.


I like how they turn into a curve.


Big blocks on the tires handled dirt roads effortlessly.


I'll get back to you on the final mileage.


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