I bought a used 2005 R1200GS from South Sound BMW today after a 1 hour test ride. I was originally going to look at an Aprilia Caponord they had there too but I made the mistake of riding the GS first
. Steve Banks did the arm twisting (not). A really great experience working with Steve and all the staff at South Sound BMW. Steve spent about three hours with me between the test ride familiarization and the bike walk through after I bought the GS. He has an 1150 Adventure so he was very knowledgable and helpful.
My GS, which I have already named Brutus, is Desert Yellow with 14k miles and came with the following add-ons:
Wire Wheels with Cont TKC80s
BMW Anti Theft Alarm
BMW Aluminum Cylinder Head Protection Covers
BMW Cylinder Protection Bars
BMW Second Powerlet Socket
Touratech Sump Guard
Touratech Fog Light (Toggle switch on handle bar next to left switch cluster)
Touratech HID Driving Light (Slaved to High Beam)
It was listed on their web site for $12900 but Steve dropped it down to $12200 by the time we sealed the deal. They also had a Bakup back rest that someone had ordered and then didn't buy it. They sold it to me for $250 which was below their cost. The dealer warranty was only good through September 2007 and they had their "Christmas Special" pricing ($1190) for the Pinnacle 3 year extended warranty so I sprung for that too.
I didn't get out of the dealership until about 3PM but I did get a couple hours saddle time in before I got it home. I managed to get it dirty on some minor off roading I did out near Cumberland on my long way home route to Renton. I can probably see some foot shields in my future. I had muddy water nearly up to my waist from some spirited deep mud puddle thrashing. I love the broad power band, torque and engine compression. I unintentionally got the front wheel up doing a 7k speed shift into second gear. One advantage of buying a used bike, no break-in period
. Rolling off the throttle is like putting on the brakes. I didn't have any problems adjusting to the power assist ABS brakes and I really like them. This machine can really stop in a hurry.
It didn't take too long to get used to the handling. During my test ride I was over steering quite a bit and I was a little unsure of how the knobbies would work on pavement. It takes a much lighter touch than Rufus. I still haven't explored the whole performance envelope but I will be working on that as the weeks go by. About my only criticisms so far would be it needs a lower first gear for better low speed off road throttle control. It seems to me that 4th, 5th and 6th are pretty close together so spreading them out a little more should allow for a lower 1st gear without impacting highway performance. But then again what the hell was I doing going slow off road
. My only other issue is whether or not the Desert Yellow color will grow on me or not
. The good news is I have a buddy with an auto body shop