Considering "new' 04 R1150GS
My dealer has a new 2004 R1150 GS that has been on the floor for quite sometime. As a longtime LT owner and member of this list I value the information gleened from this list. I am trying to decide between 3 bikes. ( I have sold my LT )
#1 2004 R1150GS New but has 440 miles on it.+ Sale Price $10600. I have owned 2 K1200LTs and 1 R1100RT. +This is the bike I want but -service department is backed up 2.5 months, and -when I leave the parking lot I am on a 3 year old bike that has a trade in value of $7700.- BMW Reliablity is issue with me.- Not trying to start a flame but all 3 BMWs I have owned 2 new 1 used had problems. -Also don't know how long this dealer will be in business. I have heard rumors. -If/when this dealer goes under the nearest dealer will be over 300 miles away. -Also can't trade 06 Kawasaki Brute Force in there. ( I know I know the Brute Force was the dumbest thing I have ever bought). -Will have to spend $860 for bags on this bike. +8.9apr fixed. +Insurance $319 year
#2 2006 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom. +New out of create +current year. +/-Can trade in upside down 4 wheeler in on this and still have+ incentive APR. +Plenty of solid dealers in area for service. +Jap reliability. -Just another jap bike. - -Chain drive. -Will still leave dealer $3000 +/- upside down if trading 4 wheeler.- Still must buy bags, -windshield etc.- Insurance $457 year - -Chain drive yuk
#3 2006 Triumph Tiger. +New,+ 2 dealers with 100 miles,+/- Unknown Triumph reliability,+\- Unknown company stability.+\- Unknown dealer stability, +Purchase price between 9-9500, -No trade on 4 wheeler,- higher APR 13.5, +Comes with bags, +/-Like this bike better than suzuki but less than BMW. - - Chain drive Yuk
This will be my 21st bike purchase in 15 years. I normally keep a stable of 2 or 3 bikes of different purpose. But bills and problems have reduced me to 1 bike. I know is has to be a Dual-sport for my type of riding. I have never had a problem making my mind up but I am stumped this time. Heart wants BMW, Common sense and budget wants V-Strom, Tiger may be good compromise. It will be one of these 3 so please keep opnions to these 3
Thanks again, I need to make decision this week. I know this is a BMW list but over the years I have found the majority of guys on this list to be pretty unbiased. SO let me have it fellas
Last edited by Martin_Hayes; Jul 17th, 2006 at 7:09 am.