BMW GS1200 (2004). Review

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  • #15165
    Radar
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    Well Ses has spent too  much time with Thumper it would appear and he turned to the darkside and bought himself a BMW GS1200. I followed him down to Katanas place a few weeks back and he and the bike do seem to suit each well…he was swift and assured on the chunky GS, generally quicker than when rides his trusty CBF1000.

    So I was interested to have a go on his latest stead recently and see how it compares with Thumper’s 2008 model. Initial impressions are that the two are very similar to ride, as you might expect. I was impresssed how taut the bike felt for a nine year old, 36,000 mile bike. The suspension felt well damped, the brakes had a good feel at the lever and bite well. The engine was smooth and responsive although, again like Thumper’s 2008 I feel a 1200 twin should have more grunt. The indicator switching remains maddening and I am not sure that familiraty would ease my feelings of hatred towards it! 

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    In cracking condition and looking virtually as new…impressive for a 9 year old machine. Seen here touring in Northern Spain….the GS is really well suited to this kind of work as you would expect

    When compared with the 2008 model it lacks some of the electronic trickery, but for my money the vast majority of that is not needed in any case, so the earlier bike is no poorer for the absence of these trinkets

    But yet again I find the GS to be a bit too clompy in feel for me…I know they are massively popular and the more you ride one the more you are supposed to ‘get it’. But the whole thing eludes me, they just strike me as overweight and clumsy. Clearly I am wrong as the sales numbers tell their own story. Everybody I know with one loves theirs….so it must be me!

    Anyway Ses cheers for the ride and I hope you continue to enjoy the old girl as much as you have done so far.

    #66805
    HippoDrones
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    I do like the look of adventure styled bikes, hopefully see it in the flesh somepoint soon :-)

    #66806
    Radar
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    Yep be good to catch up again Pete

    #66807
    ses310
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    The bike does suit me pretty well, the full exhaust system has made it a fair bit quicker since you rode it last.
    It is a bike that the more you ride the more you like, well unless your name is Radar! I agree the indicator switches are annoying but you do get used to them but its still a stupid idea!

    I have a 2013 GS Adventure at the moment with 200 miles on the clock while mine is in for a service, the Adventure has every possible extra and must say that mine rides just as nice, if anything its faster and handles a bit better too, the 2013 is a bit tighter as you’d expect but I am pleased with how my 2004 stacks up, certainly wouldn’t be changing to the newer model as in my opinion doesn’t really offer anything that mine doesn’t already give me.

    #66808
    HippoDrones
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    how do the indicators work?

    #66809
    ses310
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    One on the right and one on the left with cancel also on the right

    #66810
    Radar
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    how do the indicators work?

    They flash on and off ;)

    #66811
    Radar
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    The bike does suit me pretty well, the full exhaust system has made it a fair bit quicker since you rode it last.
    It is a bike that the more you ride the more you like, well unless your name is Radar! I agree the indicator switches are annoying but you do get used to them but its still a stupid idea!

    I have a 2013 GS Adventure at the moment with 200 miles on the clock while mine is in for a service, the Adventure has every possible extra and must say that mine rides just as nice, if anything its faster and handles a bit better too, the 2013 is a bit tighter as you’d expect but I am pleased with how my 2004 stacks up, certainly wouldn’t be changing to the newer model as in my opinion doesn’t really offer anything that mine doesn’t already give me.

    It would probably cost at least £6-7000 to trade up too, not exactly VFM!

    #66812
    HippoDrones
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    One on the right and one on the left with cancel also on the right

    ooo that is weird! :S

    They flash on and off ;)

    lol, always one! ;-)

    #66813
    ses310
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    It is weird but you do kinda get used to it, or just not indicate as much :)

    #66814
    HippoDrones
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    well it is a BMW, if the cars are anything to go by indicating is optional anyhows! ;-)

    #66815
    ses310
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    well it is a BMW, if the cars are anything to go by indicating is optional anyhows! ;-)

    Exactly! I wouldn’t want to let the side down :)

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