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Offline Biker Mike

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Would you consider buying a BMW R1200RS?
on: 07 May, 2017, 10:10:54 PM
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Well, I have to admit I've been sorely tempted in recent months, more for a return to a shaft drive bike than any other real reason I guess; however, the following thread on the RS forum helped me see the potential error of my ways:

http://r1200rsforums.com/threads/warranty-and-major-breakdowns-log.2242/

I really don't see the CBF community being able to produce such a sad catalog of problems.
Worst I've had in 6 years was a rattle from the fairing and a missing screw cap on the pillion grip, which really says something about the CBF.

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Re: Would you consider buying a BMW R1200RS?
Reply #1 on: 07 May, 2017, 11:06:07 PM
Did you read all of it ?

Just the 3 little letters is enough for me to loose interest  :187: :180:
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Re: Would you consider buying a BMW R1200RS?
Reply #2 on: 08 May, 2017, 07:27:21 AM
 According to Visordown  the most reliable motorcycles in 2016 were Yamaha Suzuki Honda ,with Can Am and BMW  being the least reliable,  There are a couple of other surveys saying the same thing , It goes to show that spending wads of cash can mean buying
 problems.  But there again the image rather than the quality seams to be more important than anything else these days.

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Re: Would you consider buying a BMW R1200RS?
Reply #3 on: 08 May, 2017, 09:17:44 AM
How about a Triumph Explorer, Mike?  They have shaft drive and all mod-cons but apparently also quite low on the JD Power reliability survey...

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Re: Would you consider buying a BMW R1200RS?
Reply #4 on: 08 May, 2017, 09:57:53 AM
I had a GS for 8 years and can confirm it was reliably unreliable. I'll never buy another.
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Re: Would you consider buying a BMW R1200RS?
Reply #5 on: 08 May, 2017, 11:15:11 AM
*Originally Posted by SaturnV [+]
How about a Triumph Explorer, Mike?  They have shaft drive and all mod-cons but apparently also quite low on the JD Power reliability survey...
Did try it out Tim.
Nice bike, but expensive and aqain, quality is nowhere near as good as you'd expect for a 15k bike, especially since Triumph have already had a few years to get it right.
I won't say Honda just seem to get it right straight out of the box as even the Africa Twin has had a few hiccups since its introduction, although it makes me think even a Crosstourer would be better, but it doesn't exactly offer much for the money being asked.
I'd rather this thread didn't just turn into another 'what can I replace the CBF with' posting, but invariably a few alternatives will surface before interest dries up.
As for the BMW, practice makes perfect, so it's no wonder their service support is held in such high esteem...

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Re: Would you consider buying a BMW R1200RS?
Reply #6 on: 08 May, 2017, 05:19:09 PM
Reliability of makes is not as helpful as it might be as different models have different reliability, especially as different models are made in different countries. So far as BMW are concerned I see they are going to release another seven models this year, which suggests 'variety' is more important than 'quality'. However my bike is less complicated than many models and has a more reliable power train (Rotax engines)
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Re: Would you consider buying a BMW R1200RS?
Reply #7 on: 08 May, 2017, 06:08:54 PM
I like to ride with little concern for reliability because I expect it as standard - yet many BMW GS riders are overly concerned with the reliability of their machines often carrying vast tool kits and even oil for a run to the coast, they do seem very expensive too. 
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Re: Would you consider buying a BMW R1200RS?
Reply #8 on: 08 May, 2017, 06:27:05 PM
*Originally Posted by ivor hugh jarse [+]
I like to ride with little concern for reliability because I expect it as standard - yet many BMW GS riders are overly concerned with the reliability of their machines often carrying vast tool kits and even oil for a run to the coast, they do seem very expensive too.

  I have heard about several BMW models having heavy oil consumption . I dont know if this has anything to do with reliability or if they are just made to operate that way.

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Re: Would you consider buying a BMW R1200RS?
Reply #9 on: 08 May, 2017, 08:53:10 PM
I wouldn't own a BMW motorcycle , I'd give breaking down, buying oil and spending silly money on matching clothes and deciding what model to keep up with the Jones a miss.

They seem to have a massive parts bin ,just to get rid of the s**t , they bring a new model out.

BUT I know a courier whos old BMW has only done just over 750k and the same engine.

Wonder what the newer one clock up  :028:
If theres a gap i can get through it !!!

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