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    My "NEW" BMW Adventure Bike

    I just picked this up over the weekend and I am pumped to put her to the test.

    It is a 1995 BMW R1100GS with ALL the extras / farkles. Excellent maintenance records, rebuilt trans, and Wilber's suspension upgrade front and rear.

    Smooth - amazing ride on and off road.

    Anyone else here have an older GS?


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    Don't have anything BMW, but do like the F series. I don't understand the front double fender set up.???
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    Very Nice bike, but I still love the old airheads...
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    You can contact a BMW dealer and ask them to run the vin# and they can tell you whatever has and has not been done by any BMW service anywhere on the bike. Sounds like the seller has things documented already though. If you plan on long multi state trips join the club because it has many great perks. BMWMOA

    I have always had K bikes and have one now but have friends that ride the R bikes. I have a good friend that had that same year GS. He loved it and had great luck with it. Many miles. He sold it awhile ago. The GS's and old R bikes defined BMW. Some of the newer stuff is overly complex and expensive and not as bullet proof although still good stuff with some quirks and problems IMHO. BMW = Bring More Wallet or Break My Wallet. LOL! I would not hesitate owning an older GS. Good bullet proof bikes. I am actually thinking about selling my K1200S. That thing is an animal and scary really. I have entertained looking for a good older GS but they are usually not parted with or not for cheap anyway. Every great once in awhile a deal comes around but gets snatched up quickly.

    This K bike will likely be the last K I'll own. My older K100 was awesome and just bullet proof and beyond highly dependable. This K bike now is good but has its quirks for sure. Still dependable but came with flaws from the factory. In fact I have a recall on it now that I need to run it into the dealer for free of charge but still a PITA. Another issue that BMW dropped the ball on. After I sell or trade it if I get another BMW bike it will definitely be a jug head R Bike. Many newer BMWs across the board have had a rash of issues. Something you don't expect for the premium the cost. Overall still great bikes all said and done. You picked a good one so enjoy it.

    Learn how to or do the work yourself if you can. Although some dealers are pretty fair but as I said and the key word is some. The GS has a huge following and many aftermarket offerings etc; IIRC Rocky here has one or at least used to. I have seen others here that had them also but can't remember.
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    That 1995 is still an old air head. Last year. IIRC 1995 models were the last year. I think....
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    I think it is an oil head, but I am just learning all the BMW stuff. Thanks for all the info 87bags!

    Got it for $3k on Craigslist (talked down from $3.5K).

    The Wilbers suspension and Jesse panniers alone are over $2k!
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    Yep it is an OIL head. For a brief time in 1995 you could buy air or oilheads off the dealer floor.
    I have had my 1992 R100GS since 1997. Great old bike but it still has a few issues.
    I haven't done the circlip in the trans needed mod.
    Paralever driveshafts on GS's are only good for 50,000 ish miles. I have 80,000 on my current one.
    They eat rear tires like open tubes of pringles.
    And I have the crappy french Valeo starter they used instead of the reliable Bosch unit. (Squeals like a stuck pig when starting cold.)

    Those first model Oilhead engines actually have fewer parts than the older airheads. Taken care of and they will last several lifetimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sponge View Post
    And I have the crappy french Valeo starter they used instead of the reliable Bosch unit. (Squeals like a stuck pig when starting cold.)
    1911, nice bike that you can enjoy for years. Sponge my 2001 R1100RL also squealed. It's an issue of dry grease on the startershaft where drive gear slides via the bendix. I cleaned and regreased mine and it's good as new in 15 minutes and about a nickels worth of grease.
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    various others I don't remember the models

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    Very nice GS!

    I have the idea in my head that it would be a lot of fun to pick up an older GS, keep it stripped down and light, slap some knobbies on it, and see just how well I can learn to handle it in the rough stuff. Maybe someday, when I have a little more storage space...
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    Thanks! Yes, all of the bugs have been worked out of it. I've heard a used GS with over 80k is more reliable than a brand new one

    Here is another great used 1995 R1100GS in MN. I test drove this one too. It is as close to new as you can get for a 1995. ANAL service and repair records. It was hard to pass this one up:

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    Yamaha - 1992 TW200
    BMW - 1995 R1100GS

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