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    2005 r1200gs

    After two Aifrheads and a K1100, I've got a shot at a 2005 R1200GS. It's equipped with a Garmin Roadpilot, radar detector, XM radio, some
    carbon fiber and PIAA lights. It's got 22K miles on it for 8 grand + taxes. Are there any problems I should be looking at, and does this seem a reasonable price?? The bike appears clean enough, but I haven't taken it out yet...
    Still freezing in Centeral Illinois, Mac
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    Sounds like a decent deal to me. I have an '05 that's been great. I think some people don't like the servo brakes, but I love the bike. Good luck!

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    Ditto on the servos. If you're not used to them it may take some adjustment but nothing you can't handle. Just remember that the braking power with the key off is reduced somewhat. The '05 had a high ratio (2.82 to 1) final drive. If you do a lot of riding two up or with heavy loads or off road that gearing is too high. I found that riding in heavy wind or in mountainous terrain I got better mileage in 5th than 6th. Ditto for passing on secondary roads. The handle bars mount lower than later years so you see a lot of '05s with risers. Something to consider depending on your height. One plus, the '05s only had 100HP (vs 105 for all the other models that year) so it runs better on lower octane gas.
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    Many of the GS of that vintage (including mine) had leaky tranny input and/or output seals. Seal replacements was covered under warranty for most folks as the failure was within 36K miles. Normally I'd not mention it save the mileage on the bike you are looking at... the leaks didn't show up until around 20K miles. In my case some die was added to the tranny fluid during my 24K service as the we weren't sure if it was leaking or not. About 2K later we noticed the die on the outside of the case and the warranty work was scheduled.

    I'd check if this bike had the seals replaced. I don't know what percentage of '05 GS had the issue.

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    Thanks guys,
    I'm likely to buy it...but I do want to ride it first, and the 4 degree wind chill this morning has me waiting until next week. My old KLR is at the shop up for sale...as is my Polaris 500. Thanks for the tip on the seals. Mac
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    Mac-you can ride mine anytime,give me a call.Ed
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    Ed, thanks for the offer. I'm set to go over Tuesday for a test ride..unless the five inches of snow predicted for Saturday night really arrives. Roger had to remove the Gerbing equipment still on the bike and stuffed into the tank bag. The new-to-me John Deere Gator goes to the repair shop tomorrow...replacing my Polaris Woodsman 500 now at Powersports...along with the KLR. The R80RT is still in my garage. I'm torn on whether to sell it to them or try to find a buyer myself. Mac
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    Cool

    Might ride it up there in the morning,if i can convince myself that it is warm "enough".Wow Mac-nice looking and a ton of excelcyclewerks stuff to boot.You better jump on that thing...Ed
    Last edited by rebake; 03-23-2013 at 06:38 PM.
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    You'll love the bike Mac. I bought the same bike three years ago with about 20,000 miles on it. Have 72,000 miles on it now and it's been a flawless machine. Mine has a Cee Baily windscreen, cruise control, and all three cases. After a lot of highway and back road miles two-up, I can't say I regret the purchase at all. $8K seems like a very fair price. I believe that the '05 was the first year the bike could get the battery charged by plugging into the underseat socket also. Very convenient and easy.

    Happy riding!
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