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    2008 R1200GS Questions

    I've just sold my 2009 R1200RT to a fellow forum member we're both happy! Now I'm considering buying a 2008 R1200GS with almost 30,000 miles on it. I was comfortable doing my own routine maintenance (fluid changes and valve/TB adjustments) on my RT and I'm wondering what I need to be on lookout for with an '08 GS.

    Questions: Are the ABS brake systems the same? No "whizzy" brakes on '08 GS? Rear brakes not linked to front? Can '08 GS ABS brakes be disabled for off road riding? Assuming mostly on road highway riding, how long are the OEM shocks on '08 GS likely to last before I need to replace with Ohlins? Does the '08 GS have that crappy fuel strip design (that I've had to replace on my '09 RT three times) or a "float type" fuel level indicator? And what recalls have been issued for the '08 GS that I need to be sure have been done?

    Answers to these questions and any help/information on what to look out for re: 2008 R1200GS will certainly help me make a "buy or don't buy" decision and will be much appreciated. Thanks!
    Tom Wilmotte
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    Are the ABS brake systems the same? No "whizzy" brakes on '08 GS?
    It has i-ABS Gen. 2 (the good system). No "whizzy" brakes

    Rear brakes not linked to front?
    Brakes are linked front to rear, but not rear to front. Works fine and you won't notice it.

    Can '08 GS ABS brakes be disabled for off road riding?
    Yes, but not "on the fly"

    Assuming mostly on road highway riding, how long are the OEM shocks on '08 GS likely to last before I need to replace with Ohlins?
    No way to know, but 30K miles is probably getting close. Call BeemerShop or EPM Performance before you decide on Ohlins.

    Does the '08 GS have that crappy fuel strip design or a "float type" fuel level indicator?
    Unfortunately, yes.

    And what recalls have been issued for the '08 GS that I need to be sure have been done?
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    I had an '08 GS from ~1K - 35K miles when I traded for a new model. The fuel strip you mention and the crown bearing in the rear differential are about the only systemic weak points in that model and luck of the draw I never had issues with either of those. Basic mechanicals should be very similar to your previous '09. The '08 model was a very solid platform.
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