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    Ready to Buy a GS1200 LC

    Hi all,
    So I've been looking around for a while now and I've finally decided I'm going to buy a GS1200 LC. I've seen a 2013 (13 plate) with 35k miles and panniers, no sat nav for 7495 and should be able to get a bit knocked off in negotiations. But I'm wondering if it's worth adding 2k and going for a 14 plate as I've read there are some stability issues with the early 2013 models not having a steering damper. The best prices I can find on 2014 TE's are around 9.5k so quite a jump in cost. My max budget is about 9.5k. Just wondered if anyone here had any thoughts on which way to go. TIA
    Martin

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    Wait another month or 2 until winter really kicks in, you will find way more on the market

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    Of the early LC's are would target a 2013 with the lighter flywheel. They feel much more lively.

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    Of the early Lc the model with no steering damper & light flywheel I would want a long road test & a very good warranty, check the clutch clears correctly at junctions & gearchange..
    also sounds a bit expensive with 35k on it.
    I doubt a bmw main dealer would charge that much

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    Thanks for the tips snaponphil
    A main dealer wouldn't touch a 2013 bike with that many miles they would trade it out, they wouldn't put a warranty on it and they have to. They would however sell a bike with half that mileage for 2k more with no accessories, just check out autotrader. I appreciate the 2 year warranty and if they sold bikes with accessories I'd probably look at a main dealer but in my limited experience when you trade your bike to them they strip all the non standard stuff off and sell it on ebay and sell the bike as standard.

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    [QUOTE=Martyleeds;5189935]Hi all,
    So I've been looking around for a while now and I've finally decided I'm going to buy a GS1200 LC. I've seen a 2013 (13 plate) with 35k miles and panniers, no sat nav for 7495 and should be able to get a bit knocked off in negotiations. But I'm wondering if it's worth adding 2k and going for a 14 plate as I've read there are some stability issues with the early 2013 models not having a steering damper. The best prices I can find on 2014 TE's are around 9.5k so quite a jump in cost. My max budget is about 9.5k. Just wondered if anyone here had any thoughts on which way to go. TIA

    Stability Issues? Possibly. My 2013 GS LC has aftermarket steering damper fitted (by previous owner) So maybe factor in the cost of an ASD - would still cost significantly less than a BM dealer bike, albeit that would have the 2 year warranty


    I also have the early flywheel, cannot say this is an issue at all although have not ridden a later bike to compare

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    I wouldn't buy a GS with the lighter flywheel, I test rode one but I don't think they are anywhere near as smooth as the later bikes.

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    No stability issues with my 2013 LC.

    No corrosion either. Also not subject to the fork recall/ collar issue.

    Gear change a bit clunky into first though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martyleeds View Post
    Thanks for the tips snaponphil
    A main dealer wouldn't touch a 2013 bike with that many miles they would trade it out, they wouldn't put a warranty on it and they have to. They would however sell a bike with half that mileage for 2k more with no accessories, just check out autotrader. I appreciate the 2 year warranty and if they sold bikes with accessories I'd probably look at a main dealer but in my limited experience when you trade your bike to them they strip all the non standard stuff off and sell it on ebay and sell the bike as standard.
    I meant to imply pop to Bmw dealers as they are (sometimes) reasonable on their used bikes, also they don’t all strip goodies off as they can’t be arsed. I usually remove extras before trading in anyway, anything I don’t need I place in the for sale section here, sold loads, bought loads, never a problem getting paid or paying, site works well.

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    Surely the showrooms will soon be bulging with used 1200 being traded for 1250's.

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