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Thread: 1200 > 1250 To upgrade or not? (cost to change, warranties etc)

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    I’m on a 1200RS not a GS, but the song remains the same.

    Today’s 200 mile ride convinced me once again that I don’t need to Trade Up - at a 5 figure cost - to a 1250.

    At no time did I think that a shiny new bike with a snazzy TV screen would let me ride faster, better, more economically (60 mpg anyone), or anything else.

    Not A Jot.

    Having got this bike sorted to suit me, in many ways, I think I’ll run it into the ground.

    Or until my dear wife bans me. Or another heart attack finishes me off.

    I’ve never fretted over warranties and at 7 years the bike is still going strong with normal care and attention.

    Most of us are juggling many balls in this crazy world so life’s a compromise and shiny new bikes aren’t for everybody every 2 or 3 years.
    Carpe Diem!

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    The 2019 1250GSA I bought from Bahnstormer a few weeks ago sounds really quite rattly from the LH cylinder between 2-3000 rpm regardless of engine temperature.

    Its an approved-used bike so has a two year warranty. I shall compare it with a couple of mates younger model 1250GSA's and if theirs are much more quiet than mine I shall speak to my dealers about it and see what they can do. I expect a bit of mechanical noise and never having owned a 1250 they might all be like it.
    ADAM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pukmeister View Post
    The 2019 1250GSA I bought from Bahnstormer a few weeks ago sounds really quite rattly from the LH cylinder between 2-3000 rpm regardless of engine temperature.

    Its an approved-used bike so has a two year warranty. I shall compare it with a couple of mates younger model 1250GSA's and if theirs are much more quiet than mine I shall speak to my dealers about it and see what they can do. I expect a bit of mechanical noise and never having owned a 1250 they might all be like it.
    I have read somewhere that a new camchain tentioner can fix the noise

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    [QUOTE=Boxerboy55;6310128]I’m on a 1200RS not a GS, but the song remains the same.

    Today’s 200 mile ride convinced me once again that I don’t need to Trade Up - at a 5 figure cost - to a 1250.

    At no time did I think that a shiny new bike with a snazzy TV screen would let me ride faster, better, more economically (60 mpg anyone), or anything else.

    Not A Jot.

    /QUOTE]

    Why would you think having a tft would allow you to ride faster and better? Or even a 1250 twin cam, for that matter? But if simply being faster rider is what you are looking for in a bike, then I agree the 1250 isn't the bike for you. I'm not that fussed by being a faster rider, but I do enjoy having a more linear, smother, more progressive, and more flexible engine, and in this regard the 1250 is a significant improvement on the 1200.

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    My business partner bought a new GS1250 in March, we went for a ride out together on Tuesday & swapped over for a while so I was able to contrast it with my 2014 GS1200 (with 2016 warranty replaced engine). I was very impressed, not that much more powerful, but the 1200 was clearly less refined. I also liked the TFT screen.
    I had a dealer test ride on Wednesday & ordered one for myself.

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