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Hi all

was going to kz on a F800GS, and kind of had that sorted and knew what i was going to change but due to such a good deal (and salesman im now going to be doing it on a R1200GSA, advice i would like is whats good and whats bad about this bike for long distance and what rally needs changing, things i need to look out for ect, its back to the drawing board
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Hi There,

I have done it on the old and new models, the problems I have had are:

07 model. Front sock gave up just before Russia, about 16,000 miles on the clock but managed to get to Atyrau.

On a new 09 model The only problems I have had is the two screen fastenings have gone and also lost four of the six nuts that hold the top box bracket on. Brand new bike but did do around 900 kms off road (but that is why I bought it!)

I have to say that on both occasions when I have contacted BMW they were not much help as their policy is that they need to see the bike before any warranty claims are processed. So although I love the bike I will not be buying another BMW, especialy as I spend most of my time in remote locations nowhere near a BMW dealer.

Mike
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Hi There,

I have done it on the old and new models, the problems I have had are:

07 model. Front sock gave up just before Russia, about 16,000 miles on the clock but managed to get to Atyrau.

On a new 09 model The only problems I have had is the two screen fastenings have gone and also lost four of the six nuts that hold the top box bracket on. Brand new bike but did do around 900 kms off road (but that is why I bought it!)

I have to say that on both occasions when I have contacted BMW they were not much help as their policy is that they need to see the bike before any warranty claims are processed. So although I love the bike I will not be buying another BMW, especialy as I spend most of my time in remote locations nowhere near a BMW dealer.

Mike
Do you know of a manufacturer who does not need to see the bike before processing a warranty claim? if so i'd be interested in them. It would save a lot of hassle.
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to be honest i was going to change the 800gs for a ktm but my local ktm dealers were complete muppets and quite rude so it was staright back to bmw,

mike im sorry i missed you yet again in atyrau(mad rush to another job) maybe next time,
there were 2 1200s in the riverside and both looked well used missing bolts in kz? sure they arent on someones lada or land cruiser
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Hi Agian,

At the moment the is my 1200, my mates 1150 and also a transalp which I am looking after for a while. Well used yes, but this is the new one you should of seen the old one!!! One careful owner, honest.
No problems about meeting up just give me a shout when you are next in town, I am generally here but do go to Aktau every couple of weeks for a night or two.
We are taking the 3 bikes for a spin tomorrow, have to get it in berfore the ice comes.
Have fun and hope you sort a bike out soon.
Mike
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Ha ha

is there such a thing as one careful owner in kz? im due back out around the 27th (will probably change AGAIN) wish i had known then i could have sorted visa s ect and rode the damn bike out,
please dont mention the ice i hate the winters out there
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