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Old 17th July 2017, 08:23 AM
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Hi lads I like BMW's ok not every ones choice but anyway for the BMW riders out there, What do you think of this. https://www.donedeal.ie/motorbikes-f...150gs/15867481 Im thinking 69,500 miles is not bad for a 15 year old bike Ive had a few BMW's so know they just keep going with the gear seems priced well anyone any opinion ???
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Old 17th July 2017, 09:27 AM
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Looks clean. Ask what type of brakes are in it. If they are servo (ie they go whizz whirr when you pull the brake lever with ignition on) WALK away.

See what service history it has.

Personally I'd be offering a lot less and let him bargain up.

Is the origional rear shock still on it? It'll be tired and will need to be refreshed. You can get them refurbished but my experience was not great with the the i got done.

What is the battery like? If it's old, budget for a new one because they are a bastard to push start and need a good battery to turn over due to being such a big twin.

Don't know what else to say but if it is servo assisted braking, just walk away. It's not worth the hassle.

Oh and tell him to feck off with the gear. Get a price for the bike on it's own. .. unless you want someone else smelly old boots...

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Old 17th July 2017, 09:40 AM
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Servo brakes are easily 'de-servoed'!

http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...1150gs.932862/

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Old 17th July 2017, 10:23 AM
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Same model as mine. I've done similar mileage. Bought in 2005. Very reliable. Never seen calipers corroded that badly before. What you wanna know?
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Old 17th July 2017, 10:27 AM
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Same model as mine. I've done similar mileage. Bought in 2005. Very reliable. Never seen calipers corroded that badly before. What you wanna know?
That is a weird one alright. My bike is 2005, but the calipers are fine on it. They are the ones with BMW on them, not the Brembos
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Old 17th July 2017, 11:06 AM
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Servo brakes are easily 'de-servoed'!

http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...1150gs.932862/
I did that. I was never convinced by the brakes afterwards. I'd still advise walking away from a servo braking bmr.
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Old 17th July 2017, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by bsd
Same model as mine. I've done similar mileage. Bought in 2005. Very reliable. Never seen calipers corroded that badly before. What you wanna know?
Probably one of those guys that never ever ever ever washes the calipers for fear of ruining the pads. Personally, I put some acf 50 on them, the lightest amount...

If the calipers are that mouldy, what other parts are hidden and festering?
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Old 17th July 2017, 11:16 AM
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Brembo calipers are non servo. Brake fluids must be done annually if it's abs. These engines run well on 20/50 mineral oil. 4litres [email protected]€25 from Lee's online.
I carry a spare final drive bearing&seal (apprx 60). Easily replaceable by the road side.
Wealth of information on ukgs.
I do a lot of servicing myself, but once every 3-4years I get it sent to a very good independent for a thorough once over.
Fasteners and bolts do tend to go furry/corode if bike is used all year round. I got a full set of quality stainless to replace everything. 50plus through a group buy via ukgs

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Old 17th July 2017, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Frankkilty
I did that. I was never convinced by the brakes afterwards. I'd still advise walking away from a servo braking bmr.
Really? To me they feel like 'normal' brakes - couldn't stand the whiny servo shite! Bonus is that the brake fluid can now be changed very easily without the servo reservoir in the equation
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Old 17th July 2017, 12:11 PM
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It's gas, when I had working servo's I loved them!!!!

They really are pretty indestructible though the 1150's.
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Old 17th July 2017, 01:58 PM
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Servo assist - you apply 'feather touch' braking when manouvering bike at slow speed, servo makes some fucking r2d2 noises and thinks 'FULL BRAKE APPLICATION!!' - load of me bollox!
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Old 17th July 2017, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by bsd
Same model as mine. I've done similar mileage. Bought in 2005. Very reliable. Never seen calipers corroded that badly before. What you wanna know?
Not sure what you mean about the calipers, I looked at this bike and they look like new I know they are Brembos and gold colour, feck let me know what you mean because Im thinking of buying I havent found one cheaper
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Old 17th July 2017, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by jaco
Not sure what you mean about the calipers, I looked at this bike and they look like new I know they are Brembos and gold colour, feck let me know what you mean because Im thinking of buying I havent found one cheaper
Gold? Cool!

I've only ever seen them in black.
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Old 17th July 2017, 04:45 PM
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Come on your winding me up now ???
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Old 17th July 2017, 05:21 PM
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Come on your winding me up now ???
I've only seen them in black on GS'

I'm sure they are fine. Perhaps ask the owner...
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Old 17th July 2017, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Frankkilty
I've only seen them in black on GS'

I'm sure they are fine. Perhaps ask the owner...
They look as if they are painted.
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Old 17th July 2017, 08:13 PM
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Don't know they looked original same as on my Africa Twin
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Old 17th July 2017, 10:33 PM
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Hey man, I don't know. I've had four oil head boxers. None had gold calipers. I'm sure they are fine but I'd ask why they are on it. It's a guessing game buying a bike. It's a game of cat and mouse. If there is no problem, the seller will not have a problem saying why they are gold. Maybe they are replacement calipers because he had a problem with the others. One thing I do know is, normally you don't find africa twin calipers on a bmr. Your call, your cash, your time, you asked for opinions and I've given mine. Not saying yae or nae just saying I've never seen gold fucking calipers on a GS
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Old 17th July 2017, 11:04 PM
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Those appear to be standard four pot opposed bmw badged brembo calipers painted/sprayed black.
Africa twins ha two pot sliding calipers.
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