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    I swear I love Bimmers.

    I'm SO BORED! I did some motorcycle research today and the results were SHOCKING to say the least. Heres the backstory...

    I have an ongoing disagreement with a gentleman friend of mine who asserts that his method of buying a new GS1200 about every year or two, nets him a reduced cost of owning such a machine. His theory is that because he never lets them get old enough to need expensive repairs or maintenance, he saves that cost by buying a new one. He rides about 1000/miles a month so I did some calculating for him

    Ahem! (grabs the pulpit and leans back)

    He is an older gentleman with a good driving record, and buys a new 2014 Bimmer GS1250 for $21,167 (FYI, That is the cost, but doesn't get added to "the cost of ownership")
    Sales tax: $2113
    $2989 finance charge (no down, 60 mo, 5.29%)
    $1859 (17 PER MILE) in maintenance cost ONLY, in the first year!?
    https://www.cycleworld.com/2015/03/1...pecifications/
    Since that is only a tiny fraction of the actual cost of ownership I added it up!
    add in repairs they needed ($3173):
    https://www.cycleworld.com/2015/03/1...pecifications/
    Most owners (3.1 million miles averaged) got 43 MPG
    :http://www.fuelly.com/motorcycle/bmw/r1200gs
    so... 257.4 gallons of gas X $3.36 average price/gallon for regular gas in 2014 (The premium they require would be even higher)
    https://www.statista.com/statistics/...es-since-1990/
    $864.86 in gas.
    Insurance would vary dramatically but its fair to assume a clean record in a decent metropolis is ($100/mo) $1200.
    $4276 in depreciation:
    https://www.cycleworld.com/2015/03/1...pecifications/
    One set of Anakee dual sport tires installed $589
    I didn't add any modifications like crash bars, lights, GPS, phone mount, or the mandatory grey/hi viz pantsuit, silver suitcases, and 2 dozen Motorrad hats you must buy to fit in at Starbucks (That was for you LF)

    That means in 2014 a BRAND NEW GS1200 would cost you $17,064 in the first 11,068 miles of ownership. $1.54 per mile, every mile, to run a brand new motorcycle??

    It cost $1.59/mile in 2014 to run a freaking 53' long semi truck.
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/cost...ri-report-says

    The 2020 GS he just bought that started this conversation cost him "A little under $30K"

    He can love his all he wants too, I think I'll keep my rattly old Buell

    Did I mention I'm BORED??

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    As a small aside, none of his GS's have ever left him stranded. He has a current oil consumption issue he's battling and he does ride hard, but no off-roading. They have all been seriously AMAZING machines. They absolutely do NOT feel as heavy as they are and theres a reason they are the king of that segment of ADV bikes for so long now.

    But he did buy a 2019 R9T to put in the garage because the last GS was sitting in the shop for maintenance two times when the weather was nice, so you can imagine he's not as cost-conscious (cheap) as I am. I still can't wait to send this to him! LOL.

    Maybe I'll do a cost of ownership analysis for the Buell? I'd have to include all the pennies and Loctite 271 ain't cheap!

    And I got a whole post done without mentioning the oil cap that needs a factory tool!










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    I think your better off just sitting at home a twiddling your thumbs.

    A few years back, I went to buy a GS adventure bike when I went to sit on it, I couldn't even lift it off the side stand. They don't feel as heavy as they are, really ! I ended up with my Triumph explorer XC, I should have just went out and purchased a Ully.

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    I swear I love Bimmers. Also

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    Silver...is that yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lancruza View Post
    Silver...is that yours?
    It is my sons, so I get ride it when he lets me, any time it is a great bike, I love the heated grips.

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    Hate to break it to you guys but if we are being pedantic the bikes are beamers, its the cars that are bimmers.

    Im not going to check your math but I agree buying new and selling early is usually a great recipe for losing money. However he wants to justify it is up to him though. Who wouldn't want a new bike every couple years?

    I've been eyeing the new rocket 3 but I did briefly look at the beamers. I don't like taking the EBR on long trips and its something Id like to do more of. The EBR is more fun on a half day long aggressive loop. I will put it in the back of the truck and drive it down to the North Georgia mountains to tear it up though.

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    Hey Kona, I'm a big fan of being pedantic, and I've been around BMW's all my life but I've never heard the beamer/bimmer distinction before? Is it like fuel/gas? wheel/rim? engine/motor?

    NJ: That Triumph is a solid choice

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    The term beamer originated when BMW was only producing motorcycles. Bimmer came into play later on for car enthusiasts to differentiate themselves from the motorcycle crowd.

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    This guy gets it. The zinger is at 8:30



    I don't know anyone who would say these are 'bad' motorcycles, including me (Heck, that guy ^^^ ones one). They are amazing. I feel they are needlessly complicated and expensive, but amazing.

    Important to note that opinions don't make the math any different
    Last edited by Cooter; 03-28-2020 at 11:56 PM.

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