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They're also useless off-road, the "chunky" pattern being for appearance only. I've replaced the Battle Wings like-for-like once, but I won't be doing so again. The "" is a lowered version of the FGS and mine is I believe the lowered version of the It really is astonishingly low: with 28" inside legs I can comfortably flat foot it both sides.
This is hugely confidence inspiring and it doesn't seem to suffer from it - I've never managed to ground anything out. If you think you can't ride a "big" bike, try one of these, it will surprise you. In its detuned form, the engine will pull from rpm all the way up to the 10K or thereabouts limiter. You can ride it like a car, short shifting and riding the easy torque, or hammer lumps out of it and it'll happily take either. Fuelling is superb, with no hunting, surging or flat sports: it really is a great unit.
I don't get the vibes that other owners report, even though I've replaced my stock bars with narrower, lighter ones for filtering fun. The one issue is that in stock form, the gearing on the "" variant is too long, with an annoying gap between 1st and 2nd. Fitting an FGS front sprocket one tooth fewer for a few pounds sorts it all out and makes the bike feel much livelier, at the cost of a few mpg if you do a lot of 6th gear motorway runs.
Very little to fault it on. The coating on the underside of the engine is a weak point, and may need a dab of Hammerite if you ride through winter. Other than that, nothing has so much as dulled and it just keep going and going and going. This is one of the very few modern BMWs that hasn't had any recalls or any common problems.
Some owners report issues with headstock bearings - mine have been fine. Forget the MCN mpg figures, that's them ragging it in 2nd gear. Real world, you'll get 65mpg or more. Not that I'd trust the local Motorrad to change the month on a calendar, let alone valve shims.
This is an easy enough bike to home service - even the ABS brakes can be bled without any of BMW's notorious servo nonsense. It sips fuel and the consumables - tyres, chain and sprockets, oil, filters - nothing really runs expensive. Mine came with the "computer" don't they all? The only thing lacking is a range counter, although there's a pointless "miles since the fuel light came on" number. There's a fairly high draw power socket built in, although it's some Euro-trash rather than the standard fag-lighter socket that Baby Jesus would have used.
Adaptors are readily and cheaply available though. At the rear there are two decent grab handles which also form part of the four solid mounting points for a top box, built right into the bike. Why don't all bikes do this? I have a huge 2-helmet top box mounted there, solid as a rock, with the weight over rather than behind the axle. None of your silly "bag of feathers" weight limits, I've had upwards of 25kg of locks and chains and beers in there without any drama.
I have what I think is an FGS screen which does a fair job of wind deflection. Although there's no fairing, the shape of the bike does deflect a little of the weather away from your knees and body. I've commuted, toured and sort of scratched on this bike and never found it wanting for features. Buying experience: I bought from a BMW dealer. The buying experience was excellent.
They even threw in a year's VED and a new rear tyre that I hadn't haggled for, all smiles and handshakes and nothing was too much trouble. I've never experienced anything like it at any other bike dealer. And then I rode it home and had a look at it. One fork seal was pissing oil. It was fine when I examined it before and after the test ride. So either it popped on the 3 mile trip home, or some spanner monkey had been getting his wheelies in on my deposit-paid bike.
I know what my money's on. Asking around, it transpired that dealer has a reputation for never having a bike in that didn't "need" extra work doing to it, or at least billing for. Needless to say, they'll never see another penny of my hard-earned. I've had mine for two years, nothing has gone wrong, and even the servicing is cheap! I get miles from a tankful, and it'll cope with two-up touring plus Stahlkoffer panniers no problem.
Part of the fun is adding accessories - I've tried to make mine crash-resistant with engine bars, pannier frame and handguards, plus a taller screen and a modified seat - yes, the original is a bit firm! If you're short of cash for a bigger BMW, and short of leg, this'un will do the job.
Those who have ridden both, also say the is sweeter than the This is a surprisingly good bike. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it is to ride. It won't win any drag races, but it's got plenty of get up and go up to about 80mph. It's light, easy to handle and would make a great commuter or beginner's bike.
Having just covered 25 miles to work I have one as a courtesy bike , I wouldn't fancy going much further, as my rear end was already starting to get numb. This may be a personal thing, as I find forward biased bikes more comfortable, generally.
Had the bike about 6 months and I'm doing about miles a month on it. Some people have commented on the saddle. Well I did miles over three days on it and it was fine. I tried an airhawk inflatable seat when I got the bike but found I didn't need it. Either the seat has moulded to my backside or possibly the other way around! The guy I bought the bike off had ridden it from London to Turkey and back. Handling is good. I am doing my Advanced Motorcycle training at the moment and I was able to follow my instructor through some very twisty bends at high speed, despite having knobbly TKC80 tyres fitted.
My instructor said it was 'exceptional'. There have been one or two issues with the accuracy of fuel guages on this model but BMW dealers will sort this out for free if you have a problem. Similarly there was a recall on one of the radiator hoses, so if your buying, check that it has been replaced. BMW will do it for free. Otherwise I have added a new Wunderlich Ergo tall screen, Adenture Spec crash bars and a metal bash plate for off roading.
The mileage is up to 15, now and love this bike! It have to disagree with a few of "Anonymous's" points, I have had my GS for just under 12 months now and it is a great bike. I ride up to Edinburgh from London regularly and the seat is quite comfortable for 7hours of straight riding, the engine is more than capable for cruising at mph whilst returning over 60mpg.
That's over miles from a 16 litre tank! As for the Indicators, well this is an age old topic, but I for one think BMW's indicator setup is much better than that on other bikes. Left button for Left, Right button for Right, what's so hard about that? Yes it takes a little getting used too but after a few miles it becomes second nature to use. It's such a shame to see BMW cave and remove it from their new K-series range.
It is expensive to fully pimp the bike out yes, but for me even the standard bike had a higher quality feel to it, even down to the handle-bar rubber and plastics used on the switches. A solid 4 stars. The new GS is indeed easy to ride and it has plenty of oomph. Clever design makes it look smaller and lighter than it actually is. It does have braided brake cables, which is nice, but only one brake rotor on the front where all the competitors in that power class have two.
I am not saying this is a bad bike, but it is overpriced and has some negatives. The three biggest: 1 The separated left and right turn signal controls are a safety hazard. If you've ridden almost any other bike, you will be confused hunting for the correct switch and for the cancel button.
You want a gas gauge instead of a warning light at this price! You have to buy the dash computer. You want a decently tall windscreen instead of that stock joke piece of plastic? Fork over more dough. Center stand? Pay up. And then there's the price of BMW service. Owners' rating 4. Specs Owners' reviews Bikes for sale For sale. View 11 images View 1 video. View bikes for sale. Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage. Model history Model launched replacing old single-cylinder FGS.
Engine 5 out of 5 What can I say, , kms and still going fine. Value vs rivals 5 out of 5 I do most of my own maintenance, very simple to do oil changes all parts are easy to get at. Equipment 4 out of 5 It has most of the good stuff you require, gear selection indicator. Engine 4 out of 5 Very responsive. Equipment 3 out of 5 You get what you pay for with bmw.
Engine 5 out of 5 Superb! Value vs rivals 5 out of 5 I find it very cheap to run and useally get around 65 to 70mpg on a run. Equipment 5 out of 5 Everything you need including a gear indicator! Value vs rivals 5 out of 5 I service it. Equipment 4 out of 5 Mine came with heated grips essential Also came with higher screen.
Engine 5 out of 5 BMW havent over done the out put, in the same instance they havent under done it, its also a smooth powere delivery, I couldn't complain at all, its everything I wanted. Equipment 5 out of 5 An option I went for was the abs, and heated grips, both well worth it. Engine 5 out of 5 Strong, linear power delivery from low revs perfect for lazy motorcyclists. Equipment 4 out of 5 Came with hand guards, heated grips - essential in cold weather - excellent Vario top box, big enough for helmet when expanded.
Engine 4 out of 5 Could do with moe hp not sure why retuned as this is more of a roadbike than fgs. Value vs rivals 4 out of 5. Equipment 5 out of 5 Heated grips come with the bike brilliant. Engine 5 out of 5. Value vs rivals 5 out of 5. Equipment 4 out of 5. Value vs rivals 5 out of 5 Extremely economical. Equipment 5 out of 5 Mine came with tyre pressure monitors, heated grips, computer etc. Engine 4 out of 5 In its detuned form, the engine will pull from rpm all the way up to the 10K or thereabouts limiter.
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5 Forget the MCN mpg figures, that's them ragging it in 2nd gear. Equipment 4 out of 5 Mine came with the "computer" don't they all? For this reason the FGS made an excellent spring board from learner ranks to bigger adventure-based machines. The funny thing is most owners of FGS kept them to use as an everyday commuting tool when trading up to bigger capacities.
Yes, the little BMW is that good. Being a single-cylinder machine it does object to being revved hard with vibration and an early dive at the rev limiter. More than an hour spent with the FGS is enough for riders to learn that most of its punch is concentrated low down in the rev range. Another result of soft suspension is the poor feel for what the tyres are doing and substantial dive with front brake use.
Comfort is also a strong point of the FGS. Because of the FGS length of service there are reams of aftermarket accessories still available. Panniers or top box are the most common items and make a welcome addition when it comes to buying a FGS. With such a plethora of quality used middleweight bikes on the market, it is quite hard to really recommend anyone buys what is an year-old fairly basic bike for a commuter as it will be somewhat tired by now.
However, that said, the FGS will certainly suit some riders. If you are after cheap, and lightweight, off-road styled bike the GS is a good option. However where the GS really shines is the fact it can genuinely be taken off-road and laps up green lane riding. The FGS is a pretty old bike now and there are a lot of tired examples out there, so you tend to get what you pay for.
If it looks tidy and well cared for then you should be safe, but a battered hack is best avoided. When it comes to reliability there are a few things to be wary of. The water pump is driven by plastic gears, which are known to snap, and the pump itself also pops seals. Inspect the housing well for any signs of leaks and on a test ride see if the bike shows any signs of overheating when stationary that may indicate a duff water-pump.
Neither is a major job to fix, but they can leave you stranded and possibly even cause damage to the bike. Early GSs had a smaller nut on the gearbox output shaft that holds the drive sprocket in place, which can work loose. Swap it for a later larger nut to be on the safe size.
A few owners have experienced wiring loom issues and the occasional fire! Happily the kit is easy to remove…. Peak power and torque figures were unaltered but the maximum torque was lowered in the rev range.