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- The GS has been in production for over 25 years, with many, many thousands sold
- Complete guide to buying a secondhand GS
- Ownership advice - is it the right bike for you?
- Where to look for problems
- 15min and 30min evaluation checklists
- Auction guide
- Spares prices
- Lists of useful contacts in the GS Community
- How to get the paperwork right
- Get the right bike at the right price!
BMW’s GS series is one of the world’s milestone motorcycles and has been in production for over 25 years. It pioneered the ‘adventure sport’ category − big bikes that are capable of travelling off-road and, in many ways, it’s the Range Rover of motorcycling. It's now more popular than ever, thanks in part to the massive publicity surrounding the film Long Way Round featuring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman.
Buying a classic bike is an expensive business, and mistakes can prove costly financially and in terms of time, effort and stress. Wouldn't it be great if you could take an expert with you? With the aid of this book's step-by-step guidance from a marque specialist, you can! BMW’s GS series is one of the world’s milestone motorcycles, in production for over 25 years. It
pioneered the adventure sport category, big bikes that are capable of travelling off-road, in many ways, it’s the Range Rover of motorcycling. And it’s now more popular than ever, thanks in part to the massive publicity surrounding Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s round-the-world trip on GSs. This book is a complete guide to buying one of these iconic bikes secondhand: what to look for (10min and 30min evaluations); spares prices; guides to auctions and paperwork; lists of useful contacts in the GS community; and just as important, consideration of whether it’s the right bike for you. You'll discover all you need to know about the GS you want to buy, working step-by-step through the bike’s strengths and weaknesses. This book’s unique points system will help you to place the bikes value in relation to condition, while extensive photographs illustrate the problems to look out for. This is an important investment – STOP! don't buy a BMW GS without this book's help. One hundred colour photos, useful appendices and expert advice mean this book could save you thousands.
"... after reading 'The Essential Buyer's Guide' you should be able to spot a Bonnie from a T'Bird or an A7 from an RGS." - Classic Bike Guide
"... an invaluable handy reference source when looking at a machine with the intention of buying it ... the book does exactly what it sets out to do at a very reasonable £9.99, which could be money well spent." - inter-bike.co.uk
"If you're looking to buy a used BMW GS, this is one handy book. It'll fit in the pocket of your average touring jacket ... It's only 64 pages, but it's jam-packed with information. There's a list of websites, books, clubs and auction places. It's a great idea." - www.bikeme.tv
"Henshaw's writing is concise and his points are also well illustrated with plenty of colour photographs. This is the book to have in your back pocket if shopping for a GS." - Inside Motorcycles
"Interested in buying the big Beemer but buying new an issue? Brit author, Peter Henshaw's The Essential Buyer's Guide: BMW GS might be a worthwhile read. From the original R 80 G/S to the '06 model year, the book covers everything you'll need to know: pros and pitfalls." - Two Wheels
R80 G/S 1980-87
R80 GS 1987-96
R100 GS PD 1990-94
R1150GS Adventure 2001-06
R1200GS Adventure 2006-07