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Newbie

Postby Greenman14 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:59 pm

Hi All, just agreed to buy an ex-demo Tracer 900, trading in my GS1200 twin cam. Been thinking about it for a year but the minor suspension tweaks on the 2017 bike did it for me. Not quite GS comfortable, but better in a lot of other ways.

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Re: Newbie

Postby dt100rd200lctdrmt09 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:21 pm

Hi and welcome just starting out on Tracer ownership myself, needed more fun then the large adventure bikes I had been riding had been providing.

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Re: Newbie

Postby DTNZ64 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:24 am

Welcome aboard Greenman14. You should have plenty of fun with this light machine. I loved the torque on my R1150R but just found the bike a bit too heavy. I find the Tracer great! Enjoy.

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Re: Newbie

Postby Greenman14 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:01 pm

Yep, the GS was just too heavy. Well, I'm maybe not as strong as I used to be and every stop became a heart in mouth moment - am I going to drop it this time, again :o

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Re: Newbie

Postby DTNZ64 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:14 pm

Greenman14 wrote:Yep, the GS was just too heavy. Well, I'm maybe not as strong as I used to be and every stop became a heart in mouth moment - am I going to drop it this time, again :o


I only dropped my Beemer once, sandy area in a carpark at the beach, at least they don't go all the way over - big heads sticking out are quite fortunate :lol:

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Re: Newbie

Postby Greenman14 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:55 pm

Mine was over 3 times and although the damage was minimal it was still annoying. Luckily I never had to pick it up by myself, even though I sort of know the technique it's no an easy lift. Panniers also offer good crash protection.

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Re: Newbie

Postby SkyRider » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:27 pm

Hi buddy welcome on board ;)

It’s a great bike but I would think the R1200GS is a better bike. Isn’t it? I’ve had two test rides on the GS and liked it very much. My problem is although the GS is nice, I didn’t want to pay twice as much as a Tracer for a motorcycle.

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Re: Newbie

Postby dt100rd200lctdrmt09 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:43 am

If anyone wants to give me a GS I'll take it, 30,000 UK miles on air-cooled GS sohc & dohc wonderful brilliant bike packed with character it even had a smell.
De-cat and it got even better...... 5K on watercooled model vile horrible bike incredible vibes through frame and pegs on over run. Could not wait to get rid owners are of course in complete denial but when you pay that much for a bike I suppose you have to justify it.
BMW GS is all about suspension especially two up the front end is absolutely brilliant once your used to it, but if you do not carry a passenger there are far better bikes out there for less money.
Yamaha's Tracer / FJ is simply more FUN.

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Re: Newbie

Postby Greenman14 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:05 pm

My GS was decatted and remapped, and had Wilbers suspension. IMHO about as good as the GS gets, but it was still too heavy, a bit clunky around town and not very smooth under 3,500revs. The Tracer is a very nice compromise, the get up and go of a KTM, smoothness of a Triumph Tiger, and near enough the GS for the light touring that I do. If I was doing a 2 week camping trip to southern Spain I’d still take the GS, but I’m not.

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Re: Newbie

Postby SkyRider » Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:36 pm

Ok so you’ve just confirmed the Tracer is a better bike for my use too. I’m not planning on long distance tours and mainly use the bike as a commuter. It’s much more fun than my last bike which was a Honda CB500X


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