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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 15-Nov-2016, 06:17 AM (512) Thread Starter
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I'll be adding a R1200GSA to my stable in the next few weeks. I've read about all the small improvements of the latest GSA. With approximately a $2000. difference between a 2016 model and a 2017 model is it worth it to go for the latest greatest.
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I'll be adding a R1200GSA to my stable in the next few weeks. I've read about all the small improvements of the latest GSA. With approximately a $2000. difference between a 2016 model and a 2017 model is it worth it to go for the latest greatest.
Well, you should get the 2017, then for a year you can say it's the latest model.

Seriously though, every year BMW make small changes to their products, they evolve slowly, and usually for the better.
Only you can say if that refinement is important to you.
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Are the changes/improvements worth the $2000 price difference? If so, go for it. If not, you have $2000 for accessories.

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Was recently in same position but with the R1200GS. Opted for the 2016 with premium package. Dealer gave me about $3500 total off MSRP which included the BMW $1500 rebate. For me this outweighed waiting another month or two for the 2017 GS models to appear and even with the potential improvements. Would have been good to see a 2017 in the flesh though and see what the differences to the instrument panel look like. Otherwise I believe all the transmission related changes are to reduce the gear shift "clunk". I think. Now after a few days with my 2016 I personally like the "clunk". Gives a undeniable, no pussying around feel to the bike :-). Then there are the changes to meet Euro 4 emission compliance that will be applied to US models as well. Even though specs are the same I am wondering if there is any risk future 2017 owners will be inclined to become Power Commander owners? That I don't know.
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The other advantage is you can possibly using buying power towards a 2016 as they will be pushing the 2016 out the door to make room for a 2017....that kind of thing. I know here they are offering more incentives and discounts on the 2016. Just my opinion.

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Maybe slightly off topic my dealer told me something I wasn't aware of before. I don't know if this happens in other countries however for Australia the build date on the compliance label is actually 8 weeks out from the actual build date due to the shipping. For instance a 10/16 build date on the compliance label was built in 08/16.

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I am not a legal expert, but isn't this illegal? What has a build date to do with shipping? Australia or not, a build date is self explaining... Or is it build on the ship travelling to AU?

Back on topic...
IMHO, 2000 or 3000 bucks is more worth in accessories than in a minor technical optimisation on the bike. The accessories you will feel and use every day, and both bikes will give u 100.000 km of adventuring. On the other hand, there is something risky in buying a brand new technology. I, myself, don't like going for a brand new out of the box tech, I find it more "safe" using tech with existing user experience. Leave the surprises to someone else.
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Transmission shaft & bearing

Interesting that they are updating the trans shaft & trans shaft bearing. A couple of months ago a GS youtube personality in Mexico posted a video of what he thought was a timing chain failure. It ended up being a trans shaft bearing failure that caused the shaft to move forward and bore a hole through the front engine block cover. Of course causing catastrophic engine damage.

He followed up with a video explaining how Germany sent a new engine and replaced it under warranty. The bike is a 2015 GS that was out of warranty (mileage).

EDIT: Sorry it was on facebook that he posted. Skip to 20 seconds in to see the damage:

https://www.facebook.com/AlbertoVano...1298371416581/

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Maybe slightly off topic my dealer told me something I wasn't aware of before. I don't know if this happens in other countries however for Australia the build date on the compliance label is actually 8 weeks out from the actual build date due to the shipping. For instance a 10/16 build date on the compliance label was built in 08/16.
Yes something like that. My S1000R is stamped 2/15 but the actual build date was 12/14.
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