Welcome to the GS. It will be perfect for a tall guy! I have an '07 and it's great. So my vote is for the '08👍G'Day, Ya'll!
I'm a new member from California, 63 years old, 6'6" tall, long legs, been riding moderately (less than 1,000 miles per year) for decades.
I've had all kinds of bikes, from a 1947 Indian to various Harleys, Hondas, Kawasakis (took my riding test on a KZ1300), etc. to a 2006 Ducati Multistrada, the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden.
Because I feel cramped on most bikes, I've decided to give the R1200GS a try. I'm on a budget, which leads me to asking for advice here.
I have picked two bikes as final candidates. Both are original owner bikes, with complete service history from new. Both are in very good, babied condition. Both are California bikes, within driving range. Both have side and top cases/
1) 2005 R1200GS, 57,700 miles, spoke wheels, $5,000
2) 2008 R1200GS, 49,000 miles, spoke wheels, $5,500
I understand that the 2005 has the Servor brakes, and the 2008 doesn't have them anymore. All things being equal, which one would you choose and why?
Thank you for your input.