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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.
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👍
 

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[QUOTE All things being equal, which one would you choose and why?

Thank you for your input.
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Based on your age, riding history (especially based on your ‘favorite’) and annual miles... I would look at the F800GS instead of the R. Its lighter, essentially equal torque and not much less HP, and far easier to handle as you age. If you are an 'all highway' rider, the 1200 is better... but the 800 very good, and much more flexible.
I did the same thing... gradually dropping down in size and weight. I’m now solely on a Sertao.
 

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Bought me an 06 in February for 4,250 with 22,000 miles, all vario cases & a $400 driver back rest, small tank bag too, that clips on the gas cap.
Always wanted one since I saw my friends back in 2006, just love these bikes, the one I ride back in UK is a Honda st 1100 which I love but is very heavy & this gs feels like a 250 to me, I’m 65 next April & only 5,10 but real easy to handle, I think I would pay the extra & get the later model, cheers
 
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