Wednesday, April 15, 2009

108,350 miles

Shafer Trail, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Waterbury, VT

DWA warning message on cockpit

This warning appeared briefly, yesterday and today. I asked the mechanics at "Frank's Motorcycle Sales" to check on the significance of this message. They said it was an alarm system fault. Since I have NEVER used the alarm on this motorcycle, I decided to ignore the warning.


Tanya said...

I am considering buying a used R1200GS. Having read your blog would you recommend buying only new with factory warranty? Thank you for your time.

timtraveler said...


If the manufacturer's warranty is transferable, I would definitely consider a used bike. It's a "buyer's market" right now, with lots of great deals. If purchasing a new one, and if you're planning on doing some extensive traveling, I'd consider the extended warranty.

That said, I'm going to trade mine for a low-mileage 2005 (now out of warranty) at a good price. I figure I've experienced the worst-case scenario, and have seen just about everything that can go wrong with it. (And many 2005 owners claim their bikes have been trouble-free.) I don't plan any major world journeys at this point, so the 2005 should be just fine.

Thanks for checking out the blog.


timtraveler said...

(I decided after all to keep my GS.)

Richard said...

Just found your blog. Lot's of record keeping, I'm glad you have tha patience for it as it tells a cool story of you and your GS.

The DWA error can be fixed by replacing the two batteries in the alarm module, underneath the pillion and all the plastics. They are #CR123.

'05 R1200GS 21k
bought sep '10 w 17k