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Old 09-23-2008, 10:16 PM   #106
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Tank Bags?

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Don't mind me, I'm just jealous. My 800 has been filthy since the day it left the dealership.

Who makes that tank pannier? Does it obstruct the radiator cooling? What's it effect on the handling? Tks
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Old 09-23-2008, 11:41 PM   #107
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Tank saddle bags...

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Who makes that tank pannier? Does it obstruct the radiator cooling? What's it effect on the handling? Tks
These are made in Park City, Utah by Mountain Sun Touring Company. They're Sherpa 28 L models. I have used tank top bags in the past and a friend gave me these to try out and I'm really pleased with them. There's zero effect on handling and provides a nice wind block on these double butt cold riding days. I think that they might restrict the airflow of the radiator a bit but I'm counting on the SW Motech crash bars (if they ever get here) to hold the bags out far enough to take care of that.

Hope that help,
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:12 PM   #108
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Why is there a skateboard ramp attached to the corner of your bag?





Hard to tell from the photo. How much further does the pipe-side bag stick out due to the offset?
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:47 PM   #109
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I rode plenty of easy dirt roads last weekend on the 650, and I'm liking how it handles in the dirt but can't wait to get the knobbies on next week.








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Old 09-24-2008, 11:04 PM   #110
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What crash bars are you running, Navaho? I may have to visit my sister in Baton Rouge next summer and meet up with you and HTC for an Abida!
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Old 09-25-2008, 01:30 AM   #111
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Yes it is sweet! Varios are the factory panniers? What screen is that?
Yup - Varios are the BMW panniers - really nice in the city. Very convenient.

The screen is the BMW Tinted screen - that's all. Nice, but small and standard.
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Old 09-25-2008, 01:38 AM   #112
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A little dawn run up near Ramona, CA (east of San Diego). Still in the break-in period...


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Old 09-25-2008, 06:50 AM   #113
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This is an absolutely brilliant bike, btw. I picked it up yesterday at Morton's BMW in Fredericksburg, VA and rode it 50 miles back home for the big surprise. Even though I was keeping it below 4k rpms for the break in and riding the whole way on the 95 (I had to get back quickly before my cover story wore thin!), I had a stupid grin on my face the whole time. The motor just purrrrrs along. The shifting is ... um ... smoother than my 1150? OK, that doesn't say much, but it's really, really smooth. Nice pep, GREAT sound coming out of the pipes, and my oh my oh my is it a gorgeous shade of red.

My fiancee (Violagal around these parts) was QUITE pleased. She's upgrading from an F650 classic (aka a "Funduro"). Great bike, but she was ready to move on. Too bad the weather stinks this weekend, but I suspect we'll be out there anyhow!


Oooh, OK, one more pic. The caption for this is "ooooh, electronics!"

The amount of gadgetry on this bike is crazy! (In stark contrast to her carbureted and very, very analog Funduro!) It puts on a pretty impressive light show when you turn the key.
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Old 09-25-2008, 06:55 AM   #114
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Nice work, Jake!!



Hope life is treating you well down there.
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:24 AM   #115
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Howdy, Nate!

Looks like you're getting a new one too! Very cool. That beautiful bumblebee paint job is gonna get reaaaaally muddy up there!

Life's never been better. I've got a decent job and a wonderful woman with a new bike. What more could I ask for? (Awww yeah ... should be arriving from New Mexico in in about two weeks. It was between that and the F800GS, but the test ride did me in. )
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:35 AM   #116
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Howdy, Nate!

Looks like you're getting a new one too! Very cool. That beautiful bumblebee paint job is gonna get reaaaaally muddy up there!






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Life's never been better. I've got a decent job and a wonderful woman with a new bike. What more could I ask for? (Awww yeah ... should be arriving from New Mexico in in about two weeks. It was between that and the F800GS, but the test ride did me in. )


Beauty! If you ever make it back up this way, we'll have to go out and tear it up.
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:43 AM   #117
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Beauty! If you ever make it back up this way, we'll have to go out and tear it up.
Absolutely. We're planning a big tour around the US for our honeymoon next summer, and we'll definitely be passing through MA/NH/VT. Lots of family and friends up there. Some SLUTty riding will most certainly be in order.
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:46 AM   #118
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what kind of handguards are those???

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Note the high tech water carriers.

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Old 09-25-2008, 07:47 AM   #119
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Absolutely. We're planning a big tour around the US for our honeymoon next summer, and we'll definitely be passing through MA/NH/VT. Lots of family and friends up there. Some SLUTty riding will most certainly be in order.

Don't talk about your future wife like that!




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Old 09-25-2008, 09:02 AM   #120
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what kind of handguards are those???
Look like standard BMW handguards with the spoiler removed.
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