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Old 06-29-2014, 07:44 AM   #1
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Does anyone have a f800s or are they really that bad?

I'm still obsessing over 1 of these. They where only Stateside 1 year in 07 so it seems they are super rare.

There are 3 on Craigslist at what seem reasonable prices. I think it would be a sweet commuter and something my fiancé could ride too being smaller than my 1150GS.

Any input? Has anyone ever owned one?


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Old 06-29-2014, 08:13 AM   #2
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I had the ST, which meant that I did a lot of reading about them on the forums. Seems like quite a few 07 owners were complaining about "piston slap," which is not something that's going to leave you on the side of the road, but is something to avoid nonetheless. Didn't hear as many complaints from later year owners. This was not a scientific survey, so it may not be worth much, but if it were me I'd check the bike out carefully with regard to state of the engine and mileage.

Other than that, I think it's a great bike for a new-ish rider who's ready to move up in size.
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:18 AM   #3
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I'm still obsessing over 1 of these. They where only Stateside 1 year in 07 so it seems they are super rare.

There are 3 on Craigslist at what seem reasonable prices. I think it would be a sweet commuter and something my fiancé could ride too being smaller than my 1150GS.

Any input? Has anyone ever owned one?


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My take is that the typical BMW buyer did not like the Ducati 900SS style seating position of the F800S, and bought the ST instead.

I thought the S had a real natural sporty seating position. I never owned one, but it was the one I liked the most. Though, it's typical of me to prefer oddball stuff.



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Old 06-29-2014, 11:26 AM   #4
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I've always thought that the 2009 F800S with the (rare) optional full lower fairing was the best of the F800 series.
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:35 AM   #5
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I have an '08 F800ST for sale, also in Pittsburgh.

If you're asking about the F800S/ST in general, I'd say definitely go for it -- they're sweet. Can't say much about S vs ST except that I'd want handlebars higher than those on the S. BUT, that's clearly something that different people will have different opinions about.
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:37 AM   #6
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Rode one at launch and loved it. 600cc I4 speed with vtwin torque and enough to BMW-ness to feel different.

Early ones could have problems with stalling and piston-slap. But someone on the 800 forum put well over 100,000 miles on one.

It never sold well (there are about 600 registered for the road in the UK, last time I checked).

I think it was Wunderlich that made the fairing-lowers.
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Old 06-29-2014, 12:20 PM   #7
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I had a '07 F800S for a few years and enjoyed every mile, BUT found the riding position to be a bit to aggressive for my old bones. In January I picked up a F800GT and it's much more comfy for me.

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Old 06-29-2014, 02:01 PM   #8
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When I was looking at picking up a used one a couple years ago, two 800ST riders warned me away from it due to the piston issue. They said at about 20k miles the trouble comes on those early ones. I liked it in yellow and if I could a later one cheap, I'd still consider it.
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:16 AM   #9
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I had an attractive yellow one until just recently.

Yes, several issues plagued these bikes when first introduced. It's a BMW afterall.


I never had a lick of trouble from mine but I didn't log many miles on it.

Piston slap and engine stalls were common complaints. The air bleed hoses for the throttle bodies would pinch and cause most of the stalls. BMW redesigned them and issued a recall.

The Big Kahuna, however, was failures of the rear single-sided swingarm hub assembly.

BMW re-designed the rear hub a year or two after the S was introduced but only last year, in 2013 and then only under legal pressure from the US NHTSA, issued a bulletin on this part and offered to fix it even if the bike is out of warranty.

Other than that, it's a fine bike. I liked the riding position. Sporty but not overly aggressive.

The front forks may could benefit from stronger springs or additional preload spacers on the stock springs and the next heavier fork oil. The bike will hang with just about anything on the curvy stuff and out in the open it will eat up a 140 mph bill.

One helluva hot rod. Amazing it's only an 800 twin.

I would certainly have kept mine except that I also have Big Brother, a R1200S also offered only in 2007.

Good deals can be found on an 800S if you can find one. Check out those problems and talk to your local BMW shop about the recalls.

Also, go here for all kinda stuff related to the 800 bikes-

http://f800riders.org/forum/forum.php


The S is rare in the USA.



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Old 07-12-2014, 03:00 PM   #10
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Thanks guys for the input. I may end up with an ST. Found a 08 semi local and may check it out Monday after work. It's 400.00 more than the S, but has factory luggage and top box. .....BUT it's not yellow!
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:28 PM   #11
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love my f800st. comfy (for me), eats up miles, and when the road gets twisty:

seriously, the fake boxer roar when winding up hard from the lower revs after each shift is a huge hook.
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:32 PM   #12
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:57 PM   #13
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I had one for a little over a year. The F800 motor is not the most exciting but it might just be one of the best all around motors out there. It was very user friendly and was able to do a little bit of everything. Took it on a 2500 mile round trip run to Texas for the Inaugural F1 races and didn't miss a beat. I did a few tasteful mods for comfort such as risers and seat and adjustable pegs too. The fairings were just for vanity....
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:22 AM   #14
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Picked one up about a month ago. Very glad I did. The previous owner had done the super bike bar conversion so it has the ST style handlebars instead of the S clip ons but I have them if I want to switch back. Very comfortable, very capable. Perfect for someone who wants fun without going overboard.
I did immediately have an issue with the pinched hoses as mentioned above but it now has the newer style so shouldn't have to deal with that anymore. Not a big deal. The rear bearing is covered if it ever starts to go bad so wouldn't worry about that either. The only potential worry is piston slap.
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