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Old 04-14-2012, 08:53 PM   #391
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Took off a little early from work yesterday to start the break-in on the bike. A picture perfect day, so calm on the water you could see the reflection of the mountains. Of course, I forgot my camera. Got 90 miles on the odometer by the time I got home. I felt like the karate kid - throttle on, throttle off, throttle on, throttle off.

The weather today, well not so much. A little blue sky early, but weather moving in. Changed the oil and decided to put some more miles on her. Take a little trip to the ocean...



Maybe check out the mountains, too...



But I didn't feel like skiing. I just want to ride.



I wonder if I should run some TKC80's on her. No go on that mountain road, guess I'll ride along Turnagain Arm and see what's up in the pass.



Socked in. Hitting a little rain, so I know it's freezing in the pass. Maybe head to Portage Glacier and see what's happening there.



The mountains are socked in here, too, and it's sprinkling a little more. Glad to share the road but I haven't seen another bike for 40 miles. Time to head back to town, but first...



...I'll take a little break in a tunnel. No tourists yet, cool. It may be hard to tell from the pics, but
I'm so glad winter is over!
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:50 PM   #392
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How do you have that tank bag mounted?
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:03 PM   #393
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Another update on the Throttlemeister.

Although the vibes have been cut significantly (it's now comfortable to accelerate hard at way beyond legal speeds) the mirrors still vibrate and show a double image, making them a bit useless for anything not close.

Still, I'm satisfied with my purchase. The reduction in vibes on my hands alone was worth it. It'd be nice not to have to buy it in the first place, haha.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:59 PM   #394
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How do you have that tank bag mounted?
I riveted the base to the plastic - strapless. The bag zips onto the base. Take a look at post #11. Scroll down the pics and you'll see how LostRider did it. I just happened to have a Marsee laying around so it looked like a good idea. I think my bag is a size larger than the one in his pics but it works great.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:54 PM   #395
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:08 PM   #396
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Went on a few rides this last couple of days. Here's a picture of the twins from Sunday.

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Old 04-24-2012, 08:39 AM   #397
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I riveted the base to the plastic - strapless. The bag zips onto the base. Take a look at post #11. Scroll down the pics and you'll see how LostRider did it. I just happened to have a Marsee laying around so it looked like a good idea. I think my bag is a size larger than the one in his pics but it works great.
I screwed it down , with the 2 front screws on th center "tank" panel, yurned out pretty well, and real secure. Once I find some black washers it will look a bit cleaner.


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Old 04-24-2012, 11:15 AM   #398
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My optimal speed is actually about 60 km/h (in 6th gear).
holy jumpin jehoshaphat

What rpm are you turning at that speed? I can grudgingly get down to about 80 kph in 6th on my F800ST, but then it gets perilously close to the 3,000 rpm surge point that is unpleasant. If I can stick to sub 90 kph highway speeds, in 6th I tend to look at 3,500 rpm +/- being the "sweet spot" to aim for. I once got about 65 mpg (US gal) doing that, but if I go into the 4,000 + range in any gear ever, I tend to be in the low to mid 30's and have seen 32 mpg all too often. That really sucks.



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I'm quite happy about increased fuel prices: hopefully people start consuming less and driving less.
No offense, but FYYFF. ( can you say "no offense" and punch someone? )

Meh. I could rant for 100,000 more words easy and spaz right out, but it's too fricking depressing.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:51 PM   #399
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holy jumpin jehoshaphat

What rpm are you turning at that speed? I can grudgingly get down to about 80 kph in 6th on my F800ST, but then it gets perilously close to the 3,000 rpm surge point that is unpleasant. If I can stick to sub 90 kph highway speeds, in 6th I tend to look at 3,500 rpm +/- being the "sweet spot" to aim for. I once got about 65 mpg (US gal) doing that, but if I go into the 4,000 + range in any gear ever, I tend to be in the low to mid 30's and have seen 32 mpg all too often.
I keep it between 4000 and 5000 all the time and consistently see 50 MPG, my bike isnt even broken in yet.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:12 PM   #400
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I just returned from filling mine up - I hate having to get gas on the way to work at 6:30 in the morning.

I'm just now getting comfy pulling the front wheel off the pavement. Still not as fun as giving air to the front tire on the 1200 GS but this little machine is starting to grow on me - I think I'll keep it.

Now that my fuel delivery problem seems to be resolved, the only time the bike has let me down was the three times when I ran out of pavement.

And - does anyone realize the F800R has a slightly longer wheelbase than the R1200GS? I thought that was interesting.

Also, I really do enjoy mounting and dismounting the F800R compared to the tuna boat . . . er, I mean R1200GS - so much easier.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:39 PM   #401
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holy jumpin jehoshaphat

What rpm are you turning at that speed? I can grudgingly get down to about 80 kph in 6th on my F800ST, but then it gets perilously close to the 3,000 rpm surge point that is unpleasant. If I can stick to sub 90 kph highway speeds, in 6th I tend to look at 3,500 rpm +/- being the "sweet spot" to aim for. I once got about 65 mpg (US gal) doing that, but if I go into the 4,000 + range in any gear ever, I tend to be in the low to mid 30's and have seen 32 mpg all too often. That really sucks.
Optimal for fuel efficiency, yes. But I don't ride at that speed; there's barely any engine braking and it's jumpy if I accelerate hard. Besides, I get almost as good efficiency in 4th at that speed and it accelerates much smoother.

I feel that 3500-4000 rpm is efficient and comfortable; the sweet spot.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:07 AM   #402
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Does anyone know if there were any changes to the 2012 model that would prevent the throttlemeisters from working? Just bought a new f800r and after my 1st 100+ mile trip my hands felt quite sore. I've got the heated grips.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:51 AM   #403
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Does anyone know if there were any changes to the 2012 model that would prevent the throttlemeisters from working? Just bought a new f800r and after my 1st 100+ mile trip my hands felt quite sore. I've got the heated grips.
Should be the same bars. Be sure to order the heavy ones.

I was getting a tired left hand at first - I thought it was the lever. Now I've gotten used to it, but I thought about getting some adjustable levers.
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Old 04-26-2012, 05:58 PM   #404
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Hey there guys, were there any changes from 2011 to 2012 on the exhaust? I am considering a Two Brothers can...


http://www.twobros.com/cgi-bin/shopp...005-3080408V-B
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:54 PM   #405
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Hey there guys, were there any changes from 2011 to 2012 on the exhaust? I am considering a Two Brothers can...


http://www.twobros.com/cgi-bin/shopp...005-3080408V-B
Unsure myself but the Two Brother is the exhaust I plan to get also...if you do get one please let us know how you like it.
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