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Old 07-12-2012, 11:04 AM   #541
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3 authorized Kawasaki dealers and the importer had a go woth my bike. No one could figure out the problem in a total of probably more then 30 work hours and all agreed that the vibrations were excessive.

One thing no one checked for was crack in the frame, which was not uncommon on the 06-08 650r, and made the bike vibrate like a sumbeyotch.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:13 PM   #542
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I sprung for one of these. Pick it up Tuesday.

Is the speedo subject to the usual 8-10% offset? And are the vibes as bad as I've been reading when on the highway( coming from a Ninja 650, i probably won't even notice it )
I had to check my speedo with my phone's gps because I was confident it was optimistic as 130kmh felt like mach2 on my virago 1100 but felt like it was standing still on the f800. It is pretty much right on.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:03 PM   #543
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I sprung for one of these. Pick it up Tuesday.

Is the speedo subject to the usual 8-10% offset? And are the vibes as bad as I've been reading when on the highway( coming from a Ninja 650, i probably won't even notice it )
hey congrats! i'm also considering moving to a '12 or '13.
got pics?
regarding the '11 speedo, it's quite close to what it shows, indicating no more more than 3% too high - within error of my measurement methods.

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Old 07-13-2012, 08:37 AM   #544
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hey congrats! i'm also considering moving to a '12 or '13.
got pics?
regarding the '11 speedo, it's quite close to what it shows, indicating no more more than 3% too high - within error of my measurement methods.

enjoy!
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I'll have pics on Tuesday

Is your topbox OEM? I likey.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:05 PM   #545
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Hey guys, I have a pretty much new Sargent seat for this bike for sale if anybody is interested...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=808139
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:33 PM   #546
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I'll have pics on Tuesday

Is your topbox OEM? I likey.
looking forward to photos.
i went with the v46 givi topcase, from f800depot, somewhere in PA. it is _so_ convenient.
it required a couple of adapters, and i never did install the optional lights.

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Old 07-15-2012, 07:16 AM   #547
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Hey guys, I have a pretty much new Sargent seat for this bike for sale if anybody is interested...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=808139

New lower price.


If I am not supposed to be doing this in this thread my apologies.
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:11 AM   #548
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New lower price.


If I am not supposed to be doing this in this thread my apologies.
Yeah, it's supposed to go in fleamarket. The mods might flog you. Too bad it isn't a low seat - I could use one so my GF could fit on the 800 a little more comfortably.
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:34 AM   #549
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Here's another topcase option. I got a look at these at a dealer when I was on vacation last month. Sturdier than others and comes with the mounting plate. I did a little research and Shad is a Spanish company that makes both metal and plastic for major brands. The OEM side cases for the 800R are made by Shad, so are the GS Adventure aluminum panniers, and just about everything else. You can get bags and cases from them without the BMW, Triumph, or Ducati logo for a lot less money.

http://www.cycleluggage.com/shad-sh40-top-case.html

In the end I opted for a rack so I can just throw my duffel on the back, held on by some Rox straps. $234 from Twisted Throttle because I had to order a back rack that replaces the existing one, then add a quick detachable larger flat rack. Not cheap. I plan to use it for one and two night weekend trips so I only have to bring my tank bag and duffel into the hotel. Otherwise, I tend to have a bunch of stuff sacks tossed into a case and have to carry an armfull of crap into the hotel.

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/7410/751/

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/5417/489/

Touratech had a better looking back rack for a lot less money but it wasn't big enough so I went with the SW-Motech.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:34 PM   #550
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Here's another topcase option. I got a look at these at a dealer when I was on vacation last month. Sturdier than others and comes with the mounting plate. I did a little research and Shad is a Spanish company that makes both metal and plastic for major brands. The OEM side cases for the 800R are made by Shad, so are the GS Adventure aluminum panniers, and just about everything else. You can get bags and cases from them without the BMW, Triumph, or Ducati logo for a lot less money.
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Yeah, we may have previously discussd this, and I tried really hard to make sure I got the right adapter for the f800r for the above and to find a US dealer, but could not find one. Looked like a great product, at least on the web! Wonder if anyone succeeded in getting a setup on their f800r?
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:16 PM   #551
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Yeah, it's supposed to go in fleamarket. The mods might flog you. Too bad it isn't a low seat - I could use one so my GF could fit on the 800 a little more comfortably.
Yeah, its there too. I figured this would be a good spot too seeing as how this is a good place to find a bunch of people with the same bike that may be interested. I need the dough bad!

I am sorry if this pissed off or offended anybody, consider it dropped in this thread.
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:26 AM   #552
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+1 for the SHAD.

Yamaha aluminium cases are twice as expensive with the Yamaha logo
(for the Tenere/S10).
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:23 PM   #553
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Hi fellow inmates!

Lurked here for a bit (especially in the ride report section, damn..), bought myself a F800R this year to complement my old KTM 640E. So far I've added a Kriega US-20 (great) and a Remus hexacone (lovely sound), the things I'm thinking about adding at the moment is a cheap windscreen for longer tours and perhaps adjustable footpegs as I have long legs - any tips?

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Old 07-18-2012, 12:03 AM   #554
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Z-technik. Get the tall one. Don't know about the pegs, but I can see why. I'm a bit cramped at 5'8".
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:21 AM   #555
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Picked up yesterday, put about 100 miles on it. Want to wring its neck so bad.

Quick impressions based on what every has been commenting on:
  • Vibrations are there for sure around 4000, but tolerable. Might look into some bar end weights.
  • Everyone complains about the mirrors, but I love'em. It's the first bike I've had where I don't have to tuck my elbows to see behind me.
  • The bike is *really* comfortable. The seat is perfect. Firm and form fitting and handlebar position is spot on for me( 6', 160 pounds).
  • The handling is amazing for a 400 lb bike. That lower center of gravity thing is for reals.
  • The suspension is a lot tighter than my Ninja, so going over bumps and rough road at speed leads to me goosing the throttle a bit. Gotta work on that .
  • Snicking through the gears is butter smooth. Cracks me up that I can do 60 in first gear.
  • First bike I've had with a center stand ... that took a little practice.
  • Instrumentation is good, although the speedo readout is a bit small.
Overall, I think its a great bike. I'll be doing some touring in August and September so I'll see how it does on long trips.
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