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Old 10-18-2012, 05:50 AM   #421
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Went on a little break in ride yesterday to Seattle. Had an appointment at AltRider. I love the ESA and how it makes the 800 feel way more comfortable on bad roads like the I-5. Between the border of Canada and Seattle the I-5 can rattle any vehicle. Using the comfort mode softened the bumpy road as if the 800 was a sport tourer.

Really enjoyed the ride and confirmed my need for a taller shield...come on Cee Bailey! and....risers to make this bike a real fit.

AltRider gang are a great bunch of people. Here is my new head light guard and crash guards....I think we have now protected our investment wisely by choosing these farkles this time around



Jeremy the owner making sure everything is fitting well



I am very pleased with this bike do far.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:51 PM   #422
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... crash guards....I think we have now protected our investment wisely by choosing these farkles this time around



I am very pleased with this bike do far.
Hey Soph9... nice looking additions! I like the use of B&W for some your shots too.

I looked back through the posts and couldn't find this - whose crash bars did you have installed? I'm mulling over choices and there are so many choices! Of course, BMW dealer wants me to install the BMW engine/crash bars. The bash plate from BMW looks good and long... but I hear different opinions on the crash bars.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:01 PM   #423
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Check your PM's terraunbound
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:11 PM   #424
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Hey Soph9... nice looking additions! I like the use of B&W for some your shots too.

I looked back through the posts and couldn't find this - whose crash bars did you have installed? I'm mulling over choices and there are so many choices! Of course, BMW dealer wants me to install the BMW engine/crash bars. The bash plate from BMW looks good and long... but I hear different opinions on the crash bars.
Look like Alt-Rider (I see the shiny silver nameplate). Great crash bars, same as what I have on my F800GS.

Bash plate... MOD. Not all of them protect the catalytic and when you're skidding, it's nice to know that your exhaust isn't going to get hung up on something pointy.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:29 PM   #425
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yep ALT crash guards and that is Jeremy in the picture the owner installing them himself as well as the head light guard. MOD skid is awesome. We wanted to get that one for our 650's but couldn't justify getting rid of our all ready installed Jesse plate.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:41 PM   #426
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Thanks for the info on the ESA comfort setting, soph9.
My knees and shoulders are going to want that some of the time.
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:48 PM   #427
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Ok.... so I've kinda talked myself out of trading in my F658GS for the F708GS
(hey is that what we are going to call it the F708GS .... )

And I'm thinking I could have "manual" ESA by carrying a screwdriver in a convienent location and backing off the damping by 1/2 turn or so when slabbing it, and crank it back in for sport/off-road....
Quite a cost savings there ... albeit at the expense of a quick pit-stop
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:54 PM   #428
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Ok.... so I've kinda talked myself out of trading in my F658GS for the F708GS
(hey is that what we are going to call it the F708GS .... )
Reading what you sent me...very good! As for the screw driver? Come visit me and take the ESA out for a ride!
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:21 PM   #429
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Ok.... so I've kinda talked myself out of trading in my F658GS for the F708GS
(hey is that what we are going to call it the F708GS .... )

And I'm thinking I could have "manual" ESA by carrying a screwdriver in a convienent location and backing off the damping by 1/2 turn or so when slabbing it, and crank it back in for sport/off-road....
Quite a cost savings there ... albeit at the expense of a quick pit-stop
Not to mention the cost savings when it comes time to replace the shock

I've owned both ESA and non-ESA bikes and for me (once the novelty wore off), I found myself setting it to one setting and leaving it there. IMHO it's nice if you are constantly switching between one up and two up, but if you are like me and always ride one way or the other, it didn't seem like a worthwhile cost.
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:22 AM   #430
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I think I will find myself using one setting for the pavement and another for off road. In any case, maybe a novelty but I am really like it especially on the rough paved roads out here. Biggest difference is between SPORT and COMFORTABLE.
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:29 PM   #431
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Some video of the F700GS.

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Old 12-10-2012, 03:59 AM   #432
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I visited our semi-local dealer last Saturday and test rode the F700GS. Compared to my 2001 thumper, there's a whole lot of power and smoothness. And although at the softest preload I could touch the ground, more of my foot needs to be able to on the ground to handle maneuvering, as Robbie expressed a few pages back "I live in an area where every driveway and parking area is gravel and uneven" and I am inseam challenged. It is ridiculous to be unable to walk the bike backwards without hopping and that doesn't cut it on uneven ground.

The dealer is saying that all of the F700GS' coming in are with the Launch Package, which basically adds heated grips. period. nothing else. And that if I want to special order a bike with the Comfort Package or a lowered bike, that I probably won't receive it until spring 2013. Which given that it is mid-October may not be such a bad thing but... I'd like to get a bike now :)

What are you all seeing? Are there 700gs out and about in the US with other packages?

I'm headed back to take another test ride with a low seat, but I'm getting the impression that I'd have to pay full price (or some price) for that seat - which looking at the option list, shows that there should be no extra charge for a low seat. (link to price/options list- thanks Patrick!)

I'm weighing my options though as I don't seek uber-gnarly roads so looking at the Versys and V-strom as other options too.
I read somewhere that they can break the bones in your leg, separate them slightly and they'll grow back together making you a inch or so taller.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:27 AM   #433
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Help me out here...

I may be able to buy my first Beemer in January.

2013 F700GS.

I am considering taking it up to Alaska next summer if all goes as planned.

Humor me and tell me- what are the factory specific options you would not do without?

TIA,

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Old 12-10-2012, 07:45 AM   #434
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Help me out here...

I may be able to buy my first Beemer in January.

2013 F700GS.

I am considering taking it up to Alaska next summer if all goes as planned.

Humor me and tell me- what are the factory specific options you would not do without?

TIA,

Charlotte

Heated grips, TPS, the computer, everything else I added was non-OEM.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:35 AM   #435
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Well, well, well... probably won't be able to pick her up any time soon... Wonder if anyone can fabricate "highway pegs" for my Buell?
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