2013 bmw f800gt

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by eakins, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. cug

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    Yeah. Sure. :dhorse

    I wish my bike had a belt that lasted normally around 40k to 50k (real owner experience) miles and could be replaced for 430 bucks or so. In that time I have pumped about $100 in chain lube, installed two sets of chains and sprockets, spent $30 or more in chain cleaner, a few hours of swearing while cleaning the back wheel, trying to scrape of old chain lube from my panniers, frame, boots, pants, top case, ... damn, I hate chains.
  2. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    ..and most will change out 2 sets of chains/sprockets in that mileage so the
    price will be about the same.

    I got the same "issue" with my scooter. The belt costs almost $200,
    while for a similar Piaggio scooter it's $100. The only difference is.. mine
    lasts twice as long.. and you'll constantly see people bitching about the
    price of the belt.

    Some people can't do math.
  3. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    Well said. Lobby made a statement that he would not spend his hard earned money with a company that he felt charged way too much for a belt that other companies charge a lot less. No whinning, bitching or anything else. He was just standsing on his principles. I guess some of these people don't know how to distinguish a person with character and just being a character.
  4. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    We're on a forum, and we're here to tell other people they're full of it.
    So get with the program.
    :deal

    On a side note (and on subject, miraculously), how is this bike so different
    to the 800ST that it's causing this much interest?

    It's like when Suzuki took the Bandit 1250, put on a bit more fairing, added
    boxes and a bigger screen and called it a GSX1250FA. It's still the same bike!
    :huh

    I always liked the F800ST, but the "piston slap" issue scared me away in
    2007/08 when I was considering replacing my Ninja 650R with the 800ST.

    That and the shockingly high price with a few extra bits (ABS and heated
    grips + board computer). You could have speced out a 800ST almost up
    to a basic R1200R price here.

    That's just plain wrong.
  5. LoneTraveler

    LoneTraveler Captain Zoomtastic

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    Their cars are like that too: you can spec out a 3-series for almost the price of a 5.

    Never understood how that works, it's almost like they don't want you to buy their cheaper model. If that's the case, why sell it?
  6. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    That's been the case with all german cars for a while now, especially
    Mercedes and Audi. My old man owned 5 Audis and we were always
    shocked at the price of addons.

    With Mercedes, you'll often be shocked what they even consider to be
    an addon!

    Remember a friend buying a C class in 2002.. he had to pay extra for
    air conditioning, and it was a $40k car.
  7. Roadscum

    Roadscum Long timer

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    R models do seem to hold their value, F and K models not so much. As always, YMMV.

    I did't do so good when it was time to sell my F800S.

    Regards, Paul
  8. LoneTraveler

    LoneTraveler Captain Zoomtastic

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    Heh, my ex bought a new C class in 2008. Paid $57k for it when it was optioned up how he wanted it. So I said to him, "Why didn't you just buy an E class?"

    His response "Oh, that would just be too pretentious..."

    :huh
  9. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    Thanks for making my point, and someone elses'.
  10. Dieselpwr

    Dieselpwr Been here awhile

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    GS F bikes hold their value quite well. The F800s on the other hand had engine issues or something along those lines.
  11. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    Ok. Let's pretend I'm BMW's Project Manager for the F800ST, the first one to use a belt using the 800cc engine.

    All of a sudden I hear from my purchasing agent that Continental rubber wants $200 for each belt. What's the first thing I do? I set a meeting with Continental to "discuss" this problem. I'll discuss, they'll listen. It goes something like this:

    "You're the biggest tire / rubber maker in Germany and this is the best you can fucking do on a piss ant belt? You're full of shit! Now quit trying to screw me and come back with the correct price. Else I'll call Michelin, Goodyear, etc and find one that CAN meet my needs!"

    Take this to the bank: there isn't a single motorcycle manufacturer who is going to let a belt manufacturer take them hostage on little part like a belt. Not one. :deal

    Therefore BMW is NOT getting screwed on the price of that belt. :deal That would be impossible.

    Therefore BMW is screwing their buyers by pricing that belt the way they have. :deal



    BTW, wiper blades for a 2007 BMW 335i are $91. Yep. Poor, poor BMW. Let's all reach into our pockets and give them our money. :rolleyes
  12. Downs

    Downs KK6RBI

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    I do consider it being taken advantage of when they could have used a more commonly available belt for half the cost and it wouldn't have cost them any more R&D money than they spent to come up with this weird ass belt that no one on the planet but Continental makes.

    When you have belts on bikes that make WAY more torque with a replacement interval of 100k miles on their belts (or lifetime belts) and if they do break it's 200 or 250 dollar belt, yet Beemer wants you to replace your 500 dollar belt every 24k miles (about once a year to a year and a half for me) that my friends is getting hosed :freaky

    If all other belts on planet earth were almost 500 bucks a pop I wouldn't care but oh well. I like the bike and I'll keep it. And when I put the spare I have on it when the Original belt breaks that will probably carry the bike till the time I decide to get rid of it.
  13. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    And would be a basic model re: engine and addons.
  14. Roadscum

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    Are you saying all F motors are not created equal?

    Regards, Paul
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    Free wiper blades thru the warranty period, 4 years or 50K miles, and free scheduled service. Works for me!

    Regards, Paul
  16. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    There's a well documented issue with the 2006/07 engine problems
    on the S and ST, resolved before GS and R came out.

    Also, the S and ST have different power output to GS and R I believe.

    R has the most power, shortest gearing, and usually quoted best MPG figures.
    Go figure.
  17. LoneTraveler

    LoneTraveler Captain Zoomtastic

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    I just tried to price out a C350 vs an E350. The C would be about $58k, the E, about $54k. Granted, that's adding all the features that the E has to the C. Either way, there's no way in hell I would pay almost 60 large for a German piece of shit like that.

    Subarus are so much better anyway, and half the price. :D
  18. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    As others have said, early ones could get piston slap.

    There were also early issues with stalling.

    A few niggles were fixed with recalls.

    I really like the discontinued 800S, but in an ideal world it would have to be 2008-on.
  19. Dieselpwr

    Dieselpwr Been here awhile

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    Close the door on a Benz and on a Subaru and there's a huge difference. Personally I'm a Audi/VW fan, but a Benz is not a POS.
  20. Downs

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    mid/late 09 is when they finally fixed the stator issue. If you have a pre-09 and want to "upgrade" to the updated parts that's gonna run ya around a grand.:deal