2013 bmw f800gt

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

  1. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu I'm Barry F'n Gibb!!

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    i like the looks of this. I'd definately consider it if i was looking to replace my k1200rs and my aprilia futura.
  2. Cortez

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    That's interesting.
    I'd rather have those two. :)
  3. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu I'm Barry F'n Gibb!!

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    that's why i said 'if' :evil
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    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    It's gonna get twice the mileage out of the same fuel then those two if
    anything.

    :deal
  5. Gezerbike

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

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    I was at the dealer Saturday and he had a white one on the floor. Really sharp in both the white and the grey, not so sure of the orange. I really like the looks and size of it and since I ride solo, it fits well. Probably a set of bar baks away from fitting really good. And the thought of it being soooo much lighter than my slant 4 KGT, it is very tempting, especially as I am not getting stronger as I get older. The dealer threw me a $ 13,700 price out the door for a fully loaded one. Bags would add another $ 875. Tempting, but the thought of giving up all the creature comforts of the big GT, as well at the 150hp motor, and another $ 4000 to boot makes it a pretty tough call. I guess a test ride might be in order.............
  6. IslandMonkey

    IslandMonkey Been here awhile

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    For what it's worth, MCN reviewed the GT this week and although I only skimmed the article (I was in a shop), it appeared to be very positive.
  7. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu I'm Barry F'n Gibb!!

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    I was at an out-of-state BMW dealer this weekend and they had an F800GT demo bike that I got to sit on. It definately felt roomier than my Futura. cycle-ergo.com now has the F800GT listed, so you can compare it to your current bike if interested. I'd have a 9-degree forward lean angle on the F800GT compared to 24 on my Futura.

    Unfortunately, I made the mistake of sitting on the K1600GT before sitting on the F800GT. It's like comparing a nice comfy chair and a couch.

    I'm now seriously considering swapping my Futura and K1200RS for an F800GT. Hopefully the missus doesn't see this.
  8. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Where's that damn "SHARE ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER" button!?
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  9. Twinz

    Twinz Been here awhile

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    Well, Stu, I guess I'll have to sit on an F800GT myself. My local beemer dealer also sells Triumph, so I can sit on an 800 Tiger as well. No riding around here...expecting another 12" of snow over the next couple of days! My Futura is currently in pieces in the basement! Do you think you'll miss the Futura's horsepower?
  10. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu I'm Barry F'n Gibb!!

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    I'm not sure if I'd miss the power or not, I didn't have my gear with me to take the F800GT for a test ride. But I think it would be more comfortable for long trips, I get pretty uncomfortable on the Futura after 350 miles or so in a day.
  11. Gezerbike

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

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    I'm down here in St Louis this week and I brought gear along to take out their 800 GT and I'm hoping to also ride the new GS. :clap
  12. fin reaper

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    You may ask what does the "D" stand for? In a word disappointing. Had the opportunity to take one for about 40 mi test ride covering a lot of road types and was underwhelmed. To put this into perspective my other rides are 2011 R1200GS and 2011 Aprilia Shiver.

    Power/passion B: acceleration is so linear it's almost boring. It does fine once up to speed but if you happen upon a stoplight with full face helmet wearing riders on anything Japanese or Italian, just don't go there.

    Handling A: This is the GT's bright spot. Built in steering damper does a wonderful job of isolating many nuisance bumps, splits, cracks with aplomb, and when in the twisties readily accepts and holds the line chosen. Easy bike to flick through multiple s curves. I even inadvertently covered 1.5 mi of hard dirt and washboard and never felt for a second that I would have to explain scratches from a possible drop.

    Touring Ergos C: At 5' 6" I fit the bike reasonably well but forward lean is actually more severe than for the Shiver. Windscreen design must have been done during Octoberfest. The screen acts like an air knife directing a laminar band of air towards the driver which in my case was roughly helmet high.

    Sound C-: For lack of a better description, sounds like a sewing machine on a law mower. Aftermarket pipe needs to be part of std offering.

    Shifting/Gearing. B: Shifting is smooth and precise. Gearing is tall and definitely hwy oriented. Fortunately, the engine will easily pull from a stop in any gear through 4th with minimal clutch modulation though.

    Overall B- : This bike is a competent but overpriced offering. At MSRP BMW should consider adding the sportier can for sound alone, traction control, ESA, and the luggage. It's a bit of a confused machine with touring power train mated to sport handling and ergo's. At the same price Ducati's new Multistrada has everything but ESA, heated grips, and gear indicator and has 15 more ponies. I'm afraid the F800GT won't garner the same attention as the Duc. Too bad for mid size sport touring oriented folks. With the departure of the Triumph Sprint GT, the mid size sport touring sector is a beauty pageant with scant selection of beauties.
  13. ph0rk

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    This reads like you had unrealistic expectations for a midweight sport-tourer. Linearity for a tourer seems like a great idea, and being a bit down on acceleration compared to sportbikes without touring goodies should be expected in that category - it isn't nor should anyone expect it to be an FJR or K1300. Compare it to a DL650, perhaps (Similar wet weights and missions, both without luggage), not a monster 796 or ninja 1k.
  14. Gham

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    You spent some time thinking about what was the good and the less than good,wrote what else you were riding,and in general put some thought into your first post.Then you get told your being unrealistic,welcome to ADV:lol3
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    perhaps he meant the hyperstrada, but he closes with a comparison to the multistrada. Hardly a fair or reasonable comparison for the f800gt.

    I don't particularly care for the ergos either, but middleweight bikes frequently get slammed for power relative to larger bikes. Raw power isn't the point of a middleweight.
  16. Gham

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    Your probably right,he did say multistrada and I overlooked that,I was thinking hyper as well being it's an 850.My mind went into VFR,Aprilia Futura mode and then quit.
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    Sorry folks, I did mean hyperstrada😨. That's some good mind reading there. As for the power thing, I wasn't expecting Ninja 1000 or Monster 796. But after reading a comparo of FZ8, Street triple, 796, Shiver, and F800R which uses the same mill as the 800GT, I just expected a little more oomph. Perhaps if I rode the GS over to the dealer and not the Shiver, I would have thought differently.
  18. Roadscum

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    I to had a test ride and agree with your assessment. When the motor is run in with a few thousand miles on it performance will be much better. this bike is on my short list because it is a high quality,comfy, economical sport tourer.

    Regards, Paul
  19. KungPaoDog

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    The F800 series was on my radar for a while until I sat on one, and realized that I'm probably a little too large for one at 6'3". I'd check out a GT for fun, but the ST felt just a little too tight for me. I think it looks like a very good bike, too. The weight is one of the biggest selling points, since you really don't need 900 lbs of bike to tour. I keep wondering if I could make a used ST work for me.

    But economical?:roflThe way BMW does stuff, you won't be able to find one that doesn't have $3000 worth of options, so then you're looking at around $15,000, which puts it in pretty close proximity to some pretty well reviewed bikes: FJR, Concours, two V-stroms :D. etc.
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    I used to own an F800R, and the trick with that bike was its very low curb weight - the F800GT is toting around about 55 lbs more tupperware. That means it ends up with a pretty similar torque to weight ratio to a vstrom 650, as it happens.

    The exhaust is a function of the 360 degree crank BMW went with, to make it sound similar to their boxers. I didn't particularly care for it, but it contributed to the F800's funky german-ness. All in all I greatly preferred my DL650 motor to the F800 motor. The hyperstrada is about 20 lbs less than the F800GT, too.


    If I was looking for a middleweight sports-tourer I'm not sure I could justify the F800GT relative to others in the category, but the best comparison is to other tour-capable bikes with similar high speed comfort (read: wind protection) and luggage options along with similar low weight/maneuverability. 600+ lb sports tourers probably feel nothing at all like an F800GT, so the comparison is a bit weird.

    The F800R might not feel like the shiver much, either - it had a long wheelbase, wide rear tire for its weight and an overcompensating steering damper for low speeds, and some gear ratios that sacrificed much slab usability. I'm much happier with the R1200R, but I think that was the bike I really wanted to begin with.

    I think a faired road-going F800 is a good thing, but if economical is one of your criteria, it probably won't fare well against the <$10k competition.