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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by eakins, Nov 13, 2012.
Added some pin stripping and had the pegs lowered, all done time to ride and enjoy.
New pope, new pope-mobile.
This thread needs more pics and more info.
Yeah, let's talk about those vibrations that seem to make most of the
owners sell the bike in the first 2 years of ownership.
Is that so? You have a fucking Kymco, how would you know?
I'm buying a new bike, and this one looks good for what I want.
Someone who has a Kymco couldn't have had a ride on a 2007 yellow
F800S? Besides, I don't have the Kymco anymore. I think my signature
line is rather simple for most people to understand.
I know of 2 people locally who had the bike and went different routes
because of vibrations (and somewhat cost of ownership).
The mentioned yellow F800S was replaced by a Bandit 1250,
and a gray F800ST by a FJR. Just some friends of mine.
Great, so, talk about it.
If you had a ride on it.
This is the 800GT thread, not the S and I'm interested to hear from people that owns the bike and how it's been doing in the long run; if you don't mind.
I was under the impression that you already know that it's a bike that you
want - you either had a ride on it, or you're psychic.
If you haven't, I know more about it from my 'S' ride then you, even if
it's a GT we're trying to discuss here, it's still the same engine, with the
same firing order that gets people buzzed up beyond what they can take.
But yeah, you had to make fun of Kymco, who happens to be a supplier
of some nice engines for none other then BMW, among others.
So, kindly get off my back and talk about the bike if you have anything
to say about it.
I don't confuse my gt with a race bike or torque monster or anything except for a well-equipped lightweight tourer and commuter. I don't really ride at supra-legal speeds and don't experience buzzing any worse than that of the r1200 '05 GS or '09 RT that I previously owned. Possibly my dealer has done a good job syncing the throttle bodies?
I wanted a lighter lower bike with a riding position that doesn't hurt my back. I wanted ABS, Traction Control, and heated grips. I wanted my helmet to not be in turbulent air and I didn't want to spend a fortune replacing the seat and windscreen. I didn't want to have to screw around with a chain.
As far as I know the GT uniquely fills the bill and I'm very satisfied with it. I have run it at 80 mph for an extended period without experiencing any vibration problems. It's not 4 cyl smooth as glass but the vibes aren't at all intrusive. I have been commuting and cruising around the puget sound since september and have added a couple of things (top box, GPS mount and outlet, and a fenda extenda) but the seat and shield and everything else has been great. Best bike I've ever owned. I'm thinking about adding an F700GS to the stable now.
Don't get me wrong here people, I'm here because I love everything about
this bike I've read, I'm a bit worried about the vibes that some report, and
I know I currently can't afford to own it (I could buy it, but not run it with
upkeep prices here), but if that ever changes, I'm in!
To all the existing GT owners ... can I ask about your brake light? When does it illuminate when using the front brake lever? Mine is coming on really late - relative to how far in the lever has been pulled. I'm pretty much stopped before the light comes on and when already stopped I have to use (I think) undue pressure to get the light to come on - really squeeze against the grip to get the light to be on. The rear brake lever has the light on with the barest touch.
Also - does your lever have a "click" when you pull it in ... I've heard that GTs have a hydraulic something or other which means that it won't click.
I've had the lever replaced (after my bike wanted a nap on the road ... short legs, hills, bad news :)) and have to admit that I didn't really take a lot of notice when the light came on before or after it was replaced. But noticed it in the garage the other week and now it just seems totally wrong
It's been in twice for this issue in the past weeks .. and they've "adjusted" the lever so there's almost no play at all - feels very binary - off or ON at the moment. I'm taking it back to the dealer again this week cos I'm not happy with it but would like to know what it's like on other examples of the same bike. If that's just how it is then I'll be doubly sure to always use my rear brake so those behind me know what's going on.
Thanks in advance!
I've got just about 10,000 miles on my GT. I've ridden it in just about every condition you can think of including light snow and ice through Eisenhower Tunnel on a cross country trip this October. I've really had no problems with vibrations at speeds lower than about 90-95. On the superslab we usually run about 80-85 cuz I'm following the boyfriend on his FJR and that is as slow as I can make him go! My 07 f800st definitely had more vibration in the bars. Loving really everything about the GT so far.
That's great, seems like they did fix some stuff.
I don't have a problem w/the vibration issue. How's the suspension in the real world? Attack mode vs touring comfort? Any aftermarket exhaust systems out there that liven up the motor (and sound) and change the character of the bike any? Those are my main issues. Seems to be a bike full of potential, if not already there in stock form. Haven't ridden one...yet.
AC Schnitzer and Remus are the most often mentioned exhausts for the
F800 series, but I'd probably go with Akrapovic (on almost any bike).
I love the Akras and I've had a couple. I just don't love them as much as Akra loves them...Expensive. Had a Remus on the Triumph, which did nicely enough. I'm a TBR fan. Don't even know if they make one for the Beemer or not, but they are my preference for slip-ons.
I would ask BMW what exhaust to get, as probably everyone has a personal
preference (which is usually based on sound from a previous bike) which
might not be the best choice for the next bike in line.
I wouldn't buy an exhaust that offers no dyno comparison before and after
for example, or has any reviews of them falling apart etc.
Akrapovic is expensive for a good reason.