2013 bmw f800gt

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  1. ph0rk

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    Other than price, I'm not really sure how the F800ST (of yesteryear) meaningfully compares to the super tenere - nearly 150 lbs heavier, taller, and a completely different set of ergos.

    "Nimble" is never a word I'd apply to the super tenere.
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  2. Roadscum

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    I agree...

    For two months in the summer I go to Europe and play in the Alps on my '96K12RS, I sure wish I had an F800R or perhaps the F800GT. Seem like a perfect bikes for a romp in the Alps

    This summer I was in Garmisch for BMW Motorrad days to eye the new F700GS, it looked like 90% of the attendees were on fully farkled R12GS's......................... and not a singlle Starbucks in sight! :rofl:rofl

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  3. RaY YreKa

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    I really liked the F800S, back in 2006/7.

    I can't see anything to dislike about this bike (except price). I think, like the Honda CBF1000, that buyers will cherish it despite it not being particularly sexy.
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  4. ferrix

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    Same here. My one concern with this bike is that I know F800R can be very buzzy in some owners experience (as usual when it comes to vibration some people are not fussed at all, others are really distressed). There were fewer complaints about other models in the family, but certainly this engine is rarely accused of being smooth... I wonder if BMW tamed or even addressed this issue on the GT, it *is* important for long distance comfort.
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  5. sfrider300

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    I forgot to mention the buzziness, which was definitely an issue on my ST. Three flaws as a tourer:

    -- too much kneebend

    -- buzzy bars (though some people say there are solutions)

    -- prone to getting blown around, as you'd expect from a 480 lbs fully faired.

    Despite that, ST was very functional and efficient and I found it fine as a one-up tourer, especially if mpg matters to you.
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  6. JNRobert

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    I'm in the market for a daily commuter workhorse and this bike is pushing a lot of buttons. Low maintenance belt drive, decent weather protection, heated grips, great economy and light enough to make the constant lane splitting tolerable.

    I owned an F800S for a while and all the things I wanted (higher bars, better fairing) have been fixed with the GT. yeah, I'm disappointed with the cheap forks but if the price is a few thousand less than the 1200R, I can see myself owning a GT.

    p.s. I also think it looks good in white :deal

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  7. John Bentall

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    When comparing the price of the F800ST and GT, please do not forget that the GT comes with ABS as standard.

    Hope this helps...
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  8. JNRobert

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    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/K0FJoFsRZCI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  9. sfrider300

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    My ST was pretty boring. That ad makes me think they've upped the boring factor by about 15%.

    But hey, it will get you from here to there very nicely.
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  10. Roadscum

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    ... and the price of the GT is?

    Regards, Paul
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  11. JNRobert

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    Yep, my S wasn't too exciting either but, I'm really looking for a commute appliance that's not quite as soporific as one of the mega scooters like a Bergman or GT650 (and saves me wearing out my Multistrada).

    TBH, I'm expecting the 800GT to be at a price that's just not going to make it worthwhile. I'm hoping 12K for a base model - no bags or anything fancy - but, expect it will be closer to 16K given it's a BMW :nah
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  12. DFH

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    :lol3 So boring they have replaced the wet-fart exhaust note with elevator piano tinkling.

    If you want a bit more excitement with your white-painted/abs-braked /pannier&centrestand-equipped/plush-seat/upright-barred 800cc eurobike this video may help....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0otWAuzi1LY

    Not only is the video more entertaining but the bike has forks from this century, 20 odd more horses & double the service intervals....
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  13. DFH

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    Me? Dutch/UK parents. Dual citizen Aus & Eu. Lived in UK Mainland Europe, Japan & Scandinavia as well as Oz.

    I suspect the US & Oz are similar & much like the British. That is much more of a "Lifestyle-toy" aspect. Compared to their neighbours across the channel the Poms hardly use any scooters & buy many more sportbikes & cruisers. With similar population densities in Germany Italy France & the UK you see much less two wheeled activity (commuter or recreational) in the UK than its neighbours too. As the market in Europe is less "lifestyle" than what we see in English speaking countries boundaries get blurred. On the way to the 90th Guzzi rally I met a bunch riding from Milan. One was on a Guzzi Convert (a rare beast these days) & his mates were on a T-Max & an Aprilia Mana. 3 middle aged men out riding automatic 2 wheelers. Over here middle aged men are so insecure in their manhood they only consider Hardly Driveables & pirate costumes or 1200GS's with Charly & Ewan suits. Sad isnt it.

    Agreed, though I suspect the F800 is more popular in Germany & its northern european neighbours than it is around the Med. The Sporty mid size naked like the Street Triple/Hornet/F800r seem to be the new sport bike. Our French friends with a 100ps limit & a taste for old style rally road racing & motards points to the future coming for all of us.
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  14. cug

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    Yeah, here in the US they generally ride R1200GS Adventure with extra low seats so that they can get their 29" inseam to the ground in front of the Starbucks ... :lol3

    And Harleys! It seems like if middle aged men here have a certain belly size, they are forced to buy HD, while under that same size, they either get a GS.

    The other side of course is any kind of ultra racing replica for the younger crowd.

    I think the F800GT will be a great bike. I really like it, will be interesting what the pricing here will look like. Though I'm very unlikely to buy one as there are other bikes I still find more interesting (like the R1200R).
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  15. cls

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    I think the GT will be a very interesting bike and I suspect the price will be around $12K for the base model in the U.S. There, now you know...This bike along w/the new Hypermotard 820 SP from Ducati would be a very nice balance of bikes for public roads IF the Duc gets decent gas mileage during commuting duties. Even though it'd be the sport/performance/hooligan bike of the two, I still expect good mileage when riding easy.

    To each his/her own. That's why they make different bikes. I'll be looking at the GT closely. It'll have to hit the right price point and have a reasonable maintenance schedule. Those are always (potential) issues w/Beemers. And why I haven't owned one, as of yet, in the many bikes that have come through the garage. We shall see. I'm hoping for the best but I shan't hold my breath.
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  16. Anteraan

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    I see pros and cons of both. You've listed the Hyper's pros. Here are the cons as I see it.
    The Hyper is ugly as all get-out (especially the front end - HIDEOUS!), looks to provide significantly less wind protection (except for the hand guards), and has smaller capacity saddlebags (although they may be better shaped - we'll see if they can hold helmets). Does it have the mpg of the BMW? I don't know. If it does, great - but I doubt it. I can live without the extra 20 ponies and the multiple power maps, etc. if I get more mpg and range in return.

    I'm fortunate to have both dealers in my area, and both are good dealerships, so it's not a factor for me, but it may be for others,
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  18. Lujo

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    My $.02 on those points goes in the other direction, though my point of reference may be different. I'm 6'2" and with lowered pegs find the ST slightly more comfortable on my knees than the R1150GS with fastways pegs. Bars are approximately as buzzy as those on my R1150GS -- I didn't actually notice any bar buzziness on the ST until I took off the bar end weights to put on hand guard, and even after that it's not something that bothers me. I didn't find any problems getting blown around... I find the bike more stable on the highway than the big GS, and, I traveled around the US on the ST and never felt the motor or Hyperpro suspension wasn't up to the task. I wouldn't mind a higher-output alternator, though.
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  19. cug

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    Sure, your dick is longer. You certainly paid more for it ... :rofl
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  20. hankgs

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    Well, as for the first part, I'll leave that to the jomamma blog, I bought the 07 GSA used and paid less than your new 800 english copy of the German version... But the riding offer holds :deal
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