2013 F800GS and F700GS merged threadfest

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by The Jinx, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. lunaticTR

    lunaticTR Adventurer

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    Now they switch the switch to the clasic system. I would get used to this system much quicker but did not like the position of the button for the emergency fours. Its is kind of far away from easy reach. I normally could hit both turn signals at the same time while grabbing the clutch and front brakes to prevent the guy coming behind me at full speed from running over me while the traffic ahead is jammed. This design is no good. At least they could have switched the places with the info/abs or whatever the button next to it that is closer to the grip.
    And one more thing.
    Unleaden road ready weight is 209kg vs. 199kg 10kg more
    dry wight is 186kg vs. 179 only 7kg more. Where is the 3kg of fluids go to. Not in the engine or the fuel tank since thet are the same. I doubt if it in the cooling system. Where is it then?
  2. Inelastic

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    Hello champions of life:

    Never ridden and I'm gonna buy a bike people. Been planning for the last three years, and being located in the middle east everything is a rip off. Started off thinking I was gonna get a wee, they wouldn't order it, saw the versys, it was 3K USD above US MSRP. So now I'm looking at the F700gs and gonna put an offer on it, right now I can get it for about 11.5K USD, the catch is the Suzuki dealership just got the '12 wee but it's listed at 10.8K USD. BMW has two years service, Suzuki one. I think the 700 is a winner in terms of budget today, but.l.

    The question: everyone says BMW will break down, electronic problems, etc, and when they do I'll be shelling out a lot. Shoud this be a big concern?

    I'll be riding mainly asphalt until I am confident and then desert tracks throughout the gulf (UAE, OMAN, etc). Eventually I plan on moving back to the states and will most likely take it with me (if less than four years from now).

    So yeah, I very much appreciate your wisdom and encouragement. :ear

    P.s. all the used bikes here are imported wrecks from Japan and most are cruisers or sport bikes. Occasionally a dual sport is listed but often a larger bike and/or too close to msrp.
  3. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    I think that BMW has learned some things since the F800GS and friends were introduced.
    There have been re-designs/reworks of the

    • Cam chain tensioner
    • Regulator/Rectifier
    • Stator
    • Fuel tank (not sure it's fixed yet though...)
    • Various other bits (like the front brake reservoir and etc...)
    It still might cost more to maintain than other brands, but the 2013s seem pretty solid to me.
    Unless it's changed the 3-yr. warranty is a nice feature!
  4. vtbob

    vtbob wanderer

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    Buy the F700GS

    I test rode a WeStrom before I bought a F650GS in 2010.
    The We is a very reliable bike....but not perfect...note it does not have a bunch of obsessive hypocrondiracts dissecting every issue on the blogs.
    The We is heavier, a bit less power, a bit poorer handling and a good amount cheaper.

    The BMW is faster, handles better, has a HUGE number of farkles, but cost more. Makes me smile!

    I've had my 2010 F650GS 3 years, 31k miles...no problems, just replaced front brake pads, new chain and put on my 4th set of tires. Did 10k mile Alaska and back trip this summer. love the bike
  5. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    Hey ... I represent that remark! :rofl
  6. Snowy

    Snowy Long timer

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    It's not hyochondria if your bike has actually failed.

    You know....from riding.

    Then it's called "BMW ownership".

    It's like a sadomasachistic fetish. You know you shouldn't...you know what happened last time...but it's just so tempting...it's gunna hurt so bad, but feel so good...

    Those Germans know how to exploit sadomasachism. The cruel bastards.

    I think it's all about payback for the WW's. They aim their high end bikes and cars at the "intelligencia" in the Western World, and send us all stark raving mad with frustration, then the master race will rise again to take their rightful place.

    Cunning bastards. Playing the long game.
  7. Scapadu

    Scapadu Motomaniac

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    For what concerns the GIVI CB i had , the answer is Yes!
  8. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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    the only problem I had in three years of ownership of an F800GS was totaling it when I crashed in July. Problem was not BMW but the operator.
  9. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    They know how to exploit it because they kinda "invented" it :lol3

    From Wikipedia: "Both terms were introduced to the medical field by German psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing in his 1886 compilation of case studies Psychopathia Sexualis".
  10. Inelastic

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    Thanks for the input!
  11. Inelastic

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    Very helpful, I think you have a point also about the price, maybe since its more expensive than other bikes people tend to over analyze it. I mean, no one criticizses cheap beer, you know what your in for, but start talking about microbrews and all of a sudden it matters that its organic! :freaky :lol3
  12. Inelastic

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    :rofl i hope you were able to walk away!
  13. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    :rofl I never saw it that way! Amazing POV, I'll keep that one in mind for my next buy :lol3
  14. Snowy

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    So in a way he's saying if you pay more you expect more?

    Oh oh. There's that sense of entitlement raising it's ugly head again.


    Just to really throw a cat among the pigeons, have you seen the KTM 1290R that's in pre-production testing?



    OH_MY_GOD.

    150 HP.


    Oh Lordy Lord.....there's the making of a 3000 page tyre thread right there.


    I've booked 2-up test rides with my Wife on R1200GS-A, and I'll be doing another KTM990R run 2-up. Preferably within a day or two of each other.

    My salesman friend did mention the new F series in passing..."Oh, there's a new demo F800 and F700 coming in a couple of weeks...but you probably wont want to know about them...nothing much has changed".
  15. Inelastic

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    The 990r looks like a sweet bike, a little tall for a noob like myself I think, but nice. It reminds me of the husqvarna Nuda 900r? Also, considering the lack of change in the 700/800 its not always a bad sign, but maybe just that they see no changes to make...take the baseball for example, not much change since late 1800s.
  16. RobertAmsterdam

    RobertAmsterdam www.twbastards.com

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    The new r1200gs LC gets the same agressive look the new 800+700 have according to Wunderich
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  17. Inelastic

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    That looks like it should be in the new total recall movie!
  18. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    you going to buy an 800?

    Cheryl got hers and mine at the end of the month....

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  19. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    Hey Leslie and Cheryl,

    That garage is almost starting to look full! :D

    RobertAmsterdam...interesting pics and good find on the R1250 GS's! Supposed to be all the details coming out Oct 2...

    Dave
  20. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    Are those F800s the low suspension version? If so how do they compare to your F650s:ear What tipped you in favor of staying with BMW rather than moving to Triumph?