2013 F800GS and F700GS merged threadfest

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

  1. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    Ok.... so I've kinda talked myself out of trading in my F658GS for the F708GS
    (hey is that what we are going to call it the F708GS .... :rofl)

    And I'm thinking I could have "manual" ESA by carrying a screwdriver in a convienent location and backing off the damping by 1/2 turn or so when slabbing it, and crank it back in for sport/off-road....
    Quite a cost savings there ... albeit at the expense of a quick pit-stop :lol3
  2. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Reading what you sent me...very good! As for the screw driver? Come visit me and take the ESA out for a ride!:wink:
  3. SDDinNH

    SDDinNH Ridgerunner

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    Not to mention the cost savings when it comes time to replace the shock :evil

    I've owned both ESA and non-ESA bikes and for me (once the novelty wore off), I found myself setting it to one setting and leaving it there. IMHO it's nice if you are constantly switching between one up and two up, but if you are like me and always ride one way or the other, it didn't seem like a worthwhile cost.
  4. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    I think I will find myself using one setting for the pavement and another for off road. In any case, maybe a novelty but I am really like it especially on the rough paved roads out here. Biggest difference is between SPORT and COMFORTABLE.
  5. bobobob

    bobobob IN HOC SIGNO VINCES

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    Some video of the F700GS.

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  6. OFA

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    I read somewhere that they can break the bones in your leg, separate them slightly and they'll grow back together making you a inch or so taller.
  7. HeyWhatever

    HeyWhatever HTFU !

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    Help me out here...

    I may be able to buy my first Beemer in January.

    2013 F700GS.

    I am considering taking it up to Alaska next summer if all goes as planned.

    Humor me and tell me- what are the factory specific options you would not do without?

    TIA,

    Charlotte

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  8. Emperor Norton

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  9. HeyWhatever

    HeyWhatever HTFU !

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    Well, well, well... probably won't be able to pick her up any time soon... :cry Wonder if anyone can fabricate "highway pegs" for my Buell?
  10. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    Well, since my 2012 took it in the pooper from a VW, I guess now I have a reason to look at the F700GS. I haven't decided between that, an R1200GS, or a Guzzi...
  11. OFA

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    The 700 and the 1200 are very different machines. Can I ask why you are looking at the 700 and not the 800? Just curious, both are great bikes.
  12. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    I'm short, and use my motorcycle for commuting in a very dense city. The 650 gave me everything I needed in an easier-to-manage-in-stop-and-go-traffic form than the 800 would have (with the added bonus of lower purchase price) and I expect the same of the 700. I think the 1200 would be better for long distances (though Stuttgart to Napoli on the 650 was fine) but am not sure that for me the added capabilities would outweigh the added costs in terms of higher purchase price, insurance, and road tax.
  13. OFA

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    Makes sense. I Bought the 800 in late August and am loving it. Lots of power for highway cruising and better mileage than my 06 KLR. I now have just over 8500 kilometers on it. Living in the North riding is all but done now for a few months though.
  14. JRWooden

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    It is rumored that the 2013 models have less snatchy throttle?

    Has anybody noticed better throttle behavior on the 2013 bikes compared to earlier models?

    And if so ... do we know if the new firmware can be flashed to older model bikes?

    Thanks!
  15. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    feels the same to me..
  16. Karbono

    Karbono Rookie GSer

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    My friend insists his 2013 has more power. :)
  17. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    +1
  18. OFA

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    This 2013 f800gs is my first. But coming from a carbureted bike I defiantly found the throttle snatchy. As a matter a fact I was beginning to wonder if I'd ever get used to it but after 9,000 kilometers I don't even notice it anymore. Feels great now.
  19. JRWooden

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    All my prior bikes were carb. models also ... I don't know if the throttle is less snatchy after 30K miles or if I am the one that is now broken in, but I don't really have much issue with it now, although when it was new it did annoy me quite a lot................. :freaky
  20. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    I feel the same thing here. After buying it I was 300€ away of buying that power controler thingy. Now after 6 month and 15.000km I'm "broken in" and not noticing it anymore. But who knows, after having bought all the "important farkles" and discovering some new money in my bank account, maybe I'll buy that piece of geeky technology :lol3