2013 F800GS and F700GS merged threadfest

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

  1. bobobob

    bobobob IN HOC SIGNO VINCES

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    I'm 58, with bad knees and a 31" inseam.
    Sold the KLR650 with 35" seat height 6 years ago.

    My single track days are over, but I still want to explore a forest service or gravel road when I come across it.
    My next bike will be a lowered G650GS or a F700GS with panniers and a top box.

    Hth, good luck and welcome to ADV.
  2. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    I am also 58 with worn out body parts. I also like to explore dirt roads. My 650 is perfect for my use. GH
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  3. rageabout

    rageabout Say my name

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    [QUOTEAnybody that has a 650 twin knows how much of a PITA it is to try to explain to everybody that it is actually an 800...[/QUOTE]


    I feel your pain brotha…I get TIRED of telling women my p*nis is 3.5 inches and only looks like 3 inches cause I’m a fat a$$.

    Back on topic:

    Who gives a sh*t about the 650/700/800 gibberish? BMW is finally posting HP/torque curves. They figured out that the MC mags will dyno the bike and post the results making liars out of BMW. Power to weight, right?
  4. mustardfj40

    mustardfj40 Been here awhile

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    I like way you paint your crash bar, what color is it? Thanks.

    Btw, I drop by local BMW dealers to get some stuffs....All F650GS Twin are sold out...There are some F800GS triple blacks and Trophy edition left on the floors
  5. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    "I like way you paint your crash bar, what color is it" Rust-Oleum 7277830 metallic matte nickel from Lowes. GH
  6. HeadinSouth

    HeadinSouth vroom!

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  7. conrado

    conrado Been here awhile

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    I have a F800GS in Brazil, where the ethanol content is something around 20%. Before that I had a 1150GSA, a 1200GSA, two F650GS (single cylinder), a XMoto and a K1300R.

    Never had and never heard of any problems related to ethanol in any of the BMW bikes running with that crappy fuel.
  8. Dieselpwr

    Dieselpwr Been here awhile

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    31 inseam you will be fine with the standard suspension. a low seat might be a good idea. a lower suspension will reduce ground clearance and cargo capacity. i'm 5'6 with 30 inseam and i'm fine with just the lower seat.
  9. Meatn'taters

    Meatn'taters Not any more

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    I'm 54 y.o., first bike after 15 year hiatus (kids, mom pressure, etc.), I bought a F650GS Twin 13,000 miles ago. My rides fit your percentages very well. I have Jesse hard luggage. Went thru a year of periodic, self induced ego pain about not "manning" up and buying the 800. Over it now, and absolutely love my bike - don't want anything to do with anything bigger. Honestly, wouldn't change a thing. From what I read about the F700 changes - don't want them myself. Not negative changes, just not necessarily positive changes either. Get a 650 or 700 twin - you'll love either.
  10. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    I find in interesting that after all the bobble head (frt. brake res.) talk it has gone hard mounted to the lever like the R1200GS's.

    Also the new placement for the rear reservoir.

    If you want to do that to your bike like I have all you have to do is go to your local bicycle shop and get a seat post reflector bracket (26.8-27.2 I believe it was) and bolt it on:

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    They usually give 'em away for free 'cause they get one in every bike box...$0.00 !!!

    I've been using it since January. Works great and it's tucked in out of the way! :deal

    Dave
  11. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    There was lots of big talk about cavitation and air bubbles in the brake fluid...
    I wonder if any other part of the design has changed along with the reservoir ...
    If the master cylinder is the same might pick up the parts to eliminate the bobble-head...
  12. painkilla

    painkilla MeTaL HeD

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    i wanna know where the additonal 4kg's in dry weight came from ...beefed up suspension perhaps ?
  13. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    The suspension is the same weak spindly stuff as before.

    The additional weight comes mainly from the additional front brake disc, caliper, brake line and maybe the fact that ABS is now standard and has to be included in the specs.
  14. Angryrican

    Angryrican know nothing all

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    Joe, what bike do you currently own?
    I had an F650GS twin I racked up 6k miles on during last summer and had zero issues with riding mostly road with some mild fire roads, then replaced it with an F800GS which I have been riding a 50/50 mix of off road on road with the occasional rock rutty stuff and it too has been flawless,

    cheers,

    Frank
  15. VikB

    VikB Been here awhile

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    Isn't the Super Tenere a big 2 up touring bike?...:huh
  16. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    If he's not from the US (sorry in mobile) he could have the what sixfiddy?
  17. guavadude

    guavadude Dirt Nap Enthusiast

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    ok, I'm thinking I need one of these as an upgrade from my '09 G650GS. My bike is great on the FM roads and occasional fire road but the lack of a 6th gear is a beat down on the highway. I consider myself an 85 road/15 dirt rider and not an aggressive off road rider but I do ride "spirited" on the back farm roads. My current bike fits me very well.

    I've tried the Tiger 800 and the engine, shifting and brakes are amazing but I miss the low end torque of the BMW and the handling is so different...I prefer the Beemers. Tried a 1200GS, awesome but more than I need.

    Being vertically challenged (30" inseam) I'm leaning toward the F700 with regular suspension and I like all of the upgrades in the new model and the matte gray color. I think it would be a big step up from where I'm at.

    Or I could spend more and go with the 800GS in that bitching Kalamata color but I'd need a lowered suspension and I'd probably want a 19" front wheel. I'd love to have spoked tubeless wheels but not sure how much more that would be. I'll check them both out at length but wondering if the lowered 800GS would mean sacrificing a center stand along with the extra cash. I could always do the 800 lowered and mess with the wheels later. I'd change the tires on the 700 add a few extras and be done.

    So does the 800 give me room to grow if I get into more offroad riding and longer touring? I must admit I like the styling and color of the 800 better but I'm more concerned with how well it fits me and which bike I'm a better rider on.

    Opinions welcome.
  18. kylerichards

    kylerichards Adventurer

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    Get both...
  19. Roadscum

    Roadscum Long timer

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    I've got an S10, K12GT('06), and I"m considering the F700GS. I haven't paid much attention to this bike until two weeks ago when I had a loaner F650GS for 2 days, now I'd like to know more. So I ask: What are the "known issues" that were not addressed??

    Regards, Paul
  20. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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    Keep in mind I have never ridden the G650GS or the 800 but from what you wrote it sounds like the 700 would be a better fit.

    I think ??? lowering the 800 may take away from the bike's capabilities to some extent. And I'm not sure how the 800 would react to having a 19" wheel up front.

    You would be giving up the spoke wheels which may or may not be important to you. I know it is to some. And if you want spoke wheels then I would say you already have a nice bike that you said fits you well. Making the 800 fit you might not be the best way to spend your money.

    With that said, if I had known the 700 was coming out I may ??? have waited because I would love to have had the traction control, ESA, and all the turn signal controls on the left.

    Jon...