Beware: F800gs Rims Are Junk!

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Dirsuper, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. HWSNBN

    HWSNBN Banned

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    Theres a rubber grommit that you have to pop out. It protects the screw... at least thats the deal on my SM610. Italians make changes whenever the wind changes direction it seems. Hope its hidden up there!

    I came close to buying an F* but it just f'in killed me that they loaded the thing up with all that plastic, whizz bang electronics, excess weight and spent NOTHING on a decent suspension, wheels, damper, etc... the actual stuff that would make the bike work for me. Shoot and miss imho, just like the G650, the 450, etc... Sticking with my KTM for now, maybe one day they'll get it right but I'm not holding my breath for it any more.
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  2. Dirsuper

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    Thanks again for all the great info. I had no idea about that picasa thing or any of that stuff....I am WAY behind the times! Tire pressure....good points to all. I, like MOST of us, know I should check frequently, but.....like so many other things I should or should not do. Anyway, here are the pics. Appreciate everything.

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  3. Y E T I

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    Fair complaint about the suspension, I agree and got the Bitubos. That said, I don't know anyone with a KTM 9*0 Adventure that hasn't modified the suspension. The biggest problem with the BMW suspension for the vast majority of American riders is that it is undersprung for our weights. If you weigh 175 or less it's probably just fine. I do wish they were adjustable but most riders never adjust their suspension beyone setting the pre-load if even that.

    Woody himself has said that the wheels spec'd by BMW are fine wheels (Behr), the problem is that they're too wide for true hard-core off road use. Since 90% of 800GS owners won't use their bikes that hard, the spec is probably fine.

    One last thing, correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the KTMs weigh more than the BMW? Even with all its whizz bang electronics? And don't the KTMs have WAY more plastic? They're fully faired for Dog's sake... :D

    Without all that plastic maintenance would be much simpler . . .
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  4. Maddaddy

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    Funny thing is, it is not a dirt bike. :dunno

    Back to the issue. Your dealer screwed you. You're dealer (like mine) should have suggested to you that what you meant to say was that "you hit a pot hole while riding on asphalt during dusk hours in heavy traffic and could not, at not fault of your own, avoid the pot hole and hit it full on."

    BTW it's your fault for not reading your warranty and all the other paperwork.

    The F800GS is a street bike that you can ride off road. It is not a dirt bike.

    Nice way of saying that Americans are a bunch of fat asses. :lol3 and how true it is.
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  5. Dirsuper

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    Bigger pics! This picasa thing is cool!

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  6. Y E T I

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    Ooof. That blows. Keep working on BMW and the dealership.


    I wonder if it has anything to do with the tires? i.e. street-oriented tires like those would have, I would imagine, softer sidewalls. Not offering an excuse for BMW, just wondering if that contributed.
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  7. sct ptersns twn

    sct ptersns twn Wait, what........?

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    Ouchie.......
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  8. fred flintstone

    fred flintstone Been here awhile

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    What is the pressure in your tires right now?
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  9. craftycoder

    craftycoder Motobrain PDU

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    This fella isn't small and he has stock suspension and DIDN'T bottom out the forks or wreck his rims (presumably). At least if you believe him. I asked him about the forks and he answered. Thread here.

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  10. itsatdm

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    You are right. I guess I should have also mentioned that I am 67 years old with a nerve disease that prevents me from riding like my hair is on fire. Hitting a rock at 10 miles an hour, combined with suspension that doesn't and an inadvertant twist of a very responsive throttle catapulted me into another rock, denting the rim. Operator error IMO and never discussed with the dealer. :deal
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  11. Y E T I

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    Hey! I'm just big boned!! :lol3



    Seriously, at my height, I'd be a twig if I weighed what the bike is set up for stock.
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  12. HWSNBN

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    Well, I don't want to get into a KTM vs. BMW thing here man, thats a forever unresolved issue here ya know.

    BUT, I was hoping that the F800 didn't come in at a full metric ton like the KTM and 12GS. I was wanting something lighter with decent boingers out of the box and definitely without a crapload of whizbang to break out in the middle of Mexico and leave me stranded. Nearly the perfect bike I had thought until I saw it was a another pig made more to look the part than be the part imho.

    About the plastic, I've let my KTM rest on its side a couple times and only managed to break a turn signal. Mostly what you see on them are the two giant fuel tanks on either side, nothing else is really in harms way...but I'm with ya. It'd be better imho if fuel was located traditionally and there was a minimum of plastic geegaw simply for the sake of kewl styling.
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  13. Dirsuper

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    Funny bro, as I was riding in today (on my Harley), I thought about that very question. When I get home from work that is the first thing I am going to check because I am curious.

    I also know that I SHOULD have read my warranty, like many other things I 'should' and 'should not' have done. However, at the end of the day, I still think it is total bs that the rims failed. There is no way anyone can convince me that it is not a shortcoming on the part of the rims. Hell, most people let air out of their tires when going off road (in soft stuff, lots of that here in SoCal), so the tire pressure thing, while a good point, does not provide a viable excuse in my mind. Bottom line is that BMW is not standing behind their product. I am one of those dudes who will gladly pay more/defend a company to my dying breath if they take care of their customers......that does not appear to be the case here. I am very disappointed and will share my experience at EVERY opportunity....
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  14. Dirsuper

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    Thanks bro, that only adds more fuel to the fire....clearly whoever they sourced my rims from produced a faulty product......and will continue to do so if this issue is denied.
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  15. craftycoder

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    The rims didn't bend because you hit something soft. You can't set the pressures for one environment and expect it to work in every environment. I made the mistake of setting pressures at sea level and then grinding off the center of my tire after 300 miles above 9000. I don't think that is BMW's fault even though it happened to the stock tires. If your rim bent at spec pressure and your forks were not bottomed out then I would think you had a beef. Otherwise, I would say rider beware.

    My dealer recently installed a new battery due to a recall and the next day it (the battery) flew through the side panel of the bike when I dropped it (not moving) off road. They called it accident damage. The panel did touch the ground. I'm pretty sure the dealer didn't secure the battery correctly, but they told me to shove it. Driving offroad on tires whose pressure you can't be certain about and bending your rims sounds less like a BMW problem then my issue and guess what, neither are covered. The warranty should and mostly does cover defects, but not rider error. I think our rear hubs are an exception here. We consume bearings with reckless abandon and BMW doesn't give a *bleep*.
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  16. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    I'll guess that he has no clue.
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    As we discussed off-line, I rode that exact same trail (as did kkug) earlier in the day before you did. kkug and I both aired down. I don't know what he aired down to, but I was at 20psi front and rear. We also both have redone the suspension on our 800s at both ends.

    I got a flat in my rear tire (due to a friggin' nail) but otherwise, neither of us had any problems and neither of us have any dents in our rims. Even after the watercrossing.

    Did you bottom out either the front or rear? Before I did my springs, the one ride I did I bottomed out my forks pretty often on terrain just like last Sunday's. I was amazed when I got home and there were no dents in my front rim because I fully expected them. I would swear I felt a couple of ruts compress the tire into the rim. How I didn't dent the rims or get pinch flats I have no idea.

    This weekend, with the bueno suspension, I didn't bottom out once and never felt worried about the front rim.

    Just food for thought. I do think BMW should step up and warranty the rims.
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  18. markbvt

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    People air down offroad-oriented tires (which typically have stiffer sidewalls), and if it's a big bike, they usually only go down to 22psi or so. If your mostly-street tires were at too low a pressure and you hit some sort of sharp edge offroad, you really can't blame BMW for the rims bending. You can get pissed off at the dealer for not properly inflating the tires, but even then, it's incumbent upon the rider to check his bike prior to riding it -- especially in rougher conditions.

    --mark
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  19. Dirsuper

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    None. I am checking it when I get home from work. I am really curious at this point. Hell, I am going to check all my bike/car tires tonight!
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    I ride the shit out of mine with no problems. ANY rim will bend if you hit a rock or ledge hard enough, with the air down in the tire. That's why I leave mine up the same as road pressure---and I would guess that's why BMW runs full pressure in them on the bikes in their off-road schools. Just my 2 cents
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