Beware: F800gs Rims Are Junk!

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

  1. SCVGS

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    Dont abuse the equipment and your problems will end. The 800GS is a bike capable of going just about anywere but it is NOT a dirt bike. Slow down a bit and be realistic and you wont have problems.

    Rod Millen the winner of countless Baja races was once asked what his secret was in finishing at the front of so many races. If you break it you wont finish. In a lot of areas I am slower than other drivers but I never break my ride. Robby Gordon on the other hand hasnt got a clue on how to save equipment
  2. Bayner

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    Well, for me that right there was the problem. I didn't think I was being unrealistic.
    The first time I bent the front, I admit, tire pressure may have been an issue @ 20ish PSI. But it definately was not the second time where I also bent a flat spot into the rear rim. I expected the suspension to be able to cope with the bike's weight, and I think that is the root problem. Consequently I no longer rail up roads with imbedded rocks and instead play dodge the tiny-ass-barely-sticking-out-at-all boulder game. We'll see if the new rims and suspension combo can mitigate the damage enough to go back out and actually ride this bitch above a crawl over rough ground. Call me crazy, but I don't think second gear should be off limits...
  3. Y E T I

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    That's the part about your whole experience that frustrates me. You really have done so much to promote the "go everywhere, do everything" image of BMW on both bikes that I feel you deserve better treatment from the brand. Sort of like Pyndon with KTM, so many people have read this report and see what it's like to really travel on a BMW.

    Maybe BMW NA is just not aware of you? :scratch


    Even without that, I still feel that given the overall cost of things, BMW should have taken care of you. Goodwill goes a really long way in this day and age.


    Bayner, the suspension is fine if you weigh ~175 or less. BMW just missed the spec when the figured the average weight of the American rider.
  4. Lost Roadie

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    They should have taken care of me/us regardless.... but yeah you'd think considering the stats I have on my SM photo account...
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  7. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    +1. I just spent the past two days riding the F800GS offroad. No jumps, but pretty much everything else (riding over rocks at speed, crashing it, bottoming suspension, etc.) and had no problems. None of the other lads on 800s had wheel problems either.
  8. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    I moved your little fit to JoMomma. Lets try to keep some illusion of civility upstairs here, M'kay?

    Thx.

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  9. Lost Roadie

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    I wondered if that PUI would get thrown into the depths.
    Thanks for the slack.

    :kumbaya


    Hey, I'm sensitive when a person :gerg is trying to say it's my fault for all my GS problems.
  10. EnderTheX

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    I came in late and haven't read the whole thread but my experience has been the opposite from yours. My dealer has taken care of bearing, axle, rim, gas tank sensor, gas tank, transmission bolt problems for me with little to no hassle. I'm not bragging, I had little to do with the process, but I'm just saying some people get shafted and some ride on. I really enjoy your thread by the way and I was disheartened by your comments on the F800GS.
  11. Lost Roadie

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    Some people get shafted and ride on... but tell the truth.

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    which is what I will do.
  12. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Very true! If anyone will "ride on" it is you! Please keep going and keep inspiring us no matter what bike you ride! :clap
  13. itsatdm

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    JL posted here on his observations of the F800gs. I finally read his printed evaluation of the bike to see if he commented on the bent wheels. He did, in fact pretty much covered the gamut of issues. Perhaps required reading for some one thinking this bike can replace your thumper:
    http://www.dirtrider.com/reviews/motocross/141_0811_2009_bmw_f800gs_web_impression/index.html
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    How interesting. When I first got my GS that article came out in Dirt Rider and I remember thinking, "That Lewis guy is a tool. It IS a dirt bike."

    Now that I've had the bike a while, and ridden it quite a bit off road, I could not agree more with that Lewis guy. :lol3 It seems that his biggest point about riding the GS off-road is that the suspension is too soft and blows through its travel too easily. YUP. :nod Firmer suspension really transforms the bike off road.

    Jimmy, I was wrong and you are right. :bow
  16. Dirsuper

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    Funny how many people you talk to when you travel on a bike. Every time we stopped for gas we got into a bs session with someone.....and every time my 800's rims came up (usually my buddy brought it up, he is as pissed as I am). Regardless, if anyone can, it is a great time to travel Cali. After all the rain everything is in bloom and looks amazing. I almost ran off 198 about ten times....amazing stuff to see! Of course Highway 1 was foggy, but it was still pretty cool. The northern base of the Grapevine is awesome as well.
  17. Dirsuper

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    Hilarious! Dealership just called to tell me the plates are in and if I want they will "install them." Again, I have ZERO gripes with my dealership (as of right now), I just thought it was funny since I had just been in the garage, beer in hand, smoke coming out of my ears while looking at that bike! Life really is hilarious! BTW, a tip I picked up to remove all the dead bugs off my Harley after the weekend ride - Pledge. It is amazing. I used it on the BMW as well....great stuff, and after the first treatment stuff does not stick as easily.
  18. woody's wheel works

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    dirsuper..your new wheels are ready and about to be shipped...:super

    damn they are pretty:wink:

    i've got half dozen customers drooling over em,,,had to put in plastic bags,,my gopher cried ''uncle'',,he got tired of mopping up the floor:wink:

    woody
  19. boxerr80

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    Every bike I have owned had a ding in the rim when I sell it but was not major enough to require replacement. The worst ding happen in town I was following a car and this big square edge hole appeared OUCH.
    My question is, Iam going to purchase a smaller diameter rim and fit a road type tyre like a Mitchelin Ankee 110 X 90 x 19 and remove one disc from the 21 ich rim and fit to the 19 " rim this will enable me to swap wheels in a few minutes and save the TKC 80 foir the dirt and enjoy the smoothness and extra grip of the 19 " on the tar.

    Would you come down to a 19 " or go the super moto thing and fit a fat 17 " the idea with the 19 is I have the best of both worlds I could do dirt roads without much worry. The fat 17 would look great and would be the best on a good road but no good on the dirt roads . Has anybody done a similar thing or have and thoughts on the plan.

    Thanks

    Rob
  20. woody's wheel works

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    there are way more happy chappies out there with the 19/17 combo than the 17/17....the 2.5x19/4.25x17 rim combo for starters rides over everything on the road much nicer,,,,handles incredibly well and ya have the largest selection of dual sports tires foe practically any thing you want on a scale from more road oriented to more dirt oriented use.:thumb

    IMHO the 17/17 combo although more flickable provides a zanier ,Kanyo Krazee experience ,,, it feels a bit more intense like dancing on the razor's edge,,,fun and thrills for some ,,it just get's tiring in the long run....many report the need for a steering dampener to keep things manageable over 100:dunno

    w