Bike dilemma: 700 vs 800 vs 1200

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by 73datsun, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. 73datsun

    73datsun Been here awhile

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    This is great to hear. Thanks for all the advice.

    Of course now there's a shake up at work which may require a relocation. Then my bike needs change to be more commuting centric (CA). But I guess, realistically, the 700 would still do quite all right with that.
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  2. Dano7619

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    Really don't reply much here, but I know how difficult it is to make the choice when you are stuck. I have had two R1200GS's (06, 07) and now have the 2012 F800GS Trophy. I love taking the bikes off road. The 800 is much easier to handle off road. It puzzles me that it is only 50 or so pounds lighter, because it feels like more than that. That being said, it is still a very heavy off road bike. My opinions: The 1200 is much better on the highway. It is just more planted, better wind protection, and does not seem as prone to being pushed around by the wind. The 1200 corners like butter, even on the track. It is truely the Swiss Army knife of M/Cs. Around town I prefer the 800, as it is just more flickable. If I were only going to have one bike, it would be the 1200. On any kind of trip, especially two up, it is just superior. It is very practical, and in my opinion the best bike on the planet. I have another bike for two up and trips, so I have the 800. If I had both the 1200 and 800, I would definitely ride the 800 more, as it is just more fun for me. When I sold the 1200 I thought, im selling the perfect bike. Somehow, that perfect bike didn't make me smile like the 800. There are things I miss about the 1200, but no way I would trade.
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  3. 73datsun

    73datsun Been here awhile

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    Hey all. Thanks for all the help in this thread.

    I put a deposit on a F700GS with the Comfort and Safety packages. In Ostra Grey. I pick it up on Friday.

    Already have goodies coming from MODoverland, SW Motech and pre-order for the Globe Scout panniers.

    This will be my first new bike. I'm quite excited.

    Thanks again!
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  4. B_C_Ries

    B_C_Ries Long timer

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    I'm sure that you will love the bike, I got an F800GS earlier this month and I'm thrilled with it,

    Getting a lowered F800GS seems a bit strange to me, I too would have gotten the F700GS if the std height F800GS was too tall.
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  5. GrayOwl

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    I traded my 2012 Yamaha Super-Tenere for a 2013 F700GS last October. I have the BMW "comfort" seat, and it is superb, IMHO. I've been a very happy camper, and I definitely enjoy the lighter weight of the beem. I also selected the "fast" Ostra-Gray color, and it is mighty stylish.
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  6. 73datsun

    73datsun Been here awhile

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    Good to hear. I've ordered an Alaska Leather cover. Going to try to get a good long ride in to see how I can handle the OEM seat. Right now I don't have an issue. But I'm less then 100mi in.
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  7. GrayOwl

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    One thing I like about the comfort-seat is that when accelerating(during "mentaglian surge" as Captain Beldar Conehead would say,) I remain firmly affixed instead of sliding aft. At my (low) riding experience level, this is a plus.
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