BMW 2013 F700GS shopping advice

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by dirtynerd, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. dirtynerd

    dirtynerd n00b

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    Hey y'all,

    I just got my first bike - BMW 2013 F700GS - and am loving it, but it's harder to find stuff that works for it than I thought (apparently certain things made for the F800 or F650 models don't just also work for the new F700). I'm a small chick (5'2", 110lbs), which makes it more challenging to find stuff that works best for my size (lightweight, smaller/shorter, etc.).

    I'm looking for a couple things:

    1) High windscreen
    2) Side bags

    I've done tons of research and here's where I've netted out. Help?

    F700 High Windscreen
    - Options I've checked out - Touratech (reviews weren't impressive), BMW stock (BMW dealer service guy didn't recommend them - he said there were just a couple inches taller), Zteknik (not avail yet), Wunderlich (looked like the best option since they are adjustable, but they aren't avail yet)
    Are there any other windscreens you suggest?

    F700 Side Bags
    - Options I've checked out - BMW (don't like side opening Vario bags, aluminum bags seem like a good option), Jesse's (sound like the most durable, but also $$$$...worth it?), Caribou (not a fan of side opening bags), Touratech (Zega Pros seem like a good option)
    - Overall - I'm trying to decide between BMW's, Jesse's, and Touratech's. If I want something lightweight, durable (long x-country trips), and not super big (I travel light)...what would you suggest?

    Thanks in advanced. This is all new to me :eek1
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  2. greer

    greer Long timer

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  3. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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    I got the BMW Adventure cases on my 700. Had them previously on my F800 and find them just what I want for trips. (I too am not a fan of side opening bags). Did not get a top case this time but will go with a duffle when I need more carrying capacity.
    I bought the bike with the F800 touring screen, which so far works for me. Not sure how that would work at your height.
    Enjoy the bike - I know I am enjoying mine
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    sealsam Sam...I am.

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  5. syaufu

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    look at some of the soft bags..Giant Loop etc much lighter..easy to use..also won't break your ankle..lower leg as easily when you tip over..much cheaper also..have used the GL on many trips around the world and would not consider hard cases..bj
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  7. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    If you are touring, Jessie's can't be beat. They will outlast your bike. A little heavy for dirt, but you won't even notice them on gravel and forest road type stuff because they can be adjusted forward and low.
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  8. kuip

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    Congratulations on your new F700GS

    What about the Madstad windshield as an option.
    They are not the prettiest but look to be very adjustable and workable.
    As a bonus, they appear to have a 90 day return policy

    Just a thought

    Ken
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  9. terraunbound

    terraunbound Been here awhile

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    Looks like a very nice windshield. However, it is my understanding that the bracket for the F700 is different than the F800 or F650... so all of these windshield manufacturers are needing to create a new bracket. (see thread on windshields and another thread on windshields)
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  10. puckinet

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    BMW sells an adapter plate for the old style screens part number 77338531603
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  11. dirtynerd

    dirtynerd n00b

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    All -

    Thanks for all your advice! :D Definitely am loving the bike.

    So far, I'm still not sure about the 'perfect' windscreen (if that exists), but WRT side bags, I'm now leaning towards the Jesse's (checked out an old thread on Jesse's v. BMW's and Jesse photos).

    For my particular situation, I emailed some follow up questions to Jesse today. Maybe you already know these answers. If not and are curious, I'll follow up with their answers :)

    1. Compared to the BMW aluminum panniers, how much more narrow (width-wise) are the side bags? What are the capacities of each side bag?
      [*]My bike has lowered suspension and a lowered seat to accommodate my height. Because of this, I'm worried that the side bags will fall lower to the ground than regular stock bikes. Should I be concerned and/or do you have luggage that work with lowered bikes?
      [*]Is only one key needed for both side bags?
      [*]From the pictures on http://www.jesseluggage.com/f650-800gs.html and the FAQ video page, it looks like you just have to lock it in the back (quick lock), but I also see hinges on the side (unlike BMW's). How does it open/close?
      [*]The site also says, "Our lids are packable as well, with our life packer holding your gear inside safely." Can you elaborate? Not entirely sure what this means.
      [*]How long would it take between order and delivery (Nashville, TN)?

    Thx again for your help so far. When I figure out more about high windscreen options, I'll post more stuff.
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  12. PatrickM

    PatrickM Been here awhile

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    I do like my soft bags (Ortliebs) as they're not only water proof, but light and come right off (when I want them to). When you accidentally scrape things, you don't feel bad because they're not going to leave a mark (lane splitting gone bad) nor get damaged/wrecked when you fall sideways. Plus they're cheap.

    Questions: With the lowered suspension and seat (OMG, I saw one in San Jose and it was LOW) how are you liking it? What is your inseam? Can you flat foot and/or feel comfortable when working low speeds?
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  13. 73datsun

    73datsun Been here awhile

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    I'm in no way associated with Happy Trails. Nor have I used them.

    But they do offer multiple sizes, widths and heights. And they also have demo pictures on an F700, so it can provide you with a bit of a frame of reference.

    http://www.happy-trail.com/BMW-F650GS-F800GS-Twin.aspx
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    1. One key will work for both Jesse bags. For the BMW bags the ignition key also locks the bag

    2. the BMW bags open from back to front. The Jesse bags open from side to side,

    3 The Jesse's have a wire mesh (for want of a better word) insert that fits in the lid and hold small items
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  15. dirtynerd

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    Hey PatrickM - Funny, I'm actually from San Jose, but my bike's in Nashville b/c I'm in the middle of an x-trip. With the lowered seat, inseam is 29" I think (I remember this being the only sub-30 option). Even with the lowered suspension/seat combo, I can't flat foot it. Both feet can at least touch the ground.

    Maybe this pic will give you an idea re: height (remember, I'm 5'2"). I'll post a side one when I have it.
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  16. terraunbound

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    You pic is listed as being private - I'd like to see what a lowered bike with lowered seat looks like!
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  17. dirtynerd

    dirtynerd n00b

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    Oops. Here you go. Hope it works this time. :)

    F700GS pics - with lowered suspension & low seat (~29" inseam)

    1. Side view
    2. Rear view
    3. Misc view - on a tow truck
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  18. jkbeaudin

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    Saw your pics - nice bike. I have the 700 and did get it with the BMW plastic bags - wish I didn't. Pulled them off when riding in dirt because I feel I will ruin them forever if/when I fall down! Now I am looking for soft bags which will at least cushion the fall. I like the wolfman luggage. Already got their tank bag and it fits just fine on the 700.

    For Windshield I have the Cee Baileys. They have made a new knee brace bracket that fits perfectly for the 700 windshield that they have now in several sizes. I am 6 ft and have the 22" high shield. they have an 18" high that would be great for you. Neither my handlebars nor mirrors come in contact with this new windshield. Cee Baileys is great!

    Hope these ideas help.
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  19. BELSTAFF

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    Jesse bags unbeatable for touring the tarmac,& unnoticed on FR & groomed dirt trac(county rds & bi-ways) besides they make the F-series bike look soooo tough

    Now, wind screen, check out Britannia Composite Fairings (out of Canada) has an adjustable wind screen & fairing combined & they are world class plus look Killer on the F-series bikes

    Ck out the ride here on adv w/the two gals that took 2 Triumph 800s to Alaska,They used Jesse luggage for the trip & when they got back bought 2 new BMWS & installed Jesses first thing---Sophe will give you the straight skinnie on them from the female point of view :lol3
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  20. dirtynerd

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    jkbeaudin - Would you have a pic of the Wolfman tank bag on your bike? Also looking for one that isn't too small (currently have Cortech's Micro tank bag - only okay for a few things) or too big (tried BMW's standard tank bag for the F700...massive IMHO).
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