BMW F650GS / F800GS what's on-board computer add?

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  1. YamWOW!

    YamWOW! Been here awhile

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    Bringing up an old thread. I know what the OBC has but what does the non OBC have? Also can one be added?
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  2. JRWooden

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    flip back thru the thread for more details, but basiclly you don't get the bottom "half" of the display which is where fuel level, gear selected, and temp. are displays along with the selectable "computer" line that shows all the computer generated values (e.g. distance to empty, ...) + ambient temp.

    I sprung for it for two reasons...
    I think it looks stupid without it ... due to the dummy black plastic bezel covering up the bottom part of what would be the display if you did have the OBC ... also ... I like the temp. gauge -- instead of just the idiot light.

    I do NOT think it can be added later (at least not at a price anyone would want to pay...)
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  3. ZXMorty

    ZXMorty Been here awhile

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    This is a great thread guys, I am about ready to buy an F800GS and wondered what the difference was on the on-board computer. You answered all my questions, thanks.
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  4. BMWHillbilly

    BMWHillbilly Been here awhile

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    Nope, cant add the OBC. I know, i asked cuz i dont have the OBC. :rofl
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  5. Emperor Norton

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    I believe that the distance to empty function of the computer is no more on the 2011 models and that any older model that gets a software update will lose that function.
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  6. JRWooden

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    Really ... I'll bet there was too much bitching about it not working correctly
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    Mine actually seems to work fairly well.

    Do I get a new owner's manual with that "upgrade/delete feature" :wink:

    Makes you wonder what they might be able to add in terms of function if they so desired ... I'd really love to see battery voltage - some of the other BMW OBCs report it.

    I'd swap DTE for battery voltage!
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  7. ba_

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    Mine works fine.

    I think some owners just don't RTFM.
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  8. vasculopath

    vasculopath You're not your bike

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    I think the bottom line is that the OBC adds all the things that should come stock. Anybody else amazed the you have to pay extra for a fuel gauge, etc?
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  9. Emperor Norton

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    I'm not sure. My last bike (695 montser) only had an idiot light for fuel. So even the mere option of a gauge is a huge step up.
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  10. flubbyhog

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    U.S. models have current outside temp, avg mph, avg mpg, current mpg, miles until empty and gear indicator. I don't think you can add it later either because the plastic isn't cutout for the little computer screen thing. I can't imagine not having it since I love buttons and doo-dad crap.
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  11. Emperor Norton

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    I'm not sure if the F800 differs, but for the 2011 F650 the mileage functions on the OBC are:
    Distance driven since reaching reserve level
    Average consumption in MPG
    Current consumption in MPG
    (Page 23 of the owners manual)

    There is no reference to the >XXXX to empty that I've seen for the pre 11 models.
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  12. JRWooden

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    YEAH!!!
    That is different....
    Other append commenting that the latest firmware would kill the
    "miles to empty" selection are probably accurate.... :cry
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