BMW F800 R - the Rotax Roadster Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Lost Rider, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. Elam

    Elam Noobus Maximus

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    Its just url based I think. I'd offer some image hosting suggestions but I use my own web space.:D
  2. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    That beer shot made me drool, who cares about the F800R!
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  3. rancox

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    Rode my wifes new F800R - 1600 miles on it - Saturday in Western, NC - 300 miles total - 120 on interstate and the rest twisties.
    • Love the looks (red/silver) and feel of the bike - weight, seating, etc. I have a Speed Triple - familar feel.
    • The motor is surprising - 2nd, 3rd, and 4th are major pulling gears and surprised me a couple of times. 6th on the highway is very good on roll ons for passing ,etc.
    • Handling was fine. Will consider gold valves for the front end and an upgraded shock when it is time.
    • We have the Z Technik medium shield - works fine for my wife 5'4" - major buffeting for me at 5'11" - even with custom ear plugs was very loud. I may add a Laminar Lip when I ride her bike.
    • VIBRATION :eek1- over 5,000 rpm's bad - grips, seat buzz - mirrors blurred. Ran 80-90 on I-40 from Asheville to Hickory - 70 miles - I was worn out when I got home. I plan to add the Throttlemeister bar end weights and welcome other suggestions. Had steering head bearings adjusted on Saturday morning during service at dealership. Tire pressure was 42r/36f - no weight in bags.
    • Q - Will it get better as the mileage is increased on the engine? Any other ideas? :ear
    RAC
  4. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    +1 on the Throttlemeisters. I noticed the engine smooth out noticeably during break-in. Big difference between 100 miles and 600.
  5. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    So, when they named it a road bike, I wonder if this is what they had in mind.
  6. Kahrnage

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    That's an awesome shot.
    How is it on the gravel...haven't done any of that with mine yet
  7. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    Did fine on the gravel, but I picked a sunny weekend to avoid mud and slick surfaces. Ran in 3rd gear at 40-50 mph and 4th gear at 50-60 mph. I didn't hit any really soft places and ran in 3rd gear when I was on the ball bearing stuff. This road (Denali Highway) is about 120 miles of dirt.
  8. Kahrnage

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    Any rock damage to the radiator cooling fins or do you have a guard over it?
  9. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    Radiator guard from Wunderlich.
  10. Elam

    Elam Noobus Maximus

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    I'm a little over a thousand miles today. Took it in for my 600 mile service check, and everything is good.

    Everything that felt good about my test ride has been reinforced with more mileage. This bike really does do everything well and some things great. I'm flogging it regularly but gets 200+ miles per fill up. It's fast, handles really well, is extremely comfortable yet has an aggressive sporty feel. Stops on a dime. And the tiny windscreen does a surprisingly effective job. And a 3 year, unlimited mileage warranty.

    The vibrations have smoothed out a bit, but after 80 there's quite bit of mirror vibration, so that's really my only complaint. The hand and feet vibes I don't even notice. I have a couple of longer trips coming up to St Catherine's and Deals Gap, so I'll get a good idea of the vibrations on a long day.

    I was on the fence between this and the nc700x. I'm happy with my choice, although I'm sure the honda is a great bike. Still gonna get a test ride.
  11. umitc

    umitc Been here awhile

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    Here is mine; loaded and ready to start for the trip in Dolomities.

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    I have started the trip with a projection of 2000 kms, but ended up with 2700 kms. I was very happy; as happy as not to be sorry for leaving my GSA at home for that trip.

    My 800R is a 2011 one, with a few additions; bought it in May and has 7000 km already on the clock. Working perfect, no failures so far. I used to have a Duke 690R before - until I crash into a car :ear in Istanbul traffic - it was crazy; but I like this more now.

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  12. Elam

    Elam Noobus Maximus

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    I like those panniers. What brand are they?
  13. umitc

    umitc Been here awhile

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    They are AERO's from SW-Motech. I liked them ok; there is no racks on the bike when not travelling, thanks to their EVO mountings. But I have highly disapointed for losing one of them on the way back to home. Believing that I didn't make a mistake, the worst part was, when I sent them a message, asking for a single case part number, mentioning no claim, they have replied, as I have to order them in couples. So now don't know whether I should invest on them again, or go with genuines.

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  14. amycyclenut

    amycyclenut Been here awhile

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    I read this entire thread, so I hope I didn't miss this.... but do they make a skid plate for this bike?
  15. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    http://f800depot.com/engine-spoiler-f800r-f800s-f800st.html

    http://www.streetline-usa.com/Store/PN-616-0046/Engine-Guard-Aluminum-BMW-F800R

    Yes, they are out there. You'll have to wait until snow season before I do a thorough search, but a quick lowdown says try Touratech. Wunderlich does a bunch of stuff for this bike but no engine guard. Looking at it, yes the bottom is exposed, but unless you want to turn it into a dualsport and ride gravel or do some boulders you won't need to worry about it. IMHO you won't have enough clearance to offroad. On the other hand, the radiator is very exposed and like the GS it needs protection for any loose rocks or any kind of gravel.
  16. umitc

    umitc Been here awhile

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    Touratech has a couple of versions; one like mine and another one looking more sporty.

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  17. zozie

    zozie Been here awhile

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    Well I picked up mine on June 30th and I'm nearly at 5000kms already:evil
    If I keep it up it will be in the scrapyard before long. I love this thing more and more. Did 1400kms two up with all gear this weekend with no complaints. I ended up buying the OEM cases. They cost a lot of $$$$ I thought but Givi would have been almost as much. They're VERY good.

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  18. umitc

    umitc Been here awhile

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    Wow long ride for a short time.
    I am at the point of deciding for a topcase; following the sidecases. Are you happy with the BMW top and sidecases?

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  19. zozie

    zozie Been here awhile

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    The boxes are very practical.They come off effortlessly, the side-cases expand and they're made of a good material. The top case is very interesting, it was stuck under the sun in 36C heat for hours but the inside stayed surprisingly cool. Impressive considering it's black.....
  20. umitc

    umitc Been here awhile

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    I am thinking thinking thinking. I hate topcases, but I am losing things and got fed up to ride with a backpack. Does it effect your ride when only topcase?