BMW F800 R - the Rotax Roadster Thread

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

  1. Corbets

    Corbets Gravity Slave

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    I go with the factory center stand myself. Quite happy with it. When I did my "basics" training course, even the instructors were amazed by how easy it is to put it up on the center stand (though, as a bunch of old men, it might just be that they weren't used to anything built after 1990). :D
  2. Candiya

    Candiya Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I like the idea of the convenience of a center stand, but I'm trying to keep the bike as light as possible. Any idea how much weight the center stand adds - either the SW-Motech or factory version?
  3. GB

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    Has anyone fitted barback risers on their 800R? If so, details please? I tried one and my arms are stretched to the max. The brake line would definitely need to be longer.
  4. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    Rox risers are quite a bit less expensive than the Verholens (although I like the look of the Verholens better) and the Rox are more adjustable. I have them on my 12GS and have been happy with them.

    Rumor has been going around for about a month now that BMW won't bring the F800R into the US again for 2012. They started a $900 rebate (free ABS) in September to move the inventory. I've been scanning inventory and the new 2012s are showing up across the country and not a single 2012 F800R.

    So...

    ...today I pulled the trigger. I didn't get the color I like so I guess I'll paint the two tank panels and have the only silver/black bike in America - or anywhere else for that matter. The rest: BMW centerstand, ZTechnik windscreen, Rox risers, Wunderlich titanium crash bars for now. Later: Denali LED lights mounted on the forks, LED tail light, hyperlites, Wunderlich or Touratech cooler screen, and personalized plate since I noticed EFFIT was available.

    Thanks for posting the tank bag mount! I have the same bag laying around here and wouldn't have dared tapping the plastic tank panel but WTH now I'm inspired. That thing is so high I thought any strap bag would look ridiculous.

    This will be my daily commuter. I passed on a screamin' deal on a Street Triple because it just didn't fit right. Now I just have to ship this baby about 3000 miles and wait until spring to get out. Can't wait!
  5. flkovacs

    flkovacs Been here awhile

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    hi, i'm trying to decide on a replacement bike and two of the current front runners are the f800r and the triumph street triple r.

    my main concern with the f800r is the non-adjustable front suspension. the triumph seems to have a 'better' suspension. anyone rode both and has a comparison to share?

    i prefer a 'stiffer' suspension,
    ferenc
  6. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    You can ride a demo at BMW of San Francisco. Those guys are great to work with.
  7. flkovacs

    flkovacs Been here awhile

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    thanks, still working on that - i may have mentioned this before, but the demo rides have some fine print with bmw dealers. some are more up fron abou it than others.

    the sf bmw web page says that i'd have to assume 100% liability for me and their bike. my geico insurance says that my policy could not cover a bike that is not mine.

    even though i've been riding clean for a long time (ssssssssssshhhhhhhhh!), there could always be that one time ... and plastic of a new bike is pricey,
    ferenc
    ps i'm currently waiting for the 'liability' verbiage from another dealer, so that i can run it by geico.
  8. Duck Dodgers

    Duck Dodgers Rock n’ Roll Refugee

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    If your really jones'n to do some test rides. NON owner policies are available. You could get a month for as low as.... actually about 20$. Maybe a week could be purchased. They are used (non-owner policies) by renters and leasers.
  9. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    Hey Lost Rider-

    Did you give up on the handguards? I thought I read somewhere you had a set of Acerbis you were going to put on. If you mount them, can you post the model number and where you got them? I'm having a hard time finding anything for the F800R.
  10. Cos

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    Try looking up the Acerbis Dual Road handguards. They'll probably do.
  11. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    Hot off the presses - this from Bob's BMW...

    "Hello again, it looks like there are 3 colors of the F800R importing for 2012. They will also come with painted front fenders and the sport flyscreen as standard equipment now. White/black, red/white, and mineral silver will be the 3 colors offered. Pricing not released yet but I'll guess it's not more than 1-2% inflation over last years model."
  12. jonpurdy

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    I've been riding my F800R for three months and I'm still in love with it! Very comfortable, very flickable around the corners, and overall a brilliant motorcycle. The only problems that I've noticed are the handlebar vibration past 5000rpm when accelerating (it seems to settle once at speed) and the analog speedo (which is personal preference).

    Has anyone done serious touring on it? I've only done a single overnighter and plan on riding across North America next summer.
  13. Candiya

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    The vibration seems to be a pretty well-known characteristic of this bike - at least, I've seen a bunch of threads on other forums about it. Solutions that seem to be recommended most often are gel grips and bar ends. I haven't tried these options yet but probably will next season.

    For more info, try this thread from the f800 riders forum: http://f800riders.org/forum/showthread.php/70638-high-vibrations-on-speeds-over-80mph

    Good luck - and please report back if you find something that works well for you!
  14. Joe Bar

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    I wouldn't call it serious touring, but I did 5 days in France in the summer on mine, no problems or issues. I've ridden it pretty hard since I've had it, and the vibes do seem to be settling, either that or my skin is getting thicker.
  15. jonpurdy

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    Candiya, thanks for the info. I'll have a look and post back if with my findings.

    Joe Bar, that sounds great! I can't wait for spring when I can do some more serious trips. I've already planned for a ride to Northern Canada in May and across the States in June. The only remaining question is whether my BMW luggage roll will be enough or whether I should pick up the panniers. We'll see, I guess!
  16. ADVBMR

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    I lifted this from the f800riders thread and posted it here since it seems to address the problem:

    "I just got back from my 6K service on my F800R. I also had them put on a pair of Throttlemiester bar ends. The heavy version. I didn't have them installed for the cruise control function but rather the vibration absorbing capabilities. So at the 6K service which is a minor service to change the oil and check to see if the bolts are tight. But let me tell you I have a new bike with the Thottlemiesters in place. It is amazing the difference. My bike is actually fun to ride again. And the mirrors don't shake to the point of uselessness. I couldn't stop riding. I complained to everyone that would listen about the vibration. Now I want to tell everyone about the solution.
    Throttlemiester doesn't list anything for the F800R but the guy at Viranator.com told me that the ones for the F800GS will work. I took a chance and they look and feel great!

    Here is the model I used. FH&AB16H. Make sure you use the "H" it designates "Heavy" which will do a better job of suppressing the vibration.

    http://throttlemeister.com/"

    I have a throttlemeister on my 12GS and it is a remarkable piece of equipment. My F800R arrives tomorrow - too bad I can't ride it for about 4 more months.
  17. flkovacs

    flkovacs Been here awhile

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    So, I rode one yesterday in the East Bay Parks for about 100km and am glad it's mine (and insured).
    Thanks to all, including the snowed in ADVBMR, for helping me work through the purchasing decisions and options.

    Some of the original posts in this thread don't seem to work (photos/attachments), and I'm now on a search for a top case. The BMW one is 28l (I'd prefer 36l+) and wanted to hear your opinions.

    Ozzie's in Chico suggested looking at F800S aftermarket versions if I wanted to save $.

    I didn't get the yellow, but am quite happy with the gray/black/silk/whatever.

    Vibrations are not a problem for me, but I may also be looking at a slightly larger flyscreen :-)

    Enjoy,
    Ferenc
  18. Joe Bar

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    Thanks for posting this, it inspired me to get of my backside and do something. The vibes had settled slightly on my bike and were nowhere near as bad as they were the first 1,000 miles. I'd previously filled the bars with silicone which had helped slightly.

    I looked at the Throttlemeister, but couldn't bring myself to part with that much money for a pair of bar ends, even if they did have a cruise control function to them. As a result I had a look on the Max BMW parts lists and found the heavies bar ends BMW made were for the F800ST and picked up a cheap secondhand pair on eBay. An engineer friend turned up a pair of adaptors and bored the new weights out to take a loner 12mm bolt.

    The standard bar end and bolt weighed in at 474 grammes and the new assembly at 720 grammes, so I've added nearly half a kilo (1 lb) to the ends of the bars in total, so I'm hopeful of a good outcome.

    It freezing and wet out, so not ridden the bike yet, but I'll report back when I have. Sorry, forgot to take any photos.
  19. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Damn excuses!
    Get off your backside and do something!
    :evil

    Seriously, I've got a parallel twin (never again) and would love to hear
    what 0,5kg can do there!

    Thanks!

    p.s. "Sorry" doesn't cut it when it comes to pictures. You'll have to take them anyways.
  20. Joe Bar

    Joe Bar Middle England

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    OK, just for you, I've froze my butt off and gone out for a ride today. Big difference, just how it should have been when the bike left the factory. I'd say the improvement is in the region of 90-95%. I've had more parallel twins than I can remember, as well as V's and boxers, and the F800R has had more handlebar vibes than I can recall on any of the others. Now it's as good as any of them. Just want some better weather again now. :D

    So here's how it looks now -

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    Here's the adaptor spacer my friend turned up for me -

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    Here's the adaptor slotted into the F800ST bar end -

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    The fixing bolt is an M12 x 1.5 x 100mm, took a bit of sourcing as 1.5 thread is a bit unusual apparently.