Bmw F800gs Q&A

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by RTW Motorcycling, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. DAM

    DAM Lets Talk About Ducks

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    T-Totally Awesome Information RTW.

    Poof's directed me over here this evening.

    Thanks for opening up that can o' worms, now pass the checkbook Bloo.:deal

    Mo' Pix !!
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  2. RTW Motorcycling

    RTW Motorcycling Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the kind comments, if it helps a fellow biker, I'm happy to do it.

    I'll get to more of my crappy pics in a few days, I'll be offline "til Monday as there is no internet service at Burning Man...:)
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  3. pacix

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    RTW, thanks for all the information; it is just amazing. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    My F800Gs has now 8000kms and I am still using the stock tires (batllewing). I am planning to change for a mix one in the rear wheel and one with knobs for the front wheel. After all the tires you have burned out, what is your recommendation? TCK for the knobbly one? <o:p></o:p>
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    The second question is about the fact of riding this trip with such a new bike, specially considering that all forums are plenty of bad experiences and problems due to the age of the bike. Why did you choose the F800GS? Where you thinking, this thing is gonna break and I will be sleeping in the middle of no where for a while? <o:p></o:p>
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  4. danman

    danman tumbling tumbleweed

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    Fantastic information and great ride. Is it possible to get a link or information on the rear rack in the photo. I don't recognize it. It looks larger than others that I have seen. Thanks again for your efforts. I will be putting my 650 Dakar up for sale in a couple days to make way for the 800.
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  5. adamr

    adamr Been here awhile

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    Sat on one yesterday evening at the dealer when I was picking up my 1200GS. Yes, it was already sold..... even so, I thought it looked great and felt light. It was still rather tall, but the wheelbase seemed shorter than the 1200 (obviously, I haven't read the specs).
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  6. BackroadExplorer

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    I am sure I am way off base here but I have to admit I was thinking the same thing. Don't suppose your day job is with BMW marketing is it?

    If not you may want to apply because you are doing a fantastic job for BMW and should get a little coin in return.
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  7. ArmyMedic

    ArmyMedic Flyin' Elvis, UT Chapter

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    Great info in here! Curious how the 800GS handles in crosswinds? My Strom is crap in the wind.
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  8. Wolweseun

    Wolweseun Adventurer

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    Hi RTW

    Did U buy your bike in South Africa?

    I see that bashplate and numberplate are from here
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  9. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    Awesome information!! Thanks! :clap
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  10. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    VERY, VERY nice report.

    Over on the F650.com site, I've posted quite a few pictures of the little brother to the F800, an F650GS that I took earlier in the week at the dual sport rally in Stevenson (the Factory BMW truck & trailer were there): http://f650.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=222207

    There's also a picture of the G450X dual sport.
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  11. DantesDame

    DantesDame Ridin' Fool Super Moderator

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    You can ride on the back of mine when I get one, sweet thing :lol3



    Hi Carolyn :wave


    RTW - as so many have already stated, thank you very much for taking the time to share all of your findings with us. While I love my 1150, I do lust after something a little more managable. I think by the time I'm ready to buy and 800 there should be a healthy used selection and plenty of aftermarket goodies :deal
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  12. DoctorIt

    DoctorIt vrooom!

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    Very true... much like the BMW e46 323, which was actually a 2.5 liter, but they didn't want to name it too closely to the 328 (a truly named 2.8L). The bavarians are astute at this naming game, aren't they?
    :lol3

    Thanks, but I'm all set with parts - with only a few months to go, I'm actually flowing things in the other direction. Doesn't mean we can't have a beer. Shoot me a message before you're here.
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  13. riverrider

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    My two cents worth says i did not feel the 15 horsepower difference. hardly noticeable, i would say. Both machines were low seats, (i am 6 ft 2 inch), and felt the 800 set up better for me. Crazy to put cast wheels on a dirt bike, brakes a bit soft, but other than that, F650 surprised me favorably. I will still pick up my f800 in 3 weeks, can':D t wait.
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  14. nat_han

    nat_han 2 Wheelers By Choice.. =]

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    still considering on getting the 800gs...

    heaps of praises for RTW and i dun see why not.. great personal review after going through a long ride with it..

    back here in southeast asia, the bike will only touch my shore in november!!
    yikes, a hell of a wait.. :puke1
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  15. nat_han

    nat_han 2 Wheelers By Choice.. =]

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    forgot to add that i'm only 1.68m tall..

    with the low seat at .85m, i could touch ground with the ball of my feet.
    sat on it at the agent's shop this afternoon, and tested the 650..

    great bike with nice handle bar!
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  16. jamesbrown

    jamesbrown Lefty tighty.

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    This is an excellent thread, and I don't even have/plan to get an 800GS :deal:lol3Great read - awesome work RTW :thumb


    Make sure YFFs rate it so others don't miss it :deal
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  17. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    One more question, RT.
    Your Caribou cases. I would like to get them for mine but they are not listed on the web site for the F800. Did you jig up your own mounting brackets?
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  18. =o&o>

    =o&o> I like to ==o&o>

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    RTW modified brackets off a VStrom. Roger at Caribou should have the promised F8GS in his shop to design brackets within three or four weeks. He estimates first retail shipments 60 to 90 days after the bike is available.
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  19. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    OK. Thanks for that, O.
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  20. John Joel Glanton

    John Joel Glanton Been here awhile

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    How do you think someone with a 30" inseam would do with it?