Buying a new 2013 F800GS - total noob here

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Bumbobee, May 4, 2013.

  1. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    Just wait until you ride it. What color?
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  2. Bumbobee

    Bumbobee Been here awhile

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    The olive one! Got the low seat too for free, feet aren't exactly flat but feel nicely planted.
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  3. puckinet

    puckinet Safety third

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    Congrats you will not be sorry great bike.
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  4. Pangia

    Pangia Been here awhile

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    Congrats on your new F800! :clap:clap:clap

    I am an F800 newbie too - picked one up the end of last year - and am happy I did. I ride at least 50% off road and came from an enduro that I was trying to make into an ADV bike. The F800 is proving to be a great ADV bike for me.

    Post some pics!
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  5. jengel451

    jengel451 1 Cool MotherF#$cker

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    Who's the troll? fish on
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  6. jengel451

    jengel451 1 Cool MotherF#$cker

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    Nice work, at least you tried. Now go get it dirty
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  7. Adventure MotoX

    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    That's what I paid last week in Canada as well. It's spring and high season, it also a popular model and the all new 2013 model so flexibility on price is not there compared to a 2012 that may have been on the show room floor all winter.

    Also my dealer said the same thing about the oil changes as they tol you. It's exactly what's written in the Canadian version manual.

    Cheers
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  8. mikemaycga

    mikemaycga Been here awhile

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    Congrats on the new bike. I bought my 800GS last year (2012) and absolutely love the bike. Put 25,000 km on so far with trips to Tennessee (tail of the dragon, Blue Ridge Parkway - did this 2 times), 2 weeks though the Maritimes including Cabot trail, Key West, and all over Ontario. Just getting ready for a 2 week trip to Colorado and Utah.

    My dealer (Open Road/Serpa) gave a price similar to your deal. BMW deliberately constrains supply so dealers can sell every bike at near full pop.

    The bike is a blast to ride. I've added some farkles that improve the experience, the best one being a Brittania Composites fairing, which makes the highway miles a lot more comfortable and puts the GPS at eye level. I've had the bike off road many times, and make no mistake about it, it's not the same as my 250cc Enduro bikes of past. In fact, it's a bit of a pig on anything steep, slick or technical. Fire roads or good condition trails are OK. Had some hairy moments on steep, narrow trails, beside mountain stream cliffs while riding solo, and the lack of maneuverability is a bit harrowing.

    The bike has some minor flaws (front fork dip is silly), but the plus features outweigh the negatives. I'm on the third set of tires and can say that in spite of the 21 inch front wheel, once you get comfortable with how the bike behaves, you can keep up with all but the best riders. The chicken strips were well scrubbed on the old tires.

    I use an airhawk on any rides over 3 hours, although my butt is broken in enough that it can survive 2 days of 8 hour rides, but not more. A pair of D2 lights wired into high beam gives you great night riding safety.

    I'm in Etobicoke, so let me know if you want to head out for a ride and break that sweetheart in.



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  9. Bumbobee

    Bumbobee Been here awhile

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  10. Bumbobee

    Bumbobee Been here awhile

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    Wow Mike that's some serious touring. I plan on heading to the east coast in July, doing PEI and Nova Scotia. Next year summer time I want to hit the west coast, Vancouver and then south into California. I live in Mississauga, I'd definitely be down for a ride sometime, except right now I'm only sticking to pavement lol.
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  11. raider

    raider Big red dog

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    I know it's too late for the purchase, but generally my experience is a good relationship with the dealer is easily worth $1000 over the longer-term. I've recently moved, and I don't like my new dealer. As he's the only local BMW dealer, I'm seriously close to trading the bike for a KTM. My last dealer was great - more expensive for the bike, but subsequently their spares and workshop guys were fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble. I want to order this part and see if I like it - no worries, we'll sell it to someone else if you don't. The bike makes a noise, but it isn't doing it now - sure, that sounds like the widget valve, we'll look at it for you. I want to buy Heidenau tyres, which you don't stock - we'll start stocking them, they look good.

    Now you have the bike, it's important you feel comfortable with the people who will look after it for you. If the workshop staff seem like "vultures" too, take it somewhere else to be serviced. You'll find the whole ownership experience much more satisfying if you feel comfortable that your bike will be looked after as you want it to be.
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