Calling All F658 800 Riders

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by huckleberry, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. huckleberry

    huckleberry BACK ROAD BOMBER

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    Well i've been thinking about the name game bmw pulled on us for a while now, and am thinking the time is right -there are probably enough bikes out there now- i think we should get BMW to change the name to F 800 GS AND F 800 GSA this in my opinion would follow the 1200 the a has spokes and longer travel and the big gs has cast wheels and slightly shorter travel. i think this would make sense and not confuse people! what say ye? should we start a petition to send BMW?:fyyff
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  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    Huck, the reasons for BMW's naming scheme for these bikes has been speculated to death here. European insurance regs, trying to keep a favorite bike name in the product mix, who knows? No one here does, or if they do, they ain't saying.

    So if you have a lot of spare time to go tilting at windmills, hey, knock yourself out. You want me to sign it? I'll sign it. But I think you have about as much chance of changing the minds at BMW HQ as does a mosquito farting in Mongolia. :norton

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  3. Wildman

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  4. azabeemerboy

    azabeemerboy Long timer

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    But I think you have about as much chance of changing the minds at BMW HQ as does a mosquito farting in Mongolia. :norton

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  5. MCMXCIVRS

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    Sales are votes, and they have a landslide victory.

    The simple fact that they have sold lots of the F650GSs despite the confusing naming is likely evidence enough for them that they made the right decision in the first place. My understanding of the naming was that they did not want to disuade new riders and first time purchasers with the 800cc engine size, thinking that it might be too much to handle.

    Personally, I chose the correctly named version :evil
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  6. huckleberry

    huckleberry BACK ROAD BOMBER

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    :poser I see so many posts about the nameing of this bike ----i thought perhaps the owners might like to try to do something about it------thinking if we had 1 or 2 thousand names might change their minds! besides it was too cold to ride this morning and i needed something to do till it warmed up!!!! 32 when i left:lol3
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  7. zaner32

    zaner32 In over my head

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    Don't worry about it, just enjoy the bike.:dutch If a mosquito farts in Mongolia, who the F*ck cares.:twitch
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  8. blackie

    blackie Still Hibernating

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    I like the 650 moniker, makes it a bit of a sleeper bike :evil
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  9. DiabloBlanco

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    Yeah the reason I heard for the bad naming was that they wanted to pay homage and keep the family name of the previous F650GS alive. Personally I say call it what it is and I really like the idea of 800GS and 800GSA since the similarities and differences of the two bikes appear to be almost identical to the sims and diffs of the 1200GS/GSA.

    But screw it, I know what my bike is and I'll just change it's name myself to F800GS and those of you with the 800 (actual) can just take a sharpie and write a little A behind the GS on your bikes.

    So on that topic, I ordered two big black reflective GS stickers that go on the front body much like on the 800 model from TheLouv (3" as opposed to 3.5" because our 650 space doesn't seem to be the same there). Now I just need to get my hands on F8GS and F800GS stickers (or 798). You can argue that I shouldn't, but my bike is an F-GS and it is an 800.

    Cheers! :1drink
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  10. One Eye Mike

    One Eye Mike Been here awhile

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  11. Wildman

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    Yeah, that 33 ltr fuel tank on the F800GS is really great! :rolleyes
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  12. DiabloBlanco

    DiabloBlanco Intl' Hops Inspector

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    Touche. Differences vs similarities aren't exactly the same! Just pointing out the 650/800 are essentially as related to each other as the 1200gs/gsa.
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  13. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Sorry. My bad. Didn't realise that "almost identical" meant "essentially as related to". Silly me.
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  14. DiabloBlanco

    DiabloBlanco Intl' Hops Inspector

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    Emphasis on the "almost" identical :D
    Do mosquitoes fart?
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  15. earthroamer

    earthroamer Stuck in Pindadesh

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    Boy, this is getting interesting:puke1
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  16. gsglbc

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    Dude, I work for BMW, and trust me, no one in the USA knows the reason behind the name retardedness. ...and it doesn't matter, because they are both really sweet everyday bikes. The F650GS twin (as we're calling it internally) fixed all that was wrong with the old single for me (size, power), and the new G650GS single fixed the only real problem with the old F650GS single (that engine's hard to reach valves=small bike w/ big bike maintainence price). Anyone who wants to do some in-depth research, just give me (Greg) a call at Long Beach BMW; I just put a low-frame F650GStwin and an F800GS into the rental fleet last week!
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  17. earthroamer

    earthroamer Stuck in Pindadesh

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    ??? Please tell me more.
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  18. Dave92029

    Dave92029 Been here awhile

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    I removed the F650GS decals so that "I" wouldn't be confused. :evil

    The BIG difference between the F800GS and F650GS is that the F650GS developes MORE HP and touque Below 5,000rpm than the F800GS. Since I rarely ride above 5,000 rpm I got the more powerful bike for my type of riding. :clap

    The F650GS is one sweet ride IMHO :freaky
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  19. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    At least it's a better choice than 'Funduro'.
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  20. DiabloBlanco

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    +1 Cheers to that (although technically the F still stands for Funduro, doesn't it?)
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