F800GS: Off-Road ?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Tigrou, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Tigrou

    Tigrou Been here awhile

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    I've just ride F800GS for one day and ......i'm in love :D

    I went to my dealer to buy a 1200 and came back home with a little voice in my head "buy a 800, buy a 800".

    I would like to see pics or Vids of F800GS off-road ?
    were could I get that informations ? :wink:

    thanks
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  2. dogtired

    dogtired SECRET ASIAN-MAN

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    Here'ya go! (That's not me, but I wish I had the bike, too!:clap )

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  3. kadesean

    kadesean eyesuck

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    Search the web for BMW GS Trophy-Tunisia. I think the bike has shown its capabilities well.
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  4. azze007

    azze007 Save a horse,ride a BMW.

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  5. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    I've got to be honest, I still don't understand why BMW uses that video to sell the bikes, most of the video is guys stuck in deep sand or requiring help to get anywhere. :lol3 (my hat's off to the guys who did it, an remember these guys are all excellent riders) It really doesn't show much ability for the deep sand. I'm kind of glad I didn't see that vid before I picked mine up,I may have cancelled the order. Lots of off road terrain where the GS is more competent.
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  6. Tigrou

    Tigrou Been here awhile

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    They are using GS with road tires it seems :eek1 :eek1
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  7. gleve

    gleve Adventurer

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    I have not ridden the GS but have ridden the other 800's a number of times. Thought that would make a great GS type bike and they did come out with one. Dealer at the time said no way BMW was comming out with a GS model. Thought at the time he knew, just wanted me to buy the 800s then. But come on $14,000. I'll ride my Uly I just bought last month and ride it for a couple of years and pick up a used one.
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  8. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    Here's what I've done. One trip to the Pacific coast north of Cambria, including about 15 miles of progressively rougher dirt road, ending in a few miles with rocky creek crossings every quarter mile or so. Then along the coast highway and up a dirt road to the ridge, camp for the night, then along the ridge--about 25miles in all of decent dirt road. On this trip I discovered the GS8 has a lot of torque in second gear, making the sensitive throttle much less annoying than in first; the bike tracks straight and true across the rocks if you just stay with the program and don't freak out. After I let the tires down to 25 psi or so the ride was better in the rocks.

    One weekend trip of 280 miles in SoCal, including 70 miles of dirt roads from well graded to more rocky creek crossings and many rocks in the road. Rarely used first, was able to plonk along in 2nd down to 1500 rpm or so. Most of the roads were in pretty good shape, with some soft corners and the occasional rut. Camped on a ridge again, watched another great sunset over the Pacific. The bike is doing everything I want it to so far, though I know there are greater challenges ahead.

    My assessment is that it will take me to and around the White Rim Trail in Canyonlonds without a problem, unless I geek in the sandy sections.
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  9. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    yo philou.
    played this WE with my friend and his daughter as pillion in some trails around his house.
    Road tires and muddy trails :D
    was a bit funny with the GSA :lol3
    nevertheless, the little GS was taking it like a bicycle.
    and it was the perfect bike for our last trip in Morocco (Ride Report:http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=414553)

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  10. TR5ESU

    TR5ESU Been here awhile

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    Here are some pics of my own from yesterday. We had a great day out, the pace was very quick most of the time except in very deep ruts (can't really appreaciate the depth in the pics..) which were the only ocations I could take pics.
    In my opinion the bike handles great.. it's most happy in sand, gravel, and rocks.. it get's a bit tricky on muddy ruts.. a flat mud surface is okay as long as you keep some speed. It's great for going through puddles, with a hard rev just before going through it goes like a charm... if you don't you get the front sinking in as you enter the puddle and you end up like I did a couple of times. soaked from toes to head!

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    Not a very good pic this one.. but the crossing was a deep stream with a bit of current as well..

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    And last one.

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  11. springfish

    springfish Been here awhile

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    Really sweet pictures! I've been riding my 800GS quite a bit lately as the Pacific Northwest has been very dry this past few weeks. I'm looking for every little dirt road that's not gated to see what I can find and to see what the bike can do, more so, what I can handle. So far it's been fun, however the weight of the bike is very apparent. Which has be a bit concerned, maybe without real cause.

    Regardless, I'm starting to think that a 650 Xchallenge might be the better bike for me. With that said, I'm wondering how hard it would be to find someone willing to trade + $$. I'm not 100% serious about this, just starting to wonder if it would be the right thing to do.

    Damn you choices! :)
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  12. springfish

    springfish Been here awhile

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    By the way TR5ESU, looks like we have the EXACT same bike. Same color and farkles.
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  13. Karel

    Karel Been here awhile

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  14. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    Karel,
    If you are going to ride your 800 in places like that, I'd suggest tires with a bit more "bite".











    Or an outboard motor on the back. :lol3
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  15. tmex

    tmex Long timer

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  16. kkug

    kkug Been here awhile

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    Ok I want to here the story :rofl
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  17. Karel

    Karel Been here awhile

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    I am buying a set of TKC80 soon. :rofl
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  18. Karel

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    OK, me and my buddy on a Tiger (also with no knobbies<!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"/> <v:formulas> <v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"/> <v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"/> <v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"/> <v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"/> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"/> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"/> <v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"/> <v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"/> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"/> <v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"/> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"/> <v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"/> </v:formulas> <v:path o:extrusionok="f" gradientshapeok="t" o:connecttype="rect"/> <o:lock v:ext="edit" aspectratio="t"/> </v:shapetype><v:shape id="Picture_x0020_1" o:spid="_x0000_i1026" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="http://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider/yelrotflmao.gif" style='width:29.25pt; height:11.25pt;visibility:visible;mso-wrap-style:square'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\kplevac\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image001.gif" o:title="yelrotflmao"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]-->:rofl) were riding and we saw a nice power line, so off we go. Steep downhill with mud so lets go, after riding about mile and half and dropping our bike a few times we got to the spot that you see on the picture. At that point we knew that we will never make it out the same way we came in, so only chance was make it though the beaver dam. We tried hard for about two hours but couldn't pull the bike out of the mud so we called a friend and three of us pulled the bikes out with no problem. Good times<!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shape id="Picture_x0020_2" o:spid="_x0000_i1025" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="http://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider/clap.gif" style='width:18.75pt;height:20.25pt;visibility:visible;mso-wrap-style:square'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\kplevac\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image002.gif" o:title="clap"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]-->:clap<!--[endif]-->. What we didn&#8217;t know was that there is a much bigger river ahead of us.:baldy
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    and switch back to the shorter screen. With that big rudder of a screen you could get a nasty smack in the chops if you went over the bars. Even with a helmet on. :huh
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