F800GS owners.......A Penny for your thoughts...

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by y2blade, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Well I watched the video. 55 mpg is a bit of a stretch for me. Its doable if I'm riding 60-65, lightly loaded, and no head wind. At 80-85 I usually get 40.

    Here is my mileage log from my Alaska trip for comparisson.

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    In the UK, will you be going 85 mph very often?
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  2. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    It's a motorcycle, that's how they work.
    They all suck more gas to go faster.
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  3. Absolution

    Absolution Adventurer

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    Purchased an 09 just yesterday - has about 20,000km's on the clock and was owned by an incredibly meticulous (and anal) owner. The thing is like brand new, it rides wonderfully.

    It's my first Beemer.. so I initially struggled with the indicator setup etc, especially driving straight into peak hour Sydney traffic and a two hour freeway dodge-em-up session all the way home. Of note - might need to look at upping the lights. High beam didn't seem to have the zing that I need on these back roads, with kangaroos everywhere.

    Took it for a little ride today with my son on the back and just can't get enough of it.

    I am really, really loving this bike.
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  4. y2blade

    y2blade Long timer

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  5. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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  6. Pabigwoods

    Pabigwoods Been here awhile

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    I thought so too. Got sick of trying to read it.
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  7. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    well, my average gauges are reassured. :lol3
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  8. machinebuilder

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    It reads like a REALLY bad autocomplete. I'll have to try to remember to not look at that site again
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  9. Mollygrubber

    Mollygrubber Eschew obfuscation

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    I've got about 35000km on mine, not a hiccup (besides the ignition barrell freezing solid in winter). It's done everything I've asked, from commuting to mild dirt to long hauls through hot desert highway. Can't complain except for the seat, but maybe that's just my ass.
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  10. mapuda

    mapuda Crash Tested

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    I just passed through 43k miles on my bike that I bought new in March of 2009.
    Stalling fixed under warranty. New fuel pump and electronics
    Wheel bearings replaced under warranty.
    Stator replaced by me.

    Every time I think about a new ride I realize how much I love this bike!

    Happiness isn't having what you want. It's wanting what you have!

    Go for it. You won't be disappointed.
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  11. y2blade

    y2blade Long timer

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    I went to look at one in the flesh this morning (Before going to Farnborough airshow) Liked what I saw, They only had one 800GS there and that was the Blue and White "Trophy" edition, looked very good.
    I Was told by the nice man at Motorrad that the 2013 800GS will be along in September, AND they will have PROPER indicator switches!
    Picked-up a brochure for MissB to have a look as..she's onboard :D

    I have booked a demo ride on the current version for my next available Saturday.

    Watch this space.
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  12. Kiwi Tinkerer

    Kiwi Tinkerer Ross

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    First Gravel ride yesterday. Was good. Not as intimidating as my old r1200gs. Though that could just be the practice I have had with the x-challenge. The tourances need to go. Float a bit much. But so far, I love it.
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  13. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    Right at 30,000 smiles now, got the first one from my BMW shop nearly 4 years ago and have never regretted a moment. I've ridden it on thousands of miles of dirt/gravel/crap roads and two-tracks and it's always gotten me there an back. It's the bike I waited years for, biding my time on KR650s and dreaming of a bike that would eat up freeway miles in comfort, then take me off the main drag and into the unpaved world. To the F800GS :freaky
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  14. Big_D

    Big_D n00b

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    I've only put 3,000 on mine so far, but I've enjoyed every second. I just finished my first extended ride two weeks ago....about 600 miles in 2 days, from the central valley into the high sierras, past Reno and back down I-80. Mainly highway, but a good 100+ miles of dirt and a couple miles of single track. I was absolutely blown away at how well this bike manages in the rough stuff. It is NOT a dirtbike, but it can handle almost anything you are willing to try! I ended up committed to a rough downhill section of jeep trail with big granite and loose dirt. The road got uglier as I continued so I turned around and had to make it back up. This hill would have been tough on my 250 dirtbike!! Not saying the f800gs floated up the hill with ease, but I made it! :clap I even got a standing ovation from a group of Jeepers.

    I love this bike and haven't had a second of regret. It really is a jack of all trades.........fun in the twisters, comfy enough for long mileage days and still nimble enough to explore the backwoods.
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  15. y2blade

    y2blade Long timer

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    Thank you EVERYONE for the feedback, this really does sound like an excellent bike.

    In my mind I'm Torn between the cool Khaki-Green 2013 model or a well sorted Yellow or Lava Orange pre-owned one tbh.
    the new 2013 would be nice but I have to ask myself is it "£4k nicer" than a well sorted pre-owned one.

    Probably not.

    watch this space.

    I have a demo ride booked on my next free Saturday (in a few weeks time).
    I'll update this thread with my thoughts.

    Thanks again.
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  16. RRVT

    RRVT Wild and Crazy Guy

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    I have a yellow 2009 with 52,000 miles on it. The stator was replaced last year. I have always loved that bike and I will never sell it. It's been to 41 continental states with me, Translab, Newfoundland, six provinces in Canada as far as British Columbia. Great all around bike - good size for riding around town, does well on twisty roads, I would give it 8/10 on highways, and much more capable in dirt than I am willing to push.

    But I do admit that after getting an old R1100GS I prefer that one on trips with a lot of highway time or long days. The current plan is to keep knobbies permanently on the 800 once my current set of tires wears out and dedicate this one to more offroad riding.

    The bike does have a certain WOW factor to it. After 3 1/2 years of owning it, I still never get tired of looking at it. With the Trax cases and all the stickers I have, I do get a lot of curious looks and people approaching me to ask about the bike.
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  17. y2blade

    y2blade Long timer

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    Had my Demo ride today, along with the NC700X

    What a fantastic afternoon.
    Both bikes were very good, Both were very different to each other (I knew this before I started, it has helped me decide which way forward).
    Of these two, One stood out clearly as the better bike for my needs.
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  18. y2blade

    y2blade Long timer

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    Sorry, bloody photobucket wasn't working on Firefox last night so couldn't upload pictures.

    Here we go:

    First I rode the F800GS.
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    It rode nice, very soft on the suspension...It felt just like a Big DRZ tbh, but with more go.
    The gearbox was nice, the engine was good but had to be revved to get the best from it, the brakes were good, The seat felt like it had a lip or maybe a step around the front edge as it was digging into my inner thigh as I like to grip with my knees/legs (This comes from horse-riding), the clutch was heavy though (much heavier than my Fireblade) and had made my left wrist ache after about 30mins.
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    All in all I did enjoy it, I stayed out on it for about 45mins but by then then felt I'd had enough.

    I did book a demo for the F650GS twin (to ride this morning) as this is slightly more road based but I'm unable to get across to ride it today so have just rang and cancelled that.

    A big thank you to Paul at Bahnstormer Motorrad, A real pleasure to meet/chat with him again.
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  19. Chadx

    Chadx my toot toot

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    And are you actually going to wait for one of us to ask you which one? :lol3 Your follow up post said a few good things about your 800 ride and ended with you not liking the clutch pull and taking it back to the dealership...and your 650 ride was called of.
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  20. HoloHolo

    HoloHolo 2 wheels !!!!

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    Okay I have to chime in. I just purchased my 09 f800gs about three weeks ago. I am a dirt bike rider but wanted a true all around bike. Something that would be comfortable to ride to get me to the dirt and tear up the dirt when I got to it. I was riding my trusted 93 xr600, still have it, won't sell it but not exactly comfortable for those long gravel roads.

    Soooo I took the leap. I can say this bike is certainly bigger and heavier, but WOW is it a great bike. I can't get it out of my mind. The weather is turning and I am trying to squeeze every minute I can to ride it. I am still a little nervous around the more challenging dirt areas which I would normally just tear up on my smaller bikes but they are no comparison to the overall comfort and capabilities I see with this bike.

    I am already dreaming of a true long haul adventure.

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