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

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

  1. Strawdog

    Strawdog Strawdog

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    Bought mine new 26000Kms on this summer Dempster/Alaska and back roads around home worth every penny. Harleys now just collecting dust.
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  2. killianm

    killianm Been here awhile

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    :clap

    True Iron butt.

    I just got the 6k service done on a '12 trophy that I picked up in July. I have a sargent seat. That was my only real complaint. I traded an 1150 GS on this. I miss the bigger bike on the pavement and two up but love the smaller bike in the dirt. I just ordered heated gear to keep riding in the cold. All in all I love it.


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  3. yety61

    yety61 Global Vagabond

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    G'day all,
    I purchased an '09 model 2 years ago this December with 7200km's an it. Put a grand total of 5000km's on it up till May this year, then did 28000km's in 3 1/2 months from London to Magadan. It now has 40400km's on it. Would I buy another one? Yes.
    Am I going to buy another one? Not yet. This one's not done yet.
    Will I sell the one I've got now? No.

    It's damn near the perfect bike for me.
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  4. CheckerdD

    CheckerdD Long timer

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    I am up to 36 = miles on my 2010. It aint perfect, but it's close. You want to improve on the rims and a few minor things and your there! Dave
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  5. oz mal

    oz mal Adventurer

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    I've got 10 000km on mine now. Roughly 1/2 dirt 1/2 road.
    I still love the bike. I tinker with it all the time. I look at it all the time and cannot wait to get back on it for the next trip.
    I have finally stopped looking for another motorbike. This one will do me for many years to come.

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  6. capt_enduro

    capt_enduro tool whore

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    2009 w/ 31,000 miles. Year round daily driver. About half-way into her third set of tires.

    Only regret is not having such a bike when I lived in Oregon (wasn't invented yet, but an R80 G/S would have been the ticket).


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  7. Fishlegs

    Fishlegs Fishlegs

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    Still considering my options.thought I found a good deal on one in china but it's not panning out
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  8. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Just under 50K on mine. Don't get me wrong, there's always room for improvement and I've had some mechanical problems. I still haven't ridden another bike that is as good "all around"* as this though. I'm constantly amazed by how marginal the advantages of bikes dedicated to one particular task are over the F8, relative to how massive a sacrifice they make in the other areas.

    * I want something I can:
    Filter like a loon through city traffic on.
    Fit sportstouring tyres to and trouble the sportsbikes on a track.
    Fit knobblies to and go greenlaning or even get round an Enduro on.
    Ride for 8 hours at a time without feeling any more fatigued than if I'd done the journey in the car.
    Carry an 8' Christmas tree and/or a week of shopping on it.

    The usual answer of course would be to own several bikes, but the F8 means I don't need to.
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  9. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    Well... where are the pics santa? :lurk
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  10. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    I would have to agree with a lot of the comments about loving the bike, but there is always room for improvement. I have over 50k kms on mine now and zero issues other than a stator failing. Great machine that can handle a wide variety of riding situations. Not sure there is another bike out there than can do more better.
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  11. slowpoke28787

    slowpoke28787 Been here awhile

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    The shipper dropped off my 2009 800GS last night at 10:00. It is yellow and has only 2400 miles. Did my title work today. Weather is calling for 69 degrees here on Saturday in the mountains. Looks like I'll be out for a test ride. Yeeeha!
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  12. OmenF1

    OmenF1 wannabe explorer

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    Thinking of changing to a F800GS, I am 1m77cm - about 5'9"

    Would that be doable ..?

    thx for the help
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  13. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    I'm 5'6" with 30" inseam and I do it all day!! :lol3
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  14. dudzadventure

    dudzadventure n00b

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    I have a 2010 with about 8K on it. Great for twisty highways, forest and fire roads. With the stock tires, loaded Jesse side and top cases- I didn't like it in soft sand atv trails in Wisconsin. Other than that, I wouldn't switch to anything else.
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  15. VStrom650

    VStrom650 n00b

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    Like most on here I think good bike but suspensioon needs to be sorted for the um Larger Rider? I ride like Snowy, what you guys in the US call Jeep/Fire Trails and have gone everywhere my Jeep 4x4 has gone. Single rider but about 115kg or 250+ pounds. Quite frankly I owned a 2002 F650 GS Dakar and rode that everwhere I have gone with the 800, for the $5000 more I paid upfront and suspension adjustments required since should have just got the updated (Damn near the Same) G650GS Sertao.

    Don't get me wrong like everyone else there is something quite mystical about the 800 and I wouldn't swap it now I have it but time again I'm not so convinced I'd buy it.

    PS: Odometer is 3600ish klm, 75% off road.

    Cheers
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  16. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    I have better than that; video. :D

    Just a shame my main PC is kaput (as in, doesn't even turn on). The laptop I'm posting from is nowhere near enough powerful for video editing, sadly. I will post a link when it's up though.
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  17. COLORADOF800GS

    COLORADOF800GS Adventurer

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    I'm at 14,000 miles on my 2012 Trophy edition. Once I sorted out the luggage, windscreen and suspension I couldn't be happier. Oh yeah, for what it's worth I'm 5'7" with a 31" inseam.
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  18. Johnson0311

    Johnson0311 Semper Fi

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    I have a 2011 GS 800. Only issue is motor size like others have stated. I dream of upgrading to a 1200..
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  19. slowpoke28787

    slowpoke28787 Been here awhile

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    Interesting...I just sold a 2005 1200GS and bought an 09 800GS. It has most of the farkles I would add. At 6'5" I will add bar risers and lower pegs but after my first 150 miles ride Saturday I think this is the best bike I have owned for the way I now ride. I don't tour but mostly day ride here in the mountains which can include gravel roads. After spending the afternoon on it I was totally comfortable at the end of the ride. I went from an R1100S to the 1200GS. The S was so bad with the forward leaning ride position I thought the big GS was a great solution. I find I like the lighter, more nimble 800GS. We'll see how I feel after living with it a while but so far I am pleased. I will add I have probably owned 45-50 bikes and usually keep around a half dozen around at a time.
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  20. Steveman

    Steveman Been here awhile

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    Sure, ideal size for the F8.

    Sent from Samsung w. Tapatalk
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